Shirataki FAQs

What Are  Shirataki Noodles ?

Shirataki Noodles are thin, low carb, chewy, and translucent traditional Japanese noodles. They are also sometimes called konnyaku noodles. Shirataki noodles are thinner than wheat noodles, do not break as easily, and have a different texture.

They are mostly composed of a dietary fiber called glucomannan and contain very few calories and carbohydrates (sometimes even zero).

NO fat, NO net carbs, NO calories, NO sugar, NO protein, and NO gluten!

What are the benefits of Shirataki Noodles?

As an example, water-soluble dietary fiber helps decrease blood cholesterol levels. Blood cholesterol levels below 200 mg/dl have been associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Some research has also linked a high-fiber diet to a reduced risk of colon cancer.

How are Shirataki Noodles made?

Shirataki noodles are made from Konjac flour, which comes from the roots of the yam-like Konjac plant grown in Japan and China.

How do Shirataki Noodles taste?

Shirataki Noodles really have no taste of their own. Similar to tofu. Once washed off and heated, when added to any foods or spices….the noodles pick up that flavor.

Once drained and rinsed under warm water, Shirataki Noodles are tasty when you add them to spaghetti sauce. My family likes them for a quick snack by just adding soy sauce and eaten plain.

How are  Shirataki Noodles packaged?

Shirataki Noodles are packaged “wet”, that is, you purchase them pre-packaged in liquid, and they are ready-to-eat out of the package. You can prepare them by boiling them briefly or running them under hot water, then combining them with other dishes, or adding things like tofu, garlic, spinach, or soy sauce to enhance the flavor. They take on any flavor YOU like. It is recommended to rinse the noodle well before eating.

Where can I buy Shirataki Noodles?

You may purchase Shirataki Noodles on Many Asian food stores and natural food stores,in larger cities, also carry Shirataki Noodles. A growing number of local grocery stores now carry them, often near the refrigerated bagged salad greens or tofu.

Will Shirataki Noodles help me lose weight?

Since the majority of the Shirataki Noodle is made up of Glucomannan ,which is a water soluble dietary fiber, the answer is YES!! Fiber itself has no calories and is passed through your digestive system intact. However, because fiber absorbs water, it provides a “full” feeling.

As an alternative to eating Shirataki Noodles, glucomannan is also sold in capsule form as a dietary supplement. Some evidence suggests that glucomannan in capsule form may help weight loss, since it absorb a lot of water and occupies space in your stomach, which leads to a feeling of being full.  BUT, eating Shirataki Noodles is more FUN!!

How do I cook Shirataki Noodles?

You may boil them for 2 to 3 minutes and they will have a texture remarkably similar to the pasta you love and enjoy. I like to boil them in a broth of some kind. Vegetable , beef  or chicken broth. Since Shirataki Noodles really have no flavor of their own, it enhances the flavor of any dish you are preparing.

Or you can just rinse them thoroughly with warm water.

Where can I find Shirataki Noodle recipes?

The largest collection of Shirataki Noodle recipes here.

Low Carb Diets Blog : Shirataki Noodle recipes.

Hungry Girls collection of Shirataki Noodle recipes.