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Shirataki Noodles: Health Benefits and Cooking Tips

The Skinny on Shirataki Noodles

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for shirataki noodles 3.jpgAre you a pasta lover struggling to find a low carb alternative? Shirataki noodles may be the answer. These Asian noodles come in three varieties: white, brown and tofu.  Since the white shirataki noodles are made from the konjac plant, a subtropical plant, these noodles provide a high-fiber, low carb replacement to the gluten and carb-heavy spaghetti products we know well in the US.  For those looking to increase their daily fiber intake, look no further then the brown shirataki noodle. This shirataki comes packed with added calcium and iron for the health-conscious noodle lover.  Finally, tofu shirataki noodles contain high concentrations of protein by blending the konjac root with the nutritious soy bean curb of tofu.  This noodle works great in sukiyaki dishes or vegetable stir fries.

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Cooking shirataki noodles is easy as long as you follow a few initial steps.  Before you do anything else, be sure you've rinsed the noodles thoroughly.  When the noodles are clean, parboil (or partially boil) the noodles in boiling water for two to three minutes - or until the noodles have softened to suit your tastes.  Simply add your favorite sauce or include the noodles with a sukiyaki or vegetable stir fry of your choice, and enjoy!  Keep in mind that shirataki noodles can be long, so depending on how you're planning to prepare them, you may want to cut them to more appropriate lengths.

Shirataki's health benefits are obvious.  All of these asian noodle types are vegan-friendly, gluten-free and the closest low carb alternative to the wheat noodle available.  If you've been holding off that diet because it doesn't work with your high-carb noodle dishes - look no further than our assorted varieties of shirataki.  Asian Food Grocer is your source for shirataki noodles

13 Comments

Tara Hallingse said:

love glass noodles would like recepies for them- and where to get them i live in new jersey

Adrienne Lidicky said:

The Shirataki Noodles are wonderful, not only for adults to eat but my kids love them as well.

They are great to eat when there is something heavier on the plate: like heavily braised tofu or pai choi.

tofu recipes said:

I haven't tried this one out. I am a tofu lover and would surely try the tofu type of this noodle.

Cherie said:

Hey,

Are you able to ship tofu shirataki noodles internationally?To new zealand?

Hi, Cherie, thanks for the question. Unfortunately we cannot ship tofu shirataki that far because it requires an accompanying ice pack to ensure the quality of the food. By the time it gets the the ice pack will have gone warm and the noodles won't be so good anymore. However, regular shirataki noodles can ship to New Zealand, and they're actually a little better for you. Tofu shirataki tends to have a very small amount of fat and a very small amount of calories, while standard shirataki noodles usually have none at all. Hope this answers your question :)

al said:

ORGANIC????

HI Al,
Unfortunately none of our shirataki noodles are organic, and I believe this is because of the calcium water they are preserved in.

Al said:

What is the carb count for the tofu shirataki noodles?

Hi Al, It looks like they are all about 3g of carbs per serving.

Rhonda said:

Can you freeze the tofu noodles? I would like to buy in bulk because no stores around me carry these, so I need to keep for extended time.

Hi Rhonda :) You do not want to freeze shirataki. Tofu or regular. When they thaw they disintegrate into the preserving liquid and are not longer consumable. Tofu shirataki, has a shelf life of about three months, and regular shirataki noodles last longer than six months. I hope that helps you plan on your purchase quantity.

Mary said:

I have never used shirataki noodles . I would like to try the regular but do not want to buy a large amount before I know if I will use it .. do you have a small package , and at what price ?

Hi Mary :)
You can always purchase single unit bags here: http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/category/shirataki-noodles

They don't com smaller than that. One 7oz bag serves two people. Please feel free to call us if you'd like to have more information, but these really are amazing, healthy noodles!

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