Are you following a ketogenic diet and miss the taste of pasta? Shirataki noodles are here to save the day! Not only are they a great pasta replacement, but they are also almost zero carbs, perfect for keto stir-frys. In this blog post, we will explore everything you need to know about shirataki noodles, including how to cook them.
What are Shirataki Noodles?
Shirataki noodles are made from the konjac yam, a plant native to Asia. They are also known as konjac noodles or miracle noodles because of their low-carb and calorie content. Shirataki noodles are translucent, thin, and have a gelatinous texture.
Why are they Great for Keto?
Shirataki noodles are perfect for the keto diet because they are almost zero carbs and contain very few calories. One serving of shirataki noodles (4 oz.) contains only 1 gram of carbs and 10 calories. They are also high in fiber, which helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer periods.
How to Cook Shirataki Noodles?
Shirataki noodles have a distinct smell when you open the package, which is due to the konjac yam's natural odor. To remove this smell, rinse the noodles under cold water for 1-2 minutes.
Next, boil the noodles for 2-3 minutes, then rinse them again under cold water. To give them a more pasta-like texture, dry-fry the noodles in a non-stick pan for 1-2 minutes. This will help to remove any excess water and enhance the noodles' texture.
Keto Stir-Fry Recipe:
Now that you know how to cook shirataki noodles let's put them to the test with a keto stir-fry recipe! Here's what you'll need:
- 4 oz. shirataki noodles
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 cup mixed veggies (broccoli, peppers, onions, carrots)
- 4 oz. cooked chicken breast
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook shirataki noodles as described above and set them aside.
- Heat coconut oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Add mixed veggies and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
- Add cooked chicken breast and sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Add cooked shirataki noodles to the pan, along with soy sauce, salt, and pepper.
- Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until everything is heated through.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
Shirataki noodles are a fantastic option for anyone following a keto diet or looking for a low-carb pasta replacement. With their almost zero-carb content and versatility, they are perfect for keto stir-frys and other pasta dishes. So next time you're looking for a pasta substitute, give shirataki noodles a try and explore the endless possibilities!
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