How to prepare Shirataki Noodles

How to prepare Shirataki Noodles

How to cook shirataki noodles?

Preparing and cooking shirataki noodles for cooking is super easy! Keep reading and you will find a simple and effective method below. But first, I am sure you have questions! Why even bother with shirataki noodles? What is all the fuss about? Well, if you are looking for a low-carb, diabetic diet, keto or paleo noodle solution, shirataki noodles are the answer! Shirataki noodles are an excellent substitute for many kinds of noodles and can be especially helpful for those following an eating plan that restricts certain carbs, such a keto, paleo and Whole30.  Shirataki noodles are easy to deal with, versatile, adaptable and take on the flavor of whatever you prepare them with. 


What are shirataki noodles made of?

Shirataki noodles are made from the Japanese konjac yam (aka Devil’s tongue or elephant yam), which is a fibrous root tuber and are almost zero carbs and zero calories! Glucomannan is the starch extracted from the kojac yam which is formed into noodles. Shirataki noodles are typically thin, translucent and gelatinous. Shirataki noodles are also known as miracle noodles , which is also a brand name, that makes different kinds of shirataki noodles such as angel hair, linguini and even in rice form! Sometimes you will find that shiratki noodles are blended with other ingredients such as tofu, seaweed and even spinach!


Are shirataki noodles keto?

Yes, Shirataki noodles are keto! The keto or ketogenic diet includes foods that are high-fat, low-carb and moderate protein. Since Shirataki noodles are almost zero carbs they do qualify as keto! Shirataki noodles alone do not make up the entirety of the nutritional values needed for the keto diet, however you can add shirataki noodles to whatever you eating as part of the keto diet with little to no impact. If you are following a keto diet be sure to check your macros, which ratios are typically 70% fats, 5% carbs and 25% protein, to make sure you are adhering correctly for your keto goals. Also, please check with you medical doctor before you start and follow ANY diet! 


What do Shirataki noodles taste like?

Shiratki noodles tend to take on the flavor of whatever sauce they are cooked in. The texture can take on a slightly gummy form when eaten plain but can pass as other noodles such as glass noodles sweet potato noodles, etc. Depending on how you choose dress them up, shiratki noodles can be be passed off as other noodles almost undetected! Shirataki noodles can be the most satisfying answer to your noodle jones if prepared correctly. Seriously, what’s not to like?


Where to buy shirataki noodles?

Shirataki noodles can be purchased online here or at many health foods stores such as Whole Foods, Sprouts and other independent grocery stores. 


Can shirataki noodles be reheated?

Yes, Shirataki noodles can be reheated both on a stovetop in any kind of pan and also in the microwave. Shiratki noodles are very durable and do not get mushy when exposed to moisture for long periods of time like some other kinds of noodles. Shirataki noodles stand up well in curries, soups, stews, light broths and other hot or cold liquids. 


How to prepare shirataki noodles?

Shirataki noodles may seem like a bit of a task in preparation but are so worth the effort. The steps listed in the method below are simple and will leave you with noodles that are versatile, easy to work with and won’t wreck your diet. Most shirataki noodle packages have instructions, however, I find that the method below yields the best texture, taste and versatility that emulates ‘regular’ noodles of all sorts. Following the method in this guide will allow you to use the Shirataki noodles as a substitute for spaghetti, pancit, laksa, carbonara, ramen, chow mein, pad Thai, etc. If you don’t believe me then just try them in my Top Ramen knock-off recipe: Shirataki Ramen Noodles (Keto Ramen)  Or, if you’re looking for a delicious sauce to accompany theses amazing noodles try topping them with my Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce.

How to prepare Shirataki Noodles

How to prepare Shirataki Noodles

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

An easy and effective method to prepare the best shirataki noodles to use in a variety of noodle dishes.



  1. Open package of shirataki noodles and place in a strainer in sink. (Yes, they naturally STINK, but fear not, the stink will be gone soon) Run cold water on the noodles for 2-3 minutes while allowing water to drain off. Shirataki-noodles-being-rinsed-in-a-strainer
  2. Bring a 2 quart sauce pan 3/4 full of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to boil. Add rinsed and drained shirataki noodles and allow to boil for 10 minutes then drain. Shirataki-noodles-in-boiling-salt-water
  3. Place a large cast iron (preferably) or a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. When skillet is hot add drained shirataki noodles and stir gently for approximately 3-5 minutes or until water has visibly evaporated and noodles begin to make bit of a ‘scream’ as you stir them, being careful not to over cook as they will begin to dehydrate and shrink. Shirataki-noodles-in-skillet
  4. Remove noodles from pan and season/prepare as you prefer. For a delicious sauce accompaniment option click here to get the recipe to make Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce.


Due to their unique texture and consistency, I have found that shirataki noodles can present a chewing and choking hazard in younger children especially toddlers and younger. I do not advise feeding young children shiratki noodles.

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6 thoughts on “How to prepare Shirataki Noodles”

  • 10 minutes seems like a long time to boil the shirataki noodles I read that the less you could come but the more tender they are. Does this make them softer? And not have that rubber band like texture?

    • Hi Venice! This method is indeed different than the package instructions. I do find that boiling them in the salt water for this longer period of time improves the texture and eliminates the gelatinous crunch. Please try to make them yourself and report back your findings. Thank you so much for your comment and please feel free to comment again.

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