ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Shirataki Noodles or Rubber Bands???

Updated on February 5, 2011

If you think that Shirataki Noodles taste like rubber bands, you're probably right. And you are probably over-cooking them.

Don't feel like eating a bowl of rubber bands? I can't say I blame you. But if you follow my suggestions, Shirataki Noodles will taste less rubbery and chewy and you may be able to replace pasta with this healthy alternative.

Keep in mind that Shirataki Noodles don't really need to be cooked like regular pasta. Never, EVER overcook the Shirataki Noodles! They are easily warmed and "cooked" with hot water.

They must always be rinsed before using. They smell bad when they come out of the water they are packed in, so RINSE them! Rinse the Shirataki Noodles well! I use a colander. I run warm to hot water over them for at least 2 to 3 minutes.

Shirataki Noodles are chewy in comparison to pasta (they are made from the konjac plant) so any length of cooking makes them even more chewy. I always throw them in at the last minute to whatever I'm making.

Shirataki Noodles are sold in thin (angel-hair) and thick (regular pasta) widths. They are translucent, white, or brownish in color. Each type has a slightly different texture and you may want to experiment to find which noodle is most appealing to your taste-buds.

Shirataki Noodles are naturally rubbery in comparison to regular pasta. The consistency and texture are different than pasta. People rave about them because they're almost 0g carbs, not because they'll ever replace regular pasta.

You won't notice as much chewiness in a recipe if you don't cook the Shirataki Noodles for long. The package directions and many recipes instruct you to par-boil the noodles.......just don't do it or do it quickly.

And if you add fresh ingredients to Shirataki Noodles, you will taste those.....not the noodles. The non-tofu version of Shirataki are going to be more rubbery in texture. If you just add the konjac based Shirataki to chicken broth for a soup, you may be disappointed. You should also add chunks of chicken and lots of wonderful veggies. Make your soup and add the Shirataki at the last minute.

Some say that Shirataki Noodles aren't very good unless used in an Asian dish. NOT true! I have added them to a meat sauce, as a bed for veggies, in Mac and Cheese. The rule of thumb for these dishes is to add the Shirataki at the last possible moment to your dish. And of course DO NOT PAR-BOIL OR COOK THE NOODLES AS LONG AS YOU WOULD COOK REGULAR PASTA!!

Another good use for the Shirataki Noodles is in a casserole. Baking the noodles cuts down on the chewiness factor. Baked spaghetti, baked lasagna, tuna casserole. You can make any kind of casserole with Shirataki Noodles.

the noodles typically come in long lengths. Much longer than a typical pasta. It can really help to cut the Shirataki Noodles into small pieces when using in dishes that aren't baked. They don't twirl around your fork well like the traditional noodles. After heating them with warm water, just use scissors to cut them into 2 to 3 inch lengths. Much better!!

Shirataki is typically made from the konjac plant, and is traditionally used as a side ingredient for Japanese dishes. But don't be afraid to use them in many other ways. Just follow my suggestions and you and your family will likely love the Shirataki Noodles just like my family does.

Here are the rules again........

1. Do NOT ever, EVER par-boil or cook Shirataki Noodles for long.

2. Rinse Shirataki Noodles for at least 2 to 3 minutes with warm water before using. The noodles are packed in water, and it stinks!! Rinsing will take the smell away as well as heating them thru.

3. Add the Shirataki Noodles to your dish at the very last possible moment unless using them in a baked dish.

4. Cut the Shirataki Noodles into 2 to 3 inch lengths. They do not twirl around your fork like traditional noodles.

There you have it. My suggestions for cooking with Shirataki Noodles. Try
them and see if you too can switch out regular pasta for a noodle that is gluten-free, has zero net carbohydrates, and zero calories. If you must be on a low-carbohydrate diet, Shirataki Noodles may even allow you to enjoy "pasta" dishes again.

Beef & Shirataki Noodle Bake

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 2 cans tomato soup
  4. 1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms
  5. 1/2 cup green peppers, chopped
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1 (8 ounce) package Shirataki noodles
  9. 2 cups grated cheese


Instructions:

  1. Brown meat and onion; drain.
  2. Add soup and bring to a simmer.
  3. Stir in mushrooms, salt and pepper
  4. Drain and rinse Shirataki Noodles under warm water. Cut to 2 to 3 inch pieces
  5. Place a layer of noodles in an 8X10 casserole dish followed by a layer of meat then cheese
  6. Repeat this step until all ingredients are used
  7. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is brown about 20-30 minutes.

6 servings

45 minutes 15 minutes prep


I usually double this recipe. I have a large family.

Noodle Stroganoff w/ Shirataki Noodles

Ingredients:

  1. 12 ounces Shirataki noodles, extra wide *
  2. 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  3. 2 (8 ounce) packages sliced mushrooms
  4. 1 medium onion, chopped
  5. 1 clove minced garlic or 1/2 teaspoon instant minced garlic
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1 pound ground beef
  9. 12 ounces beef gravy
  10. 8 ounces sour cream
  11. 1/8 teaspoon paprika

Instructions:

  1. Rinse and drain the Shirataki Noodles under warm water for at least 2 to 3 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet
  3. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt and pepper
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are lightly browned
  5. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, stirring to break up meat
  6. Add gravy and heat to boiling
  7. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream
  8. Serve beef mixture over noodles; sprinkle with paprika.

* If you can't find the extra wide Shirataki Noodles, use the regular ones. Making sure to cut them in 2 to 3 inch pieces. And use 2 - 8 ounce packages of noodles.

8 servings

20 minutes 5 minutes prep

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Shamira 

      5 years ago

      So glad I came across this. I've tried Shirataki a year ago and according to some threads I "dry fried" them. They were so chewy..I might as well have been eating rubber bands. Anyway I came across this hoping to find some way to like these noodles. I tried the fettucine recipe...I had tweaked it by adding broccoli, chicken, garlic powder and some italian seasoning. As for the noodles I just rinsed and pat dried it..and threw it in the pan and mixed it up. Came out amazing!! Can't thank you enough for this post!!

    • profile image

      Joan 

      6 years ago

      My bag states :This product is made from soybeans and yam flour that were not genetically engineered".

    • profile image

      Jake 

      7 years ago

      "And by the way- it's spelled misnomer."

      Unless you're from New Jersey.

      :-)

    • profile image

      Ashley 

      8 years ago

      This is very helpful, I followed the directions on the package and they were very chewy. However I then cooked them for about 40 minutes more and they became less chewy. Next time I'll just heat them until they are warm, thanks for the suggestions. And by the way- it's spelled misnomer.

    • profile image

      David Kemp  

      8 years ago

      Actually, Shirataki Noodles are not made from yam flour. They are sometimes called yam noodels but this is a misnoma. Shirataki are made from the Konjac plant and are basically a high fibre food that is gluten-free, sugar-free, virtually carb-free and low in sodium. Very healthy.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)