How to Cook Shirataki Noodles

By C.J. Heller

Shirataki noodles, made out of the roots of the Konjac plant, are the latest diet craze due to the low number of carbohydrates and calories they possess. While they do promote bloating due to their high fiber, they are a fabulous addition to anyone's diet menu. Here are some ways to prepare dishes with them.

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Step 1

Please the noodles inside a pasta strainer and rinse them thoroughly. They possess a "fishy" smell, as they are packaged with water inside plastic bags.

Step 2

Prepare a soup of your choice by boiling water on a stove and adding bullion cubes, cut-up vegetables, cooked meat or whatever you normally use when making soup. Add the noodles into the soup and allow to simmer for at least half an hour to allow them to absorb the flavor of the soup.

Step 3

Use shirataki noodles to make a cold noodle salad -- a staple Asian dish. Add shredded vegetables, such as zucchini, carrots and cucumbers -- and douse with a dressing and/or powdered seasoning of your choice.

Step 4

Put the noodles in a bowl and mix with a pasta sauce of your choice. Microwave the dish for at least five minutes until it is steaming. Add spices, such as oregano, for a flavor kick and mix well.

Step 5

Bake shirataki noodles with even layers of tomato sauce, shredded cheese or cottage cheese and spices of your choice -- just as you would bake lasagna.