Shirataki Noodles with Zero Calories, Awesome or Not?

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shirataki noodles in bowl

Shirataki noodles are a traditional Asian food that comes from Japan. They are low in carbohydrates as well as calories. What is more, they are made up almost entirely of water, along with soluble fiber.

Thanks to this, they don’t have that much of taste when they are served by themselves, but as part of a bigger dish, they can be a healthy and enjoyable accompaniment.

Because of their low-calorie content, Shirataki noodles are quite helpful for those who want to lose weight. Of course, this highly depends on how they are implemented within people’s cooking.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

The amazing thing about these noodles is that they are usually composed just of two main ingredients:

  1. Water – Around 97% of their makeup is water, hence the rather soft texture you will notice when you’re eating them.
  2. Soluble fiber – The other 3% is made up of dietary fiber, which is, of course, an excellent way of improving a person’s digestion.

Nutrition Label – Awesome for Losing Weight

AMOUNT100 g
CALORIES4 cal
TOTAL FAT0.0 g
SATURATED FAT0.0 g
POLYUNSATURATED FAT0.0 g
MONOUNSATURATED FAT0.0 g
CHOLESTEROL0.0 g
SODIUM0.0 mg
POTASSIUM0.0 mg
TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE1.0 g
DIETARY FIBER0.0 g
SUGAR0.0 g
PROTEIN0.0 g

Thanks to a very high amount of water in the noodles, they are very filling and also very low in calorie content. In fact, a block of these contains roughly ten calories – this is as close to zero-calorie-food as you can get.

Pay attention: It’s understandable considering how filling they are that this is a great food for anyone who is dieting and trying to lose weight through calorie restriction.

Various Types of Shirataki Noodles

You can purchase this food in two primary forms:

  1. Dry (they look like and can be prepared like the regular noodles)
  2. Wet (packaged with liquid and require special preparation – see paragraphs below)

Shelf time: When you have purchased these, they typically can be kept on the shelf for around a year while still being fit to be prepared.

How to Prepare These Correctly

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The different forms of preparation don’t really have any effect on how healthy these noodles are, as is the case with vegetables, for example.

If you want to prepare these for a healthy dish, then you need to follow these steps first:

  1. Remove the outer packaging.
  2. Drain away the liquid they have come in.
  3. Wash them under cool water – otherwise, a lingering odd taste from the packaging liquid will remain.
  4. Put them in a pan or pot with water and bring them to the boil.
  5. After a few minutes (and you’re convinced that they have been cooked) you can drain the water away.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

Keep in mind: If you are looking to get rid of excessive body weight, then you need to make sure that you combine these noodles with other healthy food as well.

Best Places to Get These

Wet Package of Shirataki Pasta

There are many places you can go to get your shirataki pasta. My advice is to visit these shops first:

  1. An Asian market, or failing that, an Asian food stall on a market (available both dry and wet).
  2. Leading brick & mortar as well as online supermarkets – including Amazon, Walmart, or Target (available both dry and wet versions).

Price: With regards to price, I am going to provide you with info from Amazon. If you make a search for these at their website, you will find out that a 6-pack of these costs around $15.00 or even less.

Tasty Recipe – Hot & Sour Shirataki Noodles with Tofu

thai food with shirataki noodles

You can use this low-calorie pasta to make a hot and sour dish with tofu that is a very enjoyable meal and is also ideal for anyone who is looking to lose weight but still enjoy a good tasting meal.

All you have to do is to follow these simple steps:

  1. Drain the Shirataki pasta and then put them in a pan ready for boiling.
  2. Add the soy sauce, water, and some sesame oil and then bring the noodles to the boil.
  3. When they’re done, turn the heat off and set them aside for when the meal is ready.
  4. Toss the tofu with some soy sauce and sesame oil in a bowl and set aside.
  5. Place the wok on the heat and when it is hot enough, you can add mixture from step four.
  6. Cook until all pieces have turned golden brown.
  7. Place it back into the bowl where you marinaded it and stir it into the sauce a little more.
  8. Place your wok on the heat again and throw more sesame oil to the pan together with mushrooms, green onions, garlic, and stir-fry them until mushrooms release their juices.
  9. Add some lime juice and more soy sauce.
  10. Continue stir-frying until it starts to boil.
  11. Finally, drain noodles and place them on the pan to mix in with the tofu.
  12. Toss well until everything is apparently mixing.

Keep in mind: When you’re convinced that everything has mixed well, you can serve this tasty, yet very low-calorie dish.

Just a girl obsessed with everything related to weight loss & feeling healthy. Christine is my pen name and I hope you will love the stuff I write. Been researching diets & health since 2013 and my articles helped over 12 000 000 readers to date.Please keep in mind that this site is for informational purposes only and that you always need to consult your decisions with your doctor.

21 COMMENTS

  1. The nutrition info may list 0 fiber, but I know for a fact that I was in the bathroom a lot after eating 3 oz. of these, LOL!

    Also, I have noticed that in regular grocery stores, these tend to be kept in the same area as refrigerated vegetarian foods and tofu.

  2. Hi! I don’t see the actual recipe listed, just the instructions. Can you point me to the ingredient list please? Thank you! Can’t wait to try this!

  3. Cooking tip: I take 2 bags of the angel hair type, drain and rinse a few times. Then drip in some teriyaki and soy into the open bag (capful or Kikkoman), letting the noodles soak up the marinade. I like to pan fry them without any oil on a nonstick frying pan. Add steamed veggies +/- stir fry meat and it’s a complete very low calorie meal. For more flavor, add a sauce at the end and toss: tablespoon of Hoisin sauce, 1/4cup chicken broth and peanuts/cashews.

  4. Can’t imagine me deiting without these, they allow me to stay full with so much less calories. I do a lot better on my diet that way.

  5. Is it possible to find them online with Tofu? I understand that if you buy online you get it without tofu. Is it true?

  6. I use it is a great alternative to flour pasta. I use to cook it with garlic and olive sauce and it’s tastes fantastic.

  7. Kind of a bit pricey, but I am willing to give this a try. As long as it’s a meal I can enjoy and is going to make me not be so hungry all the time, I will be happy to give this shirataki noodle stuff a shot. Thanks for sharing.

  8. So it’s only 10 calories? That’s a nice little meal I will admit. I am going to have to get some soon when I go shopping. I don’t know if this will actually fill me up all the way, but I’m willing to give it a try for sure.

  9. It’s great that it’s only 10 cal, but it’s not going to fill someone up all day, surly not me. I can see this as a side dish to a meal, that would be a nice inclusion, and then it’ll fill you up with other food. Does that make sense?

  10. I heard of them before & thought they were unealthy and just another scam…but it seems I was wrong!!! Makes sense why they’d be so low in cals when they are all just water & fiber…

    • No way is it a scam. This food is for real. I always make sure to buy a lot of it, because it’s a meal I eat during the middle of the day to curb my appetite a bit. And it works wonders for that reason. 10 calories isn’t a lot though, don’t just eat shirataki noodles through the day, that isn’t a good idea.

  11. Omg, I have to try these out! They look delicious in that recipe 😀 I was never too exploratory in the local exotic market so far, but after this blogpost…I’m convince I must get me some of those!

  12. never heard of these before. if they have so much fiber they must also be good for the digestive track right? do they behave like regular noodles, taste-wise, or are they more pretentious?

  13. Love them, they are so nice and filling! When I get a craving for something carby, these just fill me up and totally kill it. That hot&sour recipe looks great. I’m gonna try it tonight 😀

  14. Very interesting! Cant wait to try them out, I’ve been missing some sort of noodle/pasta filling with my meals! Must be my italian genes haha! I’ll try and find some at my local asian market.

  15. I just had this Shirataki noodles the other day for the first time for the family and it’s was great! The only problem was that I only bought one package. Nothing I can’t fix 😉

    • This stuff goes fast, that’s for sure, but it’s well worth getting to help curb appetites. I get full off of just one small bowl of this stuff and I like to think that helps my weight loss out big time. 🙂

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