1 March, 2016
How to Prepare Shirataki Noodles
Many of my recipes call for Shirataki noodles – awesome food that they are – so I wanted to quickly go into a short description of how to prepare them for best results. Since the noodles come in a water solution, they will be wet by default. This doesn’t help them absorb the flavor of the food you are preparing, in fact quite the opposite from my experience. Here’s what you can do to fix that. This will work with any style noodles – the spaghetti, angel hair, rice or fettuccine. If you want to try them, you can order them off Amazon here.
This is specifically for the Skinny Noodles that have no additives. Some brands like to add tofu or other things which give them a different texture and most likely more carbs and/or calories. Since I’ve never tried this with those noodles, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you like experimenting and aren’t afraid of blackened noodles.
OPTIONAL STEP – DO SOME POT!
If you want to get rid of the fishy smell, just take the noodles/rice from the strainer and put it into a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes. Then, dump it back into the strainer. For whatever reason, this seems to get rid of the fishy smell.
Step 2 – Drain the Noodle
Open the bags and pour the Skinny Noodles into a strainer to let the water solution drain away. Once the excessive water is drained away you are ready to move on. If you’re using the rice version, make sure you have a strainer with small holes, so the rice doesn’t escape!
Step 3 – The Pan
Once you stain the noodles, dump it into a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Let the the heat dry out the rice as you constantly stir and turn it over. If you notice a lot of water accumulating in the pan, just dump it back into the strainer and let the excess water drain away, then dump the noodles back into the pan and continue. It can take 10-12 minutes but you’ll see it visibly starting to get drier.
Step 4 – Stir until Popping
After about 10-12 minutes, the Skinny Noodles should look drier and it should having a slight popping sound. That’s how you know it’s ready.
The drier Skinny Noodles will absorb the flavors of whatever you put on them, so I like to always dry them out, no matter which type of noodle I’m using. Go forth and noodle!