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Shirataki noodles

GlossaryShirataki noodles

Translucent white, thin konnyaku / yam cake noodles used for the Japanese hot-pot sukiyaki and other simmered dishes

What is shirataki noodles?

Shirataki noodles are slender threads of konnyaku / yam cake. Made by taking the main ingredient of powdered konnyaku, adding a coagulant, then threading the mixture through specialized tubes and boiling until firm. As it is primarily made of dried white powdered konnyaku, the noodles are also white in color.
Generally eaten in dishes such as "oden" (a Japanese hot-pot variety using various ingredients and eaten in winter), sukiyaki, and "nikujaga" (beef and potato stew). These are also used as a substitute for pasta or other noodles in the case of calorie restriction for weight loss. Shirataki noodles are sometimes bundled together to simmer for easier eating, a method often used for oden.
Shirataki noodles should be prepared before cooking to remove its distinct odor and allow for seasonings to be soaked up.
To prepare the noodles, first sprinkle on salt, rub in, then set aside for some time to allow excess moisture to drain out. Finish by parboiling in hot water for 3-5 minutes.

Bundled shirataki noodles. You can find them in oden.

Nutrition facts

As shirataki noodles are approximately 97% water content, they are super low calorie, containing a mere 5-6 kcal per 100 g. They are also rich in water-soluble calcium which is easily absorbed.

How to storage: not to waste the ingredient

Consumption soon after purchase is recommended. If package storage directions state to keep out of direct sunlight and away from high temperatures, then it is possible to store the noodles without refrigerating. Leftover shirataki noodles should be placed in a container, submerged fully in water, then sealed and placed in a refrigerator. Avoid freezing as that will change the texture of the noodles.


It is said that the Japanese word for shirataki noodles comes from the process of making the noodles. The konnyaku strands coming out of the holes in the tubes look like a "white waterfall," which is the literal translation of the word "shirataki."

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