The Sweet Life

I have an appreciation of udon noodles that borders on obsession, but when I want to go lighter on the carbs, shirataki noodles are a nice, low-carb alternative. Because they are made from tofu and yam flour, they have minimal carbs. You can make this dish on the fly too, when you're in a rush. It's clean, light, and well balanced. I stock up on shirataki in Japanese markets around New York, and they are widely available in health food stores and some large supermarkets.


16 oz (2 packages) tofu shirataki noodles3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil1 large red onion, diced4 garlic cloves, finely chopped2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger2 fresh jalapeno chile peppers, seeded and finely chopped2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted in a dry skillet2 Tbsp rice vinegar2 Tbsp agave nectar1 tsp sambal oelek chili paste1 cup low-sodium chicken broth¼ cup chopped cashews⅓ cup hand-torn fresh cilantro2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce


  1. Rinse the noodles under cold running water and drain well, then transfer them to a large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil to keep them from sticking together.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, jalapenos, and sesame seeds and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent and aromatic, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the vinegar, agave nectar, and chili paste, stirring well to combine. Mix in the broth, cashews, cilantro, and soy sauce and cook for 1 to 2 minutes to marry the flavors.
  3. Pour the sauce over the noodles. Let the noodles rest in the sauce for a couple of minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Provided by: The Sweet Life

Per Single Serving / Serves 4 Total

  • Calories 227
  • Total Fat 16g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Sodium 448mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 19g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Protein 4g
  • Cholesterol 0mg

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Dinner, Low Calorie, Low Carb, Low Cholesterol, Tofu, Japanese

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