Learn how to cook Shirataki rice also known as miracle rice /noodle in less than 5 minutes. This easy low carb substitute for rice is one you would love to try if you are looking for a very close substitute to one of our most missed foods on a keto/low carb diet. It literally has zero net carbs. Tired of substituting cauliflower? This is a perfect low carb side for stews, sauces and even casseroles.
Shirataki rice is naturally gluten free, vegan, low calorie and keto friendly. Isn’t that just perfect to find a recipe that’s suitable for most diets.
What is Shirataki Rice (Miracle Rice / Konjac Noodles)
Shirataki rice is a fibre rich, low calorie rice substitute that originated from South Eastern Asia. In fact it is said to have originated from Japan where the name Shirataki means ‘White waterfalls’ and is so called because of its translucent and gelatinous appearance. It is a very common ingredients in Asian cuisine especially in it’s noodle form.
Why you’ll love this recipe
Rice is a staple side dish in most cuisines and unfortunately not a very waist friendly meal if eaten ever too often. Looking for a rice recipe that literally has no carbs?, this is it. Shirataki rice is a low calorie rice substitute.
Even if you are not living a keto or low carb lifestyle, adding this rice to your meal rotation will help you live a healthier life. You might ask, What makes this low calorie? That would be answered in the next section where I talk about what Shirataki rice is made of.
So what is Shirataki rice made of?
Shirataki rice also known by that following names Konjac Rice, Miracle Rice, Skinny rice are made from Glucomannan a type of fiber that is got from the root of the Konjac plant.
This Plant has been grown for many years in South Eastern Asia and is said to contain mainly easily digestible carbs that are mostly fiber.
Is Shirataki rice keto friendly?
Like I mentioned, it is not only keto and low carb friendly, it’s also naturally gluten free and vegan. Great news of that most brands contain zero net carbs making it a great rice substitute got anyone living a low carb lifestyle.
Where to buy Shirataki Rice? (Zero Carb Rice)
Shirataki rice or Konjac rice has become very popular since the prominence of the Keto and Low carb way of eating, which isn’t surprising as many have attributed their weight loss or improved health by substituting regular rice with cauliflower rice or Shirataki rice.
Though I buy mine online, Miracle noodles can be found in most grocery stores either in the Health and specialty section or in the refrigerator aisle.
What does Shirataki rice taste like?
Very good question! In my opinion, Shirataki has a bland, neutral taste which makes it perfect for as a blank canvas for any recipe sauce you’d like to use it for. It’s a bit on the chewy side but it helps with my rice cravings so buy it quite often.
What you need to cook Shirataki rice will depend on the way you want to enjoy your Konjac noodles. Are you cooking it plain to be served with a sauce or stew like Indian butter Chicken, Mongolian beef, Coconut shrimp curry, or this African beef stew?
Or will you be making a rice casserole or Jollof style/ Mexican Style rice dish which is stewed one pot dish like I did with my Mexican cauliflower rice recipe.
For this recipe all you need is a pack of Konjac Rice.
How to cook Shirataki Rice with step by step photos
*This is an overview of the recipe with step by step pictures. Full recipe can be found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this page.
Pic 1-3; Open bag of konjac rice, sieve out the water and rinse under cold water for at least a minute, you can do this while it’s in the sieve.
Pic 4-6; Pour washed and drained Shirataki rice into a stainless steel shallow pot or fry pan and pan fry.
My Shirataki Rice Review!
I know many of you are curious to know how this Shirataki rice tastes. First, like most low carb / keto food substitutes, it’s best not to expect it to be exactly like their high carb counterparts because they are not the same.
Having said that, as a keto rice substitute, this is the closest to rice I have tried. Dare I say it’s better in texture than cauliflower rice or cabbage rice. That means a lot coming from me because I love my cauliflower rice as a keto rice substitute.
One thing though, it has a weird odor. Somewhat fishy once you open the bag. This odor reduces drastically after rinsing and pan frying it.
Some brands actually look like rice in color and shape which is a psychological win and I would definitely recommend it as a good substitute to rice.
Shirataki rice Nutrition (carbs and calories)
Depending on the brand, a serving can contain 10 - 15 calories, a total carb of 3g and dietary fibre of 3g making it a net carb of 0g (Total carbs - Dietary fiber = Net carbs) hence the name zero rice.
Related: How to calculate net carbs
How to serve it and what to serve it with.
You can serve Miracle Rice just the way you would serve rice. See some of the ways I serve it.
- Indian butter chicken (better than take out)
- Keto Mongolian beef
- African beef stew
- Keto Chicken Tikka Masala
- Coconut Shrimp curry
- Homemade beef sauce
I made this recipe like you would make plain white rice. However just like rice, miracle rice can be made into a variety of rice dishes.
- Fried rice: toss in oil, soy sauce and veggies to make sumptuous fried rice recipe:
- Mexican rice: toss in tomato sauce with the Mexican spice blend and turn this into a keto friendly Mexican rice. Check out this Mexican cauliflower rice recipe.
- Garlic butter rice: toss if butter and season with garlic, black pepper, salt and parsley.
- Jollof rice: similar to Mexican rice. Jollof rice is a popular rice dish that’s with tomato sauce and other ingredients.
How to store Shirataki noodles?
I prefer to use them up. They don’t take time to make and have one or two portions per bag. Unopened Konjac noodles can be stored in your pantry as it’s shelf stable but can also store in the refrigerator if that’s your preference.
If for any reason you need to store an open but uncooked portion, store it in the refrigerator in an air tight container and in it’s original water. If the water doesn’t submerge the noodles completely, top it up with clean water and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Do not consume after 3 days.
I haven’t tried this but this information is from the Get skinny noodles website. Also The Miracle Noodles website states you can store cooked noodles in sauce in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 3 days and it will still taste delicious.
Quick Recipe Notes and Tips!
- Brands like the Miracle rice brand are a bit more transparent than the Better than rice brand because the better than rice brand has some oat fibre added to it. I think this also gives it a little more rice-like texture.
- Don’t skip the rinsing in cold water step. It helps to remove the odor.
- The instructions say to boil in water for 5 mins or pan fryer. I prefer to pan fryer. I find that pan frying method dehydrates it a bit improving the texture. (Bearing in mind that Konjac rice is mainly water and fiber and stays submerged in water till ready to use)
- By pan fry I mean dry pan fry. I use my stainless steel fry pan for this but you can use any pot you have at home. Check out my favorite stainless steel pots here and get a 25% off with the discount code MDK25 through July if you make a purchase through my link. If you miss the 25% off this month. You can use MDK10 to get 10% off any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes it is. It’s a great low carb and keto alternative to rice because it has zero net carbs per serving.
Most Shirataki rice brands contain 10 - 15 calories per serving and have a net carb of Zero (Total carbs - Dietary fiber = Net carbs)
Please see answer to above question.
Like I mentioned in the body of the post above, you can buy online and in your local grocery store.
Have you ever tried Miracle rice, Did you enjoy it? Leave me a comment especially with what you would serve it with.
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How to cook Shirataki Rice
- Stainless steel pan
- 1(14oz) bag Shirataki rice
- Open the bag, pour contents into a mesh sieve and rinse thoroughly under cold water for up to a minute
- Let water drain completely.
Dry Pan fry method:
- Pour into a stainless steel fry pan. fry in dry pan for up to 5 mins stirring continuously.
- Serve with any sauce of choice
- Boil in water for 5 minutes, drain and serve
- Most Shirataki rice give off a fishy smell when you open the bag. this is drastically reduced by washing thoroyghly under cold water.
- I prefer the dry pan fry method over thgeboiling method.
- You can also boil for a minute and drain then dry pan fry. That's too much work in my opinion.