A good keto cookbook is worth its weight in gold. Have been keto for the past year, I have definitely learned a lot along the way. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that it’s always a good idea to keep your eyes open to new and exciting recipes. Just like a traditional diet, eating and cooking can become monotonous and routine.
The Beginner’s KetoDiet Cookbook by Martina Slajerova is just what it says. It’s a fantastic resource for beginner keto-eaters, but I would argue it’s the perfect companion for long-time keto-eaters, too!
Take these shirataki noodles. When immersing myself in keto research last year, I came across low-carb shiritaki noodles. I excitedly picked up a package of these noodles swimming in water and went home to try to prepare them. I clearly didn’t know what I was doing and the results were less than appetizing.
So I wrote them off and completely forgot about them. I went on to live an entire noodle-less year.
That was a big mistake.
I missed noodles. Really missed them. Especially in dishes like this Keto Pad Thai.
In her cookbook, Martina outlines an entire section on keto diet staples, including the PROPER way to prepare these shirataki noodles. It takes less than 15 minutes start to finish then you have noodles to use in any meal you want to make throughout the week. This is a game changer.
How to Prepare Shirataki Noodles
- Wash and drain the noodles
- Boil them for 2-3 minutes
- Place in a hot, dry pan and fry for about 10 minutes, tossing with tongs while cooking
That’s all it takes to be halfway to this incredibly satisfying keto pad Thai. The rest of this recipe includes chicken thighs and easy egg omelets cooked in ghee, bean sprouts, spring onions, and fresh crunchy cabbage.
The simple sauce is made with fish sauce and almond butter and gives the pad Thai an amazingly nutty flavor.
Even my kids loved loved this recipe and my husband who is newish to keto was on cloud nine being able to eat noodles.
Keto-friendly noodles are my new best friend!
Keto Pad Thai
- Small bowl
- Stock pot
- Frying pan
- 1/4 cup 60 ml fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon 15 ml coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon 15 g/0.5 oz Sriracha
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 4 tablespoons 64 g /2.3 oz almond butter or coconut butter
- Optional: 1 to 2 tablespoons erythritol or 5 to 7 drops stevia extract
- 2 packs 400 g/14.1 oz shirataki noodles
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon 70 g/2.5 oz ghee, divided
- 1.1 pounds 500 g boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 2 medium 30 g/1.1 oz spring onions, sliced
- 2 cups 100 g/3.5 oz bean sprouts
- Sea salt and black pepper
- 1/4 cup 15 g/0.5 oz flaked almonds or coconut, toasted
- 2 cups 140 g/4.9 oz shredded red cabbage
- 2 tablespoons 30 ml fresh lime juice
- Small bunch cilantro chopped
- Chop your ingredients.
- Prepare the sauce: Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl, including the erythritol, if using. Set aside.
- Prepare the shirataki noodles: Wash the shirataki noodles thoroughly and boil them for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain well. Place the noodles in a hot dry pan. Fry over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. Using tongs, toss the noodles as they cook. Set aside.
- Prepare the omelets: Heat a pan greased with 1/2 tablespoon of ghee. Beat 2 eggs, pour into the hot pan, and swirl to coat the surface in order to make a very thin omelet. Cook over a medium-high heat for a couple of minutes or until firm on top. Flip over with a spatula and cook for 30 seconds more. When done, transfer to a plate. Grease the pan with the remaining ghee and repeat with the remaining 2 eggs. Set aside to cool down, then roll up the omelets and cut into thin strips.
- Cut the chicken thighs into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces. Heat a large pan greased with the remaining 1/4 cup (55 g/1.9 oz) ghee and cook over a medium-high heat until pale and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spring onions. Cook over a medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Then add the omelet strips and bean sprouts and cook for 1 minute more while stirring. Add the prepared sauce and shirataki noodles, cook briefly until heated through, and remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- To toast the almond flakes, place them on a dry hot pan and cook over a medium-high heat until fragrant for 1 to 2 minutes. Keep stirring to prevent burning. Serve the pad thai with cabbage, lime juice, cilantro, and toasted almonds.
I was surprised how much drying out the Konjac noodles improved the experience! I love them out of the pack but my husband has never been a fan. He loved it with this tip! I am new to Japan and haven’t figured out how to source a few of the ingredients so I had to make some substitutions HOWEVER it was still great! I was so worried the sauce was too salty but in the end it was perfect! Def adding to the rotation!
This has way too much ghee in it – it really muddies the flavors. I ended up putting in double the lime juice and a ton of herbs (mint, basil and cilantro) to try and freshen it up, and it's still kind of unpleasantly buttery. Would be better cooked in a neutral oil with some toasted sesame oil splashed on at the end. Also, some tamarind paste would sharpen up the flavors but I didn't think of that until too late –
Also, this is marked as four servings but, with two packages of noodles, it's really more like six or even eight servings.
Thanks for this! I was feeling really tired of so much meat. Your directions on cooking shirataki was spot on. Granted I’m starved but the texture was so similar to a cross between flour and rice noodles. I made this very sloppily w probably very incorrect portions so that maybe why it doesnt taste like pad thai at all, but it is a whole new dish that is quite delicious!
Loved the dish and the “noodles” were a great way to handle my craving. My question to you is the dish ended up tasting REALLY salty, and that is without me adding any additional salt to the dish. Is that normal? Is there anything I can sub out to make it less salty? Thanks!