Kelp Noodle Stir-fry w/Jalapeño+(Gluten-free) Soy Sauce

15 Mar

Having seen a few kelp noodle recipes on paleo food sites, I decided to try them out myself.  The best price I found were on iHerb.com, where kelp noodle packs are sold by the dozen.  You can find the noodles HERE and you can even get a $5 discount on your first order when you enter the coupon code BAJ231

Kelp noodles are easy to make.  Gluten-free, fat-free, low in carbs and calories, they are great for salads, side-dishes, or as pasta/noodle substitute.  On their own, kelp noodles have no taste, so cooking the noodles in a way that infuses flavor is important.  What I like about he noodles is their crunchy texture.  I have a couple of ideas on how to use kelp noodles (attempts forthcoming), but a very simple, basic way to cook the noodles is in a little bit of broth/liquid.  Last week, I made “stir-fry” using minced garlic and jalapeño, chicken broth, gluten-free soy sauce, topped off with scallions.

Here’s how I made the noodles.

Rinse the noodles under cold water.  In a saute pan on medium-high heat, drizzle some olive oil.  Add minced garlic (3 cloves) and finely chopped jalapeño (1/2 of one – deseeded).  When the garlic begins to brown, add about 1/2 cup of chicken stock and 1/4 cup of gluten free soy sauce.  Bring to a simmer, and add the noodles.  Turn down the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until then noodles soften and the liquid reduces down.  Stir in chopped scallions.

Using tongs (or chop sticks), serve the noodles in a bowl to share “family-style.”  (NOTE: One package of kelp noodles is really best for only 2 people as a side dish.)

**The noodles paired very well with the simple seared wild striped bass as a side-dish.

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2 Responses to “Kelp Noodle Stir-fry w/Jalapeño+(Gluten-free) Soy Sauce”

  1. Christy July 21, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Question, I bought some green, soft kelp noodles at Whole Foods recently (in the fridge section). I was disappointed because they had a very fishy smell and flavor. My hubby and son wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole. Are these really flavorless?

    • tomoko July 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      The ones we got are flavorless – I have never tried the green soft kelp noodles, so I can’t compare, but I’d say these flavorless ones do not smell or taste fishy. I have raw/vegan friends who eat these. I like to soak the noodles in water for 20/30 minutes.

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