Kelp Noodles are a real treasure from the sea! Fat-free, gluten-free, super-low in carbs and calories but high in iodine and other essential minerals, these beauties really are a slice of culinary marine magic. One of our top-sellers, Kelp Noodles just seem to fly off our shelves as fast as we can re-stock them – but what exactly makes them so popular, and how are our Faithful customers using them in the kitchen? Here’s the inside scoop on Kelp Noodles, plus two delicious, easy recipes for you to try out.
Kelp Noodles: Making a Splash!
Kelp Noodles are not really “noodles” at all; at least not in the traditional sense. They’re made from raw edible kelp seaweed, specifically from the thin colourless inner layer under the kelp’s outer skin. These thin, noodle-shaped strips of kelp are preserved in natural seaweed-derived salt (called sodium alginate). So, Kelp Noodles are a pasta noodle substitute with the following awesome benefits:
- 100% raw
- 100% vegan
- 100% gluten-free
- 11 vitamins
- 16 amino acids
- 46 minerals!
Key nutrients found in Kelp Noodles include iodine, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin A, antioxidants and B-complex vitamins.
Cooking with Kelp Noodles
The news just gets better folks; these super-healthy seaweed noodles are also pretty delicious. They have a light, crisp texture similar to that of glass noodles; and a neutral flavour that goes perfectly with just about anything. They can be eaten cooked, soaked to soften or just munched completely raw and crispy – whichever you prefer!
Top Tip: To prepare your Kelp Noodles, open the package and pour the noodles into a bowl or sieve. Run cool water over the noodles to rinse them. Then soak the noodles in a bowl of warm water for about 30 minutes. Rinse again before cooking. If you prefer your Kelp Noodles crispy, simply rinse them without soaking them.
Kelp Noodle Salad & Peanut Dressing
- 1 package Kelp Noodles
- 2 cups carrots, shredded
- 1-2 scallions, thinly sliced
- Black sesame seeds
- Lime wedges, to serve
- 3Tbsp natural peanut butter/ almond butter
- 2-3Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1Tbsp tamari
- 1Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- 1tsp fresh ginger, grated
- Mix all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside to let the flavour develop.
- Rinse the kelp noodles under cool running water.
- Add noodles and carrots to a large bowl, add dressing and mix until well coated.
- Garnish with scallions & sesame seeds, top with fresh lime juice, serve & enjoy!
Did You Know? Kelp is a highly sustainable plant; it grows at a rate of a whopping 20 inches a day! That means that kelp harvested for use in food products can grow back fully in as little as ten days.
Soups, salads, stir-fries… it’s easy to think of so many wholesome savoury recipes you can whip up in a jiffy using a handful of Kelp Noodles. But what about dessert? That’s right, you can easily create some really delicious and unique sweet treats using our versatile Kelp Noodles! Check it out:
Raw Cacao Kelp Noodles
- 1 package Kelp Noodles
- 1 cup raw cacao paste
- 1-2Tbsp raw honey
- Pinch of sea salt
- Handful of unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
- Soak kelp noodles for approx. 20-30 minutes to make them soft & plump.
- Melt the cacao paste, then add a little cold filtered water and immediately start whisking. Whisk well, until you have a light and fluffy mousse mixture.
- Add a dash of sea salt and honey to taste.
- Toss in the kelp noodles and coat evenly.
- Chill the mixture in the fridge. Garnish with a sprinkling of coconut flakes, serve chilled & enjoy!
How do YOU eat Kelp Noodles? We’d love to hear your most creative recipe!