Sprouts kelp noodles recipe | Very healthy and easy to make

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  May 8, 2022

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Did it ever occur to you that seaweed can be used as noodles? It’s certainly a twist to traditional recipes!

Raw kelp noodles are very interesting to use. This sprouts kelp noodle recipe consists of raw food, which has a firm-crunchy texture, as well as a neutral flavor.

Besides, this recipe is rich with a lot of minerals and is gluten and sugar-free. Plus, it has low calories and carbohydrates.

You can easily prepare this recipe in your home, so long as you have the required ingredients.

Raw kelp noodles and bean sprouts recipe

Sprout and kelp noodles are very easy to prepare. Mostly, there’s not much cooking needed; you only need to soak the noodles in water, which should be purified.

To prepare this recipe, you need to start by removing the kelp noodles from the packaging. Then, proceed to soak them in water.

Allow them to sit for a while as you prepare your ingredients and blend your sauce. This procedure (making the sauce) assists in separating your noodles.

You can garnish your dish with cilantro, sesame seeds, green onion, and peanuts. When you use the correct ratios, you’ll love this recipe!

Read more: different types of Japanese noodles to use in your dishes

Why is this kelp noodles recipe good for you?

Most people love this sprouts kelp and noodles recipe since it’s much healthier compared to traditional pad thai. Also, this doesn’t compromise the flavor of the recipe.

In addition to this:

  • Kelp noodles have 0% sugar, protein, cholesterol, and fat. Per serving, they have 1g of carbohydrates, 1g of fiber, and 35mg of sodium. This recipe can give you up to 15% of your daily calcium requirements, as well as 4% of your daily iron requirements in every serving.
  • Almond butter is an excellent way to improve your almond consumption. It has several health benefits, thanks to its exceptional nutritional profile. This included fiber, healthy fats, copper, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E.
  • Bean sprouts, on the other hand, have vitamins B and C, and protein. They provide an excellent source of folate.

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Raw kelp noodles and bean sprouts recipe

Raw kelp noodles with sprouts recipe

Joost Nusselder
This is a simple and healthy recipe that you should try out in your kitchen. So why don’t you take that step and enjoy this meal?
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Blender/ Food Processor
  • Cooking pot
  • Sauce pan (for the optional sauce)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 packet raw kelp noodles
  • 1 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups bean sprouts fresh
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • ¼ large carrot sliced
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • cup peanuts roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Sriracha sauce (optional or you could buy it, but this is healthier)

  • 3 Fresh red Fresno or jalapeno peppers seeded, stemmed, and chopped (roughly)
  • 8 cloves garlic smashed and peeled
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt

Instructions
 

Start by preparing your sriracha sauce (you can skip this if you don't want to add it or if you're going to buy a bottle)

  • Preparing the sauce: This preparation requires around 20 minutes and will make around 2¼ cups. This sauce is not just paleo-friendly, but it's also very fast. You can ferment it to boost the umami in the sauce. If you don’t have enough time for the sauce to ferment, you can add umami, which can be in the form of fish sauce or tomato paste.
  • Start by preparing your peppers. Use gloves while handling the peppers to help you not burn your eyes and hands. If you don’t want the sauce to be extremely hot, you can remove the seeds and some of the ribs from the peppers. Keeping the seeds and the ribs will make the sauce hotter. You can roughly chop the whole peppers before or after you remove the seed; it doesn't have to be small rings because we're going to blend the ingredients together.
  • Now put all of the ingredients for the sauce into a blender or food processor. A rectangular food processor can also work. However, if you use this kind of food processor, make sure that you cut your garlic and peppers into smaller pieces and then put everything together. Failing to do so may make the sauce end up on the chunky side and that's not what you want.
    Sriracha sauce in blender
  • Continue blending until you achieve a smooth paste. Now pour the puree into a saucepan and then boil it over high heat. Once the puree starts to boil, reduce the heat, and then allow it to simmer for around 5 – 10 minutes. Make sure that you stir occasionally. Cooking the sauce allows you to deepen and concentrate the flavors, and reduce the sharpness of the garlic.
  • Once the foam reduces, your sauce will have a bright red color. In addition, you shouldn't be able to detect the smell of raw vegetables. Taste your sauce to check the seasoning, and adjust if necessary.
  • This sriracha sauce can last for up to 1 week, but it should be refrigerated. You can also freeze your sauce if you want to use it for a longer period (for up to 2 – 3 months).

Slighty cook the vegetables

  • Bring a large cooking pot to a boil over high heat.
  • In the meantime, cut the carrots across the length into 4 equal, long stems. You can use more if you love carrots, but I like to use ¼ of the carrot in this recipe as it adds just a bit of crunch and sweetness to the dish.
  • Slice the ¼ (or however much you'd like to use) long carrot stem across the middle so it's not that long anymore and slice it in as many ribbons as you can.
  • Add the beansprouts and the carrot ribbons to the boiling water and let it cook for 3 minutes.

Mix the salad

  • Thoroughly rinse the raw kelp noodles before using them.
  • In a bowl, add your carrots and bean sprouts, and mix them with your kelp noodles. Avoid cooking the kelp noodles; so if your beansprouts and carrots are still hot, cool them off with cold tap water before adding them.
  • Now add some of the fish sauce and sesame seeds, and mix this all together with the kelp noodles. With 2 utensils, apply a gentle "turn and lift" method, as if you're tossing the salad to allow the ingredients to be coated well.
  • Taste your recipe for the seasoning. You can add more fish sauce until you achieve the desired flavor. I find 4 tbsp is best for this amount of salad, but add a little less and start tasting it.
  • Crush the peanuts, chop the green onions into small rings, and chop up the fresh cilantro.
  • Divide the raw kelp noodle salad in 4 bowls and top it off with the peanuts, green onions, and cilantro. Add some of the sriracha sauce for a nice bite and sweetness.
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Frequently asked questions about raw kelp noodles

A lot of people want to know more about the raw kelp noodles I used in this dish, so I decided to take these questions and answer them here in this post.

Are kelp noodles good for you?

Raw kelp noodles are a great way to add important minerals to your diet, as they’re full of iodine, calcium, and iron. They’re also very low in calories and carbs.

When you’re replacing regular noodles with kelp, just remember that they have no protein and very little fiber.

How are kelp noodles made?

Kelp noodles are becoming increasingly popular and are made from 100% raw kelp. The outer layer of kelp has been stripped, leaving a clear, thin “noodle”. The noodles are kept fresh using sodium alginate, which is also made from seaweed.

Are kelp noodles keto?

Kelp noodles are great for vegan meals and are also gluten-free and keto, so they fit right into every ketogenic diet. They’re also very versatile, as you can eat them raw or use them as noodles for a stir fry dish.

Do kelp noodles taste like fish?

A common misconception is that kelp noodles taste like fish, as they’re a product of the sea. But in fact, their taste is mostly neutral, so they take on the flavor of your sauce or other ingredients you might use with them quite well.

Do you cook kelp noodles?

You don’t have to cook kelp noodles and that’s what makes them so easy to use! You can add them to your dish right out of the packet, but rinse them first. Or you can soften them up by soaking them in warm water.

You can also stir fry them without cooking them first.

Do kelp noodles soften?

Kelp noodles are naturally a bit harder than other types of noodles. This can work well in a salad if you like that, but you can soften them quite a bit and make their texture more like wheat noodles by soaking them in hot water.

Are kelp noodles filling?

You can use kelp noodles in almost anything that you’d normally use noodles for. However, by themselves, they’re not very filling, as they’re very low in carbs and fiber. They’re more similar to vegetables than pasta or noodles.

Can kelp noodles be heated?

You can use them in a cold dish straight out of the packet, but kelp noodles can also be heated to be used in stir fry dishes or pasta. You don’t have to cook them though. Just add them to the saucepan for the last 5 minutes like you would with cooked noodles or pasta.

Give kelp noodles a try

This is a simple and healthy recipe that you should try out in your kitchen. So why don’t you take that step and enjoy this meal?

Also read: the best teppanyaki seafood recipes

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.