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Low Carb “Soba” Noodles

These low carb soba noodles are made from eggplant and seasoned with sesame and soy sauce! A Japanese-inspired side dish recipe.

Low Carb "Soba" Noodles - a gluten free alternative to a classic Japanese dish made from eggplant

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While on my current fascination of creating low carb versions of Japanese dishes, I really wanted to make a noodle dish. I've made low carb sesame noodles before using kelp noodles, but I wanted something that was more like the real thing. After some brainstorming, I decided to make some soba-style noodles from eggplant! So let's take a look at what soba is, according to Wiki:

Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours. Soba noodles are served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup.”

Somewhere along the line I forgot how they were traditionally served (oops!), and I made them into a side dish. But they are super delicious and definitely worth trying!

How to Make Low Carb “Soba” Noodles

Prepare a large eggplant into noodles with a julienne blade on a mandoline (see my post on low carb eggplant noodles for more information!). By the way, I've tried using a julienne peeler and it just gets too messy.

Low Carb "Soba" Noodles - a gluten free alternative to a classic Japanese dish made from eggplant

Place a large non-stick skillet over a medium heat and dry-fry some sesame seeds. Turn them regularly – it is easy to burn them. Note: two tablespoons of seeds are shown below, only one is needed for this recipe.

Low Carb "Soba" Noodles - a gluten free alternative to a classic Japanese dish made from eggplant

Transfer them to a small bowl and set aside. Add some sesame oil and olive oil to the skillet and add the eggplant noodles. Cook for five minutes, stirring regularly. Mix together some soy sauce and rice vinegar, then add it to the skillet.

Low Carb "Soba" Noodles - a gluten free alternative to a classic Japanese dish made from eggplant

Cook for another few minutes or until the eggplant is cooked through. Add some chopped green onions.

Low Carb "Soba" Noodles - a gluten free alternative to a classic Japanese dish made from eggplant

Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over the top.

Low Carb "Soba" Noodles - a gluten free alternative to a classic Japanese dish made from eggplant

These noodles have a fantastic savory flavor, and would be great served with grilled meat!

Low Carb "Soba" Noodles - a gluten free alternative to a classic Japanese dish made from eggplant

Low Carb "Soba" Noodles

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These low carb soba noodles are made from eggplant and seasoned with sesame and soy sauce! A Japanese-inspired side dish recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant, peeled
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbs rice vinegar
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced

Instructions

  1. Prepare the eggplant into noodles with a julienne blade on a mandoline.
  2. Place a large non-stick skillet over a medium heat and dry-fry the sesame seeds. Turn them regularly - it is easy to burn them. Transfer them to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the sesame oil and olive oil to the skillet and add the eggplant noodles. Cook for five minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. Mix together the soy sauce and rice vinegar, then add it to the skillet.
  5. Cook for another few minutes or until the eggplant is cooked through. Add the green onions.
  6. Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top.

Notes

9g net carbs per serving (half the recipe)

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Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size Half the recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 257Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 0mgSodium 880mgCarbohydrates 13gNet Carbohydrates 9gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 3g

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

Adapted from this recipe.

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