Konnyaku is a gelatinous food made from Konnyaku potatoes.  It is usually sold in a block, but also in a pasta or thread like shape (Ito Konnyaku, also called Shirataki).

Konnyaku is often used in Nimono (boiled and seasoned vegetables).  Konnyaku doesn’t have very much taste itself but absorbs flavors from seasonings.  It also provides a nice texture, a little chewy or springy.  It has a distinct smell, and you can boil it to lessen the smell before used in cooking.

Konnyaku is rich in fiber and low in calories. With little calories or fat, Konnyaku can be used as a substitute for starches when preparing low calorie dishes.

Miso Dengaku with Konnyaku

Miso Dengaku with Konnyaku


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    March 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I’m new to Japanese cuisine but Ive fallen in love. I especially enjoy eating sushi. After watching your video on YouTube I would love to try the konnyaku. How can I source this konnyaku to prepare for myself. Also, I live in New York.

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      March 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      we have Dengaku recipe using Konnyaku. Check it out!

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    September 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I came across your page after googling a recipe for sunomono, it’s great! I’m vegan and want to make the Hijiki No Nimono; this ingredient sounds totally plant-based, are you able to confirm if it is? Also, do you know where in a large Asian market this product is usually stocked? Thanks!

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    September 27, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Is there a way to store unused Konnyaku? Can you freeze it?

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    November 13, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Dear Noriko,

    Where can I buy konnyaku in US?

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    March 17, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Can I used it to replace ramen?

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