What Exactly Is A Zoodle And How Do You Make Them?

What Exactly Is A Zoodle And How Do You Make Them?

In the low-carb community, people are raving about zoodles and how versatile they are; but for the rest of us who are slowly cutting carbs from our diets, we are left asking, “What are zoodles?”

The word, “zoodle” isn’t actually a real word that you can find in the dictionary; it’s a combination of the words zucchini and noodle. A zoodle is a long thin strip of zucchini that looks very similar to spaghetti and it can be used as a substitution for pasta in many, many dishes.

How To Make Zoodles?

There are many different ways you can make zoodles, and we can walk you through.

Making zoodles.

Spiralizer

A spiralizer is a tool that is by far the easiest and fastest way to make a zoodle. All you have to do is cut off the end of a piece of zucchini, stick it next to the blade, and start spinning. When you’re done, you’ll be left with long ribbons of “curly spaghetti.”

Mandolin

A mandolin is a great option if you want a thicker noodle than a julienne peeler can provide you with. Using a mandolin is much quicker than a peeler and it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

To make a noodle with these, you will want to place the vegetable on the device and put the plastic holder on top (the blades are incredibly sharp on a mandolin and you want to protect your fingers!) and just slide the vegetable back and forth over the blade.

You can create flat zoodles for lasagna and you can even vary the thickness to suit your tastes. You can crate long strands of noodles, or even medallions.

Julienne Peeler

A julienne peeler is probably something you already have in your utensil drawer. Most vegetable peelers will have two sides: one to peel vegetables and the other to julienne. These tools can make thin spaghetti like noodles, or they can make wide, thin noodles that you could use like a lasagna roll.

To make these noodles, all you have to do is clean and dry the zucchini. Hold the vegetable in one hand and the peeler in the other, and just peel. If you are using the julienne side, you may have to pull apart the individual “noodles.”

How To Cook Zoodles

Now that you have your zoodles, how do you cook them? That’s just it – you don’t want to cook the noodles because if you cook them too long, they’ll just turn to mush. 

Cooked zoodles.

You can eat your zoodles raw and pour your sauce on top. However, if you aren’t too keen on the flavor of raw zoodles, here are some ways you can cook them:

  • Microwaved: This is the quickest way to cook your zoodles. You’ll just need to put your zoodles in a microwave-safe dish and cook it in 30-second intervals until they are to the desired tenderness.
  • Sautéed: Sautéed zoodles is quick and easy. Just pour a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and sauté the zoodles for a minute or two. This is a great option if you’re making shrimp in a garlic butter sauce or other light sauces. 
  • Boiled: Boiled zoodles is one of the most common methods because we are most familiar with it. However, when cooking the zoodles this way, you will only want to cook the noodles for a minute or so and then drain them in a colander. You may need to blot the zoodles with a paper towel after draining because they will be wetter than pasta and it could leave a watery puddle on your dish.
  • Baked: Baked zoodles are among the most time-consuming and laborious methods to which you can cook your zoodles. You will want to line your baking sheet with paper towels and evenly distribute your zoodles on top. Sprinkle with a little bit of sea salt and bake at 200 for 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll want to gently squeeze the noodles in the paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Zoodles are a fantastic option for people who want to live a healthier lifestyle and reduce the amount of carbs you have in your diet. While zoodles aren’t going to give you the flavor of pasta, it is still a great alternative that is much quicker to cook!

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