Keto Anchovy and Lemon Pasta

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  • prep time

    prep time

    8 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    17 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    25 min

Keto Anchovy and Lemon Pasta

Flat, shirataki linguine noodles take on a light but savory flavor in this one-pan pasta dish. The buttery sauce is flavored with anchovies, garlic, and lots of lemon juice and zest. At the end of cooking, all the pasta is coated in grated parmesan to complete the flavor profile and add just a bit of extra saltiness. Each serving is topped with lightly fried anchovy fillets, which have a simple almond flour breading. You can make this Keto recipe as a side dish to a main meal, or you can turn the pasta into your main dish and pair it with a side salad or soup. Since shirataki noodles are so versatile and durable, this is a good recipe to use in meal prepping as well. Storing the cooked pasta in air-tight containers in your refrigerator will help it last 3-5 days. To avoid turning the almond flour soggy, you can store the fried anchovies in a separate container to add to your pasta when you’re ready to eat.

Vegetable Noodles Vs Shirataki Noodles

The Keto diet requires anyone who enjoys variety in their meals to get creative. For pasta lovers, there are all sorts of low-carb pasta substitutions on the market. The healthiest options are spiralized vegetable noodles and shirataki noodles. Noodles made from zucchini (“zoodles”) can be lightly roasted in an oven or on a stovetop before topped with pasta sauce. Zoodles are best for thicker sauces, such as a Keto tomato sauce or Alfredo sauce. Prepare the zucchini separately from your pasta sauce before serving. Shirataki noodles, however, are great for recipes like this where you want to noodle to absorb a lot of the flavor. Sauces made with butter, oil, or broths go best with shirataki noodles, and they can survive cooking in the pan without falling apart.

What Are Shirataki Noodles Made From?

Shirataki noodles are made from a specific type of fiber called Glucomannan. Glucomannan is only found in the konjac plant, which is grown in Asia. The other main ingredient of shirataki noodles is water! This why there are zero carbohydrates in shirataki noodles. Some shirataki noodles are made with tofu, which does add a few carbs but also includes more nutrition. Shirataki noodles come in many classic pasta shapes, making it a great substitute for many dishes. The most common pasta shapes are ramen noodles, linguine, and macaroni. You’ll usually find shirataki noodles in the vegetarian or vegan area of the refrigeration aisle in your grocery store, near where frozen foods are.

Jessica L.

  • Net Carbs

    1.5 g

  • Fiber

    0.4 g

  • Total Carbs

    1.9 g

  • Protein

    8.6 g

  • Fats

    18.3 g

206 cals

Keto Anchovy and Lemon Pasta

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  • Anchovy, Smoked, Canned In Oil And Drained

    Anchovy, Smoked, Canned In Oil And Drained

    1 can - each 2 ounce net weight

  • Almond Flour

    Almond Flour

    1-½ teaspoon

  • Olive Oil

    Olive Oil

    1 teaspoon

  • Unsalted Butter

    Unsalted Butter

    2 tablespoon

  • Garlic


    2 teaspoon, chopped

  • Lemon Peel Or Zest Raw

    Lemon Peel Or Zest Raw

    ½ tsp

  • Capers


    1 teaspoon

  • Japanese White Shirataki Noodles by Yutaka

    Japanese White Shirataki Noodles by Yutaka

    8 ounce

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    ⅛ teaspoon

  • Lemon Juice

    Lemon Juice

    1 teaspoon

  • Parmesan Cheese

    Parmesan Cheese

    1 tablespoon, grated

Recipe Steps

steps 4

25 min

  • Step 1

    Open a can of your favorite brand of anchovy packaged in oil. Remove the anchovy fillets and use a paper towel to remove excess oil from the fish. Set aside 3 whole anchovy fillets per serving and prepare a small dish with the almond flour. For this recipe, you may want to include extra almond flour on your plate. Press the whole anchovy fillets into the almond flour, giving each fillet a light coating on each side. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, fry the lightly breaded anchovy fillets for just 1 minute per side in the oil. Transfer the fried anchovy fillets to a clean surface to rest. Chop the remaining anchovies into small pieces.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Return your pan to the stove over low heat and melt the butter in the pan. Add minced garlic and chopped anchovies to the melted butter and let them cook over low heat until the butter turns golden and the garlic and anchovies are fragrant. Stir the lemon zest and capers into the butter. Let the ingredients cook over low heat for another 1-2 minutes.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Drain and rinse your shirataki noodles in a colander in the sink. Then, gently stir the noodles into the pan while the heat is still on low. Stir the pepper and lemon juice in with the noodles. Bring the pan to a simmer and let the noodles cook in the anchovy and lemon pasta sauce until all excess water has evaporated. The noodles will have absorbed some of the sauce and taken on a lightly browned color. Return the stove heat back down to low, and stir in the grated parmesan cheese.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Gently fold the noodles over in the pan with the parmesan cheese until all the noodles are coated. The parmesan cheese does not have to melt completely for this recipe. Take the pan off the stove and serve the pasta by weight. Top each serving of pasta off with 3 fried anchovy fillets and any additional Keto garnishes you wish to add at your discretion.
    Step 4