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Kidney Friendly Cod Recipe Nephrologist Designed

Chef Cindy Mooney , On February 6, 2024

This Kidney Friendly Cod Recipe is Written For CKD Stage 2 and 3

Kidney Friendly Cod Recipe For CKD Stage 2 and 3

This renal cod recipe is a delicious seafood renal meal option for chronic kidney disease patients in renal failure two or three that want to prevent going on dialysis. This renal cod recipe is also low in calories and helps with weight loss to make you eligible for a kidney transplant should you need one in the future.

Criteria to qualify as a seafood renal recipe:

CKD stage 2 and 3 meals have to be low in protein to alleviate renal function. Veggies need to be non-cruciferous, well-cooked, and skin-off when possible. Renal recipes should be low in sodium, phosphorus and potassium.

Well, this renal meal meets the nephrologist criteria and since it is chef crafted with the use of flavorful seasonings it offers great tastes while also being easy to prepare. Our renal cod recipe flavors are created through the natural caramelization of the vegetables and rosemary seasoning.

Kidney Friendly Seafood Cod Recipe Ingredients:

Kidney Friendly Ingredients

Kidney Friendly Ingredients

  • 1-2 cod filets

  • 1 cup peas, frozen or fresh if available

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips

  • 1 cup cooked white rice  (See a great prep recipe for rice here)

  • 1 tablespoon ground rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon whole dried rosemary leaves. Fresh leaves are an excellent alternative!

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons + olive oil for cooking

Kitchen Tools for this Kidney Friendly Cod Recipe

  • 2 skillets

  • Spatula

  • Measuring spoons

  • Knife and cutting board

Kidney Friendly Cod Recipe Overview:

Note: There are 4 components to this Kidney Friendly seafood recipe – each using a skillet. If you can get multiple skillets on your stovetop, that is a good way to turn this easy renal cod recipe into a quick renal seafood recipe. If you only have one skillet you can share skillets by cooking the rice and peas together.

    Cooking Renal cod recipe instructions

  1. Blend the 2 types of rosemary and the salt in a small bowl or cup. You will use this herb blend for all the components to this meal.
  2. Sprinkle both sides of the cod with some of the herb mixture.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high and put about 1 tablespoon olive oil in there and let it get hot (1). Put the cod in the skillet, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes (2). If you want to cover the skillet, it will help cook more evenly and a bit faster. 

    Turn the cod over and cook for another 2-3 minutes (3).

    renal Cod Recipe Cooking

    Renal Cod Recipe Cooking

  4. Serve with the rice, peas and peppers

  5. Rice instructions

  6. You can use a clean skillet, or you can use the same skillet that you used for the cod.

  7. Just put the cooked rice (see here for another way to cook riceahead of time) into the pan with the drippings, add a little more of the seasoning blend and cook until hot (2). I really like this technique of absorbing flavors into the rice. NOTE: If you are using a fresh skillet, heat first with olive oil and rosemary , add rice cook until hot (2).

    Cooking Rice

    Cooking Dirty Rice

  8. Cooking peppers for our Renal cod recipe instructions:

  9. Heat a skillet over high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and some of the rosemary seasoning blend, let it get hot (1). 

  10. Add the strips of yellow bell pepper (2).

    Yellow Peppers

    Yellow Peppers Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties

  11. Cook the peppers on medium/high, stirring occasionally to develop color on all sides. When the peppers have begun to caramelize (turn brown in spots), remove from the pan and set aside.

  12. Peas instructions

  13. Heat a skillet, place olive oil and some of the rosemary seasoning. Let it get hot (1). 

  14. Put the peas in the skillet (2). 

    Put Peas in Skillet

    Put Peas in Skillet

  15. Swirl until the peas are hot.

  16. Serve with the cod, rice and peppers.

If you enjoyed this renal seafood recipe you may also enjoy our renal salmon recipe. Alternatively, if you do not have time to cook renal friendly meals we are here to help. You can stop progression of your chronic kidney disease and mitigate risks with healthy premade renal friendly meals delivered.

Types of Cod

Cod has white flesh low in moisture. This is why in many cases sodium tripoly or Sodium bicorbonate in the fish so it retains moisture vs citric acid.
If you are looking for a type of cod that has more moisture opt for Miso Cod / Miso Sablefish or Black Cod. This has a rich and oily texture and can be found in the Pacific Ocean from California to Alaksa.

Chef Cindy Mooney

With a personal mission to spread the good name of nutrition through mouthwatering recipes, Chef Cindy's philosophy around nutrition is deeply rooted in food as medicine. In the kitchen, she offers a conscious, restorative, and functional approach to cooking; an approach she has cultivated during her years working in farm-to-table restaurants.