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Kidney Friendly Tilapia Recipe for Renal Diet

Chef Randy , On October 13, 2021

Kidney Friendly Recipe for Renal Failure CKD Stage 2 and 3.

Kidney Friendly Tilapia Recipe for Renal Diet Overview

This renal tilapia recipe for kidney failure is anything but bland, has great flavor and is an easy renal meal. The herbed citrus marinade is a perfect balance for the tilapia and brightens the whole dish. Healthy brown rice with parsley and fresh green beans creates a very satisfying, tasty meal that you easily prepare all on the stovetop.

This renal recipe is low sodium, low potassium, low phosphorous and low protein. So, it has all the necessary requirements to qualify for a pre-made meal for renal failure stage 2 and 3.

Equipment needed for this renal tilapia recipe:

Cooking Tools for this Renal Tilapia Recipe

Cooking Tools for this Renal Tilapia Recipe

  • Skillet*

  • Some sort of spatula to stir and flip fish if you want.

Kidney Friendly Tilapia Recipe Ingredients:

Renal Tilapia Ingredients

Cooking Tools for this Renal Tilapia Recipe

  • 1 tilapia filet

  • 1 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend *(see below if you want to modify or make your own)

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • Pinch of salt (5ml)

  • 1/4 cup lime juice

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Renal Tilapia Recipe Ingredients for Sides:

  • 1 Cup cooked brown rice

  • Green beans

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil for cooking

  • Italian seasoning

Renal Tilapia Recipe Seasoning Condiment:

  • 3 parts oregano

  • 2 parts marjoram

  • 2 parts thyme

  • 1 part basil

  • 1 part rosemary

  • 1 part sage

Renal Tilapia Recipe Cooking Instructions

  1. Cook some brown rice in a rice cooker or cook the rice over a stovetop and set aside.

  2. Make the renal friendly citrus marinade: mix the lime and lemon juice together in a mixing bowl, add 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning and mix. There is no salt added to this marinade in order to limit sodium when in CKD Stage 3. The herbs and marinade is used to add a punch of natural, delicious flavor.

    Renal Tilapia Marinade

    Renal Tilapia Marinade

  3. Place the tilapia filets in the seasoned citrus juice and let marinade for at least 15 minutes.

    Renal Tilapia Marinade

    Place your fish in this renal friendly marinade

  4. Heat a large skillet (medium/high) with olive oil. Put the filets in the skillet and cook about 3 minutes each side. An alternative to trying to flip fragile filets over, is to just leave them on one side and cover while you cook on lower heat.

    Renal Friendly Fish Recipe

    Cook on Medium Heat

  5. Make sure the fish is cooked all the way through by poking it with a fork or separating the middle to ensure a white color throughout.

    Cooked Fish will turn white

    Fish is fully cooked when it turns white.

  6. Once cooked, remove from pan and set aside.

  7. Prepare the rice:

  8. In the same pan, still hot, with the fish drippings, put in the cooked rice and parsley and stir until hot. Serve with the fish.

    Renal Friendly Fish Recipe

    Cook the rice in the skillet

    Cook the Green Beans:

  9. Blanch green beans (optional, but a great way to go). Put the fresh green beans into a pot of boiling water for about 15 – 20 seconds, then instantly take them out and put into ice water. (This is called “blanche & shock”). What this does is brighten and seal in the color, and also partially cooks the beans so that the next step is a breeze. Once cooled, drain and pat dry with a paper towel.

  10. Heat a skillet with some olive oil and Italian seasoning. Put the blanched green beans in and sauté until they are hot. You can push it a little and let them start to scorch for some really nice flavor and texture.

    Renal Friendly Fish Recipe

    Cook the string beans

  11. Serve with the brown rice and tilapia for a delectable renal meal.

Advice for this kidney friendly tilapia recipe for renal failure

Tip 1: A second skillet would speed up the cooking process.

Tip 2: If you are on dialysis increase the protein portions to be 6oz – 8oz of cooked food weight. This is because patients on dialysis need more protein.

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Chef Randy

After graduating from LeCordon Bleu at the top of his class Chef Randy dove head-first into a culinary career working in many top-tier restaurants including the Golden 1 Center Arena as a lead cook. He later owned and operated a mobile woodfired pizza concept where he championed whole and natural ingredients. Chef Randy is passionate about healthy food and developing relationships with local providers for true farm-to-fork food production.