Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  162
  • Protein  13 g
  • Carbohydrates  5 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  66 mg
  • Sodium  43 mg
  • Potassium  323 mg
  • Phosphorus  140 mg
  • Calcium  30 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Stuffed Cucumber Rings

Stuffed Cucumber Rings is a low-sodium, Asian-inspired dish seasoned with garlic, ginger and several seasoning blends, and stuffed with ground pork or chicken. DaVita dietitian Lisa from California adapted this dish from a family favorite recipe created by her own dear mother.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created by DaVita renal dietitian Lisa from California and was inspired by her dear mother SueRh.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1 stuffed cucumber ring (1/4 cucumber)


  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons red wine
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash® Lemon Pepper seasoning blend
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash® Chicken Grilling Blend
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Peel cucumbers and cut each cucumber horizontally into 4 round pieces. Remove seeds from the middle of each cucumber round to make it hollow in the center.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine ground meat with egg, cornstarch, sugar, wine, garlic powder, ginger, Mrs. Dash seasonings, basil and parsley.
  3. Add 1/4 cup water gradually into ground meat mixture and mix well until water is absorbed. 
  4. Stuff the cucumber round with ground meat stuffing. Place each piece in a food steamer and steam about 15 minutes until meat is done.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • If you like cucumber to be a little softer, steam up to 20 minutes.
  • Use a rice cooker/food steamer or steam on the stove top in a wok or pan with a metal or bamboo steam basket.
  • You can thicken the juices from cooked Cucumber Rings by adding one teaspoon cornstarch to juices in a sauce pan and heat until sauce thickens. Drizzle the sauce over cucumbers and top with chopped green onion.  
  • This recipe works well with ground chicken or turkey if poultry is preferred over pork.

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