Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  245
  • Protein  7 g
  • Carbohydrates  37 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  18 mg
  • Sodium  110 mg
  • Potassium  146 mg
  • Phosphorus  92 mg
  • Calcium  56 mg
  • Fiber  1.0 g

Lemony Rice Pilaf

Try this delicious and kidney-friendly recipe for Lemony Rice Pilaf by DaVita dietitian Brenda from Washington. She uses some of her favorite regional foods so you can create a delicious, dialysis-appropriate meal with splendid flavors from the Pacific Northwest.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Brenda from Washington.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 3/4 cup


    • 1 cup onion
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
    • 1 garlic clove
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 2 cups long grain white rice, uncooked
    • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2-3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Chop onion and mince parsley and garlic.
  3. Heat butter over medium heat in a Dutch oven. When melted, add onion and garlic; stir frequently. After 2 to 3 minutes, add the rice, tossing grains well to coat with fat. Sauté for 2 minutes. 
  4. Add lemon juice, parsley, seasonings, and parmesan cheese to rice. Mix well. 
  5. Heat chicken broth to a boil and add to rice mixture. Stir well. Cover with lid, and place in pre-heated oven. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and fluff with two forks. 
  7. Garnish with parsley sprigs.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • In step #5, if broth is not boiling, the end product will be heavy and will stick to the pan.

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Lemony Rice Pilaf

AnnieB says:


This is a delicious recipe that dialysis patients, family members, and team mates love! This was served at our DaVita Memorial Service and even the caterer wanted to know if she could keep the recipe!

Nov. 22, 2009, 10:28 AM - Inappropriate review?

Lemony Rice Pilaf

grogg2 says:


Great rice pilaf. Very flavouful. Next time I make it though, I will cut down a bit on the lemon juice.

Feb. 03, 2009, 10:29 AM - Inappropriate review?

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