Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  200
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  35 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  147 mg
  • Potassium  95 mg
  • Phosphorus  47 mg
  • Calcium  32 mg
  • Fiber  1.3 g

Rice Pilaf

DaVita renal dietitian, Mary Anne from California, shares her Rice Pilaf recipe. This kidney-friendly side dish is much lower in sodium than a store-bought mix because you make it yourself at home.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Mary Anne from California.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1/2 cup


  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup  celery
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 cup vermicelli, broken into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups water


  1. Chop onion, celery and parsley. Break vermicelli into small pieces.
  2. Melt margarine in a skillet that has a cover.
  3. Sauté onion and celery for 1 minute. 
  4. Add the rice and vermicelli and stir for 30 seconds. 
  5. Add the chicken broth, water and parsley. Bring to boil.
  6. Cover and reduce to simmer about 15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 starch
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Angel hair pasta can be substituted for the vermicelli in this recipe.

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Rice Pilaf

Namesx3 says:


What are nutrient differences when using brown rice? Dietitian comment: The main difference is more potassium and phosphorus in a serving. Potassium is 121 mg instead of 95 mg, and phosphorus is 99 mg instead of 47 mg. However some of the phosphorus is bound in the whole grain of the rice and not completely absorbed. Many renal dietitians today support using the whole grains like brown rice as long as phosphorus is well controlled. An added bonus[INVALID]you get an additional 0.8 g fiber per serving.

Aug. 05, 2014, 11:09 AM - Inappropriate review?

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olijoe1 says:


Very good recipe.. I made it with green beans and chicken in it for a complete meal.

Jun. 05, 2013, 5:58 PM - Inappropriate review?

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vita says:


I really enjoy using your recipes for my husband they are very helpful and delicious, my entire family even like and enjoys dinner with dad.

Aug. 31, 2011, 10:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

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stelbisc says:


I loved the recipe but my husband didn't. On the second try we sauted minced garlic in and left out the vermicelli noodles and he liked it. I honestly think he just didn't like the idea of noodles with rice.

Jan. 01, 2010, 6:43 PM - Inappropriate review?

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I highly recommend this recipe. It was easy to make and full of flavor. It was enjoyed by all and not just the dialysis patient.

Jun. 28, 2009, 4:01 AM - Inappropriate review?

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laura says:


I enjoy this pilaf. It is a very nice side.

Apr. 22, 2009, 4:47 PM - Inappropriate review?

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