Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  220
  • Protein  19 g
  • Carbohydrates  20 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  36 mg
  • Sodium  168 mg
  • Potassium  374 mg
  • Phosphorus  162 mg
  • Calcium  43 mg
  • Fiber  1.3 g

Fiesta Tilapia Ceviche

DaVita renal dietitian Cheryl from New York shares her recipe for kidney-friendly Fiesta Tilapia Ceviche, a delectable entrée or appetizer. This cold seafood cocktail features broiled tilapia that’s complemented with a flavorful fusion of cilantro, pineapple, red bell pepper, red onion, black pepper and olive oil. It’s marinated in fresh lime juice and chilled until ready to serve, perfect for bringing a taste of the coast to your table.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Cheryl from New York.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1 cup plus 6 crackers


  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh tilapia fillets
  • 1 cup red onion
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups fresh lime juice
  • 48 saltine crackers with unsalted tops 


  1. Chop onion, bell pepper and cilantro. Dice pineapple. Cube tilapia into small chunks.
  2. Broil the tilapia cubes on high for 3 minutes per side.
  3. Cool tilapia for 5 minutes then pour fresh lime juice over it and mix well. Be sure that all of the pieces of tilapia are completely covered with the lime juice.
  4. Mix the bell pepper, onion, cilantro, pineapple,  black pepper and canola oil with the cooked tilapia.
  5. Cover and place in refrigerator to marinate for at least 2 hours.
  6. Serve each portion with 6 saltine creackers with unsalted tops. 

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 starch

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  •  As an appetizer, serve in a martini glass with 1/4 cup ceviche and garnish with saltine crackers with unsalted tops along with some cilantro leaves.
  • One lime yields 2 tablespoons lime juice. Ten limes are needed for this recipe.
  • Substitute pineapple tidbits canned in juice if fresh pineapple is unavailable.

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