Halibut with Lemon Caper Sauce Lower Protein

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created exclusively for DaVita.com by DaVita dietitian Sara RD, CSR, CDE from California.

Portions: 4

Serving size: 2 ounces fish, 1/4 cup sauce, 1 cup rice


  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 ounces halibut steaks
  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 teaspoons all-purpose white flour
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1-1/2  teaspoons capers
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  1. Combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice and olive oil in a large zip-lock bag. Add halibut and marinate 5 minutes.
  2. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium. Place halibut in skillet and cook 3 minutes. Turn and cook 2 minutes longer, then remove fish from skillet.
  3. To make the sauce, melt butter in the skillet over low heat, add flour and stir. Pour chicken broth into flour mixture and continue stirring for 1 minute. Add wine, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, capers and pepper. Continue to stir and cook until sauce thickens, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Place halibut in skillet with sauce to reheat. Divide fish into four portions and serve over 1 cup cooked rice with 1/4-cup sauce spooned over fish.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  427
  • Protein  20 g
  • Carbohydrates  47 g
  • Fat  15 g
  • Cholesterol  48 mg
  • Sodium  199 mg
  • Potassium  470 mg
  • Phosphorus  256 mg
  • Calcium  75 mg
  • Fiber  .9 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 3 starch
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Substitutes for halibut include orange roughy, cod or flounder.
    • Check labels on reduced-sodium chicken broth.  Best choices are below 500 milligrams sodium per 1-cup serving.  Acceptable brands include Health Valley®, Kitchen Basics® and Swanson® reduced sodium.
    • For smooth sauce, mix flour with fat and stir constantly while adding liquids. Keep heat low and cook slowly until sauce thickens.

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Halibut with Lemon Caper Sauce Lower Protein

This sauce is delicious over any fish, chicken or even pork. Definitely my go to favorite when I want a fancy looking dish that is super easy....

May. 17, 2014, 12:59 PM - Inappropriate review?

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