Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  318
  • Protein  20 g
  • Carbohydrates  26 g
  • Fat  15 g
  • Cholesterol  118 mg
  • Sodium  398 mg
  • Potassium  276 mg
  • Phosphorus  243 mg
  • Calcium  139 mg
  • Fiber  1.2 g

Shrimp Quesadilla

This fantastic kidney-friendly recipe for Shrimp Quesadilla was created exclusively for by DaVita renal dietitian, Sara from California.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

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

Portions: 2     Serving size: 4 pieces or 1 tortilla


  • 5 ounces raw shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 flour tortillas, burrito size
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 teaspoons salsa
  • 2 tablespoons shredded jalapeno cheddar cheese


  1. Shell and devein shrimp. Rinse and cut into bite-size pieces. Chop cilantro.
  2. Combine cilantro, lemon juice, cumin and cayenne pepper in a zip-lock bag to make marinade. Add shrimp pieces and set aside to marinate for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat a skillet to medium heat and add shrimp with marinade. Stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes until shrimp turns orange.  Remove skillet from heat and spoon shrimp out, leaving marinade.
  4. Add sour cream to marinade in skillet and stir to mix.
  5. Heat tortillas in a large skillet or microwave.  Spread 2 teaspoons salsa onto each tortilla. Top with 1/2 shrimp mixture and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese.
  6. Spoon 1 tablespoon sour cream marinade mixture on top of shrimp. Fold tortilla in half, turn over in skillet to heat, then remove from pan. Repeat with second tortilla and remaining shrimp, cheese and marinade.
  7. Cut each tortilla into 4 pieces.  Garnish with cilantro and lemon wedge when ready to serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

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

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    Make with crab meat  or chicken instead of shrimp for variety.


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Shrimp Quesadilla

retiredteacher says:


I buy a brand of tortillas called Tortilla Land at Costco that are fresh, uncooked, no preservatives and lower in sodium than any others i have found. For an 8 inch tortilla they are 210 in sodium. They are made by Circle Foods. You can check their site, or the tortilla site, for other stores that sell them. They are delicious.

Jun. 28, 2014, 7:14 PM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp Quesadilla

Roanokejoe says:


What brand of burrito sized tortilla are you using? I've never seen one under 400 grams of sodium. Dietitian comment: La Suprema and Guerrera brands by Mission Foods and Old El Paso brand burrito size tortillas are around 300 mg each.

May. 28, 2014, 12:26 PM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp Quesadilla

healed2wholeness says:


If I use slow cooker chicken instead of shrimp what would my nutrient values be? Dietitian comment: Comparing an equal amount of chicken breast, potassium is about the same, phosphorus is 25 mg lower, cholesterol is 65 mg lower, sodium is 65 mg higher and protein is 1 gm higher.

Mar. 22, 2014, 8:56 PM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp Quesadilla

tomp says:


enjoyed this very much, will make often.

Jun. 03, 2012, 12:17 PM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp Quesadilla

topgirl says:


great and easy to prepare!

Apr. 19, 2012, 11:49 AM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp Quesadilla

sheila92851 says:


This would be good with salmon pieces or shredded chicken ........ yummy

Mar. 31, 2012, 5:41 PM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp Quesadilla



Finally I can have quesadillas again which I really love.

May. 10, 2009, 6:01 AM - Inappropriate review?

Shrimp Quesadilla



very helpfull

Jan. 31, 2009, 3:39 PM - Inappropriate review?

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