Grilled Corn Cakes with Cheese (Arepas)

Corn Cakes Cheese


Serving Size:
1 corn cake

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein
  • Gluten-free


  • 2/3 cup white corn flour
  • 4 ounces costeño cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon  anise
  • 1 cup hot water 
  • 1 teaspoon butter


  1. Place the corn flour in a bowl.
  2. Grate the cheese and add cheese and anise to the flour.
  3. Add the warm water; mix with a spatula.
  4. Leave to rest for 10 minutes then knead for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. To form the corn cakes make 4 circles about 4-inches wide and 1/2-inch thick.
  6. Grease a skillet or arepas pan with butter. Place each corn cake on the skillet or arepas pan and cook  until slightly browned.

Helpful hints

  • Arepa is a popular food in Colombia.
  • Arepa flour is cooked and dried and made specially for making arepas. It can be purchased online or you can substitute maza corn flour.
  • Costeño cheese is a salty hard cheese. You can substitute cotija or Parmesan cheese.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 285

Protein 9 g

Carbohydrates 40 g

Fat 11 g

Cholesterol 31 mg

Sodium 409 mg

Potassium 198 mg

Phosphorus 344 mg

Calcium 234 mg

Fiber 3.7 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1 meat
  • 2-1/2 starch
  • 1 fat

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