Tuna Ceviche


Serving Size:
1/4 cup plus 6 crackers

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein
  • Heart Healthy


  • 5 ounces canned low-sodium water-packed tuna
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1/4 cup purple or yellow onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® herb seasoning blend
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 18 saltine crackers, unsalted tops or 12 low-sodium whole wheat crackers


  1. Drain tuna and pour into a small mixing bowl. Flake with a fork.
  2. Chop cilantro and onion.
  3. Mix the cilantro, onion, black pepper and Mrs. Dash seasoning and blend with the tuna.
  4. Pour fresh lemon juice over the tuna mixture and mix ingredients well.
  5. Cover and place in refrigerator to marinate for at least 2 hours.
  6. Serve 1/4 cup ceviche with 6 saltine crackers, unsalted tops or 4 low-sodium whole wheat crackers.

Helpful hints

  • If low-sodium, canned tuna is unavailable, look for the brand of tuna lowest in sodium and rinse under running water for 1 to 2 minutes to further reduce sodium content.
  • Traditional ceviche is made from raw fish or seafood marinated in lemon or lime juice. Acid from the lemon “cooks” the fish. This is a safer version of ceviche for kidney patients.
  • Substitute parsley for cilantro if desired.
  • Water crackers and low sodium triskets are great replacements for the unsalted saltines or whole wheat crackers.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 152

Protein 13 g

Carbohydrates 16 g

Fat 4 g

Cholesterol 20 mg

Sodium 162 mg

Potassium 178 mg

Phosphorus 127 mg

Calcium 33 mg

Fiber 0.8 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1 starch

Carbohydrate choices


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