Quinoa patties

My lunches have been consisting of these quinoa patties lately and I can say I have been looking forward to lunch more than ever before. Having extended my maternity leave for a few additional months, I have been exercising almost daily, and having these at the ready to enjoy right after workouts has been wonderful. They reheat really well and are filled with nutrients and deliciously aromatic thanks to a fine amount of carrots, celery and onion tucked within. They are great as is but you can also enjoy them with a melted slice of cheese on top or include shredded cheese in the mixture for extra protein.

Quinoa’s texture is very sexy. It’s soft and pleasant to bite into but not mushy. What I love about quinoa patties is the crispy surface from pan frying. It adds a nice nutty, slightly charred taste that highlights the softer inside even more.

Other Quinoa Recipes
Strawberry Cobbler with Quinoa Topping
Quinoa Pudding
Quinoa Salad with Tuna, Corn and Olives
Quinoa Flake Pancakes



Yield: 8 PATTIES

Prep Time: 15 MIN

Cook Time: 10 MIN


1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed

1 medium carrot, chopped

1 celery stick, chopped

½ medium onion

1 garlic clove

3 tablespoons olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 large eggs, beaten

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan (optional)

Canola oil, for pan frying



Place the quinoa with 2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool completely.

Meanwhile, chop the carrot, celery, onion and garlic finely in a mini food processor. Transfer to a frying pan. Add the olive oil and sweat the vegetables over medium-high heat, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a mixing bowl, combine the vegetables, cooled cooked quinoa, salt, pepper, mustard and whipped eggs (and Parmesan, if using).

Generously coat a large non-stick frying pan with oil and heat it over medium-high heat. Shape the quinoa mixture into 3-inch patties. Carefully and closely deposit the patties onto the hot pan. Cook the patties undisturbed, 3 to 4 minutes per side until their surface is brown and crispy. Use two spatulas to carefully turn them over. Proceed in two batches to avoid overcrowding the pan and making flipping the patties difficult.


13 Responses to “Quinoa patties”

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    Monique — 03/01/2013 @ 11:34 am

    I bet these are so good.
    I love quinoa and quinoa salads..this is packed w/ protein because of the egg on top of the quinoa:)

    Hope you are well and enjoying the leave to it’s fullest Nisrine.

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    christine — 03/02/2013 @ 1:24 am

    This is definitely a recipe i’m going to try. looks very yummy and healthy. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — 03/02/2013 @ 2:08 am

    Love a healthy and yummy patties!! Nice use of quinoa!

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen — 03/02/2013 @ 7:49 am

    Having something delicious and healthy to eat after your workout, to me, just extends those wonderful feelings of being healthy and staying in good shape. Fabulous way to use quinoa.

    • Nisrine replied: — March 4th, 2013 @ 7:55 am

      Thanks for visiting, Sam. Glad you’re feeling better.

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    Laura — 03/02/2013 @ 10:07 am

    Oh my … I can’t wait to make them today. what a good idea , thank you girl

    • Nisrine replied: — March 4th, 2013 @ 7:56 am

      I hope you enjoy.

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    Eha — 03/02/2013 @ 8:46 pm

    I just have to echo the others who say they cannot wait to make these! Yum . . . Mustard is the key to the flavour of course: I’ll go along with that :) ! Am moving towards one more and yet one more again vegetarian meal a week and this will help once again! Thanks :) !

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    Sues — 03/07/2013 @ 9:43 am

    These are beautiful!! Quinoa cakes are one of my favorite foods to take to lunch because they’re delicious and satisfying.

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    Marita — 03/13/2013 @ 10:57 am

    Thank you, I will try these. I love quinoa and it seems a little more fun to eat it this way.

    Have a wonderful day


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    Sarah — 04/23/2013 @ 9:39 pm

    My daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease last week. So, I have been hunting for interesting gluten-free recipes.

    We ate these tonight for dinner. They were delicious. The family decided that they would be great with apple sauce for Hanukkah too.

    I can imagine using this as a base for all sorts of patties – adding black beans, cheese, ground nuts…you name it.

    Great recipe. Thank you.

    • Nisrine replied: — April 29th, 2013 @ 7:08 am

      Glad you liked it. Thank you for the feedback.

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    Shannon — 06/09/2013 @ 8:22 pm

    The flavor was awesome but they broke apart on me!!! Any suggestions to keep them together?

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