Crispy Parmesan Quinoa Cakes Recipe

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Mar. 07, 2016

These Crispy Quinoa Cakes are flavored with fresh herbs, garlic, and parmesan cheese, then pan-fried in olive oil until golden brown on each side. A great, easy and delicious side dish for dinner! SUBSCRIBE for more easy recipes.


Raw quinoa 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs)
Scallion 1 , slice
Garlic cloves 2 , finely chopped
Grated parmesan cheese 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Chopped parsley 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Chopped oregano 2 Tablespoon
Panko bread crumbs 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Eggs 4 Large , beaten
Olive oil 2 Tablespoon ((for pan frying, use as required))
Salt and pepper To Taste



To cook the quinoa, rinse it well in a strainer with cold running water for a minute, then place in a saucepan with 3 cups water and a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil. 

Cover with a lid, reduce to a simmer over medium low heat, and cook for 15 minutes until the water is absorbed. 

Fluff the quinoa with a fork or spatula, and let it cool for about 5 minutes.

Add the scallion, garlic, parmesan cheese, parsley, oregano, and panko bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper to the quinoa, and toss to combine. Then add the beaten eggs, and stir until the quinoa is moistened.

Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, pack the quinoa mixture very firmly into the cup, then tap the cup on a flat surface to get the quinoa cake to release. Repeat with the remaining quinoa mixture.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan over medium heat, then fry the quinoa cakes for 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. 

Remove the quinoa cakes to a paper towel to drain. 


Serve immediately, and enjoy!

*If you already have leftover cooked quinoa, you will need 3 cups of cooked quinoa for this recipe.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 352Calories from Fat 132

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g23.1%

Saturated Fat 4 g20%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 294 mg12.25%

Total Carbohydrates 39 g13%

Dietary Fiber 5 g20%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 16 g32%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet