Easy & Delicious Quinoa Cakes for Beginners!











Dive into the world of quinoa with these easy-to-make, delicious quinoa cakes. Perfect for a gluten-free diet, these cakes are packed with flavor, offering a savory twist with every bite. A delightful mix of herbs and Parmesan cheese makes these cakes a perfect meal or side dish.


Step 1: Cook the Quinoa

Start your quinoa cakes by cooking the quinoa as per the package instructions. Remember, the secret to fluffy quinoa is letting it simmer until it's perfectly translucent and all the water is absorbed. If you're new to quinoa, think of cooking rice -- it's a similar process but quinoa cooks faster, giving you a wonderful, nutty base for your cakes.
Pro Tip: Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove its natural coating, saponin, which can make it taste bitter.

Step 2: Mix Ingredients

Once your quinoa is cooked and cooled slightly, mix it in a bowl with eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, your choice of herbs, and a dash of salt and pepper. This is the moment to get creative -- add whatever you love! These ingredients bind together to form the base of your cakes. Once mixed, form them into patties. This step is like playing with your food, in the best possible way!
Pro Tip: Wet your hands to prevent the mixture from sticking when forming patties.

Step 3: Fry the Cakes

Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, carefully place your quinoa patties in the skillet. Let them fry until they're golden brown and crispy on the bottom side before flipping them over to cook the other side. This patience will reward you with a beautifully crispy exterior without breaking them apart.
Pro Tip: Use a spatula to gently press down on the patties for even cooking and more crispness.

Step 4: Serving Suggestions

Once your quinoa cakes are nicely browned on both sides, they're ready to serve! These versatile cakes can be served with a dollop of tomato sauce, a sprinkle of fresh herbs, or even a side salad. Not only are they delightful as a main course, but they can also be made smaller and served as appetizers or a side dish. These quinoa cakes are a wonderful way to introduce the fabulous world of quinoa into your diet.
Pro Tip: Experiment with toppings like avocado slices or a light yogurt sauce for added flavor.