If you're on the hunt for a delicious and healthy snack or meal that's sure to satisfy, look no further than quinoa fritters! Bursting with flavor, these tasty treats are loaded with protein from wholesome quinoa, plus veggies and spices. They’re perfect for snacking or lunching – and one of my favorite quinoa recipes for kids. Follow along, and I'll teach you how to make this simple family recipe.
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We love these quinoa fritters in our house - I've been making them for over fifteen years. (They appeared in my second quinoa cookbook.)
Without question, they are one of my favorite quinoa recipes for kids. Kid love them and they are a fabulous way to sneak in vegetables.
Unlike quinoa patties, there are no bread crumbs, so they are super-easy to make gluten-free.
Give this recipe a try, and I think you will agree - this one is a keeper!
- Quinoa: I recommend using white quinoa to make quinoa fritters. You can cook quinoa on the stovetop, in an Instant Pot, or use this method for cooking quinoa in a rice cooker.
- Flour: Use gluten free or regular flour.
- Cheese: I like to use sharp cheddar, but you could also use mild cheddar, parmesan cheese, or even mozzarella.
- Onion: Just a little onion adds a lot of flavor. Make sure to chop it very finely if you have kids who don't like the texture.
- Salt and Pepper: Just a little bit of each
- Parsley: Fresh parsley is best, but you can also use dried if that's what you have on hand.
- Eggs: You'll need three eggs to bind the mixture together.
- Oil: For cooking the fritters in a skillet. You can use your favorite oil - coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil are all great options.
Tips & Tricks
- Feel free to have fun with this recipe and mix up the flavor profile. Any number of things can be added to these quinoa fritters – like sautéed spinach, kale, red pepper, minced garlic, cayenne pepper and curry powder.
- If you are having trouble flipping the quinoa fritters, chances are that you are trying to flip them too soon. Wait until you see a light browning at the edges before you flip them so that you know the first side has set.
- I've been making this recipe since my boys little. It has always been my favorite quinoa recipes for toddlers. To make this more toddler friendly, you can omit the onion completely and make them even smaller for little hands.
Sauces make everything better, and these kid friendly quinoa fritters are no exception. Kids love these with ketchup, but I like something with a little more flavor for the adults. You can serve these with Greek yogurt ranch dressing, avocado cream, or garlic feta dip.
Tools Needed to Make
- Large bowl
- Small bowl
To store the quinoa fritters, allow them to cool to room temperature and then place in an airtight container. They will keep for up to four days in the refrigerator.
If you would like to freeze these fritters, wait until they have cooled completely before transferring them to a freezer-safe bag or container.
They can be frozen for up to three months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in a skillet or oven. Enjoy!
More Yummy Quinoa Recipes to Try
- Butternut Squash Quinoa Casserole is a fan and family favorite that never gets old.
- Level up the nutrition in your bread with this Quinoa Bread. You won't believe how good it is.
- When you need a vegetarian meal that is sure to satisfy, don't miss these Quinoa Stuffed Peppers.
- This Chicken and Quinoa skillet is an easy weeknight meal that is always a hit.
- Looking for even more quinoa inspiration? Don't miss these 44 Quinoa Recipes for Kids!
30-Minute Quinoa Fritters
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 cup all purpose flour or gluten free flour blend
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 5 eggs beaten
- oil for cooking; coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil are all good options
- In a large bowl combine cooled quinoa with flour, cheese, onion, salt, pepper, and parsley.
- Lightly beat eggs in a small bowl and add to quinoa mixture.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Form quinoa into balls or ovals and carefully add to hot oil. Cook for 3–5 minutes per side, or until a golden crust has formed.
- Drain on paper towels or cool on a wire rack.
- Serve with ketchup or desired dipping sauce.
- When making quinoa fritters, one thing to keep in mind is that if they are sticking to the pan, the reason is typically that you are trying to flip them before they have cooked enough. Make sure you are seeing browning edges on the underside before trying to flip them.