Cheesy quinoa cakes

Cheesy quinoa cakes served with easy homemade tartare sauce /

Once I’d decided to make myself some homemade tartar sauce, then came the task of thinking of something vegetarian to serve alongside it. I’ve only ever seen it served with fish and seafood, but it goes so well with plenty of other things that I knew I’d be able to come up with a vegetarian alternative. I was thinking along the lines of some sort of vegetarian fishcake, and since my love for quinoa hasn’t yet begun to wane, I decided to go for little cheesy quinoa cakes.

This recipe is a bit of an adaptation of the leek and feta bulgur wheat patty recipe I posted last year. I find that a lot of recipes for veggie burgers (which is sort of what these are) end up with a mixture that’s far too dry, so you end up with a crumbly mess that just won’t stick together. My solution is to make quite a loose, wet mixture with egg, and then bake rather than fry. The mixture is wet enough that it holds together well, and is easy to shape, but as the egg cooks, it firms up and holds everything together into the perfect little quinoa cake.

Cheesy quinoa cakes served with easy homemade tartare sauce /

The inside of these quinoa cakes is fluffy, but satisfyingly dense and filling – they make a great dinner alongside some salad (and a big dollop of homemade tartar sauce, of course). The flavour is awesome, too – cheese and chives is one of my favourite combinations.

Cheesy quinoa cakes served with easy homemade tartare sauce /

By the way, if you don’t want to begin these from scratch each time, they’d be a great way to use up leftover quinoa. It would take no time at all to add your last few ingredients and pop them in the oven!

Cheesy quinoa cakes
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Recipe type: Light lunch
Yield: 3
  • 100g quinoa
  • 75g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  2. Boil the quinoa, and then drain it and remove from the heat. Add the cheddar and chives, and season to taste. Add the egg, and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Line a baking sheet with baking paper, and form the quinoa mixture into around three or four round patties. I used a baking ring to help me shape mine, but you can do them freeform too. Depending on how tall you make them, they may spread a little as they cook, so leave an inch or so in between them.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until firm and golden brown. Serve hot or cold, with a good dollop of homemade tartar sauce!

Cheesy quinoa cakes served with easy homemade tartare sauce /

If you fancy a different quinoa recipe, try my warm quinoa salad with grilled halloumi and parsley dressing:

Warm quinoa salad with grilled halloumi and parsley dressing /


  1. says

    Brilliant! And timely – I’ve been on the look-out for something else to do with quinoa. Re your other recipe – I have never had too much success with haloumi – it always has a rather rubbery texture whatever I do with it, much more so than mozzarella; when you get that squeaky sound on your teeth you know it isn’t going to be a good mouth experience!!
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  2. Stacey Johnson says

    Love! Love! Love your site! You are absolutely a life saver. I have been subscribing to Oh She GLows and the Vegan Cookie Fairy for a few years now and I am delighted to find your recipes! My daughter has been a vegetarian since kinder because she doesn’t want to eat anything with a soul. :) I am looking forward to making some of you yummy looking food! (She had your enchilada eggs for diner tonight.

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