Basil and Cheese Qinoa Cakes


  • 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 eggs, beaten / or 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup grated cottage cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1-3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Combine quinoa, eggs,/ milk and salt in a medium bowl. Add basil, cheese, garlic, and onion, and stir until evenly mixed.
  2. Add bread crumbs and let stand so crumbs absorb some moisture. The mixture should be easily formed into balls without falling apart. If needed, add a couple more tablespoons breadcrumbs and let stand a few minutes more.
  3. Heat olive oil to coat the bottom of a frying pan over medium heat. Form mixture into patties (about 1/4 cup each and 1/2-inch thick) and cook in batches, about 10 minutes per side or until browned and crispy.
  4. Place cooked patties on a thin layer of paper towel to drain excess oil before serving.