Heavenly Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes

[ 22 ] November 12, 2013 |

Heavenly Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes

These Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes are little patties of heaven! The seasoning and texture are just perfect. I’m officially addicted to these. I’m always looking for more ways to cook with quinoa, and even if I have to brag, I must say these patties are absolutely delicious. If you have leftover quinoa, these quinoa and sweet potato cakes are a wonderful way to use it up.


Heavenly Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes

I’d recommend this recipe for an appetizer, a light lunch with a salad, or even for brunch. The cakes are filling without being too heavy, and are perfect for a meatless meal. These cakes are packed with good ingredients, too, namely sweet potatoes and quinoa but also sautéed onion and garlic.

Can you smell that? Mmmmmm….anytime you want to make the house smell delicious, just brown some onion and garlic! Your family will know something good is about to happen.


Heavenly Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes

By the way, the sweet potatoes in this recipe could be replaced with butternut squash, with excellent results.

Aren’t they lovely? If you try one new recipe this week, try these!


5.0 from 4 reviews
Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes
Serves: 8
  • ½ cup quinoa, rinsed
  • ½ tsp salt, divided
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for frying
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups grated sweet potato
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Panko (a Japanese style of breadcrumb)
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
  1. Bring 1 cup (250 ml) of water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Add quinoa and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Stir, reduce heat to medium low, cover with a lid, and cook for 20 minutes until quinoa has absorbed all the water and it’s tender. Set aside to cool.
  2. As the quinoa is cooking, heat 2 Tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet.
  3. In the skillet, cook the onion and garlic for a few minutes, until beginning to soften.
  4. Add the grated sweet potato,1/4 teaspoon salt, and paprika. Cook for another 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, and allow to cool enough to handle before continuing.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, panko, cheese, and parsley, then add the cooled quinoa and vegetable mixture. Mix to fully combine.
  7. In a heavy skillet over medium heat, heat more olive oil. Spoon ¼ cup of the mixture and shape it into a round cake. Add enough cakes to the pan without overcrowding. Cook until golden on each side, about 2 minutes.

Marie Poulin
Marie Poulin is a passionate food blogger and professional personal chef who enjoys sharing her healthy, inventive, recipes. You can find her on social media and subscribe to her blog to receive instant blog updates and receive a free ebook, Tasty Quinoa Recipes!

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Category: Healthy Choices, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

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  1. Anything called patties from heaven deserve my attention. I’m going to try these with my new quinoa.

  2. beverley says:

    heavenly is right! I love all the flavors you used and your pictures just want me to reach into the screen and take one. Thank you for another delicious recipe xoxo

  3. Michelle says:

    Just wondering if you would recommend freezing these patties once cooked???

  4. Judit says:

    You most certainly weren’t kidding, these are absolutely heavenly! It feels like an orgy of flavours in my mouth. I am having these with lentil puree, grilled veggies and chickpea flatbread. http://oi60.tinypic.com/i5bq4h.jpg

    Thank you very much for the recipe!

  5. Allison King says:

    Are these raw sweet potatoes ?? or cook first then grate ???? Sorry..just not sure… :-)

  6. Jamie Blades says:

    These cakes were great!! I may have jumped the gun and boiled my sweet potatoes a quarter of the way through before reading the recipe, but ended up frying them up with the onion and garlic until slightly browned (it just takes a little more mixing when mashing all the ingredients together). I’ll try it the other way next time, which I’d imagine would be good. I also ended up mixing some cream cheese, cream and chives to dip into. All around, delicious!!

  7. Daniel says:

    This looks incredible, however I have an egg allergy. Is there anything I could substitute it with? Also, is it best to peel the sweet potatoes?

  8. kari says:

    Do you have the nutritional information for these?

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