Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes

sweet potato quinoa cakes

I know I’m a day late, but May? Really? This year is FLYING by. I’m pretty sure I say that every year, but I really do mean it. It feels like yesterday it was January! This week has felt a return to winter (again) with Bozeman weather, but I know there is warm weather on the horizon! Somewhere…

sweet potato quinoa cakes

With the changing seasons, something has happened to Derek’s appetite. All of a sudden he has an insatiable want for vegetables. We usually eat quite a few, probably significantly more than the average household, but lately it’s like nothing is enough! So, I’ve abandoned all pasta dishes (more or less), most meat, and am cooking HEAPS of veggies for dinner every night. You aren’t really seeing this because I feel silly telling you how to sauté every veggie in your fridge. That said, I am working on putting together a “how to throw together a delicious dinner” post, for those less culinarily-inclined.

sweet potato quinoa cakes

These patties were a nice break from the piles of hot veggies. Sometimes I just need to change up the texture! These are almost reminiscent of my spicy zucchini fritters (which I CANNOT WAIT to make more of this summer!), but the quinoa gives a hearty texture worthy of making these your entire meal. With some extra veggies on the side (or a pile of greens underneath!), you’re good to go!

Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes
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Serves: 2
  • ¾ cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for frying
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups grated sweet potato
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • Green onions and cabbage, as garnish
  1. Cook the quinoa according to directions, and set aside to cool.
  2. As the quinoa is cooking, heat 2 Tbsp 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 and all of the spices. 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, breadcrumbs, cheese, and cilantro, then add the cooled quinoa and vegetable mixture. Mix to fully combine.
  7. In a heavy skillet over medium heat, heat more olive oil before adding the batter in small dollops (or shaped into small patties). Cook until golden on each side, about 2 minutes.
  8. Serve on a bed of greens or cabbage, garnished with green onions.



  1. Elizabeth says

    I would love to know what you do with your vegetables!!! I belong to a CSA and get tons of them and would love to have some new ideas!!!

  2. Diri says

    Made this recipe, but the patty never formed properly. How do I make the patty stay together? Should I use more egg??

    This more or less ended up as a fried rice style meal. It was delicious, but would’ve preferred the presentation of a patty. :(

    • Mary says

      Oh no! Perhaps try one more egg, and possibly more breadcrumbs if it was too soggy. Were your vegetables too coarsely chopped?

  3. caroline says

    how many patties would this make though (how much is a serving)? Just need to know if I should double or triple the ingredients or such. Thank you!!

  4. Melissa says

    Very yummy, although the patties I fried didn’t stay together well. I did press some into greased muffin tins and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes and they stayed together well after cooling in the pan. My hubby suggested a balsamic reduction over top might make it even better. Also made delicious purée for our little eater. Thank you!

  5. Rebecca says

    We tried these last night… rave reviews from my guy! I did a slight variation, using leftover sweet potato that had been baked on the grill. The patties stayed together perfectly. Yummy!!


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