Quinoa and Zucchini Fritters

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

A few weeks ago Mr Organised and I visited Byron Bay (far north coast of New South Wales) for a wedding.  While there we visited the Byron Fresh Cafe for lunch. Their menu was full of healthy organic options and it was so hard to choose just one item for lunch. Their Quinoa and Zucchini hotcakes sounded so good I ordered them.  Ooh my goodness I can not rave on enough about how delicious they were, the most healthiest of lunches, it tasted that good we had to go back there for breakfast the next day.

I was telling anybody and everybody who listened how great our lunch was, so last weekend I couldn’t help myself and I had to recreate them.  I served them for dinner for the whole family with spinach, cherry tomatoes, avocado and fetta cheese.  Miss 11, Mr Organised and I had it with a serve of smoked salmon and the other two kidlets had some shredded poached chicken instead.

Teamed together with the smoked salmon, I was in heaven and even more happy because there were left overs and I called dibs!!  I find these are better warm or cold, rather than eaten straight from the pan.

 I urge you to give these fritters a try, I hope you love them as much as I do, let me know what you think.

{The Organised Housewife} Quinoa and Zuchhini Fritters


Quinoa and Zucchini Fritters

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 16 1x


  • 2 3/4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3/4 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Place all ingredients, except oil into a large bowl and stir well to combine
  2. Divide mixture into 16 even patties (approximately 2 tablespoons each)
  3. Heat oil in large frying pan, place patties in pan, do not overcrowd, you may need to cook these in batches
  4. Cook each side for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown
  5. Remove from pan onto a plate lined with paper towel to absorb any oil
  6. Cook remaining patties
  7. Serve with salad and smoked salmon


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Alison September 29, 2014 - 6:49 AM

These would probably be even better if you could work out how to eliminate the breadcrumbs. If you put breadcrumbs in you may as well have eaten a sandwich – certainly most people looking for a healthier way of life are trying to eliminate bread. Did you try without them? Not sticky enough?

Debbie September 29, 2014 - 9:30 AM

maybe you could try rolled oats instead of bread crumbs

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 1, 2014 - 8:40 AM

That is a great idea Debbie, they would taste so good too!

Chanel September 30, 2014 - 6:48 PM

I used Lifestyle bakery gluten free breadcrumbs. They turned out great, but the middle looked a little undercooked so I then put them in the oven.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 1, 2014 - 8:40 AM

Great idea Chanel, thank you for sharing.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 1, 2014 - 8:38 AM

No I didn’t, but that’s a great idea for those trying to eliminate bread from their diet.

Rosalee October 1, 2014 - 10:32 AM

I made these last night, they were great, whole family ate them, thank you!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 1, 2014 - 11:13 AM

Yay so glad, we loved them so much too!!!

Karen October 1, 2014 - 10:28 PM

they are a winner!
was my first time at quinoa – so that was interesting for me too.. have always loved anything with quinoa in it but hadn’t attempted it myself. your easy to follow instructions for both cooking quinoa and then the fritter – piece of cake! (or should I say fritter?!)

Kate - Kat's Assistant October 7, 2014 - 2:44 PM

Ooh yay!! So glad they worked for you and you enjoyed them. So delicious.

Mel October 8, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Can these be frozen? With kids and work I’m looking at more meals which can be frozen.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 13, 2014 - 11:43 AM

Sure Mel i can’t see why they couldn’t be frozen, worth a try.

Marney October 13, 2014 - 9:06 PM

I was so impressed by this recipe, I’ve re-shared it over on my blog! Admittedly, I had to substitute the zucchini for broccoli and carrot (I ran out of zucchini!) but the quinoa was so nice to cook with! Will definitely be making these again!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 14, 2014 - 12:17 PM

Wonderful! It is super yummy, i real favourite of mine at the moment.:)

Donna June 3, 2021 - 10:12 AM

What could I use instead of eggs? My daughter has a reaction to eggs. Thanks ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 7, 2021 - 9:59 AM

To be honest I’m not sure, as the eggs are the binding agent and a crucial part of the recipe. I found this article for you, perhaps you could experiment – https://www.bhg.com.au/egg-substitute-best-egg-replacements

Let me know if you find a good substitute!


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