Let me introduce my new favorite ingredient these days: Quinoa. I can’t believe how I spent all those years without tasting quinoa. Feta Quinoa Zucchini Fritters are my first experiment with these cute seeds. Are they seeds? Not sure, but they do like seeds of a plant. I absolutely LOVE them! Unless bulgur, rice or lentils, quinoa never bores you. You will probably find it hard to stop once you start eating something based on this amazing food!
Quinoa zucchini fritters are the first but will never be the last trial for me. Quinoa is not a common food in Turkey and you can find it just in big markets in big cities. So when I saw it in the biggest supermarket in our neighborhood, I didn’t think twice to buy two bags, 500g per bag. I didn’t know what to make with it, no single idea! But I did know it is very healthy and I just didn’t want to miss it.
I searched it on pinterest, which is my favorite social platform and saw it is mostly used in salads, most of which look like our Bulgur Salad. Also, I saw that it is possible to make fritters with quinoa. So I immediately decided to make our favorite Zucchini Fritters with quinoa. There were some other recipes like quinoa brownies or even quinoa sushi but fritters are always a hit in our home. I love to be inspired by pinterest! Follow me on pinterest if you haven’t yet and enjoy and be inspired by my pins!
I saw white quinoa everywhere on the web, but the ones I bought were red and I think mine look even nicer with that color. I was so excited about cooking with this ancient looking food. Some recipes calls for soaking quinoa before cooking, but I tasted it raw and it wasn’t that hard, so why bother soaking first? I just boiled it with water on the lowest heat until it absorbs all the water and then waited for a while covered to let it rise a bit more. I was mesmerized by the earthy smell coming from the pot and started to think on different recipes I could make next time.
I either use cornmeal or whole wheat or all purpose flour when making fritters, but didn’t use any of these this time. I wanted to test if it would hold the batter or not. You can see the result in the pictures. Well, the batter was not as thick as regular fritters but they hold quite well. You just need to treat them gently when flipping over in the pan. These quinoa zucchini fritters are much lighter than regular fritters, so you can eat more.
My feta quinoa zucchini fritters are not very thin because I wanted to have some moistness in the center. If you want your fritters completely crispy, make them thinner.
These are super yummy both warm and cold. You can cover the leftovers with plastic wrap and keep for 2 days in the refrigerator. Enjoy these as a breakfast food, side dish, snack or picnic food!
- ½ cup quinoa
- 2 zucchinis, grated
- 3 eggs
- 5 tablespoon crumbled feta
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- ¼ cup olive oil for fyring
- 1 cup plain yogurt to serve with
- Cook quinoa in 1 and ¼ cup of water. Bring it to boil and let it simmer covered over the lowest heat until it absorbs all the water. Let it cool before preparing the fritter batter.
- Sprinkle a little salt on grated zucchini and wait for 5-10 minutes so that it releases its juice. Squeeze in your hands.
- Whisk eggs well. Fold in crumbled feta and stir.
- Add in grated and squeezed zucchini, chopped fresh dill and salt. Stir.
- Add in cooked quinoa and combine them well.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
- Drop one tablespoon of batter in the skillet and gently press on the batches with a spatula. Fry for about 5 minutes over medium heat until golden and flip over. Fry for about 5 minutes and take them on a paper towel.
- Serve with plain yogurt.