Quinoa and Corn Griddle Cakes With Black Bean Salsa

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on September 17, 2012

Back in the day (when we first got married), the husband was weirded out by quinoa.

He had never heard of it before, and thought it would be too “squishy” in texture for him to enjoy.

I was determined to change his mind about it, because quinoa is one of my favorite superfoods. It’s the only grain that’s a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids, and it has tons of protein and fiber.

I love using it as a substitute for rice, wheat, even oatmeal sometimes.

So how did I get him to first try quinoa? By eliminating any semblance of “squishy-ness” and turning it into a crispy griddle cake!

I topped it with a delicious, spicy, and fresh black bean salsa for some added texture and flavor.

The Ingredients: Griddle Cakes

  • 1/2 cup quinoa (I used Trader Joe’s organic quinoa)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp 1% milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce (I used Tobasco)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • Olive oil cooking spray

The Ingredients: Salsa

  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1.5 cups halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • Lime juice, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
Optional Toppings
  • Prepared salsa (I like Pace Picante)
  • Sliced avocado or prepared guacamole (I like Trader Joe’s prepared guacamole)

The Directions

Step 1: Mix quinoa, water, and broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 min. Fluff with a fork.

Step 2: Combine quinoa and remaining cake ingredients except oil in a medium bowl.

Step 3: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with olive oil cooking spray. Scoop a generous 1/4 cup of the quinoa mixture at a time and drop onto skillet, flattening into pancake shape with back of spatula (makes 8 cakes).

Step 4: Make the salsa — Mix together all salsa ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

Step 5: Cook the cakes until they’re browned on one side, about 5 min. Flip carefully and cook about 5-10 min longer.

Step 6: Serve with black bean salsa and any of the optional toppings you like.

The husband chose to enjoy his griddle cakes with a bit of guac and salsa on the side, I decided to have mine with just the black bean salsa.

And at the end of the meal, the husband was a quinoa-convert!

Since then we have made tons of quinoa dishes like paella, curried flatbread, and even corn chowder. It really is a staple in our home, and the myth of the “squishy texture” has been dispelled.

And it all started with these wonderful little griddle cakes.

Quinoa & Corn Griddle Cakes With Black Bean Salsa

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 griddle cakes and 1/2 cup salsa

Calories per serving: 276.4

Fat per serving: 4.2g

Nutritional Info Per Serving (doesn't include optional toppings): 276.4 Calories, 4.2g Fat, 175.9mg Sodium, 45.9g Carbs, 10.5g Fiber, 1.1g Sugar, 16.1g Protein

Ingredients

    Griddle Cakes
  • 1/2 cup quinoa (I used Trader Joe’s organic quinoa)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp 1% milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce (I used Tobasco)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Salsa
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1.5 cups halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • Lime juice, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • Optional Toppings
  • Prepared salsa (I like Pace Picante)
  • Sliced avocado or prepared guacamole (I like Trader Joe’s prepared guacamole)

Directions

  1. Mix quinoa, water, and broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 min. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Combine quinoa and remaining cake ingredients except oil in a medium bowl.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with olive oil cooking spray. Scoop a generous 1/4 cup of the quinoa mixture at a time and drop onto skillet, flattening into pancake shape with back of spatula (makes 8 cakes).
  4. Make the salsa — Mix together all salsa ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  5. Cook the cakes until they’re browned on one side, about 5 min. Flip carefully and cook about 5-10 min longer.
  6. Serve with black bean salsa and any of the optional toppings you like.
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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Karine August 10, 2009 at 4:50 am

Wow! Another great way to use quinoa! I have never thought of making cakes with them.. amazing idea!

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anjalim August 10, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Thanks! Glad you like it :)

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culinspiration November 8, 2009 at 5:44 am

Yum! I just made fried quinoa cakes today with a tomato sauce topping. Yours looks great, too! Mmm.

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Ashleigh @ simplehonestreal.blogspot.com October 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

That looks delicious! Great use for quinoa. Have you ever tried Organicville’s sriracha? It is truly delicious and is gluten free, preservative free, and vegan!

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anjalim October 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Oooh no I haven’t but adding sriracha to this dish would probably be really tasty! Thanks for the tip :)

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Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate September 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Another great recipe!! I’m especially digging the fiber-licious black beans. Yum!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Thanks Kati!! Don’t forget – quinoa has a ton of fiber too! :)

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Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate October 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

yes! you’re so right! such a great dish.

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Holly September 18, 2012 at 1:43 am

This will be the perfect recipe for my lunch today. I think my son will love it.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Yay! I hope you and your son had an amazing lunch! :)

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Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings September 18, 2012 at 5:11 am

yay for another griddle cake to try!!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm

hehe hooray! I love griddle cakes too – they are the best!

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megan September 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

Thanks for this recipe, it looks really good!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

No problem! Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

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Tracey September 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! The only issue is that I avoid milk products. Is there something I can substitute for the milk and cheese?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

Hi Tracey! I’d recommend trying unsweetened organic soy milk and no cheese (I don’t love non-dairy cheeses, but if you have one that you like – definitely try it). The cheese isn’t essential though, because the egg will bind the cakes together. Let me know how it turns out!

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Parita September 27, 2012 at 7:55 am

This looks amazing! I’m always looking for new ways to use quinoa, so thanks! Definitely going to try this out soon!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Aw yay, thanks Parita! I love, love, love quinoa – stay tuned for many more recipes with it as the star – I’m always looking for new ways to use it as well!

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Erika June 24, 2013 at 5:28 pm

These were delicious! However, the nutritional info seems really high to me–2 cakes with 344 calories? Is there any way you could check it or see if the serving size was supposed to be for 4 cakes instead of two? Thanks–we loved these!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for asking Erika! You’re right – I think somehow my nutritional information for this recipe got miscalculated. I have updated the nutritional info in this post and I’m adding it here. So 2 cakes + 1/4 of the salsa recipe ends up being: 276.4 Calories, 4.2g Fat, 175.9mg Sodium, 45.9g Carbs, 10.5g Fiber, 1.1g Sugar, 16.1g Protein. Hope that helps – so glad you liked this recipe!

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Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) September 21, 2013 at 6:58 am

I made these last night and they were delicious! Thanks!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

Oh that’s awesome!! Thanks for letting me know Andrea! :)

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Kristen Kelley @ The Vegan Weirdos Next Door November 6, 2013 at 5:47 am

These look excellent! I found them thanks to the Earthbound Organic Farm newsletter and I’m glad I clicked! You should try these “veganized” with non dairy milk and a flax egg. Up’s the nutritional content, lowers the fat, eliminates the cholesterol, and lowers the calories as well. Can’t wait to try them!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 8, 2013 at 12:16 am

Thanks Kristen!! Oh and great tips on the vegan substitutions — I’ll definitely have to try that soon! :)

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