Pea, mint & feta quinoa fritters


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If you’ve had enough of heavy, wintery food for one year, then I suspect these crispy spring fritters with squashy peas, crumbled feta, lemon zest and large handfuls of fresh mint and parsley might be just up your street! 

A small stack of pea, mint and feta quinoa fritters on a white plate with salad with a title on it for Pinterest.

It is all of a few weeks into spring, and is still annoyingly chilly most days, and yet I find myself craving salads and lighter bites already! I suspect it might have something to do with the fact that I have just survived my first British winter in a long while – and the accompanying heavy food – after recent ones spent in places where you blink and miss winter altogether aka Greece and Australia (Winter? What winter?)

So as the evenings get lighter and the temperatures get (minimally) warmer, oodles of recipe ideas with ‘spring greens’ kinds of ingredients in them are getting stubbornly stuck in my head. I started with this asparagus brunch tart with parmesan and basil (mmm … asparagus!) and now it’s time for PEAS to have their moment of glory … oh, and let’s not forget peas’ best friend MINT … and let’s go ahead and throw in one of Helen’s best friends FETA CHEESE, too, because I’m not sure there’s been enough of that around here lately 😉

A collage of 2 images showing how to make quinoa fritters.

So all I’ve done here is combine those three best buddies with some cooked quinoa (for loads of protein-y goodness), a couple of handfuls of chopped fresh parsley, the zest of a lemon, plenty of salt and pepper and an egg and a bit of cornflour to bind the mixture together. I was thinking of adding a couple of chopped spring onions, too, but this sieve-head forgot, so I’m going to include those in the recipe below because they do go really well. You can also add a bit of parmesan cheese for even more tangy, cheesy flavour.

You know what all this means? These fritters are vegetarian and gluten free, for any readers who that might be important for.

Look at all that spring green goodness!

If I’m totally honest with you, I wasn’t sure whether these fritters would end up being just a tad boring, but they didn’t! And I’m not just saying that to get you to like me and stick around here today. There are so few ingredients in the fritters, but I made sure I didn’t skimp on any of the tasty bits. I decided roughly how much I should add of each of the ingredients and then went ahead and threw in more for good measure. I used those lovely frozen petit pois to give the fritters a nice subtle sweet taste. I mashed them up a bit to release the flavour and help bind the mixture and stirred them in with all the lovely lemony cheese and herbs..

Pea, mint & feta quinoa fritters - a perfect little spring-time snack!

After frying these in a little healthy oil (I used rapeseed), you end up with a beautifully light and crispy fritter, perfect served with a simple green dressed salad. They actually reminded me a lot of falafel! I guess that makes sense, as peas are a pulse, after all, just like chickpeas are. Next time I make them, then, I might try stuffing them into a wrap, dolloping on some hummus and eating them just like I would a falafel wrap.

Pea, mint & feta quinoa fritters - a perfect little spring-time snack!

One of the things I liked the best about these fritters was the fact that because there were LOADS of fresh herbs in them, the herbs around the edge got all crispy in the pan … which tasted just like crispy seaweed! I KNOW! Definitely unexpected, but I loved it!

So my verdict on these spring fritters = DELISH, and I will be making them again! Are you craving them too, now? I so hope you’ll ditch your winter stews and pies this week and give them a go!

Pea, mint & feta quinoa fritters - a perfect little spring-time snack!

If you like these patties, you might also like these cauliflower and feta fritters!


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A small stack of pea, mint and feta quinoa fritters on a white plate with salad.
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Pea, mint & feta quinoa fritters

Crispy quinoa fritters absolutely packed with smashed peas, feta cheese, lemon and fresh mint and parsley. Light, healthy, super tasty … and perfect for spring!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 -15


for the fritters

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, (weight when uncooked), cooked and drained (see notes)
  • 2/3 cup feta cheese
  • a handful of grated parmesan, optional
  • 7 ounces frozen peas, sweet petit pois are best, cooked
  • 2 spring onions, chopped finely (optional)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • a couple of handfuls, about 3 heaped tablespoons each of fresh parsley and mint
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour, or rice flour, if you prefer
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup oil of your choice for frying

to serve

  • Greek yoghurt & green salad, optional


  • Mix all the ingredients (apart from the oil) together in a big bowl. With wet hands, scoop up small handfuls of mixture and shape into 12 to 15 round and flattened fritters.
  • Heat up the oil on a medium heat, then fry the fritters (in 2 batches if necessary) for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until nice and golden and crispy.
  • Drain on kitchen paper, then serve while still hot and crispy, with the Greek yoghurt and green leaves if you like.


I find the easiest way to cook quinoa is to add it to a saucepan with double the volume of water (so 1 cup of water for half a cup of quinoa), bring it to the boil, then cook gently for about 8 minutes. Then turn the heat off, pop a lid on your pan and let it steam dry for a couple of minutes. Finally, fluff up with a fork – your quinoa should be ready!


Calories: 127kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 99mg, Potassium: 95mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 200IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 52mg, Iron: 0.7mg
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  1. I love how you use Quinoa as the base this recipe. It’s super healthy and delicious too! I would certainly try this pretty soon 🙂 Pinning of course!

    1. Glad you like these, Maggie! I haven’t cooked with quinoa all that much, so I thought I’d give these a go. Loved them!

  2. Helen – I so wish I had had these fritters when I was trying to do the vegetarian thing last month! yum!

    1. Ooh, so sorry for the bad timing, Shashi. I bet you’re all about the meat this month!!

  3. Yes! I am craving these now, thanks for asking! These look delicious. Happy Spring 🙂

  4. These are cutest, most delicious little things! Such pretty pictures, Helen, and I could eat the entire stack here! Pinned. 🙂

  5. Oh my god…I haven’t even read the post…the photos are wasting me!! These look seriously wonderful…can’t wait to try them…thx for the recipe!!

    1. Hello, June! Thank you so much for passing by and taking the time to comment. Oh, and I of course I’m VERY pleased that you like the look of the recipe. Really hope you give them a go some time!

  6. I am craving them now, too!! I love the idea of a quinoa fritter and the add-ins with their bright color make them just perfect for spring!