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Quinoa Corn Patties with Cool and Creamy Onion Dip

Corn is amazing this time of year…it’s almost as sweet as candy! It’s definitely one of my favorite sides for any grilled meal, and usually (since I’m a little corn-crazy), I end up grilling or steaming a few too many ears of it.

That’s always a good thing though!

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So, what to do with leftover corn? I like to add it to salads, stir-fries, or fried rice, make it into corn chowder, or turn it into croquettes like I did in this recipe.

Cool and Creamy Onion Dip

I served these quinoa corn patties with a cool and creamy onion dip. A combo of Greek yogurt and sour cream gives the dip a nice refreshing tang, and two different kinds of onion add great flavor and provide the perfect contrast to the corn’s sweetness.

And no problem if your corn isn’t already cooked! Just cut it off the cob and sauté it along with the onion.

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Quinoa Corn Patties with Cool and Creamy Onion Dip
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Yield: 4 servings
Quinoa Corn Patties:
  • ¼ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (about 1 medium-large cob) corn kernels, cooked (either steamed or grilled) and cut off the cob
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or chives
  • 4-6 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Canola oil, for shallow frying
Cool and Creamy Onion Dip:
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ small onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  1. For the Quinoa Corn Patties, soak the quinoa in cold water for 15 minutes; strain through a fine mesh sieve, then thoroughly rinse under cold running water.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium lidded saucepan over medium heat; add the onion and sauté until softened and starting to turn golden, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute more.
  3. Add the rinsed quinoa, warm water, salt, and pepper. Turn the heat up to high and bring up to a boil; once boiling, give it a stir, cover the saucepan, and turn heat down to a gentle simmer. Cook 14 minutes, then turn heat off and let sit with the lid on for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Cool slightly, then transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the corn, eggs, and parsley. Stir in 4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons more as needed so the mixture holds its shape when formed into patties. Form the mixture into 4 patties.
  4. Add canola oil to lightly coat the bottom of a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the patties and fry until golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  5. For the Cool and Creamy Onion Dip, stir together all ingredients; cover and keep refrigerated until serving.
Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
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  1. Do you think these would work out & stick together with egg replacer as my daughter is anaphylactic to eggs?

    1. Donna, Yes, I think this recipe could work well with an egg replacement as a binder. Let me know how it goes!

  2. I made this today and it turned out great! I doubled the recipe but didn’t have time to make the dip. I’ve been looking for recipes to help get some quinoa in our diet and this is a definite keeper! Thx for sharing!

  3. These were totally great. Totally totally great. The recipe is exact, it came out perfectly. You really cant add any more corn than it states or you will need to increase the rest of the ingredients. Its also really easy to tweak the ingredients. I used cilantro and added feta crumbles. These are a killer way to use fresh corn, and the quinoa is a perfect grain for this patty.

    1. Marisa, Thanks so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the patties!!

  4. No one can tease the palate through photography and culinary prowess quite like you, Faith. I have made something very similar – and they were not close tot his beautiful. I am definitely motivated to tray again – and I will try your recipe.

  5. These look delicious! I’m making these as soon as I get home tonight!

  6. My dear Faith…how you’ve been missed…especially since you’re one of those selective cooks I’d love having a meal from ;o)

    Of course, I did have a quick look around…and boy have you been a busy kitchen bee!

    I stopped at this post because it was one of my favourite finds…especially since I’ve been experimenting with several gluten-free meals.

    BTW…I love the new elegant look you’ve given to showcase your culinary presentations ;o)

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

  7. I picked up some corn on the cob yesterday so I had better get into the kitchen!!

  8. i can’t tell you how awesome i find the fact that you slipped quinoa into your corn cakes! brilliant move, faith!

  9. I just love these! They are just gorgeous and I know they taste equally fantastic :)

  10. Love the recipe here and can’t wait to give it a try. I’ve only had quinoa a few times, so am just getting used to cooking with it, but I love it. Great photos!

  11. We had something really similar a while ago and I looooved it! Now I should make it again, because I forgot how good it was!

  12. This is a really nice and fresh use for quinoa, an ingredient I like but that I find can be a bit boring sometimes. Not so here!!

  13. 5 Star Foodie says:

    These patties sound so yummy with quinoa and corn, the onion dip is a great accompaniment!

  14. wow those look really delicious

    and the dip I would so love!

    hope you are well :)

    Betty Bake x

  15. I can’t wait to make these! I am loving the corn this year. I don’t know why, but it tastes EXTRA amazing this year :)

  16. I love the combination of corn and quinoa! We usually don’t have any corn left but this recipe would make it worth buying a few extra cobs at the farmers’ market next time.

  17. I’ve been trying to infuse corn into all my meals lately and this looks like another stellar way! Especially since I just bought a new box of quinoa!

  18. Love your creative and delightful recipes, wish I stayed near you :) Quinoa and corn in patties is a wonderful combo and very new too..making it this weekend.

  19. These look great! Do you think I could sub something else instead of the quinoa? I’m not sure where to get it from where I live.

    1. ursula-apples, I haven’t tried it with anything else, but I think it would work with barley, bulgur wheat, rice, or even couscous (just be sure to cook whatever you’re using first). Also, feel free to adjust the amount of egg and/or breadcrumbs if you need to so that it sticks together and you can form patties. Hope this helps! :)

  20. Yum, love it. Corn is my favourite and quinoa is all the rage with us at the moment. Might try a quinoa recipe myself soon.

  21. Corn is one veggie I never have a problem using any leftovers — it can go into so many dishes. This one is a great idea (that I haven’t tried before) and I love anything that comes with a dip!

  22. You always make things which will make my husband super duper know maybe…a dinner invite sometime :) Love Love the corn loaded patties, reminds me I have to use by a BIG bunch I got from Costco..this will be made!

  23. I want!!!! They look awesome!!! And that dip…man I would eat that with chips too. I don’t have leftover corn but I would gladly buy and cook fresh ears just for these cakes!

  24. Joyce @ Jranola Joyce says:

    Looks delicious! :)

  25. Corn rules at this time of year! Your corn cakes look amazing and I love your dip! Perfect.

  26. That looks like something that I would just love! You’re always so creative Faith!

  27. I was thinking of making couscous patties but was not sure of what more to add. This is giving me some ideas :) Looks so delicious and that dip .. yummy!

  28. Wow – very nice! I have never made corn patties but these look fabulous and i love your sauce.

  29. I’ve been looking for a corn patty recipe for a while – I love corn but hardly ever eat it and have always thought these sounded delicious. Have bookmarked the recipe, thank you!

  30. These patties look so healthy and tasty!! Sounds like a great way to cook quinoa!

  31. I love quinoa and corn patties! The idea of it! I tried a couple quinoa patties before but they always lacked a certain flavor. I think the corn you added is brilliant and would complete it! Great job!

  32. Those healthy patties must taste really good!



  33. What a great recipe!!! I love quinoa AND corn so this sounds especially good. Bookmarking it for sure….THANKS!

  34. I’ve purchased the quinoa cakes at Whole Foods before but honestly, these look even more fabulous. I wish you lived closer to me Faith so I could steal your leftovers!

  35. yum yum.. These look wonderful Faith. I love the combo of corn n quinoa and I bet they tasted fabulous.

  36. I love corn…and most things in patty form…and onions!

    This looks fab. I live in “corn country” in NY…most of it is grown as cow food, but the stuff to eat right off the plant…mmmmm!

  37. Healthy and delicious ….this is yum ….looks fab

  38. Ive made corn cakes a couple times and absolitely loved them! Yours have awesome texture. Now i want to make corn chowder too!!

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