Cheesy Jalapeño Quinoa Cakes with Aioli

These Cheesy Jalapeño Quinoa Cakes with Aioli make a great appetizer or lunch. With green onions, spicy peppers and fontina, they’re packed with flavor!

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 30 mins


  • For quinoa cakes
  • 1 bag Success® Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 3/4 cup grated fontina cheese
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • For aioli
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


  • Make these jalapeño and fontina cakes with our Success® Tri-Color Quinoa and enjoy the flavors of melted fontina cheese, spicy peppers, green onions and more! Topped with fresh, homemade lemon aioli, they’re hard to beat.

    For quinoa cakes:

    Step 1

  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Combine quinoa, cheese, flour, green onion, egg, jalapeño, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl. Stir until well blended.

    Step 3

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Form quinoa mixture into small patties (about 1/4 cup mixture for each). Place a few patties at a time in heated skillet. Cook approximately 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Keep quinoa cakes warm while frying remaining cakes.

    For aioli:

    Step 4

  • Combine mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest and cayenne pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with warm quinoa cakes.

Like Jalapeño Poppers, But Better

Enjoy these cheesy jalapeño bites as a light lunch or make them as appetizers for your next get-together. Made with simple ingredients, these quinoa cakes are deliciously savory, are 100% vegetarian and are packed with plant-powered protein.

Aside from their versatility, these little cakes also pack a flavor punch thanks to the homemade aioli. Made out of a few simple ingredients, this dip is delicious with a wide variety of recipes. Simply mix together mayonnaise, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper, and you’re set!

With easy ingredients, come easy instructions. The only cookware you’ll need for this recipe is a food processor and a large skillet for pan-frying. This recipe makes up to eight whole cakes, which you can freeze for last-minute lunches or enjoy throughout the week.

Crowd Pleasers

Made smaller, these one-bite patties are a great appetizer for groups.