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Updated May 08, 2023
Crispy Quinoa Bites
Crispy Quinoa Bites
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These Crispy Quinoa Bites are a savory side dish recipe that would be the perfect complement to any meal. You cook up these tasty little bites in a muffin tin so that each bite is presented in a single-serving form. In the unlikely event that you end up with a couple of leftovers, these could be served as a quick breakfast treat or an afternoon snack. Egg holds the bites together, and quinoa and rice provide tons of fiber. This is a wonderfully healthy side dish, tasty appetizer, or on-the-go breakfast recipe. 


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Makes50 mini bites

Cooking Time20 min


  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice or preferred rice mix
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely minced fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 12 grape tomatoes, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • prepared tomato sauce or salsa for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray.

  2. Cook rice with water per package directions until tender. In another saucepan, cook the quinoa with water per package directions until tender.

  3. Place cooked quinoa and rice into a large bowl and add onion, garlic, basil, tomatoes, eggs, and spices. Toss until well mixed. Spoon into mini muffin cups, filling 3/4 full and pressing with the back of a spoon to compact and level the top.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack 5 minutes, then carefully remove to cool completely or serve while warm. Garnish with fresh basil and grape tomatoes and serve with sauce for dipping.

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Thank you! Thank you! for this recipe. I have just started eating quinoa and kept wondering what to do with the left overs. These look delicious and I will definitely be making them. I am passing on the recipe as well. This is a great idea for lunch box fillers too!

I made these again this week! I spontaneously decided to add some pesto to them this time and my apartment smelled oh so good while they were in the oven. The pesto made them a little softer, I think, but they were still really really good! Definitely going to make them again and again.

These were super tasty and I love that they're healthy. I definitely want to make these as an appetizer for when I have friends over for dinner.

Loved these! I've made something similar in the past, but those were too spicy for me. These had the perfect flavor. If I didn't have to share them, I would have eaten the whole batch by myself!

These were delicious! They'd make the perfect appetizer for a party or a quick snack.

These were really tasty, and super healthy! I'll definitely be making these again for a quick snack or simple breakfast.

I literally cannot wait to make more of these. They're absolutely delicious! I'm a very happen vegetarian right now.

Yum! These are perfect for a party appetizer!

These were surprisingly tasty and perfect for a little midday snack, side dish, or even an appetizer.

Yum! I really liked these! Perfect pairing with the marinara.

I really enjoyed these! They make a nice, filling snack.


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