Tuna and Quinoa (Meat)balls

So, quinoa is the ingredient of the moment. Pronounced ‘keen-wah’ and packed with protein, it’s a great substitute for couscous and other gluten-heavy foods. Here’s a really quick recipe for Tuna and Quinoa (Meat)balls. Enjoy.


  • 1 tin of sustainably sourced tuna
  • 50g of quinoa (dry weight)
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped or chilli flakes
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

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  1. Start by adding the quinoa to boiling water, cook until tender and the white centre has disappeared. Once cooked, run under cold water and then drain very well.
  2. Drain the tuna in a sieve, making sure to get rid of as much of the brine/oil as you can.  It’s really important to make sure that the mixture is as dry as possible.
  3. Combine the tuna and quinoa. Add the chilli, spring onions, eggs and seasoning. Now it’s time to get your hands dirty and give it a good mix.
  4. Roll the mixture into ping-pong sized balls. It’ll be quite wet, but don’t worry, it needs that much egg to bind the mixture as there are no breadcrumbs.
  5. Place onto a hot frying pan with olive oil. Turn the patties so they brown on each side and cook through.

I like to serve these with a simple tomato sauce. Something as easy as red peppers with tomato passata, olive oil and a little chilli. Alternatively, they’re great cold with salad!

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