by NiKim

over 2 years ago

This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Peas.

Natalie Barbarese's Testing Notes:

Sweet and mild peas get packed into NiKim's vibrant, vegetarian-friendly cakes with tangy greek yogurt and the Omega-3-powerhouse that is flaxseed. These diminutive cakes can be whipped up in a flash with some basic pantry staples, and re-sized to fit your needs: small and squat for party fare, or larger for a beautiful one-per-plate presentation (see NiKim's photo demonstrating her squeeze-bottle skills!). Note: feel free to add more onion or hot sauce, according to taste.

Back in college, I had to make do with what I had in the pantry. I started making tuna cakes with my canned tuna (the typical college pantry diet) and later was inspired to make green pea cakes instead because of its many health benefits and high level of protein and vitamin C.

The texture of these cute little green pea cakes resemble crab cakes. They are great to serve as appetizers with your favorite dipping sauce or even in your sandwich as your "meat."

Tip: Instead of using all whole wheat bread crumbs, I replaced a portion of that with ground flaxseed for extra fiber. I also added Greek yogurt in the cakes as well as on top for a more creamy texture and extra protein..

Makes 9

  • 2 cups Green Peas, fresh, or frozen & thawed
  • 1/4 cup Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (Asian Hot Sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 squeeze of fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1-2 dash Salt & Pepper
  • 3/4 cups Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  1. Coarsely blend (not puree) together peas, onion, garlic, egg, yogurt, sriracha, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Transfer to medium bowl
  2. Hand mix in bread crumbs, flaxseed, and garlic powder to green pea mixture. You may need to add a little more breadcrumbs or flaxseed if too mushy depending on what type of breadcrumbs you use and whether or not you use fresh or thawed peas.
  3. Spray non-stick cooking spray onto pan over low-medium or medium heat. Shape palm-sized "cakes" and place on hot skillet for approximately 3-4 minutes each side or until lightly browned with crust
  4. Serve as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce or put it in your sandwich in place of meat

Nutrition Info:


  • 55 calories
  • 2g total fat
  • 0g saturated fat
  • 24mg cholesterol
  • 113mg sodium
  • 8g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 1g sugar)
  • 2g protein


8 Comments Add a Comment
  • Methumb11

    Gwen @Simply Healthy Family says: Sounds great! I hope my kids will eat them ;}

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  • Lisa_cropped

    Lisatoc says: These really look delicious -- I can't wait to find time to make them for my family. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    NiKim says: Thank you! It's definitely a quick and easy recipe to whip up, so I hope you have time to try it out! =)

    over 2 years ago
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    Leif says: These look so tasty! I can't wait to try them. Nice pictures as well!

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    NiKim says: Thank you! I hope you enjoy!

    over 2 years ago
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    kpatrick says: I'd probably use olive oil because of the "healthy" fat content it contains. I'm sure that it will taste good no matter what, but my family isn't as keen on cooking spray as I am. I'll probably try both ways, and see which they prefer. Thanks so much for the tip; hope ya win!!

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    kpatrick says: This looks absolutely delicious, and I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing your recipe; what a great idea for peas!!

    over 2 years ago Reply to this »
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    NiKim says: Thanks so much for your comment! Just a note, if you're not too concerned with the fat content, using oil definitely helps it crisp up nicely. However, when I cook it for myself, I stick to my cooking spray. Hope you enjoy! =)

    over 2 years ago

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