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Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce

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Whip up a batch of these flavorful Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce. Mushrooms, garlic, lentils, quinoa, walnuts, and more come together in this lentil cake recipe. 

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These lentil patties are great for a tasty vegan lunch or dinner. They’re also great for meal prepping! Here is a plant-based recipe that kids and adults can enjoy. 

This lentil fritters recipe is…

  • Vegan 
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Flavorful 
  • Great for meal prepping

How to Make Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce

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  1. Start by cooking your lentils as directed on the package. 
  2. In a saucepan, add oil, onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook occasionally. 
  3. You will add in your nuts and pulse in a food processor until the walnuts form a powder. 
  4. Add mushroom mixture and half the lentils to a bowl. Add in walnut powder and mix.
  5. Once thickened into dough, add in your remaining lentils. Mix well. 
  6. Create 12–15 patties to pan sear. 

Full measurements and directions can be found in the printable card below. 

Lentil Fritters Variations

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Change Up The Vegetables 

In terms of vegetables, add in extra or leave the recipe the same. Any finely chopped veggie could work well in this dish—carrots, bell peppers, etc. 

Air Fryer Instead of the Oven

Consider air-frying your lentil fritters. You could cook a few lentil patties at a time, making sure to leave space between them. 

Serving Without Sauce

If you want to skip the garlic sauce, go ahead. Maybe you’d like to serve your fritters with a splash of lemon juice on top or some salt and pepper? No matter how you serve your lentil cakes, they are delicious. 

Lentil Fritters FAQs

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What can I do with leftover cooked lentils?

This lentil cake recipe has become my go-to way to use up lentils. Saving leftovers allows me to simplify the prep in this recipe. 

What do you serve with fritters?

If you are not a vegetarian, you might want to serve with some catfish or even chicken. Otherwise, pair with a creamy pasta salad, cucumber and onion salad, or other sides. 

Why are my fritters soggy? 

Most of the time, there are two potential reasons for soggy fritters: not enough fry ingredients or too many liquid ingredients. Eyeballing your measurements can make the fritters off-texture. Make sure to measure all your ingredients carefully!

Best way to reheat fritters? 

I have found reheating your lentil cakes in a pan on the stove provides the best texture. When you microwave the lentils, it can make them a bit soggy and rubbery. Slowly heating the lentil cakes on the stove gives a slow heat that will crisp them up. 

Interested in More Lentil Recipes?

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Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce

Whip up a batch of these flavorful Lentil Fritters with Garlic Sauce. Mushrooms, garlic, lentils, quinoa, walnuts, and more come together in this lentil cake recipe.
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Course: Appetizer / first course, Bean main dish, Fritter, Grain and legume, Main Course
Cuisine: Healthy / Gluten-free / Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: lentil cakes, lentil fritters, lentil patties
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 patties
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Veg Kitchen


Lentil cakes

  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves rough chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup walnuts or cashews
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry or fresh parsley
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax +2 tbsp of water
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

Garlic sauce

  • 1 cup of soy milk
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 chopped garlic or 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or another thickener
  • salt and lemon to taste


Instructions for Lentil Cakes

  • Cook dry lentils in simmering water until tender. Drain. You will need 2 cups cooked.
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  • Sauté the onion, garlic, and mushrooms in olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add a little water if it gets too dry. Turn heat down to low and cook until very tender and cooked through. Set aside.
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  • Blend the walnuts into a coarse flour. Pour that flour into a medium bowl.
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  • Add half of the lentils and the mushroom mixture, salt, spices, flax egg.
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  • Mix everything until it’s well combined and forms a thick dough using a hand blender. Stir in the remaining whole lentils.
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  • Using wet hands form into 12-15 little cakes.
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  • Sear in a skillet, in a little oil, over medium heat—taking care to let them brown and form a crust before flipping.
  • Serve with garlic sauce.
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Instructions for Garlic Sauce

  • Pour all the ingredients into a heated pan, whisking constantly until thickened—about 3–5 minutes. Then remove from heat.
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Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
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