A tray with pea fritters, potato wedges and tartar sauce on a light pink background
Photography, Anguel Dimov

Pea Fritters and Fries with Tartar Sauce

Peas, quinoa and mozzarella are the base for these vegetarian fritters.

This is the perfect recipe for a vegetarian or fish-averse palate. Bri Beaudoin devised this riff on her favourite childhood fish and chips (from Go Fish, or ‘the blue shack’ on Granville Island). Peas, quinoa, spinach and mozzarella are the base for crunchy pea fritters, served with a briny yogurt-based tartar sauce. Russet potatoes are wedged and baked simultaneously, completing a healthy weeknight sheet-pan dinner.

A tray with pea fritters, potato wedges and tartar sauce on a light pink background

Pea Fritters and Fries with Tartar Sauce

The perfect spring snack food, courtesy of Bri Beaudoin.
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 4



  • lb (600g) russet potatoes see note #1
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt


  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa see note #2
  • cups shredded low-moisture mozzarella
  • 1 cup loosely packed minced baby spinach
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 large eggs whisked
  • cup dry breadcrumbs

Tartar Sauce

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup minced dill pickle
  • ¼ cup minced fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp drained capers minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt


  • Place the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 425°F (220°C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cut the potatoes lengthwise into quarters, then slice each quarter in half to make 8 equal-sized wedges. Transfer the potatoes to one of the prepared baking sheets. Drizzle the potatoes with the olive oil and toss to coat, then spread out in an even layer and sprinkle with the salt. Bake on the lower rack until the fries are golden brown and crispy, 40 to 45 minutes, flipping halfway through. Season with more salt, if needed.
  • Meanwhile, start the Fritters. Rinse the frozen peas in a colander under warm running water until defrosted, about 30 seconds, then let sit in the sink to drain. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, mozzarella, spinach, scallions, pepper and salt. Using your fingertips, lightly squish the peas as you add them to the bowl. Pour in the eggs and stir until well mixed. Sprinkle in the breadcrumbs and stir to mix.
  • Pack the mixture into a ¼-cup measuring cup. Turn the measuring cup over on the other prepared baking sheet and shake it to release the mixture (see note #3). Repeat with the remaining mixture, spacing the fritters evenly on the baking sheet. (You should have 15 to 18 fritters.)
  • Using damp fingertips, smooth out the shape of the fritters and tuck in any loose spinach. Bake on the upper rack until golden brown and firm to the touch, about 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, pickle, dill, capers, lemon juice, pepper and salt. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.
  • Divide the hot fries and pea fritters among plates and serve with a generous scoop or two of tartar sauce.


#1. If you can, choose small russet potatoes for bite-size wedges that cook quicker. Potato skins have a lot of flavour, so skip peeling them for this recipe.
#2. Usually, ⅔ cup dried quinoa will yield about 2 cups cooked quinoa, but measure after cooking to be sure.
#3. If you’re having trouble getting the mixture to release from the measuring cup, you can instead use damp hands to form the fritters by hand.

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Excerpted from Evergreen Kitchen: Weeknight Vegetarian Dinners for Everyone by Bri Beaudoin. Copyright © 2022 Bri Beaudoin. Photography by Anguel Dimov. Published by Penguin Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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