This Marinated Feta is so simple to make and tastes beyond delicious!
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Marinade for Feta
By marinating feta you enhance its gorgeous flavour and wrap it in an irresistible dressing. Let’s take a quick look at what you’ll need:
Feta Marinade Ingredients
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Creates the base of the marinade. Try and grab some good quality extra virgin olive oil, just because it makes up the bulk of the marinade.
- Red Wine Vinegar – Adds a gentle background flavour and very lightly pickles the shallots. Red wine vinegar is a classic addition in Greek salads (which contain feta), so it works perfectly here.
- Shallots – Very finely diced. You won’t need much, but it adds a nice punch of flavour and a teeny bit of texture too.
- Honey – This balances out all the powerful flavours in the marinade.
- Oregano – A classic pairing with Greek feta.
- Parsley – Make sure it’s fresh parsley!
- Chilli Flakes – Feta takes on spice really nicely, so even if you’re not good with spice I recommend just a small pinch.
Process shots: add ingredients to small mixing bowl (photo 1), whisk to combine (photo 2).
Once you’ve made the marinade, you’ll want to dice your feta into small bite-sized cubes. Before you do that though, you’ll want to pat it dry to remove excess brine. This will ensure the marinade sticks to the feta more efficiently.
What kind of Feta to use?
Greek feta works great, if you have access to other varieties of feta feel free to use your favourite.
Process shots: add feta to chopping board (photo 1), pat dry (photo 2), slice vertically (photo 3), slice horizontally (photo 4).
When it comes to marinating the feta I recommend using a large shallow dish. A lot of marinating recipes use jars or bowls, but I find the marinade always falls to the bottom; unless you fill it to the brim with oil, which in turn can dilute the flavour.
By spreading out the feta in a flat dish it all gets an even amount of marinade. Plus there’s no need to toss the feta and risk it crumbling apart. You can just baste it without having to move it around.
How long to marinate feta?
I find around 4 hours hits the sweet spot, but I’d say a minimum of 2 hours.
Process shots: add a couple of spoonfuls of the marinade to a large shallow dish (photo 1), add feta (photo 2), pour over the rest of the marinade (photo 3).
Serving Marinated Feta
I recommend bringing the feta back close to room temp before serving, just to loosen up the marinade again.
How do I use marinated feta?
- Antipasti Platter
- Cheese Board
- Finger Food
- Tossed in Salads
- On toast with Tomatoes (photo below)
Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this marinated feta shall we?!
How to Marinate Feta (Full Recipe & Video)
Marinated Feta (so delicious!)
- Large Shallow Dish (i.e pie dish or something similar)
- Small Mixing Bowl & Whisk
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
- Paper Towels
Ingredients (check list):
- 2x 7oz/200g blocks of Feta
- 1/2 cup / 120ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 tbsp very finely diced Shallots (approx 1 small shallot)
- 1 tbsp very finely diced Fresh Parsley
- 2 tsp Honey
- 1 heaped tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Chilli Flakes (can reduce if you don't like spice)
- In a small mixing bowl whisk together extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, parsley, shallots, oregano and chilli flakes.
- Pat the feta dry, then dice into small bite-sized cubes.
- Spread a couple of spoonfuls of the marinade in a large shallow dish. Add the feta cubes on top, then pour over the remaining marinade. Spoon over and evenly coat all the cubes.
- Marinate in the fridge for as long as you have time for (2 hours minimum, 4 hours best). Baste/gently toss the feta every now and then if you can. Bring close to room temp to serve, just to loosen up the marinade.
Quick 1 min demo!
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