Olives are great, but olives wrapped in a tasty marinade are even better!!
As a young kid, I couldn’t stand the sight of olives. But now, give me a bucket of olives and I’d gladly plough through the entire thing. I’ve played around with different ways of serving them in the past, but nothing comes close to this marinade. Follow me…
The great thing about this recipe is you only need a handful of ingredients, some of which you’ll hopefully already have on hand!
Marinated Olives Ingredients
- Olives – Go for whatever kind of olives you fancy. You can use all the same, or a mix as I’ve done here.
- Garlic – I recommend slicing it instead of finely dicing, just so you get a nice gentle infusion of garlic, as opposed to having it all up in your face with every olive.
- Red Wine Vinegar – Adds a gentle tangy background flavour.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Creates the base of the marinade. Try and use good quality oil, just because it makes up the bulk of the marinade.
- Orange – You’ll just need the peel. This adds a gorgeous, warm and zesty undertone of flavour which binds all the ingredients.
- Chilli Flakes – Even if you’re not too good with spice, I recommend just a small amount to add a little heat.
- Parsley & Oregano – Dried oregano is fine, but you’ll definitely want fresh parsley.
What are the best olives to use?
I typically used jarred olives in brine or olives fresh from the Deli. Just make sure they’re not stuffed or already marinated!
How to Marinate Olives
As you can imagine, it’s a fairly straightforward process. I recommend using a large shallow dish, just so the olives will marinate evenly. You can marinate them in a jar, however, I find a lot of the marinade fall to the bottom, unless you fill the jar right up with oil; which in turn dilutes the flavour slightly.
How long should I marinate olives?
I recommend an absolute minimum of an hour, but the longer the better!
Process shots: add oil, vinegar, parsley, oregano and chilli flakes to a large shallow dish (photo 1), whisk to combine (photo 2), add olives, garlic and orange peel (photo 3), toss then marinate (photo 4).
Marinated Olives FAQ
Should I use pitted or unpitted olives?
I highly recommend using pitted olives when marinating, just so the marinade can get in and around the olive.
How do you store marinated olives?
If you’re marinating the olives for longer than an hour or so, I’d store them tightly covered in the fridge.
How long will marinated olives last?
Marinated olives should last just as long as jarred olives, so around 2 weeks tightly stored in the fridge.
Serving Marinated Olives
Always serve marinated olives at room temp, just to loosen up the oil (it can solidify in the fridge). You can serve as an appetizer or snack with toothpicks, or you can do as I’ve done below and serve with baked feta and toasted ciabatta as a starter or light lunch!
Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these marinated olives shall we?!
How to Marinate Olives (Full Recipe & Video)
The most DELICIOUS Marinated Olives
- Large Shallow Dish
- Whisk (or can just use a fork)
- Vegetable Peeler (for zest)
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
- Baking Dish & Parchment Paper (if serving with baked feta)
Ingredients (check list):
- 14oz / 400g pitted Olives (see notes)
- 1/3 cup / 80ml good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus a drizzle extra if you need to loosen up the marinade a little
- 1/4 cup / 20g very finely diced Fresh Parsley
- 4 fat cloves of Garlic, peeled & thinly sliced (around 4 slithers per clove)
- 1 small Orange, peeled into strips with a vegetable peeler
- 1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Dried Chilli Flakes (can reduce if not good with spice)
- block of Feta and slices of toasted Ciabatta, to serve (optional)
- In a large shallow dish whisk together extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, oregano and chilli flakes. Toss in olives, orange peel and garlic.
- Cover and marinate at room temp for at least an hour, tossing every now and then if you can. If you're marinating longer than an hour, marinate in the fridge. Bring to room temp before serving so the oil loosens up. See notes for serving with feta.
Quick 1 min demo!
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