Homemade Marinated Olives


A very simple recipe to make your own marinated olives. Much cheaper than purchased marinated olives, with the added benefit that they can be flavoured to your liking.

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Homemade marinated olives
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2021-07-29, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 10 minutes.

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Updated at: 12-03-2022

10 minutes 4 people Side dishes
Homemade marinated olives


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  • 1 jar pitted olives (500 grams)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • Water
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  • large bowl
  • chopping board
  • chef's knife
  • lemon juicer
  • cling film

Homemade Marinated Olives

10 minutes 4 people Side dishes

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Preparation - 5 minutes

drain the jar of olives. Rinse well under cold running water and add to a large bowl.

squeeze the juice of a lemon into the large bowl, using a lemon juicer or your fingers.

add 2 bay leaves, 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary and 4 sprigs of fresh thyme to the bowl. If you are using fresh bay leaves, you can bruise them a bit beforehand.

crush 3 cloves of garlic on the chopping board using the flat side of a chef's knife. It’s not necessary to skin the garlic. Add the garlic to the bowl.

season the olives with 2 teaspoons of chilli powder. Fill the bowl with water until the olives are just submerged.

Green olives in marinade
Green olives in marinade

Finish the olives - 1 day

mix everything well and cover the bowl with cling film. Place it in the fridge for at least a day.

Homemade marinated olives
Homemade marinated olives

remove the marinated olives from the refrigerator. Remove the herbs from the bowl with a fork or spoon. Serve your homemade marinated olives as tapas.

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Homemade Marinated Olives: frequently asked questions

What kind of olives can I use?

You can use either black or green olives. Check whether the olives are already pitted.

How long should I marinate the olives in the fridge?

To develop the best flavour, leave the olives in the fridge for a good 5 days. Cover the bowl with cling film. You can store the marinated olives in the liquid for up to 2 weeks.