Citrus Marinated Olives

March 15th, 2012 by Erin Gennow
Citrus Marinated Olives

Citrus Marinated Olives

Citrus Marinated Olives

This little snack is a cinch to make, can be done in advance, and makes olives a bit more special for guests (or yourself).  I like using a mixture of high quality olives, often available at an olive bar in better supermarkets or specialty markets.  Trader Joe’s even sells a tub of mixed olives.  It is best to use olives with pits here, as they help impart flavor and hold up better to the heat.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5

Makes: 1 cup


1 cup high quality olives with pits, I like a mixture

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

3 thyme sprigs

1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled

4 large strips of zest from a lemon or orange



Small Skillet

Wood spoon


Rinse and drain the olives.

Place a small skillet over medium-low heat and add 2 teaspoons olive oil.

Add in the 1 cup olives, 3 thyme sprigs, the crushed garlic clove, and the strips of citrus zest.

Gently warm the olives over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.  Gently stir the olives with the spoon occasionally to coat the olives in the oil and flavorings.

Serve warm or at room temperature.  You can even make them a day or 2 in advance, which helps to enhance the flavors.  Store the marinated olives in an airtight container in the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature (or re-warm) before serving.

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