Garlic-Orange-Rosemary Marinated Olives

October 29, 2015
4 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Makes about 1 pint of olives
Author Notes

Set these out with your holiday party appetizer spread (with a bowl for discarded pits!) and prepare to watch your crostini get completely ignored. —Kendra Vaculin

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Peel of 1 large orange, shaved with a potato peeler or paring knife, in about 1 inch-wide strips
  • 4 to 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 15 ounces plain olives (I used a mix of jarred green Castelvetranos and Kalamatas; use "dry weight" measurements from the labels), drained and rinsed
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil and smashed garlic over low. Warm the oil though, tossing occasionally and taking care not to fry the garlic, about 3 minutes. Add the orange peel, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and olives. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is just starting to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in the orange juice, mixing to combine. Set aside to cool. Serve slightly warm or allow to cool completely before transfering (rosemary sprigs, orange peel, and all) into an airtight container to store in the fridge. Will keep for 1 week.

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3 Reviews

Ann January 11, 2017
These olives are gorgeous looking, with green and orange and sprigs of rosemary throughout, but the flavors were way too subtle for me. I made the recipe exactly as written and let the olives rest in this marinade for a long time before refrigerating. But the only flavors I could taste at all were the olive oil and the rosemary. Finally had to add some additional garlic, rosemary, and pepper flakes. Waiting to see how they taste tomorrow.
beejay45 November 4, 2015
This sounds really interesting. I've seen orange and rosemary marinated olives before, but they were substantially more pickle-y. I like this softer version, I think. ;)

Did you use any of the olive brine? Rinse the olives? Thanks!
Nancy T. November 22, 2015
The recipe says to drain and rinse the olives.