Spanish-Style Marinated Olives

Spanish-Style Marinated Olives

These Spanish-style marinated olives are a perfect casual snack with pre-dinner drinks. Serve as part of a tapas spread that includes cheese, almonds, and this Chickpea and Chorizo dish.

spanish-style marinated olives

Spanish-Style Marinated Olives

These marinated olives are a perfect casual snack for pre-dinner drinks. Adapted from The Complete Spanish Cookbook.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: marinated olives
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 sprigs Italian parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup black olives
  • 2/3 cup green olives


  • Using the mortar and pestle, crush the coriander and fennel seeds together. Add the garlic cloves and crush until a paste starts to form.
  • Strip the leaves from the rosemary sprig and pick the leaves from the parsley and add to the mixture. Crush until they become incorporated into the paste. Add vinegar and olive oil and stir.
  • Put the olives in a small container and pour the marinade over the top. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 week before serving. Once refrigerated, allow to come to room temperature before serving.
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