Zesty Lemon Olives

READY IN: 24hrs 10mins
Recipe by gailanng

Quick to prepare and party-worthy. Keeps well refrigerated for several weeks. From Fine Cooking. No cooking is required, but I included 24 hours for marinating as the cook time.

Top Review by JackieOhNo

This has all my favorite seasonings for olives, and has great flavor. I made this exactly as posted, including the dried red pepper flakes and used a combination of finely grated zest and large strips of zest. It really does need to marinate overnight, so you can't rush this, but it's well worth it. Love the lemony flavor! Made for ZWT 8.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If using brine-packed olives, drain them. In a medium bowl, combine the olives, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, herb sprigs, fennel seeds, garlic and red pepper flakes.
  2. Zest the lemons (yellow only) in whatever size zest you like--a mix of finely grated zest for the brightest flavor and larger strips for color. Add the zest and oil to the olives and mix well. Pour and scrape into a covered jar and refrigerate overnight to let the flavors mingle before serving.

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