Oven baked olives seasoned with rosemary and olive oil are the perfect appetizer for any occasion! Simple, quick, and using only a few ingredients, this will become the go-to recipe for your next gathering.
This is a simple recipe using a mix of Greek and Spanish olives, but you can use any kind you like.
How to make baked olives
You will need:
- Baking dish or a baking tray/sheet pan.
- Chopping board + knife – to cut lemon into slices & finely chop rosemary.
Get a baking dish or any oven-proof vessel (sheet pan,…). Add olives, lemon slices, fresh rosemary sprigs and drizzle with olive oil, some extra rosemary finely chopped and freshly cracked black pepper.
Bake this for about 20 minutes and enjoy!
- Use a larger pan/oven dish and add cherry tomatoes (halved or whole) and feta (cut into cubes) or mozzarella – either small balls or get the large one and cut into bite-size pieces.
- I love using fresh rosemary here, thyme or lemon thyme are delicious substitutes.
- Add a drizzle of lemon juice.
- Grate some lemon zest over.
How to serve baked olives?
Definitely with freshly baked French baguette or other crusty bread. You can also add more olive oil right before serving which can serve as a dipping oil.
Place toothpicks or cocktail sticks right next to olives as well as a small bowl(s) where your guests can leave the toothpicks after they are done and for olive stones. Alternatively, use olives without stones (either plain or stuffed).
Baked olives frequently asked questions:
Yes! They are the perfect snack or appetizer that can be enjoyed in many ways. Plus, they are super-healthy so whether you are on a Mediterranean diet or not, incorporating them into your menu will do good for you.
No. For best results, use a high quality extra virgin olive oil. It has many healthy benefits.
You can enjoy them either warm or cold.
What do these roasted olives contain?
Refined sugar added: NO
More easy olive appetizers you might like:
- Olive Stuffed Cheese Balls – if you have some leftover olives, why not use them to make these fun bites?
- Olive Cheese Skewers – another simple and quick appetizer that you can’t go wrong with.
- Olive and Feta Shooters – simple, fun, and great for entertaining at home.
Check out our video for how to make baked olives:
- ½ cup Kalamata olives, without juices
- ½ cup black olives,
- ½ cup green olives, without juices, see note 1
- ½ lemon, sliced
- 5-6 fresh rosemary sprigs, see note 2
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, see note 3
- freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit (200 Celsius).
- Meanwhile: In a baking dish, combine together olives, lemon slices and add about 4 rosemary sprigs on top. Finely chop the remaining rosemary sprigs (remove the stems first) and sprinkle over olives. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with freshly cracked black pepper.
- Bake on the middle rack at 400 Fahrenheit (200 Celsius) for about 20 minutes.
- Enjoy warm or cold!
- You can use any olives you like: pitted, with stones, stuffed, Kalamata, Spanish,…. The quantities are only an estimate so feel free to add more if you like.
- Fresh rosemary does give this simple appetizer a great flavor but you can substitute it with fresh thyme or lemon thyme.
- I highly recommend using a good quality extra virgin olive oil. I also like to pour some more over the olives right before serving and use it as a bread dipping oil – so good!
- Check out the post above this recipe card for more recipe ideas with olives, possible variations and some answers to FAQ if in doubt.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 742mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g