A close up shot of marinated olives in a brown terra cotta serving dish

Marinated Olives

This recipe for these Easy Oregano Orange Marinated Olives is sure to be a hit at your next cocktail party. Olive oil is gently heated & lightly scented with oregano & orange zest before being added to the olives. These marinated olives also make the perfect addition to any cheese platter. The perfect party food!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword appetizer olives, charcuterie and cheese board, cheese platter ideas, flavored olives, olives for cocktails, wine and cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 89kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 pinches red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups olives assorted
  • 1 tablespoon oregano fresh
  • pinch fleur de sel optional
  • oregano leaves for garnishing optional


  • With a sharp knife or vegetable peeler, remove peel from orange.
  • Over low heat, combine the orange peel, olive oil and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan.
  • Heat for about 3 minutes. The oil should be warm to the touch. DO NOT OVERHEAT.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover and allow the orange peels to marinate for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the assorted olives and the oregano and combine gently with the infused olive oil.
  • Garnish with oregano leaves (if using) and a pinch of fleur de sel (if using) and serve.


1 serving = 1/4 cup
Any brine-cured, canned or jarred olives can be used for this recipe. 
These marinated olives can be used immediately, or they can be refrigerated for up to five days. If you do refrigerate them, you can heat them up gently for a minute or so or leave at room temperature for about an hour before serving.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.4mg