Lemon and Korean Red Pepper Marinated Olives

Yield: 5 cups marinated olives

Every holiday party has to start to somewhere. But it should start at a place that’s relatively stress-free.  

People can get caught up in having everything “just so” before friends and family arrive, which, don’t get me wrong, is fantastic, but there are always more simple ways to impress the people in your life than you think. 

Here's an easy marinated olives recipe to get things rolling at any shindig this holiday season.


5 cups cerignola olives*

⅔ cup (160 mL) good quality extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon, zested and juiced

5 cloves roasted garlic

1 Tbs Korean red pepper flakes

½ tsp ground black pepper

¼ tsp sea salt


  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Let sit at room temperature for an hour, tossing occasionally to ensure olives are evenly coated.
  2. Preheat oven to 275º F.
  3. Transfer olive mixture to a large baking dish and let cook slowly in oven for 30 minutes. Remove and stir occasionally.
  4. Remove from oven. Scoop some olives into a heat-safe bowl, and return baking dish to oven. Replenish as needed.
  5. *Note: Cerignola olives are widely available and come in green, black and red. A mix of colours makes for the best presentation.

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