Everyone Can Cook EverythingBold spices, aromatic extra virgin olive oil and a citrusy blast of lemon zest give these olives an addictive flavor.

  • Yield: 2 ¼cups (560 mL)
  • Preparation Time: 5 Minutes


  • 1 cup (250 mL) whole black olives
  • 1 cup (250 mL) whole green olives
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) freshly grated lemon zest
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) crushed chili flakes
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) dried oregano
  • extra virgin olive oil
How to Make It
  1. Combine the black and green olives, garlic, cumin, fennel seeds, lemon zest, chili flakes and oregano in a medium bowl.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a tall 3-cup (750 mL) jar and add enough olive oil to cover the olives.
  3. Seal the jar and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days to allow the flavors to meld. Because the olive oil will solidify when chilled, you’ll need to bring the olives to room temperature before serving.

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