Easy Roasted Olives

Roasted Olives with Feta and Jalapeno

Easy Roasted Olives ~ this simple and elegant Mediterranean inspired appetizer is my go to for parties of all kinds. Healthy olives fit into most everyone’s diet, so it’s always a hit. 

A simple and elegant appetizer

I’m popping in today with what might be the most stupidly easy effortlessly elegant appetizer on my blog. I serve these roasted olives when I want to create an especially relaxed, informal atmosphere with friends, and it occurred to me that it would be a good one to share with you now, while we’re all crazed with too many things to do and too little time to do them in. Don’t let its simplicity fool you, this is a distinctive dish. 

When you roast olives they get softer and milder

They take on a melting texture that is a little unexpected, and so when a newbie pops a warm one in his or her mouth there’s always a ‘wow’ moment. You can serve them with a spoon so guests can have their own little plates, but frankly we all just pick at the pan and enjoy ourselves. Use toothpicks if you’re fussy.

Easy peasy appetizer!

How to make roasted olives

We had this once or twice at good restaurants before I finally got hip to the idea that I could do it at home. You can make it your own by adjusting the ingredients.

  • I gather the biggest variety of olives I can find, all from the olive bar at my supermarket. I’ll use pitted and un-pitted, and I take a few of each kind for a really good mix. I also like to use the stuffed kind, that just adds more color and texture. Olives from an olive bar taste so much fresher and better than bottled, and more and more stores now offer them.
  • I add cubes of good feta cheese, which also mellows and softens with baking, and a couple of sliced jalapenos for excitement.
  • Fresh herbs are key, and I sometimes use whole spices like fennel and cumin for a punch of flavor, it just depends on my mood. You can use plain or infused olive oils and vinegars for creative results. The key is in the roasting, and even plain olives taste heavenly when they come out of the oven.

roasted olives and feta is perfect with wine

There are so many reasons to recommend this appetizer  It can be thrown together ahead of time and baked whenever, it’s visually beautiful, it’s something your guests may not have had before, and it’s actually healthy, none of which you can say about cheese and crackers.

Serve roasted olives and feta with cocktails for an easy relaxed affair.

Serve some good fresh crusty bread along with the olives to mop up that great sauce! OK, now you’ve got your appetizer covered, take a deep breath and get back out there and shop!

Other recipes that feature olives ~

3.44 from 32 votes

Effortless Entertaining: Roasted Olives

Easy Roasted Olives ~ this simple and elegant Mediterranean inspired appetizer is my go to for parties of all kinds.  Healthy olives fit into most everyone's diet, so it's always a hit.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Cook Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 3 cups or so assorted olives, pitted or unpitted (or allow about 1/2 cup per person). Seek out a good, colorful assortment.
  • 1 cup or so of good quality feta cheese, cut in small bite sized cubes.
  • 1 or 2 red or green jalapenos, thinly sliced, seeds and all (optional)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • handful of fresh thyme
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp good quality olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp good quality red wine or sherry vinegar


  • Set oven to 400F
  • Spread the olives out in a casserole dish or gratin dish. Toss with all the rest of the ingredients and taste the dressing to adjust any of the elements.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes until bubbling.
  • Replace the roasted thyme with fresh sprigs, and serve hot with crusty bread.

Cook's notes

NONE of the amounts are set in stone. This is the kind of thing you put together by eye. Taste the dressing as you go and adjust to your liking. Add minced garlic if you like.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    November 25, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Can this be made a few days ahead?

    • Reply
      November 25, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Yes, but best to assemble and then bake right when you need it.

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    [email protected]+The+Café+Sucré+Farine
    December 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

    5 stars
    I made these for an appetizer for our Christmas dinner (which is tonight) – so stinkin’ good!!! 🙂 I’m adding a few strips of really good salami and some roasted garlic. Yummers! Thanks Sue.

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      December 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Salami! Now that would make it dinner for us!

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    Allie | Baking a Moment
    December 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    These sound incredible, and your photos are stunning! A melting warm olive definitely has me intrigued, and especially with the feta and all those other fabulous flavors. Brilliant!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
    December 19, 2014 at 10:28 am

    oh my goodness!! I love olives so much and I have never roasted them. . at most I have sauteed them. . love love love this and can’t wait to try it!!! perfection with the feta cheese!

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    December 18, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    This is such a creative recipe, I am so excited to try it!!!

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    December 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my, Sue, I think I can smell them now! And I have just the bread to go with them, coming out of the oven any minute now. (I’m on a sourdough kick again!)

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    December 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I can just taste these – love it! And your photos are beautiful!

    • Reply
      December 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Patricia, I have to give credit to the beautiful olives!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 18, 2014 at 9:52 am

    So pretty, I love the fresh herbs and feta. A perfect holiday appetizer!

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    December 18, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I can almost smell them through my monitor. We love olives here and have a favorite restaurant that serves little martini glasses filled with olives when you sit down at the table. I’ve never roasted olives before but can’t wait to try!

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      December 18, 2014 at 7:04 am

      there’s nothing more fun for me than going to a restaurant and having a drink and an great appetizer, I love the idea of those martini glasses 🙂

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 18, 2014 at 6:03 am

    How did you know???? I need more easy peasy in my life … and olives – well I just adore them! Thanks Sue – you are so sweet!

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    December 18, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Hi Sue, we all need more recipes like this, especially now! Love everything about this!

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    [email protected]
    December 18, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Wow, these will be on our Christmas Eve dinner table. Thanks.

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