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Olives with Orange and Fennel



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  • 1 small orange
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups assorted brine-cured unpitted olives, such as Niçoise, Picholine, Kalamata, and Castelvetrano, drained
  • Leaves and tender stems from 5 to 6 thyme sprigs
  • 1/8 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar



Step 1

1. Use a vegetable peeler to peel a 2 1/2-in. by 1-in. strip of zest from orange; save fruit for another use. Cut zest strip crosswise into very fine (1/16 in.) slivers; set aside.
2. Heat oil and garlic in a 10-in. frying pan over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add olives, orange zest, thyme, chile flakes, and fennel seeds. Cook, stirring occasionally, until warm, about 2 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, stir in vinegar, and transfer to a small serving bowl. Serve warm.
Make ahead: Up to 2 weeks, chilled. Rewarm to serve.

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