Pan-Fried Olives with Rosemary

Pan-Fried Olives with Rosemary
Viviane Bauquet Farre

Olives — those supremely flavorful little packages — have become a standby in most households. Indeed, a bowl of olives is the finger food of choice at dinner parties. Olives are now so common, it's easy to take those gems for granted.

So, it's no surprise that a bowl of olives is always on my coffee table whenever friends come over for dinner. But since I always like to coax a bit more flavor out of things, I want my bowl of olives to bring some excitement — and even a little surprise — to my guests.

This recipe certainly fulfills both objectives. Biting into these meaty, warm olives is such an unexpected sensation that everyone always stops in their tracks and marvels. The olives turn out to be mellower when warmed and their flesh literally melts in your mouth. Meanwhile, the pan-fried rosemary contributes its irresistible herbal-pungency to make the whole experience quite delightful.

So here's to the olive and to the endless pleasure it gives us all!

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Drain the olives and pat dry with a paper towel. (If the olives have been stored in oil, just drain them; there's no need to pat them dry.) Heat half of the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the rosemary and olives, and sauté until the rosemary becomes dark green and crisp, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool for 5 minutes. Add the remaining the olive oil. Toss well and serve warm.


Note: Keep refrigerated up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before serving or reheat for 1-2 minutes over medium-high heat.


Calories per serving:

151 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Low Sugar, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 62g 96%
  • Carbs 16g 5%
  • Saturated 9g 43%
  • Fiber 8g 33%
  • Monounsaturated 46g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 2g 4%
  • Sodium 1,766mg 74%
  • Calcium 222mg 22%
  • Magnesium 13mg 3%
  • Potassium 42mg 1%
  • Iron 8mg 46%
  • Zinc 1mg 4%
  • Phosphorus 9mg 1%
  • Vitamin A 53µg 6%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 5%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 1%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 0%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 2%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 4µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 46%
  • Vitamin K 25µg 32%
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