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All Recipes, Tapas / August 8, 2022

AMAZING Olive Tapenade in Just 5 Minutes! Spanish Olive Pate Recipe

This Spanish Olive Tapenade, known as Pate de Aceitunas, is packed with flavors, easy to make and done in just 5 minutes. Spread it over slices of baguette, dip crackers into it or even add over some grilled fish. Either way, this promises to be the very best tapenade you will ever taste.

Spanish Olive Tapenade
To make this tapenade, I used Green Manzanilla Spanish Olives (10% OFF Your First Order with Code ¨ONAFORK¨). As it give this tapenade that authentic flavor. However, you can use any type of olives you like. You can even mix it up and use a mixture of green and black olives.

Spanish Olive Tapenade
I used a mortar & pestle to make this tapenade. Like they do in the south of Spain, where this recipe hails from. As it gives the tapenade a beautiful rustic texture. You can also use a food processor, just make sure to not over process, otherwise you will lose that rustic chunky texture.

Spanish Olive Tapenade

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I served this tapenade at room temperature, but you can also add it into the fridge and serve chilled. Either way, it will hold for up to 5 days in the fridge. If you see your tapenade has dried up, just add in a little more olive oil.

Spanish Olive Tapenade

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Olive Tapenade
5 from 2 votes

5 Minute Spanish Olive Tapenade

Course Appetizer, Sauces, Snack
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 127 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1 1/4 cups green Spanish olives 345 G / 12 Oz
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 1 grams
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .50 gram
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Roughly chop the garlic and add into a mortar (you can also use a food processor), add in a pinch of sea salt, 1 tsp dried oregano and 1/2 tsp dried thyme, using a pestle pound down until you form a paste

  2. Drain the olives, remove the pits and add the pitted olives into the mortar, using the pestle pound down until desired texture

  3. Then add in 1 tsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and a dash of black pepper, mix together

  4. Serve at room temperature or add into the fridge and serve chilled, will hold for up to 5 days, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
5 Minute Spanish Olive Tapenade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 659mg29%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 179IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Mary

    Is it possible to preserve this

    01 . Oct . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      It will hold in the fridge for up to 5 days in an air-tight container 🙂 Much love

      02 . Oct . 2023
  2. Kevin

    5 stars
    A brilliant , beautifully presented recipe as always.Thanks ever si

    10 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!!! Much love 🙂

      10 . Aug . 2022
  3. Denis Gallagher

    5 stars
    Very tasty. Authentic

    09 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you!! Much love 🙂

      10 . Aug . 2022
  4. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me i never had 5 minute spanish olive tapenade before perfect for my snacks or your snacks recipes love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    08 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      08 . Aug . 2022

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