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Blistered Green Olives

If you like green olives, then you are going to love them even more sautéed with garlic, oil and red pepper flakes. I like to serve these pan-fried olives with a cheese and meat board at parties and potlucks, but they are also a super tasty everyday low carb snack idea!

Keyword keto, low carb, olives, party food, snacks


  • 1 (15oz) can green olives (well drained)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (more if you like it real spicy)


  1. In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat (I have a glass-top stove and set the heat to one notch above medium).

  2. Add the drained olives to the pan and toss them with the oil. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until they start to brown and "blister". 

  3. Add the minced garlic to the pan; toss to coat. Continue to sauté the olives and garlic for 2-3 minutes. 

  4. Add the red pepper flakes last, about 1 minute before you plan on removing the olives from the pan. 

  5. Enjoy hot or cold! I like them both ways. :)

  6. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. These are fabulous chopped up later to put in a sandwich or salad. 

Recipe Notes

Use your own discretion when adding the garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan. I prefer the garlic to be pretty toasty, but if you leave it in there too long it will begin to burn. Same for the red pepper flakes.