Fried Olives


Toasted walnuts and bread crumbs give flavor and texture to these fried olives.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
72 olives


  • 1 ½ cups California walnuts

  • 1 ½ cups fresh, unseasoned bread crumbs

  • 3 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 pound pimento-stuffed green olives, drained

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ quarts canola oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread walnuts onto a baking sheet.

  2. Toast in the preheated oven until nuts start to turn golden brown and become fragrant, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

  3. Combine walnuts and bread crumbs in a food processor; process until finely ground but mixture is still light and airy. Spread into a shallow pan and set aside.

  4. Beat eggs and water together in a shallow bowl. Spread flour on a shallow plate. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  5. Dip olives, a few at a time, into the beaten eggs. Roll in flour, then dip again into the beaten eggs. Let excess egg drip off the olives, then roll in the walnut mixture. Transfer to the lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the olives are coated with the walnut mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before frying.

  6. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lower 12 olives into the oil and fry until coating is golden, about 45 seconds. Drain briefly on paper towels. Repeat with remaining olives. Serve warm.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

51 Calories
4g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 51
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 21mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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