Can You Freeze Olives?

Adding olives to a dish is one of the easiest ways to improve it, adding a luxurious salty flavor to pretty much anything you can think of, not just salads or pizzas. 

Olives don’t have a huge shelf life, even when they’re in brine, as any contamination will cut short what should be a longer shelf life.

If you only add olives to dishes when recipes call for it, or if you love olives, but you’re tired of them going to waste, can you freeze them?

The good news is that you can freeze any type of olives without any problems, provided that you store them properly. Freezing them incorrectly will lead to watery, tasteless olives, and no one wants that.

Here’s everything you need to know about freezing olives.

How Do You Freeze Olives?

You can use this method to freeze both fresh and brined olives. Take the olives out of the original container, and put them into a colander. 

Rinse them well, and let them dry for about 15 minutes. Check for any excess moisture, and pat them dry with paper towels. This will prevent any excess moisture from affecting the texture of the olives, and impacting the flavor.

Grab a rigid airtight container, and put the olives inside. Make sure to leave some headroom at the top. Seal the container tightly, label if you like, and freeze it.

How Do You Thaw Frozen Olives?

To defrost frozen olives, put the whole container into the fridge, and the olives will be ready by morning. 

Before you go to use them, make sure there aren’t any olives which are slimy, smell strangely or strongly, or any that have changed color. Discard any with these signs.

A little freezer burn is normal for olives. For any that have signs of freezer burn, you’re better off using these in cooked dishes, marinades, or sauces, where the flavor will still make a difference, but the change in texture won’t.

Now you can use them!

For best results, use the defrosted olives within a couple of weeks before they start to lose their flavor.


Freezing olives couldn’t be simpler, but some types of olives may freeze better than others. Experiment to see what works for you, and the next time you go to the supermarket, you know you can stock up on olives without creating any food waste.

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