Mussels with Spanish green olives

Recipe made by the ambassador for Olives from Spain José Pizarro. Please visit


prep 0:10       total 0:10


4 servings



1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 sm. red onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, sliced
100g fresh chorizo, diced
1kg mussels
150ml white wine
16 Spanish green olives, such as Manzanilla, pitted and halved
1 thyme sprig
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves


In a large pan heat the olive oil over a medium heat.
Fry onion and the garlic in the olive oil for 3 minutes or just as the garlic changes to golden. Add the chorizo and fry until it starts to crisp – discard some of the fat from the chorizo if it is too much.

Put the mussels in the pan, with the wine, olives and the sprig of thyme and cover. Cook for about 4 minutes or until the mussels have opened; discard any mussels that have remained shut.

Add some fresh black pepper and the chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Author's Comments

Spain is the largest producer of olives in the world.

The four main varieties of Spanish table olive available from major supermarkets in the UK are: Manzanilla, Gordal, Hojiblanca and Cacereña.

Spanish table olives can be served in a different number of ways including: whole, pitted, stuffed with one or more ingredients such as pimento, onion, tuna, anchovy, salmon, almond, etc.

It is a healthly, seasonal ingredient, with the Spanish olive harvest running from September-March.

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