Marinated Feta Cheese

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Marinated Feta Cheese

Marinated Feta Cheese

Marinated Feta Cheese – A few weeks ago I attempted to make homemade feta cheese. You’ll notice that you see no such post about how to make feta cheese… that’s because it was a flop – I made something, but it definitely wasn’t feta cheese.  Before my sorry attempt, I did a lot of research on feta and came across some really great recipes.  One recipe I found over and over was marinated feta and wow did it look good. Now that I’ve had time to lick my cheese making wounds, I decided I would probably have much more success with the marinated feta (especially if I used beautifully made store bought feta). I looked around and eventually decided to make a combination of a few recipes.  The result was fabulous.

This is wonderful to keep in the kitchen, to add to dishes or simply eat straight from the jar. It should keep for at least a couple of months – if it lasts that long. Just think what a great hostess gift this would make, tasty and gorgeous to look at. Oh, and you can purchase the cute little jar label here.


  • Feta cut into 1″ cubes (I actually made some cubes a little smaller too just for snacking on).
  • Olive Oil (enough to fill up the container)
  • Fresh Herbs: Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary (mine were fresh out of the garden)
  • 4-5 Cloves of Garlic
  • Juice from 1/2 a Lemon
  • 8-10 Sundried Tomato Slices
  • 6-8 Green Pitted Olives (quartered)
  • Pinch of Chili Pepper Flakes
  • Sprinkling of Steak Seasoning Spice


  1. Get all your materials ready and start by adding enough cubes of feta to fill the bottom of the jar.
  2. Add 1/3 of all your ingredients (except olive oil) and try to keep most of the ingredients to the outside of the jar (it just makes the jar look prettier when you can see all the beautiful ingredients).
  3. Add olive oil until it cover the feta and then repeat with another 1/3 of the ingredients, add olive oil and then finish off with the last 1/3.
  4. Add lemon juice and then pour olive oil into jar until all the feta cubes are covered. Give a very gentle shake or roll of the jar to mix the ingredients around.
  5. Seal and let sit for at least 3-5 days to allow flavours to develop.

SERVE: You may want to stick a toothpick into every feta cube or just serve it as it is. Try with toast/crostini, crackers or bruschetta. Also great in eggs or salads.

You can also use the leftover oil in the jar in rice, quinoa and lentil dishes, pasta as well as roasted veggies.


6 Comments on Marinated Feta Cheese

  1. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon
    May 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM (9 years ago)

    I pinned this. I love the simplicity and the complexity.

  2. LT
    May 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM (9 years ago)

    Do you refrigerate this?

    • Jamey
      May 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM (9 years ago)

      Great question. You can refrigerate this but you’ll find that the oil thickens and turns foggy. It also made it hard to get out the cheese. I just leave it out on the counter and I’ve read that it’s fine as long as the oil covers the cheese. I’ve also read that it will keep as long as the best before date on the feta. If you’re worried, you can keep it in the fridge and then just bring it out to warm to room temperature when you want to use it.
      ~ Jamey

  3. Name
    September 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM (8 years ago)

    I’m going To try this…..looks delicious….

  4. Jenny Batty
    December 12, 2017 at 12:13 PM (4 years ago)

    Can you keep feta cheese in salt & water in fridge ,
    as I live in hot country Zimbabwe we have to keep a lot of food in fridge as can get really hot in side house ,,

    • Cindy-Leigh Murphy
      May 24, 2020 at 8:58 AM (2 years ago)

      I don’t know if you ever got an answer to your question yet but yes, you can preserve your feta in saltwater the cheese is fully immersed and add more saltwater if needed as brine. Here in Canada, you can buy it this way in a tub, just make sure that that you keep the cheese fully submerged, you may need to add more water as the cheese is used up.


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