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Round white dish of Parmesan, with a spoon scooping some of the cheese out, and some slices of bread in the background.

Marinated Parmesan

Marinated Parmesan is a simple to prepare appetiser that is packed full of delicious flavours. Garlic, oregano and a little chilli combine with the Parmesan and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which works perfectly with slices of crusty bread. This easy appetiser will become a favourite!
Course Appetiser, Starter
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Standing Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 359kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 200 g (7 oz) Parmesan cheese - I use Grana Padano See Note 1
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chilli/red pepper flakes - or to taste
  • cup (75 ml) extra virgin olive oil See Note 2
  • 1 spring onion/scallion


  • Cut your Parmesan into cubes - roughly 1 cm (½ inch).
  • Add the Parmesan to a bowl, and add your remaining ingredients.
  • Mix together and allow to sit for 30 minutes to allow the flavours to develop. Serve with fresh bread.


  1. Use a good quality Parmesan cheese that you enjoy eating - I have used Grana Padano.
  2. Using a good quality Olive Oil is important for the success of this recipe.
  3. I have adapted this recipe from one by Bill Granger from his book "Simply Bill".
  4. Please note, the nutritional information is based on this being enjoyed as an appetiser between 4 people. It does not include what the Parmesan is served with. The nutritional information is an estimate only. 


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 806mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 605mg | Iron: 1mg