This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer


Tapenade recipes


Tapenade is a rich soft paste made of olives, capers, anchovies, with a variety of flavourings such as garlic, mustard, basil and parsley. Tapenade can be made with black or green olives, each having the distinct flavour of its key ingredient. Alternative ingredients include savoury cousins- sun-dried tomato, artichoke, roasted aubergine, feta, etc. etc.

Though easy to whip up in the food processor in seconds, it can be bought ready-made in jars.

Recipes for tapenade

Starters & nibbles

See all recipes for tapenade (1)

Recipes using tapenade

Main course

Starters & nibbles

See all recipes using tapenade


It’s traditionally spread on bread, but you can use it in canapés or starters such as crostini or bruschetta, or you can stir a little into pasta dishes or sauces, use it as a marinade for meat and also for adding to casseroles and stews. Roll a spoonful into bread or pizza dough for a savoury boost.

On this page

Quick recipe finder

Type the ingredients you want to use, then click Go. For better results you can use quotation marks around phrases (e.g. "chicken breast"). Alternatively you can search by chef, programme, cuisine, diet, or dish (e.g. Lasagne).

See more dips recipes

See more olive recipes