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Marinated Mozzarella

This marinated mozzarella takes creamy mozzarella and infuses it with fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil to make a perfect appetizer come together with ease!

Marinated Mozzarella on a plate with forks and bread.

Have you ever had marinated mozzarella? 

It’s truly a tasty treat!

This marinated mozzarella takes creamy and fresh mozzarella slices, and marinades them in savory olive oil, earthy garlic, and fresh basil, thyme, and parsley, with a little kick from some red pepper flake. 

Marinated mozzarella is perfect for appetizers, tossed in salads, arranged on charcuterie boards, or just for a simple snack. 

Whether you need to bring food to a potluck or sneak in a quick midday snack, this marinated mozzarella will always be satisfying.

Plus it would go great on my Ultimate Italian Antipasto Platter or my Italian Salumi Board!

Ingredients to make Marinated Mozzarella on a table.
Pouring olive oil and herbs over mozzarella cheese.

Ingredients for marinated mozzarella

  • Olive oil – Olive oil will help infuse all of the flavors together. 
  • Garlic – Garlic will add earthiness to the marinade.
  • Herbs – I’ve used a combination of fresh basil, parsley, and thyme, for a blend of vibrant, sweet, and herbaceous flavors.
  • Kosher salt – Kosher salt will enhance all of the flavors of the marinated mozzarella. 
  • Red pepper flakes – Red pepper flakes will give the mozzarella a spicy kick!
  • Sliced fresh mozzarella – This can easily be found in the cheese sections of the grocery store. Feel free to use sliced, or pearls.
Marinated Mozzarella served with extra olive oil.

Why use fresh herbs?

Fresh herbs are highly encouraged here because they have a cleaner, brighter flavor, and a fresher texture.

Dried herbs, in general, have a more muted, and slightly bitter flavor to them, and an unpleasant leathery texture.

Marinated Mozzarella on a white plate.

Where to use marinated mozzarella

Aside from my favorite way, which is eating it as-is with a fork, here are some other delicious ways to enjoy marinated mozzarella:

Marinated Mozzarella served with bread and tomatoes.


Feel free to make this mozzarella to your tastes!

Try different herbs, such as:

  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano

Maybe turn up the heat a little by adding a finely minced serrano pepper.

Or, add a briny bite by mixing in some finely minced olives!

Storage and leftovers

Any leftover marinated mozzarella can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Marinated Mozzarella on a small white plate with a fork.

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Marinated Mozzarella

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This marinated mozzarella takes creamy mozzarella and infuses it with fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil to make a perfect appetizer come together with ease!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 (2 ounce) servings


  • ½ cup good quality olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 16 ounces mozzarella pearls or sliced mozzarella


  • In a medium-sized jar, combine the olive oil, garlic, basil, parsley, thyme, kosher salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix to combine.
  • Add the mozzarella pearls or slices and mix until the olive oil has coated the mozzarella. 
  • Cover the jar and place it in the refrigerator for at least one hour. 
  • Serve with crackers or crostini. 
  • Store the mozzarella in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 452mg | Sugar: 1g
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil marinated mozzarella, fresh mozzarella marinated, herb marinated mozzarella cheese, mozzarella in olive oil
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

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