Courgettes preserved in oil: let’s prepare them together!

Courgettes preserved in oil: let's prepare them together!

Olio Farchioni
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A healthy snack that is easy to prepare.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Attesa 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 33 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 People
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1 kg Courgettes
  • to taste  Coarse salt
  • 500 ml Wine vinegar white
  • to taste  Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • to taste  Herbs (basil, mint, thyme)


  • Wash the courgettes, dry them and cut them into 5mm rounds or slices
  • Place the slices on a cloth, sprinkle them with coarse salt and let them sit for about 3 hours.
  • Rinse the courgettes to remove excess salt and dry them well with a clean cloth or kitchen paper.
  • Bring a pot with equal parts of water and vinegar to a boil.
  • Blanch the courgettes for 2-3 minutes, then drain and cool promptly in iced water to stop the cooking process.
  • Sterilize both jars and lids by placing them in boiling water for about 15 minutes.
  • Drain the courgettes and dry them again.
  • In each jar, layer the courgettes with sliced garlic and herbs.
  • Fill the jars with extra virgin olive oil, making sure the courgettes are completely covered in the oil and pop on a lid.
  • Close the jars tightly and store them in a cool, dry place.

Courgettes preserved in oil are a great classic, ideal as an appetizer, to be enjoyed on good home-made bread. A healthy snack that is easy to prepare. Read on, and discover the recipe as well as lots of useful tricks!

Preparation tips for courgettes preserved in oil

A few suggestions that will help you preserve the courgettes’ flavor and texture over time:

  • Choose firm courgettes with an intact, spotless surface.

  • For correct cooking and good storage, cut them into even slices or rounds of about 5 mm.

  • Sprinkle with coarse salt and leave for a few hours to remove all excess water.

  • Water blanch for about 3 minutes then cool promptly in iced water to keep them crisp.

  • Sterilize jars and lids in boiling water for about 15 minutes.

  • Fill the jars then top them up with extra virgin olive oil.

  • Make sure the courgettes are completely covered in oil and pop on a lid.

  • Store the jars in a cool, dry place to ensure that they last for a few months.

  • Let them rest for about a week before eating: this will enhance their flavor.


The importance of quality in extra virgin olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil plays an essential role in the preparation of this dish in terms of flavor and preservation:


  • It gives courgettes their flavor, making them perfect to top tasty preparations such as canapés and bruschettas.

  • It is a very effective natural preservative thanks to its antioxidant power: by creating a protective layer around courgettes, it helps preserve them over time.
  • It is rich in ‘good’ fats, essential for human health, and it helps keep cholesterol levels under control.

  • It is much easier to digest than seed oil.


For our recipe we have selected Fruttato Farchioni Extra Virgin Olive Oil, characterized by a fresh, intense aroma and a harmonious, slightly bitter taste.

Is your mouth watering? Then start with the preparation! Bon appétit!


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