Mojo (or mojo sauce) is a classic Cuban condiment that is a must-have for so many different things.
This recipe is straight out of Joseph’s family cookbook/ trove of Cuban secrets (and his mind, as he’s been whipping it up his whole life)- the only thing we’ve done to improve it is add measurements and type it up all nice.
* Note: The ingredient that makes mojo stand out is the sour orange juice. This may be tough to find. You can find more information about it here. I have had exactly zero luck finding sour oranges here in Denver and from what I understand, basically anywhere outside of Miami is going to be a problem. What I have taken to are sour orange marinades, widely available at any Hispanic market. You can find some more details about these here. If you can’t find these either, you can make a reasonable substitute out of equal parts orange juice and lime juice. But I highly suggest finding the sour orange!
My other suggestion is to use highest quality olive oil; in recipes such as this where olive oil is one of the main components, I really can’t recommend it enough. The quality of your olive oil adds a certain richness that can make or break the flavor of your Cuban mojo sauce.
This recipe makes a relatively small amount (1/2 cup) compared to how delicious it is, so you may wish to double it. Once you have it in your possession, it is excellent on many classic Cuban dishes; tostones, yuca fritters, Cuban Sandwiches, Cuban pork and mashed yuca to name a few. But it’s great on other things too! Try it on mashed potatoes, chicken, cauliflower, sweet potato fries, or zucchini noodles. Go nuts.
Mojo is a classic Cuban condiment that is a must-have for so many different things.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 7 minutes
- 1 packed tbsp minced garlic cloves (about 4 cloves)
- 1/4 cup sour orange juice/ marinade (*see note above)
- 1/4 cup high quality olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- dash of pepper
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Listening to: Soul Coughing- Ruby Vroom