Recipe of the Week: the tasty sabor of Mojo Marinade

Cuban food is known worldwide for its rich foods and delicious flavors. But what makes Cuban dishes so incredibly delicious is not just its great recipes and exquisite cooks, but traditional sauces that all but make for its savory tastes. One of the most favored is the Mojo Marinade. This potent garlic marinade is the not-so-secret ingredient to most of your favorite Cuban dishes. From tostones to lechon asado, it provides an extra sabor that only Cuba can provide. It’s especially tasty when marinating meats and fish before grilling. While there are many variations of mojo, the authentic element is certainly sour (Seville) oranges. If you can’t find them at your local market, you can use equal portions of orange juice and lime juice.


Prep Time:  5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yields: 1 Cup



  • 2/3 cup sour orange juice or 1/3 cup orange juice and 1/3 lime juice
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • 1/3 olive oil
  • Onion, minced (optional)* 


  1. In a deep saucepan over medium fire, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and onion (if you choose to use it).  Remove from fire once fragrant.
  2. Carefully add the sour orange juice, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper to pan. Whisk until well blended and let cool.  Lasts for a few days to a week

Best served/made with: Yucca, Tostones, Cuban sandwiches, Grilled Meats.

Serve and enjoy!