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traditional cuban mojo marinade sauce recipe

Mojo Sauce Marinade

Course Sauce
Cuisine Caribbean, Cuban
Keyword cuban recipe, marinade, mojo, mojo, sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 Cup


  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/2 cup white onion
  • 1 cup sour orange naranja agria
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oregano powder
  • 1/3 cup olive oil optional


  1. Start by taking apart the garlic head into cloves and remove the papery skin. Next, place the garlic cloves and white onion into a food processor or blender and blend into a finely chopped mixture. 

  2. Then, pour the garlic and white onion mixture into a mixing bowl with remaining ingredients. Mix everything well with a whisk or spoon and let the marinade sit for 45 minutes before using or storing inside the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  1. We are fortunate to have sour/bitter oranges at the grocery store where we live but if you cannot find them, you can also use the Goya bottled version or 3/4 Cup orange juice and 1/4 Cup lime. If you can find them, it takes about 4-5 medium sized oranges to juice a cup. 
  2. The olive oil is optional and is only used to help meat preserve moisture and fat. 
  3. This marinade can be used for pork, steak, chicken, and fish.