Mojo (Cuban Garlic-Citrus) Marinade Recipe

Add Caribbean zest to your chicken, shrimp, and pork culinary concoctions

Mojo (Cuban Garlic-Citrus) Marinade
Mojo (Cuban Garlic-Citrus) MarinadeDavid Sawyer

While living in Cuba, historian, author and chef Maricel Presilla crushed the garlic for this sauce with a mortar and pestle that had belonged to her great-grandmother. This mojo marinade recipe can be used as a marinade and/or sauce for shrimp, pork or chicken.

What You Will Need

Mojo (Cuban Garlic-Citrus Marinade)
A staple of Cuban cuisine, this garlicky bitter-orange sauce is often used to flavor roast pork.
Yield: makes about 1 cup


  • 1 small head of garlic, peeled and separated
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 14 cup fresh bitter orange juice or 4 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 4 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 12 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
  • 14 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 pinch dried oregano, crushed
  • Salt to taste


  1. Crush together garlic cloves and salt with a mortar and pestle, and put into a medium bowl.
  2. Stir in fresh bitter orange juice or fresh lime juice and fresh orange juice, olive oil, chopped fresh oregano, cumin, crushed dried oregano, and salt to taste.