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Mojo Marinade

A mojo marinade is a combination of citrus juice, garlic and oil. It's very popular in Cuban cuisine. Mojo injects wonderful flavor to meat, especially pork and chicken.
Course marinade
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword marinade for meat
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigerate at least 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 53kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • 1 Head of Garlic peeled and smashed
  • cups Sour Orange Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano dried
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 teaspoons Coarse Salt divided


  • If you’re making the sour orange juice: combine 1 cup of orange juice (preferably fresh squeezed) and ½ cup lime juice. Stir or shake the juice to combine well.
  • Juice the sour oranges. Use a strainer to catch all the seeds.
  • Peel and smash the garlic cloves.
  • Add the garlic and ½ teaspoon salt to a mortar and pestle. Work the garlic until you break it down into small flat pieces.
  • Add the smashed garlic, sour orange juice, olive oil, oregano, cumin, 1½ teaspoon salt, and the bay leaf to a medium bowl or jar. Stir or shake to combine well.
  • Let the marinade sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, a couple of hours is better. It will keep overnight too, if you want to make it ahead of time.
  • Shake or stir the mojo marinade well before using.



Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg