Prepared Mojo Marinade in a large mason jar with the lid on

Mojo Marinade

Mojo is a popular marinade and sauce in Cuban cuisine. A mojo marinade is a simple combination of garlic, spices and citrus juice. It injects wonderful flavor to meat.
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 56kcal


  • 1 Head of Garlic peeled and smashed
  • cups Sour Orange Juice (about 10-12 sour oranges - about 3-4 lbs.)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano dried
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • teaspoon Kosher 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 the garlic. Smash the garlic cloves; place them on a cutting board and give them a good whack with the side of a large knife.
  • Add the garlic and about ½ tsp. kosher 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, 1 tsp. 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: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 100mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 23.3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.4mg