Cuban Citrus-Garlic Sauce (Mojo Criollo)

Mojo Criollo (Moe-hoe Kree-oh-yah) is an incredible sauce and marinade. The bitter citrus of Seville oranges is combined with olive oil, oregano, and garlic, garlic, garlic. It makes for a nice dip for Cuba’s amazing roast pork, lechon asado, and also makes a great sauce for crispy tostones as well as all kinds of seafood.

Cuban mojo sauce

Mojo Criollo-Cuban Citrus-Garlic Sauce and Marinade

This sauce epitomizes Cuban flavors. Bitter orange, tons of garlic, and olive oil make this a perfect sauce for dipping and an even better marinade for slow cooked meats, especially Lechon Asado.
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Course: Dip, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuba
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Marinate: 12 hours
Total Time: 14 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • 2-cup airtight container
  • Whisk


Mojo Criollo

  • cup Extra-virgin olive oil
  • tbsp Orange zest, fine
  • ½ cup Orange juice
  • ¼ cup Lime juice
  • 8 cloves Garlic, minced
  • ½ cup Cilantro, lightly chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup Mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Each: salt and black pepper


Make Mojo Criollo

  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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