Mojo-Cuban Citrus Garlic Sauce Recipe

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This is an adaped from a recipe by Steven Raichlen. Mojo is a traditional sauce for Cuban pit-roasted pork and palomilla (a thin steak cut from the round and grilled). It is made with lots of garlic and a sour orange tropical fruit called naranjo agria, or sour orange. In my area sour orange is not available so I used orange and lime juice as a substitute. Our orange and lemon tree are packed with fruit right now so I have lots of oranges available. If you are not a fan of lots of garlic don't bother with this sauce as the garlic will really wake you up. This sauce is used on seafood, poultry, pork and beef in Cuba. It is like the Ketchup of Cuba. I like lots of cilantro and used a fair amount;. cut back on it if you want a less pronounced cilantro flavor.

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Servings: 1 1/2 Cups


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  1. Heat olive oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and pale golden brown; about 3-4 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic or it will become bitter. Add the lime/orange juice and the spices. Bring to a rolling boil. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Remove the sauce from the heat and let cool completely. When cool emulsify in a blender until combined. Add minced cilantro and serve.
  2. The sauce will keep refrigerated for a week.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Recipe %DV
Recipe Size 390g
Calories 1077  
Calories from Fat 964 90%
Total Fat 109.04g 136%
Saturated Fat 15.03g 60%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3514mg 146%
Potassium 518mg 15%
Total Carbs 31.11g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2.0g 7%
Sugars 10.24g 7%
Protein 3.17g 5%
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  • A.L. Wiebe
    I am so making this right now!! Exactly what I've been looking for, Bob.
    I just need to know, though, 1/2 what cilantro? 1/2 cup, 1/2 bunch?
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    • Bob Vincent
      May 10, 2012
      Sorry for the error. I just changed the posting. Actually I used a 1/4 cup of cilantro not a half. I will be posting a chicken dish later that uses mojo along with baked plantains and a strawberry jicama salsa. My old fingers don't type that well anymore. Best Regards, Bob
    • myra byanka
      A must try!
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      • Robyn Savoie
        I'm a fan of Steven Raichlen. I wanted to try this recipe myself but couldn't find sour oranges. I like your variation. Your strawberry jicama look amazing. Can't wait to try it also.


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