Mojo Marinade Recipe

Mojo Marinade


"Mojo" comes from the Portuguese word meaning "sauce" and most often pertains to a tangy Cuban marinade made from lots of garlic and citrus. It is traditionally used as a braising liquid for slow-cooked pork shoulder – perfect for making Cubano sandwiches. It works equally well for marinating pork chops, shrimp, or chicken to throw on the grill. This recipe makes enough to marinate 3 pounds of protein.


  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves, preferably fresh


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and liquify. Adjust salt, to taste. Store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3 days.


Amount Per Serving (based on 16 servings)
Calories: 90
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Total Fat: 7 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 420 mg
Carbohydrates: 8 g
Fiber: 0 g
Added Sugars: 2 g
Total Sugar: 5 g
Protein: 1 g
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