Authentic Cuban Mojo Marinade (Mojo Criollo) is so easy to make, and so worth it! This bold, punchy marinade makes any meat more tender and flavorful. Use it on pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, and even veggies!
Prep Time5 minutesminutes
Total Time5 minutesminutes
1cupfreshly squeezed orange juice, sour oranges are best
⅓cupfreshly squeezed lime juice
½cupolive oil or vegetable oil
4teaspoonsoregano, or marjoram
Combine all the ingredients together and stir or blend.
Allow to sit for 10 minutes before using.
Storing and Freezing: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
Seville Oranges: Sour oranges may be difficult to find. They can usually be found in ethnic stores, especially latin markets or latin grocery stores. The sour oranges make delicious marinades. If you cannot find them, use regular oranges and the lime will give it the sourness it needs.
Marjoram: Some use marjoram in place or in addition to oregano. Feel free to swap it in if you prefer the flavor.
Marinating Time: Don’t over marinate or citrus will break down the meat too much and the meat can get mushy. Pork should marinate for 1 - 24 hours; Steak, chicken, and turkey should marinate for 1 - 12 hours; Shrimp and salmon should marinate for only 30 minutes.
Servings: This recipe will make enough to marinate 2 to 3 pounds of meat, or about 6 servings. Nutrition facts are estimates only, based on six servings total, but if you are marinating some of the mojo will be discarded, so keep that in mind.