Use mojo sauce with sandwiches, boiled yucca, grilled seafood and meats, fried green plantain chips (tostones) and more. The authentic mojo sauce is made with juice from sour oranges. It still has that little orangey taste, but its very acid and tart. You can come close by mixing equal amounts of freshly squeezed orange juice with lime juice. I prefer to add more lime juice than orange, as I like it very tart. If you live in areas with large concentration of Latinos you will probably find bottled Mojo or their produce department might have the slightly bumpy, thick skinned sour oranges. I have seen recipes for mojo sauce using cilantro in it, but that is not traditional to Cuban cuisine. This recipe makes one cup.
1/3 cup olive oil
6 to 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
2/3 cup sour orange juice or lime juice
(or equal portions orange juice and lime juice)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Heat the olive oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and lightly toasted. Don’t let it brown or it will be acrid tasting, just about 30 seconds should do it.
Add the sour orange juice, cumin and salt and pepper. STAND BACK: the sauce may sputter. Bring to a rolling boil. Taste and correct seasoning, if needed. Cool before serving. Mojo sauce is best when served within a couple of hours of making, but it will keep for several days, well capped in a jar or bottle, in the refrigerator.