An easy-to-make homemade Cuban citrus-garlic mojo marinade for chicken, meat, shrimp and pork made with simple fresh ingredients!
Welcome to the best marinade you’ll ever make! If you’ve been searching for a good chicken marinade, steak marinade, or even pork marinade, this recipe is for you!
I’ve been enjoying this mojo marinade since birth and I have to say, I never get tired of it. It gives meat and poultry this tangy, citrusy, garlicky, and slightly sour flavor which is the best! Maybe I’m biased…
There are several variations of this mojo marinade. Some are heavy on the oil, others don’t have oil at all. The oil does play an integral part in helping meat and chicken from drying out so I made sure to include it in this recipe. There’s a good balance of sour orange (orange juice + fresh lime juice) and olive oil with fresh garlic and spices. SO GOOD!
How To Make Homemade Cuban Mojo Marinade
This marinade comes together easily. First, you need to mash the garlic into a paste-like consistency. You can do this with a mortar and pestle, or simply mash the garlic with the side of a knife, chop, mash again, chop, mash again, until you get the consistency you want which is a delicious garlicky mushy paste.
Once that’s done, add the garlic into a large jar with oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, orange, orange zest, lemon juice, lime juice and olive oil. Cover and shake, shake, shake until well combined. You should have approximately 1.5 cups of mojo marinade. Feel free to taste and adjust seasoning.
From grilled chicken marinade to chicken breast marinade, this is definitely my go-to because it’s the best chicken marinade. This is also a good flank steak marinade. I can’t wait for you to try it!
Recipes to Use Mojo Marinade
- Healthy Mojo Chicken Caesar Salad with Plantain Croutons (Dairy-Free!)
- Mojo Chicken Tacos with Sweet Plantain Salsa
- Easy Mojo Chicken Breast Recipe
- Cuban-Style Crispy Shredded Chicken (Vaca Frita de Pollo)
- Crispy Baked Mojo Marinated Chicken Wings
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- 6 cloves garlic, mashed until you get a smooth paste
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- In a large mason jar, add garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, orange, orange zest, lemon juice, lime juice and olive oil. Cover and shake it up until well combined. Set aside.
- This recipe makes ~1.5 cups of mojo marinade. Feel free to taste and adjust seasoning. The marinade should taste tangy, citrusy, garlicky, and slightly sour.
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