Cuban Garlic Sauce

 Mojo de ajo is a garlic and cilantro sauce with delicious citrus notes that is very popular in Cuba.


  • 10 cloves garlic , chopped or crushed, to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro , finely chopped
  • 1 small white onion , finely grated
  • ½ cup lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 2 oranges , freshly squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper , freshly ground


  • 2 glass jars of 10 oz / 300 ml , sterilized


  • Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan, removing it from the heat just before reaching its smoke point.
  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and add the hot oil.
  • Divide the resulting sauce into previously sterilized glass jars and wait for the mixture to cool before closing the jars tightly and storing in the refrigerator.
  • Mojo de ajo is served, for example, with steamed or fried yuca. It is also used as a marinade or garnish for many dishes, especially for fish and seafood.