Mojo Criollo (Garlic Sauce)

Makes about 2 cups


  • 12 garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped & crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup naranja agria* (bitter orange juice)


  1. Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves.  Then press down with a knife to crush the garlic
    Add salt and pepper and mash everything together using the flat side of a knife blade or a mortar and pestle. Set aside
  2. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat until it is fragrant
  3. Add the garlic mixture and cook just until the garlic is tender; be careful not to burn it
    Add the orange juice, stir and bring to a boil. Once mixture reaches a boil, turn off the heat and you are done!
  4. Carefully transfer to serving bowl. Serve with vegetables, as a dipping sauce, or use as a wonderful marinade for meats
  5. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.  It can be refrigerated for a few days