Mojo sauce and marinade originated in the Canary Islands, where the culinary traditions are of course heavily influenced by Spain. There, they make a red and a green version. However, mojo marinades have spread elsewhere—especially to the Caribbean, where many immigrants from the Canary Islands have settled. Cuba has one of the best-known and most versatile varieties, prominently featuring garlic and citrus. And there are lots of great uses for Cuban mojo marinade.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, we have suggestions below about tasty uses for Cuban mojo marinade. And if you need to pick some up, order a bottle or two of BarbaCuban 90 Miles to Mojo Marinade. It’s a delicious, carefully balanced Cuban-style mojo marinade that adds just the right amount of zip to your food.
Also, if you’re not all that experienced using marinades—or if you find your marinated dishes sometimes turn out with too strong a flavor or an off texture—take a look at our tips for properly using marinade. Used correctly, a marinade doesn’t just impart great taste into your food, it also helps keep it juicy and tender, and helps protect against the effects of overcooking.
Good Uses for Cuban Mojo Marinade and BarbaCuban 90 Miles to Mojo Marinade
- Pork is the most classic of all the uses for Cuban mojo marinade, so soak any cut of pork in it.
- Chicken doesn’t have much flavor on its own, so rev up the taste and turn out a moister finished product with this marinade.
- Make fresh, zesty Caribbean-inspired shrimp or prawns.
- Tenderize and flavor squid and octopus with Cuban mojo marinade, too.
- A garlicky, citrusy marinade is also a natural complement to salmon.
- This marinade goes really well with steak too, for whenever you want a more complex taste than straight steak, but don’t necessarily want something as bold as barbecue sauce.
- It’s a perfect ingredient for bringing tacos to life, so marinate the pork, chicken, steak, or shrimp when taco Tuesday rolls around at home. Plus, it works so well for other Mexican favorites like quesadillas, tostadas, enchiladas, nachos and more.
- Substitute it for mayo next time you make coleslaw for a lighter, more lively, more refreshing variation.
- Use it lightly as a citrus vinaigrette for your salads.
- Toss just about any type of veggies in Cuban mojo marinade before roasting, sauteing, or grilling them.
- Stir some into your black beans and rice for an intriguing twist.
- Blend it into mashed potatoes to add a whole new dimension to this standard side.