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Mojo Sauces

Mojo Sauces are olive-oil based sauces made in the Canary Islands, part of Spain off the coast of western Africa.

There are several different versions. They can be green, red or orange-coloured.

The basics are olive oil, a good deal of garlic, cumin and either paprika or chili powder, and a tart flavouring such as lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice or vinegar. You start off by making all the ingredients except the olive oil into a paste, then dilute with olive oil to make a sauce to the desired consistency. Some fancier versions in restaurants may include cheese, and / or be almond, pinenut or saffron-flavoured.

Green versions ("mojo verde") usually have fresh coriander and green pepper in them, and are served with fish.

Red versions have red peppers in them.

Whenever the salt-encrusted potatoes called "papas arrugadas" are served, one or two small bowls of mojo will almost always appear as dipping sauces.

Mojo is also served as a dipping sauce for fresh bread at the start of a meal.

Language Notes

Pronounced "mow (as in mow the lawn) - hoe (as in hoe the lawn)." "Mojo picón" or "mojo picante" means a spicy version.

See also:


Agrodolce; Applesauce; Au Jus; Barbeque Sauce; Black Mint Sauce; Chile con Queso; Chimichurri Salsa Recipe; Chippie Sauce; Cranberry Sauce; English Sauces; Fermented Black Beans; Finadene Sauce Recipe; Finadene Sauce (for fish) Recipe; Finadene Sauce; Fish Sauces; French Sauces; Fry Sauce; Gravy; Green Sauce; Harissa; Hoisin Sauce; Instant Flour; Japanese Sauces; Ketjap Manis; Liebig's Extract of Meat; Lizano Sauce; Maggi; Melba Sauce; Mojo Sauces; Mojo (Cuban); Mole; Murri; Parsley Sauce; Pasta Sauce; Pearà; Pesto Modenese; Pipián Paste; Pique Criollo; Pique Seasoning; Pizza Sauce; Raita; Reducing; Salmuera; Sambals; Sauces; Sriracha Sauce; Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce; Tabasco; Tapenade; Tomato Sauce; Truffle Butter; Vatapá; Walnut Sauce; White Sauce; XO Sauce

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Also called:

Mojo (Spanish)


Oulton, Randal. "Mojo Sauces." CooksInfo.com. Published 26 June 2004; revised 15 February 2007. Web. Accessed 03/17/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/mojo-sauces>.

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