recipe by Lori Ross
Mojo (pronounced “mo-ho”), the essential condiment of Cuba, combines citrus juice, garlic, oregano, and pepper and is used as a paste-rub, a dressing, a sauce, a condiment for sandwiches, and a marinade for shrimp, pork, and chicken. Mojo is produced by a number of manufacturers and is available in most grocery stores in South Florida, as are sour oranges (bumpy, thick-skinned oranges) or bottled sour orange juice, should you want to try the recipe below. In lieu of sour orange juice, you can use equal parts orange juice and lime juice.
2 lb. large or jumbo shrimp, peeled (or scallops or fish cut into 2-inch cubes)
8-10 wood or metal skewers
1 small head garlic, peeled and chopped (about 4 T.)
1 t. salt
1⁄4 c. sour orange juice (or equal parts lime and orange juice)
1⁄4 c. olive oil
1⁄2 t. fresh oregano (or a pinch of dry oregano, crushed)
1⁄4 t. ground cumin
Salt to taste
Blend the chopped garlic and salt by hand or in a food processor. Add citrus juice, olive oil, oregano, and cumin, and salt to taste. Pour 1 cup of marinade over the shrimp; marinate 2-3 hours or more in fridge. Thread shrimp onto skewers and grill on high 2-3 minutes on each side.