Cuban Mojo Sauce for Oysters or Mussels

Bright and spicy sauce for raw or cooked shellfish.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Sauce
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: mojo, mussels, oysters, sauce
Servings: 12 oysters
Calories: 30
Cost: $2


  • 3/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 large cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • 1 chipotle chile diced
  • 2 Tbl olive oil extra-virgin
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 3 Tbl lime juice fresh squeezed
  • 3 Tbl orange juice fresh is best
  • 1 scallion finely chopped
  • 3 Tbl cilantro chopped (optional)
  • 10 drops Tabasco chipotle sauce ONLY if not using diced chipotle


  • Grind cumin seeds in a mini food processor until coarsely cracked. Add garlic and diced chipotle; pulse until finely chopped. Alternatively you can also use a mortar and pestle, or a knife.
  • Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat until warm.
  • Add garlic mixture, salt, and pepper; cook 30-60 seconds or until fragrant, but not browned.
  • Stir in lime juice and orange juice. Remove from heat; stir in chopped scallion and cilantro, if using.
  • (if you haven't used the chipotle pepper, add 10 drops Tabasco chipotle pepper sauce or more to taste)


Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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