Episode 406: Water Meet Fire

Mojo De Ajo

Mexican Grilled Trout

This recipe is used with Mexican Grilled Trout with Mojo De Ajo (Fried Garlic Sauce) in Project Fire Episode 406: Water Meet Fire


Mojo De Ajo

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sour orange juice or 4 tablespoons each fresh orange juice and lime juice
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper

Recipe Steps

1: Heat the oil in a deep saucepan.   Add the garlic and cilantro and fry over medium heat until the garlic begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.    Do not let brown too much, or the sauce will be bitter.   

2: Immediately add the sour orange juice and 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil.     Correct the seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste. 

Note:: To make the Cuban version of this sauce, add 1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin and dried oregano. 

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