Mint Mojo (Puerto Rican-style Garlic Sauce with Mint) Recipe

Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

An herbal sauce made with mint and parsley, flavored with garlic and citrus juice. This variation of Mojo is based off of the green and herbaceous Puerto Rican version that closely resembles Italian salsa verde.

Note: Sour oranges can be found in most Latin grocers. If unavailable, substitute with 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1 additional tablespoon lemon juice.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 12 servings
Makes: 1 1/2 cups

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  • 1/2 cup picked fresh mint leaves

  • 1 cup picked fresh parsley leaves

  • 2 medium clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)

  • 1/4 cup capers, drained and rinsed

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons juice and 1 teaspoon zest from 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons juice from 1 sour orange (see note)

  • 1 small shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 1 small red chile or pinch red pepper flakes

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine mint, parsley, garlic, capers, lemon juice and zest, orange juice, shallot, pepper flakes, and olive oil in the bowl of a food processor or blender and process until a chunky puree is formed. Transfer to a small bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper, and set aside until ready to serve.

Special equipment

Food processor

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
126 Calories
14g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 48mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)