• Fried Plantain Chips with Mojo Sauce


Fried Plantain Chips with Mojo Sauce

Mojo is one of the primary flavoring ingredients in Cuba. At its most basic it’s composed of garlic, citrus juice, oregano, and oil. Bottled sour orange juice is common throughout the Caribbean, but if you have trouble sourcing it, regular orange juice with added lime juice is a good substitute.

Recipe from Cuba!, by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn, and Jody Eddy.

Fried Plantain Chips with Mojo Sauce

Servings: 3 to 4



  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 4 green plantains, peeled
  • Salt

Mojo Sauce

  • 12 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup bottled sour orange juice, or 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice mixed with 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


Heat at least 4 inches of oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat until it reaches 375°F.

Using a mandoline or a very sharp knife, slice the plantains lengthwise into slices 1/8 to 1/16-inch thick. Immediately drop the slices into the hot oil and fry for about 3 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove the plantains from the oil using a slotted spoon, and transfer them to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle the plantains with salt while they are still hot. Serve warm with mojo for dipping.

Mojo Sauce


Crush the garlic, salt, and spices into a paste using a mortar and pestle. Alternatively, add the garlic cloves one at a time to a food processor with the motor running. Stop the processor and add the salt and spices, then pulse to combine. Add the juice and mix well.

Pour the mixture into a small heatproof bowl or measuring cup. Heat the oil in a small pan over medium heat until nearly smoking. Carefully pour the hot oil into the garlic mixture (it may hiss and spatter) and stir to combine. Let the sauce cool and transfer it to an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Reprinted with permission from Cuba!, by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn, and Jody Eddy, 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Photography copyright 2016 by Dan Goldberg.

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