Metal serving plate with healthy cuban mojo shrimp and quinoa

Light & Healthy Cuban Mojo Shrimp

These Light and Healthy Cuban Mojo Shrimp are bursting with bright citrus flavor and would be perfect on tacos or salad! This gluten-free recipe is made with olive oil and Seville oranges and a tangy garlicky sauce. It will get you out of a meal planning rut!

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine cuban, seafood
Keyword citrus shrimp, healthy cuban mojo shrimp, mojo shrimp recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 292 kcal


  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 11/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 c. sour orange juice
  • 1/2 c. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin optional
  • 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 11/2 to 2 lb. large to jumbo raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Kosher or other coarse salt to taste


  1. Mash garlic, pepper and oregano using a mortar and pestle until they form a chunky paste. Alternately, you can combine these ingredients by pulsing in a food processor.
  2. Whisk garlic mixture with next 6 ingredients (through olive oil).
  3. Set aside half the sauce. Add shrimp to the other half of the sauce and marinade in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  4. Drain shrimp, reserving marinade.
  5. Heat 2 Tbs olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  6. Add the shrimp and sprinkle with salt. Toss for 30 seconds
  7. Lower the heat to medium and cook shrimp, turning at least once until they are pink and cooked through.
  8. Remove the shrimp to a warm platter.
  9. Increase the heat to high add the reserved marinade and the other half of the sauce reserved earlier.
  10. Boil sauce until reduces by half and thickens.
  11. Pour it over the shrimp and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Light & Healthy Cuban Mojo Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Sodium 748mg31%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.