World Kitchen: Canary Island Mojo Sauce Recipe

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The Canary Islands are known for many things including wonderfully warm weather, incredible natural landscapes, an open minded attitude, and Europe’s favorite LGBT playground. But the islands are also home to some pretty tasty cuisine! Located just off the coast of Africa (630 miles from Morocco as the crow flies), the islands have many influences which make their cuisine pretty unique. The (disappeared) aboriginal inhabitants of the islands played a major role in the development of the cuisine. Other influences include Spanish, Latin American, and African cultures …not to mention geographical isolation. Canary Island mojo sauce is sort of a conglomerate of all these influences…and it’s just lovely!

Canary Island Mojo Sauce Flavors

The most notable aspect of Canarian cuisine is its simplicity and freshness. The islands produce a great variety of agricultural products but, even so, the food is rather simple. The simplicity of the food is surprising as flavor abounds and I certainly was not disappointed by my tasty exploration of the culture. One of my favorite foods from Gran Canaria is mojo which is basically a sauce made of oil, garlic, vinegar, salt, red pepper, and spices. It can be added to anything to up the flavor game and tastes great. There are two kinds of mojo: red, which is usually served with meat; and green, usually served with fish.  It can also taste pretty spicy depending on your preference and is the basis for many mojo sauces from Latin America.

I highly encourage everyone to take a trip to Gran Canaria because the island is well-worth exploring. However, I know that isn’t always possible for everyone. Lucky for you, I picked up a great recipe for Canary Island mojo sauce…though this recipe makes a red mojo. Make it at home to add some Canaria zing to your food!

Recipe: Canary Island Mojo Sauce - My Normal Gay Life Blog
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Canary Island Mojo Sauce | World Kitchen

This sauce goes on everything!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish


  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin seed, use ground cumin in a pinch
  • 2-3 Thai peppers, also known as Bird's Eye Peppers
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2-3 tbsp red wine or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • Splash of water


  • If using cumin seeds, roast seed in a pan until they begin to pop releasing their flavors.
  • Grind the seeds in a pestle and mortar with the dried chili peppers, salt, paprika, and garlic cloves to form a paste. 
  • Add the olive oil and vinegar. Mix well. Add breadcrumbs and water to get the consistency desired. The sauce should be thick but not lumpy.


Use the sauce on anything your heart desires. The sauce tastes especially good on potatoes. A Canarian dish called Papas Arrugadas is typically served with mojo sauce. The dish consists of small potatoes cooked in sea water and served covered in mojo.
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If you decide to make this recipe, I’d love to know how it turned out!
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Recipe: Canary Island Mojo Sauce

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J Harvey is a travel writer based in North Carolina. With two masters degrees, he decided to forget working a normal 9-5 job and instead create a travel blog focusing on travel for a more inclusive community. He hopes to increase LGBT representation within the travel industry while inspiring others to travel in whatever capacity.

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13 thoughts on “World Kitchen: Canary Island Mojo Sauce Recipe

  • October 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I love that you do food recipes based your travels too! I run a series similar to this called “Food Finds.” I don’t know anyone who has visited the Canary Islands, so its great to learn something new. I have a hard time stomaching bird’s eye chilis so I might have to tone down this recipe somewhat 😛

    • October 24, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Oh! You can of course adjust for your own liking. 🙂

  • October 18, 2017 at 1:36 am

    The Mojo Sauce recipe sounds really spicy. Reading about it I could see a similarity to the way Indian sauces are made. Could see the use of spices and peppers which is so typical of Indian cuisine.

  • October 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    That mojo sauce sounds absolutely delicious! Garlic is one of my very favorite flavors, so I’m down with that! I would probably only use 1-2 Thai peppers though. Haha

    • October 17, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      It’s not really spicy if you make it according to the recipe. It has more of a spiced flavor than it does a burning hot sensation.

  • October 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    What’s a good substitute for Thai pepper? We don’t have it in my country. Seems you had a lot of fun! I am excited to pull this off and eat it with baby potatoes!

    • October 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      A great substitute for Thai peppers is fresh or dried cayenne peppers or Serrano peppers. Also Thai Pepper goes by the alternate name of Bird chile when it’s dried. Baby potatoes will taste delicious topped with this sauce!

  • October 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I haven’t been to the Canary Islands, but it’s on my list. I love collecting recipes from places I’ve traveled. You get to create yummy foods at home that remind you of your trips. Mojo sauce sounds pretty delicious and looks quite easy to make. I’ll have to give this a try.

    • October 16, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Recipe collecting is one of the primary things I do while I travel from here to there! Let me know how your sauce adventure turns out!

  • October 15, 2017 at 6:52 am

    One of my favourite things about travelling is when you come across a recipe that you love and are able to recreate it at home. instantly transports you back to that place everytime you have it. The Canary Island mojo looks simple and delicious.

    • October 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Exactly! Even better …you can give your friends and family a taste of the culture you experienced!

  • October 14, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Well now I have to ask my wife to make this for me because it sounds good! It will be like letting my taste buds travel to the island when I eat some.

    • October 16, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy it and it’s super easy to make!


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