Havana Mojo Steak

Havana Mojo Steak

This Cuban-inspired citrus and herb marinated flank steak topped with caramelized onions and drizzled with some of the reserved marinade was simply delicious.

The yellow rice was a nice accompaniment but the particular recipe I tried was not as great as I would have liked, so I'll continue researching it. In the meantime, you could put this steak atop a salad or your own favorite rice recipe.

I'm a sucker for Cuban food and where I live in Southern California I don't know of any Cuban restaurants. I also don't come across very many Cuban recipes, which makes it a little difficult for me to cook it for myself. So when I saw this recipe card at Sprouts Farmers Market, I grabbed it so fast it would've made your head spin.

The fresh-squeezed citrus juices and fresh herbs made for quite a delicious marinade and dressing.

Havana Mojo Steak

Serves 4

1 pound grass fed organic flank steak

1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
7 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Caramelized Onions:
1 sweet onion, sliced
1 teaspoon butter

In a small bowl, mix lime juice, water, orange juice, salt, pepper, and oregano and set aside.

lime juice, water, orange juice, salt, pepper, and oregano

Heat olive oil in a saucepan or skillet over medium heat, then add garlic and cumin and saute until garlic is golden. Slowly add juice mixture and bring to a boil.

Heat olive oil, garlic & cumin, then add juice mixture and bring to boil.

Remove from heat and let cool, then add cilantro. Pour half of the mixture into a bowl, cover and place in the refrigerator to be used as a dressing/sauce when served.

Reserve half the marinade to be used as a dressing/sauce.

Place flank steak in a large zip-top bag and pour the rest of the mixture over. Seal, turn to coat, and place in refrigerator to allow to marinade overnight.

marinade the steak

To caramelize onions, heat a cast iron or regular skillet to medium heat and add butter. Then cook the onions until they are soft and lightly browned.

caramelizing the onions

Meanwhile, bring steak to room temperature and heat an indoor or outdoor grill to medium-high. Remove steak from marinade and discard marinade. Grill steak for approximately 4-5 minutes per side for medium to medium-rare.

grilling steak on indoor grill

Remove steak and place on cutting board and allow to rest for a few minutes before thinly slicing against the grain and serving with caramelized onions.

Havana Mojo Steak...the only thing missing is a Mojito!


  1. That look like from the 5 star meal. Love those beautiful colors and flavors!

  2. sounds delicious. I love any citrus/cilantro combo and we don't have a lot of access to Cuban food here either. I bet it could make a good dressing as well.

  3. This looks delicious....can't wait to try. Next trip to L.A. you must put Versailles on your itinerary. Highly popular Cuban restaurant last time I dined they operated two locations on La Cienega and the original one on Venice Blvd in Culver City. Not fancy, but lines out the door on Sat for authentic, great Cuban cuisine.

  4. We love flank steak...and now you've provided another delicious way to serve it! Fabulous~

  5. Oh yum! Looks delish. Great presentation too. I love the freshness from the lemon and coriander.

  6. Great marinade, it all looks fantastic!

  7. Looks absolutely amazing! I will definitely make this for dinner this week! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Look at that! That steak looks great! Steaks are something we normally reserve for warm weather grilling - and let me tell you - its getting hard to not bust out the grill!

  9. This steak looks wonderful, Veronica!! I'm always on the lookout for tasty marinades, and this one looks PERFECT!! Can't wait to try it...must get steak when I do the grocery shopping next time.

  10. Mmm mmm mmm! I love all the garlic! I love mojo anything. That must have been such a flavorful meal. I'm so jealous. Next time, please set a place for me :-)

  11. The flavors sound terrific, authentic.
    Love your plating style.

  12. i'm a sucker for cuban... try felix's in the orange circle...

  13. This is a classic marinade. We do this a lot with skirt steak or strip steak, and then top it with a chimichurri sauce. I bet that + the rice would be killer! we'll be interested to see if you come up with a good recipe for the rice, because we're searching too. (anyone interested in the chimichurri recipe, feel free to check out our blog!).

  14. Sounds yummy. Congrats on your top 9!

  15. Love it!So yummy! Congrats on top 9

  16. Wonderful ,delicious Cuban/Spanish/Catalan food. Go to www.cooking.com and check out . Boliche al Caldero Cuban Style/Catalan. Or in Puerto RicanLechon de mechar . Enjoy.

  17. I'm so glad I saw this!!! This steak is SO my husband's type of meal, well mine too actually. We love lime, and mix in OJ, herbs and steak and you have a winner. I'm in San Diego and don't know a good Cuban restaurant either... my husband was just talking about one downtown, we will have to check it out. I'll let you know if it's any good!
    Thanks again for this one, I'm excited!!!

  18. my mouth is watering! this looks so delicious!

    I am hosting a fish link up if you want to share any seafood recipes!

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  20. Hi Veronica, this recipe has summer written all over it. Love the flavors!