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Pork Adobo Recipe

Try this melt in your mouth Pork Adobo Recipe with a perfect balance of saltiness, and acidity. Slow-cooked and then sauteed in browned garlic for richer and fuller flavors. Pork Adobo Recipe

Adobo has become an iconic dish that represents Filipino food worldwide. It is always present and usually takes the top place in all the Filipino food list you can find.

There was even a movie called ‘American Adobo’  back in 2002. Which is not about Adobo really but about the lives of five Filipinos living in the USA.

They used the name of the dish as the title in the film as a symbol that reflects the clashing characters and their different struggles in life living abroad.

But despite the conflicts in their characters, in the end, everything ended up well, just like in cooking Adobo that is acidic (vinegar), salty (soy sauce), meaty and full of spices, all ingredients are thrown together to create such a unique and delicious dish.

Pork Adobo or Adobong Baboy

What is Adobo?

Adobo is a way of cooking meat (or vegetable) in a brine solution with vinegar, soy sauce, onions, and peppercorn. Dried bay leaves and garlic are usually added for extra flavor and fragrance.

It also refers to the popular Filipino dish that is cooked using this technique.

Different meat can be used for making this dish. Most common is chicken (Adobong Manok) or Pork (Adobong Baboy). Vegetables like, snake beans, water spinach, and eggplant are also cooked in this manner. So are fishes and squid.

Ingredients for Pork Adobo

How to make Pork Adobo tastier

My pork Adobo recipe is done a bit different than the others.

However, you will also learn that a lot of them have different ways of cooking Adobo. Some people just boil it and prefers a thinner sauce. Others marinate it in the sauce before cooking it. I, on the other hand, do not marinate but cook it twice!

It is like braising but in reverse.

  1. Simmer the meat in the soy sauce-vinegar solution with onions, peppercorn and bay leaves, low and slow until it becomes fork tender. 
  2. Then separate the meat from the sauce and saute the meat in browned garlic.
  3. The sauce is, finally, added back and simmered until it is reduced to a caramelized sauce.

This is the way my Mama thought me and most of my titas (aunties) and cousins do it the same way.

Browning the garlic and adding it at the end makes the sauce richer with a fuller flavor.

How to cook Pork Adobo

Which cuts to use for pork Adobo

  • Pork belly -(Liempo) the more popular choice because it is the most flavorful cut because of the fats in it.
  • Pork shoulder – (Kasim) than pork belly. A tough cut with lots of fat and tissue that make it ideal for slow cooking.
  • Pork ham – (Pigue) If you want meatier and leaner meat that is also good for slow-cooking.
  • Pork hocks – (Pata) also great for making this pork Adobo recipe with a good combination of bones, skin, and meat flesh.

How to cook Adobong BaboyAlthough it seems that Chicken Adobo is more popular on the international scene, you should also give the pork version a try. You can even mix them if you like. As a Filipino, I cannot say which one is more popular in the Philippines. I think both are equally loved as they are equally delicious. Adobo is Adobo, regardless of the meat you use. 

Other Filipino Pork Dishes to try

Pork Adobo


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Pork Adobo Recipe

Try this melt in your mouth Pork Adobo Recipe with a perfect balance of saltiness, and acidity. Slow-cooked and then sauteed in browned garlic for richer and fuller flavors.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian,Filipino
Keyword: pork adobo
Servings: 5
Calories: 782kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds pork belly - - cut into 1x1 or 1x2-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 10-12 pieces peppercorn
  • 3 pieces bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar - - optional
  • 1 big onion - - chopped coarsely
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 5 cloves garlic - - minced


  • Place pork belly in a pot. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, water, peppercorn, bay leaves, brown sugar, and onions. Bring to boil over high heat.
  • Cover the pot with the lid and lower heat to low. Let it cook for about an hour or until the meat is really tender and liquid is reduced to half. Separate meat from the sauce. 
  • In a skillet, heat oil over medium-low and add the minced garlic. Cook garlic until golden. Remove some of the garlic from oil leaving about 1/2 in the pan and transfer the rest to a small bowl.
  • Add back the meat to the skillet and cook for a minute or two. Add the sauce again and let it simmer for some minutes until the sauce is reduced some more and becomes thicker.
  • Transfer the Pork Adobo to a serving dish and top it with the browned garlic. Serve with hot steaming rice.
Nutrition Facts
Pork Adobo Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 782 Calories from Fat 693
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 77g 118%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 911mg 38%
Potassium 323mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 8.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Was looking for adobo just like how they made it at home in Pampanga with sauce and lots of it! Thanks for this recipe!

  2. This is amazing!! My husband loves adobo but before I used another recipe, but for this one, he complements this so much. Thank you beb for sharing this! 😘😘😘

  3. I have alwasy been making adobo since this has been my husband’s favorite Filipino dish. (He is Caucasian btw) But by far this is his favorite version of adobo! More power to you 🙂 and thank you for this.

  4. have you tried this recipe in a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot or even a slow cooker? If so what are the times you would suggest for each appliance?

    1. Hi Mary Jo, I usually cook Adobo the traditional way so I haven’t tried it in a pressure or Instant Pot and I am not entirely sure if you can as you need the time to cook the vinegar. I will let you know once I am able to cook it successfully with the same result.

    1. Hi Mercy, I usually just use what I have on hand. I’ve tried coconut, cane, apple, vegetable even red wine vinegar and so far they all worked fine. Each leaves a subtle distinct taste which is also good. The sourness or acidity should be gone anyway once it is cooked.

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