• Filipino Pork Adobo

    By Jeri Mobley-Arias

    This Filipino pork adobo recipe is the gift that keeps on giving. Beaming with delicious, warming flavors, that get better with each bite.

    • A Beloved Family Recipe

      This pork adobo recipe is a mainstay at gatherings, especially during the holidays. Typically, we’ll eat chicken adobo and sometimes, this pork variation; tender, juicy pork in a braised sauce that has the perfect yin and yang of savory and tangy, and a guaranteed winner!

      What is Adobo?

      For those who aren’t familiar with Filipino adobo, it’s a popular stew dish that involves braising meat in a briny soy sauce and vinegar mixture, made with bay leaves, peppercorn, and aromatics. It's typically served with rice adourned with the rich adobo sauce.

      Is Adobo Only Made with Pork (Adobong Baboy)?

      Nope! Chicken (adobong manok) and beef (adobang baka) are also options highly delciious!

      How Do You Get the Meat So Tender?

      To achieve tender, pull-a-part meat, simmer the pork for 1 hour. What’s great about this dish is that prep only takes 5 minutes. The rest of the time is for simmering (it’s worth it, I promise!).

      What you Need to Make Adobo
      • Pork shoulder
      • Avocado oil
      • Garlic
      • Onion
      • Soy sauce
      • Ground pepper
      • Black peppercorns
      • Brown sugar
      • Bay leaves
      • Vinegar
      Key Ingredients for That Signature Adobo

      If you’ve been following me, you know that for some recipes, I’m partial to certain ingredients. This recipe is one of them.

      Soy sauce and vinegar are the heart of this dish, and it’s crucial that you use Silver Swan Lauriat soy sauce and Datu Puti vinegar. If you visit your local Asian market, you’ll likely find these two ingredients and will be on your way to making delicious adobo.

      This recipe also calls for whole peppercorns that can be and discarded after cooking, or enjoyed with the meal. Serve over jasmine steamed rice and be ready for compliments, kisses and screams of why you didn’t double the recipe–it’s damn delicious.

      In the Mood for Filipino Eats?

      Then check out my childhood favorites that are also beloved by many:

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  • Filipino Pork Adobo

    By Jeri Mobley-Arias

    This Filipino pork adobo recipe is the gift that keeps on giving. Beaming with delicious, warming flavors, that get better with each bite.

    • Total Time:
      1 hour 30 minutes
    • Servings:
      3-4

    Ingredients

    • 2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks
    • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
    • 7 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
    • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon soy sauce (Silver Swan Lauriat brand)
    • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
    • ⅛ teaspoon black peppercorns
    • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
    • 3 bay leaves
    • ½ cup vinegar (Datu Puti brand)
    • 1¼ cup water

    Instructions

    1. Add oil to a hot skillet over medium-high flame. Add garlic and onion and sauté until fragrant and soft, 2-4 minutes.
    2. Add pork and cook until browned on all sides, 4-5 minutes.
    3. Add soy sauce, pepper, peppercorns, sugar, and bay leaves and stir until well-mixed. Add vinegar (DO NOT MIX) and cover the skillet with a lid. Wait until contents reach a boil before stirring.
    4. Once the liquid reaches a boil, gently stir and add water. Cover with lid again and simmer for 1 hour or until the pork is very tender.
    5. Remove the lid and cook for 15 minutes to reduce the sauce. The color should be a deep, dark brown and taste slightly tangy.
    6. Serve with steamed rice Enjoy!
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