Pork Adobo Recipe

Adobo is definitely the most popular dish coming from the Philippines. It has its native Philippine origins, but does carry some influences by Spain and China, which are evident by the name ‘adobo’ and one of its main ingredient, soy sauce. It is a simple dish to cook, but the aroma of this dish will more than likely make anyone hungry every time. Adobo is served with steamed rice, but may be served with bread. Either pork or chicken maybe used, though different variations exist that use fish and vegetables.

Prep Time: 45 to 85 minutes, 6 to 8 servings


2 cups of water, or as needed

2 cloves garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

4 hard boiled eggs

1 tbsp white or brown sugar

1 tbsp white or brown sugar is okay

1 cup soy sauce

1 tsp. grnd black pepper

4 hard boiled eggs

2 lbs pork, cut up in 1 1/2 inch wide by 2 inches long


In a frying pan, saute garlic until golden brown. Add pork and saute until brown and until water has dried. Add in black pepper, soy sauce and sugar. Simmer until soy sauce is absorbed by the meat. Continue mixing, add water to simmer until pork is tender. When sauce becomes thick, add vinegar. Simmer again for 5-8 minutes. Add hard boiled eggs. Serve with steamed rice.


For a family of four, you would normally use 6-8 pieces of hard-boiled eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are optional, it is not always added and including this ingredient varies per family.

If you add the vinegar in the early stages of cooking it will make the pork tenderize longer. Make sure that vinegar is added only after the meat has tenderized.

For those cutting down on carbohydrates, this dish is a good source of protein.

This can be cooked with a combination of pork and chicken. Using chicken only is okay, too.

When selecting vinegar, try to find native palm vinegar available at an Asian grocery store. If not, use apple cider vinegar.

You want to find more recipes like this? We have hundreds of Filipino recipes available at Foodipino.com. Ben Santones is a Filipino born and raised in the Philippines, but now lives in Tracy, CA. He is the creator of Foodipino.com, which aims to share Filipino recipes to people around the world.

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