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Filipino Pork Adobo

Filipino Pork Adobo is pork that’s marinated with vinegar, soy sauce, and bay leaves, and then simmered, browned, and served with the reduced marinade. And if you serve with cauliflower rice this can be a low-carb meal.

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In the Philippines, there’s a style of cooking commonly called Adobo, in which chicken, pork, or often a combination of the two are cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, and water that’s been seasoned with lots of garlic, bay leaves, and black pepper. Then the meat is browned or even grilled, and served with the cooking liquid, which is reduced to a tasty thick brown sauce. I’ve seen recipes for this in many different places, but when this recipe appeared in my local newspaper back in 2005, I decided to give it a try.

The recipe credit in the paper for this Filipino Pork Adobo says “Adapted from Madhur Jaffrey’s Step-by-Step Cooking” and then I adapted it more when I made it in 2005 and again when I revisited the recipe! So I am not claiming this is an authentic Filipino recipe, although I think cooks all over the Philippines have their own version of this dish.  But authentic or not, this was seriously delicious. By the way, don’t confuse the word Adobo in this recipe from the Mexican  sauce or spice blend that has the same name.

Pork Adobo from Kalyn's Kitchen

How to Make Filipino Pork Adobo:

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  1. I used pork sirloin chops, which I trimmed and cut into cubes.
  2. The flavorful marinade is a mixture of garlic, soy sauce, white vinegar, vegetable oil, bay leaves, black pepper, and just a touch of sweetener.
  3. Marinate the pork cubes for a few hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Then put the marinade and pork in a pan that’s small enough to keep the pork pieces fairly submerged in the liquid, add 1/2 cup water, cover, and simmer on low until the pork is very tender, about 30-45 minutes.
  5. I turned the pork cubes once and this is how they looked part-way through cooking.
  6. When the pork cubes are tender add a little oil to a heavy pan, heat, and quickly brown the pork pieces on high. (If the heat is too low, it will toughen the meat; you want to barely brown the outside.)
  7. While the meat browns, turn the heat to high under the marinade mixture, remove bay leaves, and let it boil until it’s reduced by about half.
  8. This sauce is great over rice or cauliflower rice, or just put it over the pork cubes if you’d like. If you have a Fat Separator (affiliate link), you can use it to remove some of the fat before you reduce the sauce if you prefer.

Make it a Meal:

This would be great simply served with Mary’s Perfect Salad and a vegetable side dish such as Roasted Broccoli with Garlic for a low-carb meal!

More Cooks Like Pork or Chicken Adobo:

Chicken Adobo from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pork Adobo from Appetite for China
Pork Adobo from Off the (Meat)hook
The Best Pork Adobo from Market Manila

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Filipino Pork Adobo

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes

Filipino Pork Adobo is marinated with vinegar, soy sauce, and bay leaves, and then simmered, browned, and served with the reduced marinade.



  • 1 1/2 lb. pork sirloin chops
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 T vegetable oil

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 12 cloves garlic, finely chopped  (see notes)
  • 6 T soy sauce
  • 6 T white vinegar
  • 2 T vegetable oil (don’t use less, this keeps the sauce from being too strong)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)


  1. Trim the pork sirloin chops to remove as much fat as you prefer, then cut chops into cubes about 2 inches.
  2. Put pork cubes in a small plastic bag or a plastic container with a snap-tight lid.
  3. In a glass measuring cup, combine minced garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, 2 T oil, bay leaves, ground black pepper, and sweetener.
  4. Pour this mixture over the pork cubes, seal the plastic bag or container, and refrigerate for about 4 hours.
  5. After pork has marinated for a few hours, put pork cubes and marinating liquid into a pan that’s small enough so the meat is mostly submerged, add 1/2 cup water, and bring to a low simmer.
  6. Cover, be sure heat is very low and simmer gently until the meat is tender, about 30-45 minutes.  (I turned the pork cubes once after 30 minutes.)
  7. When the meat is very tender, heat the other tablespoon of oil in a large heavy pan, add pork cubes, and quickly brown using high heat.  (If the heat is too low, it will toughen the meat; you want to barely brown the outside.)
  8. While the meat browns, turn the heat to high under the marinating liquid and boil until it’s reduced by about half.
  9. You can use a spoon or fat separator to remove some of the fat from the sauce.
  10. Serve hot, with rice or cauliflower rice on the side if desired.


I used 2 T minced garlic from a jar, you could use less if you aren’t crazy about garlic. I love Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), but use any sweetener you prefer.

Original recipe adapted from Madhur Jaffrey and then adapted more by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 955mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 34g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you serve this Pork Adobo with cauliflower rice, this would be a great low-carb meal that’s also suitable for low-glycemic eating plans including the South Beach Diet. It would be recommended to use meat with 10% fat or less if you’re making this for South Beach; other plans might prefer meat with plenty of fat.

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    30 Comments on “Filipino Pork Adobo”

  1. Need to make ahead so will cook just prior to browning, then when ready, skewer the meat and grill basting with the sauce. Hope this works it looks so good!

    • That sounds like a good idea to me. Don’t cook too long on the grill though or it will dry out the meat.

  2. I don’t know if I can compete with my Filipino mother in law but I’m sure gonna try tonight.

  3. Delicious. I hope people find this oldie but goodie on your blog.

  4. Oh yes, I realize it's not authentic but I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  5. That's not how us Filipino's cook it. But, it is a good recipe, it still turns out really good.

  6. Jeanie, glad it was a hit!

  7. I've been looking for ways to cook pork since it's cheaper than beef. My husband claims he doesn't like pork, but oh my he liked this. Thanks!