Mom’s Filipino Pork Adobo {Recipe}

One of my favorite, family comfort foods is Filipino pork adobo. My mom’s pork adobo is one of the simplest meals I make. It’s not the fastest, but what it lacks in quickness it makes up in simplicity and ease of cooking. And sometimes you don’t mind being patient if you can’t throw something together without much effort. I’ll typically get this started and while the meat simmers for an hour, I prep and turn on the rice cooker. So easy. And while I’m feeling lazy, steamed veggies of some sort (especially broccoli or cabbage) usually get added as a low-stress side. Chop, steam, done. Easy does it.

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Hello, deliciousness!

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I tried to take a photo of what the sugar looks like when it’s time to add the pork. The sugar goes in clear, almost white, but when it turns golden, it’s time to get the pork cooking.

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There are many variations of pork adobo. Each family seems to have their own take. This recipe is how my mom cooks hers.

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The soy sauce does make the dish salty, but it’s meant to be eaten with plain rice. The rice helps balance out the saltiness. You may want to reduce the soy sauce and sub in more water (or even broth) if you don’t like things very salty. Or maybe just try the recipe as is one time and adjust from there according to your preference.

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Mom’s Filipino Pork Adobo {Recipe}
 
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Here’s one of my family’s comfort food recipes from our house to yours. I took some photos and wrote some tips above to help you out with this recipe, so read through the photos for some extra info. This may be a little salty for some so be sure to serve it with plain rice to balance out the flavors. The pork isn’t traditionally shredded like the photos show, but that’s my sister’s touch on the recipe, and it’s how I like to eat mine, too. This meal requires few ingredients and though it’s not the fastest, it is one of the easiest things I make. Enjoy!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pound boneless pork loin (thick cut), cut into 1″ pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • couple dashes garlic powder (about ¼ teaspoon)
  • couple dashes onion powder (about ¼ teaspoon)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • cooked rice, for serving (we like jasmine)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pan (I like using my le creuset style pot) on medium heat. Add sugar. Watch carefully for when the sugar turns golden brown. Add pork. Add salt and pepper and cook 3-5 minutes without turning/stirring, until the bottom is browned nicely. Turn and cook another 3-5 minutes without turning/stirring until the bottom is browned nicely. Note: If doubling recipe, cook the pork in batches. Otherwise, the pork will get crowded and it won’t brown.
  2. Add garlic powder and onion powder and stir. Stir in soy sauce and water and cook until boiling. Stir in vinegar and cook till boiling. Cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 1 hour, or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. If there is still liquid left in the pan, increase heat to medium/medium-high and cook until the liquid is almost evaporated. If you’re shredding your pork, while the liquid reduces, use the back of a wooden spoon, pushing down on the pork, to shred the meat. Note: It’s not traditional to shred the pork like this, but it’s how my sister and I like it.
  4. Serve with plain rice. Enjoy!
Notes
PS: I like to double this recipe so I have leftovers. I don’t like leftovers of many things, but this re-heats nicely. As is, the recipe serves 2-3 (I seem to consume extra pork when we have this recipe, so I’d double this recipe if you’re serving more than 2 or if you want leftovers).

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Comments

  1. Marie says

    This seems simple to make and looks yummy! I have to try it. When I was a kid (and still now) my favorite family comfort food was Italian Risotto. :-)

  2. Faith says

    I wanted to do something new with the pork I picked up on sale last week and remembered this post. I did everything as instructed, except I didn’t add the salt at the beginning. It was DELICIOUS and so easy. It’s definitely been added to our rotation. :)

    • says

      Woohoo! I’m so glad you enjoyed my mom’s pork adobo! Thank you so much for letting me know and for trying out my recipe, Faith! :)

  3. Nvue says

    Perfect meal for the coming fall and winter :D. I wonder how well this works in a slow cooker as that’s what I’ll be using.

  4. says

    Thanks what a great recipe!! My wife even loves it!! My wife is allergic to chicken and doesn’t like seafood so we eat a lot of pork. I was tired of the standard pork chops, roasts, pulled pork, etc. I came across this recipe and it has been in our rotation ever since. I use pork butt or shoulder and add fresh garlic & sliced onion when cooking but keep everything else the same. I may add a little more vinegar next time though.

  5. bambie says

    Tried this over the weekend and its delicious! I’m trying it again today this time with chicken and pork! Hopefully, the one I did over the weekend was not a beginner’s luck!! Lol!

  6. dvagrl28 says

    one of my family faves…did a little tweak
    and added sliced potatoes, few bay leaves.
    we also use the adobo pork leftover for
    fried rice the next day:) yumm!

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