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Instant Pot Pork Adobo Recipe: A Classic Made Simple

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot Pork Adobo is my go-to comfort food. It's savory, tangy, and sweet, all at once. The pork is so tender, it practically melts in your mouth.

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Let me share my go-to pork adobo recipe that'll knock your socks off! This Filipino classic gets a modern twist using an Instant Pot, making it a breeze to whip up on busy weeknights. Tender chunks of pork shoulder simmer in a tangy, savory sauce that'll have your taste buds dancing. Trust me, once you try this version, you'll never look back. Plus, cleanup's a snap! Ready to dive into some seriously delicious comfort food? Let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Delicious Pork Adobo

  • Pork shoulder: Tender and flavorful cut that becomes melt-in-your-mouth after cooking, adding richness and depth to the dish.
  • Soy sauce: Infuses the dish with a savory umami flavor, adding depth and richness to the pork adobo recipe.
  • Vinegar: Provides a tangy and acidic balance to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the pork adobo.
  • Garlic: Adds a robust and aromatic flavor to the dish, complementing the pork and enhancing the overall taste.
  • Onion: Adds sweetness and depth to the dish, enhancing the flavor profile and providing a nice texture.
  • Peppercorns: Bring a subtle heat and earthy flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste of the pork adobo.
  • Bay leaves: Infuse a subtle herbal aroma and flavor into the dish, adding complexity and depth to the pork adobo.
  • Brown sugar: Balances the savory and tangy flavors in the dish, adding a touch of sweetness to enhance the overall taste.

Essential Tools for Making This Dish

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork quickly, infusing flavors, and tenderizing the meat effectively.
  • Tongs: Needed for turning and handling the pork pieces easily during the browning process in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Pork Adobo Recipe: A Classic Made Simple

This Instant Pot Pork Adobo recipe simplifies the classic Filipino dish, making it quick and easy to prepare while retaining all the delicious flavors.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people
Calories 450 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons


Main Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork shoulder cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil


  • In the Instant Pot, select the sauté function and heat oil. Add pork and brown on all sides.
  • Add garlic, onion, soy sauce, vinegar, water, peppercorns, bay leaves, and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before quick releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Serve hot over rice.


For best results, use a good quality soy sauce and vinegar. Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less brown sugar according to your taste.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 30gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 1200mgPotassium: 600mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 3mg


Keyword Filipino Cuisine, Instant Pot, Pork Adobo
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Tips for Making Pork Adobo Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the pork adobo as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the dish to cool completely.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the pork adobo according to the recipe.
  • Cool the dish completely.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Marinating the pork in the adobo sauce overnight can enhance the flavors and make the meat even more tender when cooked in the Instant Pot.

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Recipe

Can I use a different cut of pork for this recipe?
Yes, you can use pork belly or pork loin as alternatives to pork shoulder.
How can I adjust the flavor of the adobo?
You can adjust the soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar to suit your taste preferences.
Can I make this recipe without an instant pot?
Yes, you can cook this on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, adjusting the cooking times accordingly.
How long can I store leftovers?
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
Can I double the recipe in the instant pot?
It's best not to fill the instant pot more than two-thirds full when doubling the recipe to ensure proper pressure cooking.

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