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Filipino Pork Adobo

Grab your spoon – it’s all you’re going to need for this truly tender pork dinner. Tangy yet creamy, it’s a delight for the senses.


Filipino Pork Adobo

10 minutes + marinating
1 hour 30 minutes

1/3 cup coconut vinegar

1/3 cup light soy sauce

4 fresh or dried bay leaves

1/2 tsp black peppercorns

1 kg (2.2 lb) pork scotch fillet steaks, cut into 4cm pieces (you can also use pork belly here)

2 tbsp peanut oil

1 onion, cut into thin wedges

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

¼ tsp chilli flakes

270ml (9.1 fl oz) can coconut cream

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 long red chilli, thinly sliced

2 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced

steamed rice, to serve (click here to see my recipe for how to cook rice)

  • Step 1

    Combine the pork, vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaves and peppercorns in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Toss to coat. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to marinate.

  • Step 2

    Drain the pork, reserving the marinade. Pat the pork dry with paper towel. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Cook the pork, in batches, for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Place the pan back on medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil if you don’t have at least a tablespoon of fat in the bottom of the pan. Add the onion, garlic and chilli flakes. Season with a pinch of salt. Turn the heat to medium and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes until the onion softens. Add the pork, reserved marinade and 1 cup of water. Cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Add the brown sugar and coconut cream and cook, uncovered for a further 45 minutes-1 hour or until the pork is very tender and the liquid reduced.

  • Step 5

    Scatter over the spring onion and fresh chilli and serve with steamed rice.

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What our customers say

5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 9 reviews)
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Mom's is best but Marion's is like Wow oh Wow

May 16, 2023

Okay we all know there’s nothing like mom’s pork adobo. But mom isn’t here with me right now and this recipe is so so very good. Simple and you prolly have all the ingredients in your pantry. I’ve used country style spare ribs and pork belly with yummy results. Okay I know this is not totally authentic but I do substitute cauliflower rice for white rice to keep a check on the evil carbs. But if I’m indulging I’m totally Zojirushi machine white rice making.

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Ken R

Fantastic and tweaked to cook in half the time

March 17, 2023

I halved this recipe and was in a hurry. I used a meat velveting process by adding about half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of Soda and a teaspoon of cornflour to the marinade. That cut down the cooking process so much. I also don’t have a wonderful relationship with rice so added about 3 cups of frozen green beans for extra bulk when I added the cooked pork. Stir fried for about 5 mins to cook beans then added sugar and coconut milk and cooked for another 5 mins. Wow, amazing!

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One of the Best

February 23, 2023

What an amazing dish……only took the one serving to be come a favorite of everybody’s that I have cooked this for. Great flavors….restaurant quality meal.

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