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authentic pork adobo recipe

Authentic Pork Adobo Recipe

Authentic Pork Adobo is a simple and quick pork dish. The meat is braised with soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, peppercorn and bay leaves. You can add more aromatics but I prefer to use readily available ingredients in my pantry.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: authentic pork adobo, braised pork adobo
Servings: 4
Calories: 656kcal
Author: Jenalyn Rose Forbes


  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 pcs bay leaves
  • 1 lb pork belly
  • 2 fl oz vinegar
  • 4 fl oz soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp peppercorn
  • 8 fl oz water
  • salt


  • Heat a wide pan over medium heat, add the cooking oil and saute the garlic and bay leaves until the garlic is lightly brown.
  • Add the pork belly and cook for 5-7 minutes until the color changes. Season with salt and add peppercorn. Pour the vinegar. do not stir and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour the soy sauce and water. Cook for another 20-25 minutes or until the meat is tender and the liquid is reduced. You may also notice that the fat has rendered. Once done, remove from the pan and transfer into a serving plate. If you prefer, you may pan-fry the pork for another 5 minutes to make it more flavorful and tender.


Calories: 656kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1661mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg