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One Pot Filipino Pork Adobo

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This one pot pork adobo is a flavourful staple in Filipino cuisine. Perfectly balanced between salty, acidic, rich and umami, this is one recipe you need to try out. 

When people think of Filipino cuisine, usually the first thing that comes to mind is adobo! Rightfully so, it’s so flavourful and easy to make. I like to call it the gateway dish into Filipino cuisine. Did you know that the Philippines doesn’t have an official National Dish? I was under the impression for years that Adobo was the National Dish due to its popularity. I learned this after receiving some comments on TikTok and doing further research. I can’t believe I haven’t shared my adobo recipe yet! Well as they say, better late than never! 

Simple is best

Some of the best dishes don’t require an extensive list of ingredients! This is one of them. Each ingredient has a chance to shine and when put all together, they create quite the tasty dish. 

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Cook it low and slow

When my mom would make adobe she would throw in an entire head of garlic, peel and all. My absolute favourite thing about her adobo was that the garlic would become super creamy and absorb the flavour of the sauce. Think garlic confit, but with all the flavours of adobo. Now I know some people may not like having to pick around garlic skins which is why we are using peeled garlic in this recipe. The key is to allow the dish to cook low and slow for about an hour. It may seem like a long time, but it is so worth it. The garlic will have time to become smooth and creamy. All the flavours will have time to mix and mingle. 

One pan is all it takes 

Although it takes time to develop flavour, you only need one pan for this dish! No need to watch your sink pile up with dishes. We are keeping it practical in the Asia Makes kitchen! A shallow pan or pot works best for this recipe.

I don’t eat pork, what can I do? 

I understand that pork is not everyone’s preference. The good news is that this recipe is easily customizable! You can substitute the pork for chicken, tofu, salmon, and even mushrooms! I have tried this recipe with all of these and it has turned out AMAZING every single time. The bold flavours of the sauce and spices do so much for this dish.

This pork adobo is filled with rich and deep flavours and is definitely a recipe you will want to try at least once. Steamed rice is the perfect side for the bold flavours this dish brings.

One Pot Filipino Pork Adobo

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Recipe by asiamakes Course: All Recipes, Dinner


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  • 3 lbs of cubed pork belly or pork shoulder

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (regular or light)

  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce (optional)*

  • 1/3 cup cane or white vinegar

  • 3 dried bay leaves

  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorn

  • 8-10 whole cloves of garlic, peeled

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Sliced scallions or cilantro for garnish (optional)


  • In a shallow pan or pot, add cubed pork and sautée on medium heat until the pork starts to brown.
  • Add in garlic cloves and sautée for another 2 minutes.
  • Add soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaves, peppercorns, and water. Stir gently until combined.
  • Allow to simmer on medium-low for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off the heat once the sauce is reduced and garlic is softened.
  • Serve with steamed rice and enjoy!


  • *Dark soy sauce is used to give a deeper colour the the adobo.

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