Instant Pot pork adobo is cooked in a salty, sweet & tangy sauce until the meat is fall-apart tender. This recipe is the easiest possible way to make pork adobo. Just combine the ingredients in your pressure cooker and dinner cooks itself!
Instant Pot pork adobo has the same irresistible flavors that make Instant Pot chicken adobo so good. Vinegar, soy sauce and brown sugar flavor the meat and then turn into a sauce that's salty, sweet and tangy.
Instant Pot pork adobo is often served with rice, to soak up the flavorful sauce. You can also serve it over polenta, egg noodles or barley. I've also been known to shred the pork into corn tortillas for tacos!
Why You Should Make This Recipe
- Simple list of easy-to-find ingredients
- Hands-off cooking method
- Very little prep - just combine the ingredients in your Instant Pot
- Perfect balance of salty, sweet and sour flavors
- Delicious leftovers!
Pork shoulder: Ask the butcher to cut the pork shoulder into 2-inch pieces, so you don't have to do it at home, or look for pre-cut pork stew meat. Just like cider-braised pork, you can use pork butt instead of shoulder.
Both the pork butt and pork shoulder come from the same part of the pig (the upper and lower shoulder). Both are tough and fatty and are best cooked at a low temperature for a long time, or in a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers do an amazing job of tenderizing meat.
For this recipe, don't include too much of the hard, white fat that often covers a large piece of pork shoulder or butt. It will just make the dish too oily. (But don't throw that fat away! You can render pork fat and use it for cooking)
Soy sauce:Traditional Filipino adobo uses Filipino soy sauce. For this recipe, I use the reduced sodium soy sauce that can be bought in any grocery store. Reduced sodium soy sauce is essential so that the meat isn't too salty.
Vinegar: Traditional Filipino adobo often uses Filipino cane vinegar. For this recipe, you can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
Brown sugar: Sometimes adobo recipes add sugar, sometimes they don't. I like adding just 2 teaspoons of brown sugar to balance the salty and vinegary flavors. You could use white sugar instead, if necessary.
Black pepper, scallions, garlic and bay leaf: Yes, yes, yes and yes!
What is Adobo?
This recipe is my version of Filipino Adobo. Adobo recipes marinate meat in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaf and black pepper. I also add a pinch of brown sugar to balance the salty and sour flavors with a hint of sweetness.
More Filipino Recipes
There's so much to explore! A good place to start is with Chef Roline Casper's cookbook, The Easy Filipino Cookbook. It's filled with simple, authentic recipes. I Am a Filipino: And This is How We Cook is an award-winning cookbook by Chef Nicole Ponseca that's one of my favorites.
FAQ About Instant Pot Pork Adobo
Yes, you can use either cut of pork.
Authentic pork adobo calls for cane vinegar. For this quick and easy Instant Pot version, I use apple cider vinegar. You can also use white vinegar.
You can, but it's not necessary.
If you have time, sure! Brown the pork using the Instant Pot saute setting. If necessary, you can drain off excess oil that accumulates in the pot before adding the rest of the ingredients and proceeding with the recipe.
If you're in a hurry, skip this step and just throw all the ingredients in at once. I promise, it will still be delicious!
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