Instant Pot Pork Adobo

bowl of pork adobo

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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!

Consider serving this meal with white rice on the side, to soaks up the sauce. 

Tip: Ask a butcher to cut the pork into 2-inch pieces before you bring it home, or buy pork stew meat

Total Instant Pot Cooking Time: 10 minutes to reach pressure + 30 minutes cooking time + 15 minute natural release 


Units Scale
  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder or pork butt, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil or canola oil
  • 1 small bunch scallions (6 to 8 scallions)
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed (press down on the clove with your palm to smash it)
  • 1/2 cup REDUCED SODIUM soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper or 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf

Optional, to thicken the sauce

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cool water




  1. Add oil to the Instant Pot and press the Saute button to heat the oil.
  2. Press the saute mode button and saute the green onion and cloves of garlic, just a few minutes until lightly browned. 
  3. Add soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, pepper and bay leaf.  Mix well.
  4. Add the pork. Mix well to coat the pork. 
  5. Secure the lid. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. 
  6. Let the pressure release naturally when the cooking time is complete (this will take about 15 minutes)
  7. Remove the pieces of pork with tongs or a slotted spoon and set aside. Skim the fat off the surface of the sauce (see notes below)
  8. Serve the adobo pork either in whole chunks or shredded. The sauce can be served over the pork or on the side.
  9. Serve adobo pork over rice or other types of grains (like barley) to soak up the sauce.

Optional - Thicken the Sauce

I don't personally like thickened sauce, but if you prefer a thicker sauce it's easy to do. 

  1. Press the Saute button to bring the sauce to a simmer.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cool water until smooth.
  3. Slowly pour the cornstarch and water slurry into the sauce, whisking constantly. Simmer about 1 minute more, while whisking frequently until the sauce has thickened. 


To skim the fat/oil off the sauce, you have 3 options.
#1 Use a ladle to skim off the fat. This can be hard to do without also removing some of the sauce
#2 Use a fat separator. This is the fastest and most efficient method.
# 3 Refrigerate the sauce overnight before serving. The fat will harden on top and is easier to remove.

This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot 

Pork adobo keeps well for up to 5 days in airtight containers in the refrigerator