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Instant Pot pork adobo is juicy and tender and a quick and easy dinner recipe that can be enjoyed even on weeknights. Just a few ingredients make this your go to meal.

instant pot pork adobo with rice on a plate

I mean what’s better than saucy fall apart meat served over sticky white rice? Surely one of my favorites.

Pork adobo is a traditional Filipino dish made ever so popular here in Hawai’i. When the Filipino immigrants came to Hawai’i to work on the sugarcane and pineapple plantations they brought along with them their delicious foods. Everything from banana lumpia (or turon), pork and peas (or guisantes), and chicken papaya (or tinolang manok).

fork picking up instant pot pork adobo

Adobo is classically made by simmering meat in a shoyu, vinegar, garlic sauce. It is common to use pork or chicken. It’s tangy and savory. It’s tender and packed with flavor. It’s amazing.

While I love making Filipino pork adobo on the stove top, I’ve come to love the quicker set it and forget it method of making it in the Instant Pot. That’s right the beloved household favorite countertop appliance. If you’re in the market to get one, this is the Instant Pot this is the one I have.

The Instant Pot has taken many households by storm and has become a popular kitchen tool. It’s an electric pressure cooker that reduces cook time. So awesome.

pork adobi in the instant pot

While everyone has their own pork adobo recipe, this is mine.

Ingredients for Instant Pot pork adobo

  • Cooking oil of choice. I like to use avocado oil, but you can use vegetable, canola, olive oil or whatever cooking oil you choose.
  • Pork butt. While this is a tougher cut of meat, it breaks down nicely in the Instant Pot and becomes so tender. It’s also a cheaper cut of meat. You can use pork shoulder or pork belly as well.
  • Onion. I like sweet Maui onions, but a yellow or white round onion works as well.
  • Garlic. After all, it’s part of the traditional flavor.
  • Shoyu. This is a Japanese style soy sauce that can be found in the Asian aisle at most grocery stores.
  • Vinegar. I use plain white distilled vinegar, but you can use apple cider or rice vinegar if you wish.
  • Peppercorns. I leave mine whole. Ground pepper can be used as well.
  • Bay leaves. Take these out when you’re done cooking and set aside.
instant pot pork adobo ingredients

What to serve with pork adobo?

Can’t go wrong with a plate of sticky white rice, maybe some macaroni salad. You can also add some steamed or roasted veggies.

How to store?

Once cooled, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep for 3-4 days.

Can you freeze Filipino pork adobo?

You bet. That’s the great thing about this recipe. Make a big batch and save some for later. Place in a zip top bag or airtight container and store in the freezer. This will keep for 4-6 months.

fork picking up instant pot pork adobo

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How to make Instant Pot pork adobo

  1. Set a 6 quart Instant Pot to saute mode.
  2. Add oil and pork. Brown the pork on all sides.
  3. Then add the onion and garlic. Cook until fragrant.
  4. Next add shoyu, vinegar, peppercorn, and bay leaves. Stir to combine.
  5. Cover with lid and set to sealing. Cancel saute mode.
  6. Cook on manual high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow 10 minutes natural pressure release. Quick release remaining steam.
  7. When the pin has dropped, open the lid and set to saute. Saute for a few minutes until the sauce thickens up and ENJOY!
instant pot pork adobo with rice on a plate

Instant Pot Pork Adobo

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Instant Pot pork adobo is juicy and tender and a quick and easy dinner recipe that can be enjoyed even on weeknights. Just a few ingredients make this your go to meal.

Ingredients

  • Cooking oil of choice
  • 1 pound pork butt, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup shoyu
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Set a 6 quart Instant Pot to saute mode.
  2. Add oil and pork. Brown the pork on all sides.
  3. Then add the onion and garlic. Cook until fragrant.
  4. Next add shoyu, vinegar, peppercorn, and bay leaves. Stir to combine.
  5. Cover with lid and set to sealing. Cancel saute mode.
  6. Cook on manual high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow 10 minutes natural pressure release. Quick release remaining steam.
  7. When the pin has dropped, open the lid and set to saute. Saute for a few minutes until the sauce thickens up and ENJOY!

Notes

*This recipe can also be made on the stove top or Crock Pot. Simmer until meat is tender or about 45min-1hr on the stove or 8hrs on low or 4hrs on high in the Crock Pot.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 27g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on August 26th, 2021

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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6 thoughts on “Instant Pot Pork Adobo”

    • Aloha Shana. Sure can. You’ll just have to adjust the cook time. Chicken thighs take about 8-12 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot. Have a great day.

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