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Instant Pot Pork Adobo

Step-by-Step Guide on how to make Instant Pot Pork Adobo! Easy to make this popular iconic Filipino adobo. Tender juicy pork bursting with bold rich flavors, paired with a warm bowl of rice. Makes a very appetizing & satisfying dinner.
Servings 4 - 6
Total Time 50 mins


Adobo Sauce


  • 2.5 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water


  • Green onions chopped for garnish


  • Prepare Adobo Ingredients: Slice a medium onion, crush the garlic cloves, and thinly slice the ginger. Finely slice the green onions for garnish. Cut 2 pounds (908g) pork belly into 1.5" thick square cubes for best results.
  • Saute Onion and Spices in Instant Pot: Press "Saute" button to "Sauté More" function to heat up your Instant Pot. Wait until it says "HOT" on the screen. Make sure your Instant Pot is as hot as it can be.
    Add 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil or olive oil in the Instant Pot's inner pot. Make sure the whole bottom is covered with oil.
    Add the sliced onion in Instant Pot, then saute for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, add in 12 crushed garlic cloves, 1 tbsp sliced ginger, 1 tbsp (12.5g) brown sugar, 1 tsp (4g) whole black peppercorn, 1 dried red chili, and 4 dried bay leaves. Saute for another minute.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Add ¼ cup (63ml) Filipino soy sauce, ⅓ cup (83ml) regular soy sauce, ⅓ cup (83ml) Filipino vinegar, and 1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce in Instant Pot.
    Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
  • Pressure Cook Pork: Add 2 lbs cubed pork belly in Instant Pot. Give them a few stirs and make sure all the pork cubes are partially submerged in the cooking liquid.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position. Close the lid. Turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 15 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position. Open the lid carefully.
  • Thicken Adobo Sauce: Set aside the pork in a serving bowl. Bring the adobo sauce mixture to a simmer with the "Saute" function.
    In a small mixing bowl, mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water. Mix it in one-third at a time until desired thickness.
    Taste the adobo sauce, then season with salt or regular soy sauce if necessary. Place the pork back into the adobo sauce.
  • Garnish & Serve: Place your pork adobo in a serving bowl, then garnish with thinly sliced green onions. Enjoy~


1. Pork Belly or Pork Side Ribs: Try your best to use a marbled piece of pork for the best result.
2. Filipino Soy Sauce & Filipino Vinegar: Make sure to taste and adjust the amount of soy sauce & vinegar to use according to your soy sauce and vinegar. 
  • Substitutes: If you can't find Filipino Soy Sauce or Filipino Vinegar, you can substitute them with regular soy sauce and white vinegar. 
3. Fish Sauce: The quality of the fish sauce varies greatly between brands. We recommend using Red Boat 40N fish sauce. Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce is a popular alternative.
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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 823kcal


Calories: 823kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 81g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 38g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg