Instant Pot Pork Adobo | Tested by Amy + Jacky (2023)

Step-by-Step Guide on how to make Instant Pot Pork Adobo! Easy to make this popular iconic Filipino pork adobo recipe with few pantry ingredients. No need to marinate ahead! Tender juicy pork bursting with bold rich flavors, paired with a warm bowl of rice. Makes a very appetizing & deliciously satisfying dinner.

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Pork Adobo

Adobo is sometimes referred to as the unofficial Philippines national dish.

Filipino Adobo is most commonly made with chicken or pork. You can also make adobo with other protein.

Pork Adobo is essentially pork cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and spices. Even though it’s made with only a handful of everyday ingredients, it’s incredibly flavorful.

You can enjoy this appetizing and satisfying Filipino comfort food with a wide variety of side dishes.

Related Recipe:Check out our Chicken Adobo – with instructions on how to make it into a “One-Pot-Meal” with Pot-in-Pot Rice.

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Flavors: Pork Adobo gives you a rich, bold flavor punch! The savory, tangy, umami flavors with a hint of sweetness & subtle spiciness burst in your mouth as you bite into the melty pork. Don’t worry! The 1 dried red chili and 4g whole black peppercorns won’t make the dish spicy.

Textures: Tender, juicy, melty pork bites that soaked up the adobo sauce. Makes it a flavor-bursting satisfying bite.

Instant Pot makes it even easier to make pork adobo! You can save time & skip the usual marinating step. Yet it’ll still come out tender, juicy, and super flavorful.

Amy + Jacky’s Tip! The meat and adobo sauce develop an even deeper flavor profile the next day. There’s a tradeoff though! Since you’ll be reheating the meat, the texture will be slightly dryer compared to eating that melty tender bite right away.

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4 Things You Need to Know Before Cooking Instant Pot Pork Adobo

1. Use Pork Belly or Pork Side Ribs

Pork belly or pork side ribs are excellent choices for this pork adobo recipe. Try your best to choose a marbled piece for the best result.

2. Filipino Soy Sauce & Filipino Vinegar

Different types, brands, and batches of soy sauce can vary in their flavor profiles, textures, aroma, and thickness. Depending on the ingredients, brewing methods, fermentation duration they use.

Since soy sauce & vinegar are essential ingredients of the adobo sauce, the quality and flavor complexity directly impacts the pork adobo.

We decided to use Philippine or Filipino Soy Sauce (aka “toyo”) & Filipino Vinegar. They are manufactured specifically to complement the taste of Filipino cuisine.

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Amy + Jacky’s Tip! We taste-tested a few different Filipino soy sauces for making adobo. And we liked the Silver Swan Soy Sauce the best.

Filipino Soy Sauce & Vinegar Substitutes: If you can’t find them in your local supermarkets, you can substitute them with regular soy sauce (or light soy sauce) and white vinegar. Make sure to taste and adjust the amount accordingly.

3. Fish Sauce

It might sound fishy, but don’t worry! Fish Sauce doesn’t make a dish taste fishy at all! It’s extremely umami-filled, thus enhancing & elevating the flavors of the dish.

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From our blind taste test, Red Boat 40N fish sauce is still our favorite brand to use.

If you can’t get your hands on Red Boat’s fish sauce, Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce is a popular alternative.

Amy + Jacky’s Tip! Try to buy these sauces from your local Asian market. They’re usually available at a lower price.

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4. Make More Rice!

Yes! Be prepared to chow down more rice (or your favorite side dishes) with this pork adobo! The rich & flavorful pork bites, plus the adobo sauce are very easy and addictive to eat.

Step-by-Step Guide: Instant Pot Pork Adobo

Step 1

Prepare Instant Pot Pork Adobo Ingredients

The ingredients for cooking pork adobo in Instant Pot are quite simple.

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Onion, Garlic, Ginger: Slice up a medium onion, crush the garlic cloves, and thinly slice the ginger.

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Green Onions: Finely slice the green onions for garnish.

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Pork Belly or Pork Side Ribs: Cut up 2 pounds (908g) pork belly or pork side ribs into 1.5″ thick square cubes for best results.

For Reference: We used pork belly for the video shoot. And our pork belly shown in the above photo weigh 990g.

Step 2

Saute Onion and Spices in Instant Pot

First, press “Saute” button to “Sauté More” function to heat up your Instant Pot. It’ll switch to “ON” on the screen.

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Wait until it says “HOT” on the screen (takes roughly 8 minutes).

Amy + Jacky’s Tip! Make sure your Instant Pot is as hot as it can be to induce a Maillard reaction.

Now, 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.

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Add sliced onion in Instant Pot, then saute for 3 minutes.

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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.

Step 3

Deglaze Instant Pot

Add ¼ cup (63ml) Filipino soy sauce, cup (83ml) regular soy sauce, cup (83ml) Filipino vinegar, and 1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce in Instant Pot.

Then, deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.

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Step 4

Pressure Cook Pork

Add 2 lbs cubed pork belly in Instant Pot. Give them a few stirs and make sure all the pork belly cubes are partially submerged in the cooking liquid.

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With Venting Knob in Venting Position. Close the lid. Then, turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 15 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes.

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After 10 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.

When the Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

Step 5

Thicken Adobo Sauce

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With kitchen tongs, set aside the pork in a serving bowl.

Then, bring the adobo sauce mixture to a simmer with the “Saute” function.

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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.

For Reference: we didn’t have to add any additional soy sauce or salt to our adobo sauce.

Now, place the pork cubes back into the adobo sauce.

Then, get your side dishes ready!

Step 6

Garnish & Serve Instant Pot Pork Adobo

Finally, place your pork adobo in a serving bowl, then garnish with thinly sliced green onions.

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Side Dishes to Serve with Pork Adobo

You can pair a wide variety of side dishes with this rich & flavor-bursting pork adobo! The deep bold flavors easily increase your appetite.

Pork Adobo goes really well with a wide variety of rice, grain, seeds such as:

  • Instant Pot Rice
  • Instant Pot Brown Rice
  • Instant Pot Coconut Rice
  • Instant Pot Fried Rice
  • Instant Pot Sticky Rice
  • Instant Pot Quinoa

Dinner is ready! 😀

Enjoy your flavor-bursting Instant Pot Pork Adobo! ~Amy + Jacky

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Instant Pot Pork Adobo

Author: Amy + Jacky

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

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Ingredients

Adobo Sauce

Thickener

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

Garnish

  • Green onions chopped for garnish

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Instructions

  • 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~

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Notes

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.

Rate Amy + Jacky's Recipe: If you've tried our recipe, don't forget to rate the recipe in the Comments section. Thank you!

Calories: 823kcal

Course: Main

Cuisine: Asian, Filipino

Keyword: instant pot adobo pork, instant pot pork adobo, pork adobo instant pot, pork adobo pressure cooker, pork belly adobo instant pot

Nutrition

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

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FAQs

How long do you cook pork in an instant pot? ›

Using a HIGH setting, 40 minutes is how long you cook pork in the Instant Pot (using pork loin). If you're using pork shoulder/butt, you'll cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Transfer the pork and onions to a bowl.

Who is Amy Jacky? ›

We're Amy + Jacky, the husband & wife team behind Pressure Cook Recipes. Born & partly raised in “the food heaven” Hong Kong, we love to cook & eat! As recipe developers and food photographers, we have worked directly with Instant Pot company, pressure cooker manufacturers, and 35+ restaurants.

What can you cook in an instant pot duo? ›

What can be cooked with the Instant Pot? With the Instant Pot, you can cook a hearty meal for a whole family in less than 30 minutes. Dishes like rice and chicken, beef stew, chili and even a whole-roasted chicken cook in 30 to 60 minutes, start to finish. And, yes, you can even bake bread with the Instant Pot.

How many minutes should I pressure cook pork? ›

Sear all sides of each piece of pork using the 'Saute' setting in the Instant Pot. Deglaze the pot by adding a splash of broth and scrape the brown bits off the bottom. This is "liquid gold"). Pressure cook the pork on HIGH for 45 min pressure cook with 15 min natural pressure release (NPR).

What is the best liquid to cook pulled pork in? ›

Best Liquid for Pulled Pork

In my opinion the best liquid to use in the crock pot with the pork butt is chicken broth. Beef broth can work too. You could use water which would be ok but when you use broth it just gives the meat so much more extra flavor.

What should you not put in Instant Pot? ›

6 Things You Should Never Cook in an Instant Pot
  1. Creamy Sauces. If there's one food group you should avoid in the Instant Pot, it's dairy. ...
  2. Fried Chicken. The best fried chicken is crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside and perfectly golden brown. ...
  3. Cookies. ...
  4. Burgers. ...
  5. Pie. ...
  6. Steak.

What is the difference between Instant Pot and Duo? ›

While Instant Pot has come out with its own line of air fryers, the Duo Crisp can do everything a standard Instant Pot can while also functioning as an air fryer.

Is it better to slow cook or pressure cook pork? ›

Slow cooking the meat means it never has the chance to toughen up and will be extra silky and tender. Pressure cooking is faster, though you may lose a little bit of the tenderness. If you're going for the pressure cook method, be sure to get a pork shoulder or pork butt, as opposed to a pork loin.

Can you overcook pork in a pressure cooker? ›

Can you overcook pork in the Instant Pot? Although it's possible to overcook pork and other meats when pressure cooking, usually if the meat isn't tender enough it's because it wasn't cooked long enough. 4-5 pounds of pork shoulder needs about 90 minutes of cooking time at pressure.

Does meat get more tender the longer you pressure cook it? ›

All Cuts of Meat Can Become More Tender in a Pressure Cooker

This is where a pressure cooker really starts to shine. Because of the high-pressure environment created inside the cooker, meat (like everything else you may want to throw into your pressure cooker) can cook extremely quickly relative to other methods.

What is the secret to tender pulled pork? ›

Cooking the pork low and very slow is the secret to the juiciest and most tender pulled pork. Serve the pork as is or feel free to stir in your favorite barbecue or other sauces at the end of cooking.

How do I get more flavor in my pulled pork? ›

We use brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, a good amount of salt & pepper, and a pinch of cayenne! Make sure you use all of the seasoning! Also, really rub it into the pulled pork, get all of the nooks and crannies!

What can I add to pulled pork to make it moist? ›

Additionally, spray chicken broth or apple juice on the meat to prevent it from losing more moisture in the crockpot. To add a strong flavor during the process, white wine can also be sprayed. You can shred the pork during smoking or in the crockpot.

Do chefs use pressure cookers? ›

They are most commonly used in industrial settings to quickly prepare meat or stocks. However, in most scenarios, Elite Chefs avoid using pressure cookers because they provide less control over the final dish. Chefs often prefer slow cooking techniques that accentuate and pull out the flavors of the food.

Can I put oil in pressure cooker? ›

You can safely pan fry with small amounts of oil in the Instant Pot. You can also stir fry. But do not attempt deep frying. You cannot use an Instant Pot in the pressure cooking setting with large amounts of oil.

What happens if you put too much water in a pressure cooker? ›

Adding too much liquid can leave you with a finished dish that lacks flavor, or a sauce that's too thin. Follow this tip: While at least 1/2 to 1 cup of liquid is essential to well-cooked food in the pressure cooker, too much liquid will pull the flavor out of foods.

Do you need to add water when pressure cooking? ›

Pressure cookers require liquid, usually water, to generate steam. “Jiggle top” cookers need a minimum of one cup of water, while valve cookers need at least half a cup. Put food in the cooker first, then add water.

Do you cover meat with liquid in pressure cooker? ›

While you may cover meat almost completely for a conventional braise, use just enough liquid for the cooker to reach pressure – during pressure cooking the meat will release it's own juice and braise in that flavorful liquid, instead.

Why are instant pots so good? ›

Thanks to the technology of pressure cooking—which uses pressurized steam heat to cook food really quickly without drying it out—you can make pretty much everything that you could in a slow cooker (pot roast, pulled pork, lentil stew) in a fraction of the time.

Are instant pots healthier? ›

Instant pot recipes are absolutely healthy as long as what you put in the recipe is healthy,” she says. The shorter cooking time may also result in the greater preservation of vitamins and minerals when compared to other longer types of cooking.

Is the duo plus worth it? ›

It's simple to use and doesn't come with an overwhelming number of preset programs, although this does mean figuring out cooking times and temperatures yourself. The Duo Plus cooks just as well as any other Instant Pot we've tested and comes in three sizes making it a good option no matter the size of your household.

How long to pressure cook meat in Instant Pot? ›

Cook for 20 minutes (per pound of meat) at high pressure for large chunks and 15 minutes (per pound of meat) for small chunks. Use a quick pressure release method.

How long do you cook an 8 lb pork shoulder in the Instant Pot? ›

Cook time may vary if you have a very large roast or don't cut it up. I have cooked a 6 pound, 7 pound, 8 pound, 9 pound and 11 pound pork roast for the same amount of time, 90 minutes, and the meat was perfectly tender. You can cook Instant pot pulled pork from frozen pork roast.

How long does Instant Pot pressure cook take? ›

The Instant Pot will take anywhere from 5-15 minutes to reach pressure. Once it reaches pressure the float valve will pop up, the Instant Pot will beep once, and the cook time will begin to count down from 5 minutes.

How long do you cook pork for per pound? ›

Pre-heat oven to 325F (163C). Bake pork roast in the oven UNCOVERED for approximately 25-30 MINUTES *PER POUND*. Or until internal temperature reaches 155F (68C), rested to a final 160F (71C).

How much water do you put in a pressure cooker? ›

“Jiggle top” cookers need a minimum of one cup of water, while valve cookers need at least half a cup. Put food in the cooker first, then add water. When learning how to use a pressure cooker, make sure the unit is never more than two-thirds full of liquid, so the steam has enough space to accumulate.

How much water do I put in pressure cooker for meat? ›

When you use a pressure cooker, you need to have enough liquid in the pot for it to come up to pressure and cook the food properly. The rule of liquids in pressure cooking is to always add at least 1 cup of liquid unless the recipe states otherwise.

How long should I cook a 9lb pork shoulder? ›

9 pound pork roast: Start with the heat at 450° for 20 minutes, then turn the heat down to 250°F and continue to cook for 8 to 10 hours until the middle of the roast registers 180°F.

How long does it take to cook an 8 and 1/2 pound pork roast? ›

Roast until the internal temperature is at 145°F-160°F. That will take 20-30 minutes per pound at 350F. You should start checking it after 20 minutes per pound, and then every 10-15 minutes after that.

How do you cook pork in a pressure cooker? ›

Add browned pork and any accumulated juices to the pot. Lock lid in place. Select High Pressure and set the cook time for 75 minutes. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker allow the pressure to release naturally (approximately 20 minutes).

How do I know when Instapot is done? ›

Once the Instant Pot is done with Manual / Pressure mode, it will beep so you know it's done. Depending on the recipe, you'll do a natural pressure release (NPR) or quick release (QR). Some recipes – usually with meat or chicken – call for NPR to keep the meat tender.

How long does it take to cook a 2 lb pork? ›

How long does it take to cook 2 pounds of pork? Like I said before Best internal temperature For Pork is between 145-160°F, 30-35 minutes per pound. SO For 2 pounds of pork, you will need 40 -60 minutes at 375°F.

How long does it take to cook a 3 lb piece of pork? ›

A good rule of thumb is to cook pork loin 25 minutes per pound at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). The internal temperature should be at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), so use a thermometer to know when it's done.

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