Instant Pot Pork Adobo is the most delicious Filipino Adobo recipe that will delight you with a deliciously juicy melting-in-your-mouth boneless pork that is drenched with a delicious sauce that will leave your mouth watering. This Instant Pot Pork Adobo is delicious and easy to prepare. Make sure to follow the steps.

Pork Adobo cooked quickly and simply in the instant pot. Filled with garlic and savory flavors This Filipino Pork stew tastes delicious with rice steamed and is sure to become a favorite of the family.


Adobo in the Filipino style is a kind of food where pork or chicken or other vegetables are cooked in a mix of vinegar, garlic, onions, and soy sauce. Traditional seasonings include bay leaves and pepper, salt, and sugar if a hint of sweetness is required. Although it’s made from just a few common ingredients, it’s extremely flavorful.

Filipino Adobo is typically made from pork or chicken. It is also possible to make adobo using other meats.

The meat of your choice is slow and low-cooked in the marinade until it is tender and the sauce is generally reduced. The hearty stew is typically served with white rice that has been steamed to eat lunch or dinner, and garlic bits fried as an alternative garnish.

Why Use An Instant Pot?

Instant pot have become very well-known in the world of food in the last couple of years. I’ve seen many classic recipes that were remade with the help of an instant pot. The purpose of this gadget in the kitchen is to cook your meals in a shorter amount of time, which I believe is practical particularly when you are pressed for time.

One of the things I like about cooking in an Instant Pot apart from the fact that it allows me to cook fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs cooked in just 25 minutes or delicious spaghetti recipe without boiling another pot of water, is the fact that I get to relish meat stews that normally require hours to cook in half the time.

Instant Pot has taken many households by storm and become a well-known kitchen appliance. It’s a pressure cooker that reduces cooking time. It’s amazing.


  • A simple list of ingredients that are easy to find
  • Hands-off cooking technique
  • It’s not that difficult to prepare – simply mix the ingredients in your Instant Pot
  • A perfect balance of salty and sweet. 
  • Delicious leftovers!


This Instant Pot Pork Adobo recipe is made up of only 9 ingredients and none of them are hard to find. We would recommend using Filipino cane sugar vinegar, however, it can be substituted with white vinegar if cannot find it.

Pork cuts: You can make use of any pork cuts that you have in your fridge. The fattier the better. Below are among our top cuts for making Instant Pot Adobo.

  • Pork Belly:This is a real winner. It is extremely soft and melts completely into your mouth.
  • Pork Butt:This is turning out to be meaty, and at the same time , fatty.
  • Pork Loin:Easy to over cook, but once cooked properly, it is so tender.

Soy sauce: Traditional Filipino adobo uses Filipino soy sauce. In this instant pot pork adobo recipe, I’ve used the low sodium soy sauce which can be purchased at any supermarket. Soy sauce with a lower sodium content is necessary to ensure that the meat doesn’t get too salty.

Garlic: It’s an ingredient in the flavor that is traditional.

Vinegar: I’ve had many recipe readers give me feedback, and I’m here to dispel any doubts. I have used Filipino vinegar for my cooking and have not had any issues. However, I’ve had some feedback from people who have tried the apple cider vinegar.

After conducting a test on my own I strongly suggest that you stay away from this substitution. If you plan to make use of substitute vinegar, choose the white vinegar alternative. Apple cider vinegar has been known to produce an extremely strong flavor and strange texture.

However, you could make use of apple cider or rice vinegar if you want.

Bay leaves: Remove them when you’ve finished cooking and put them aside.

Brown sugar: Some adobo recipes include sugar, but sometimes they do not. I prefer adding two teaspoons of brown sugar to offset the vinegar and salty flavors. You can use white sugar in the event that you need to

Whole peppercorns: Whole peppercorns are required to make this recipe. Ground black pepper won’t yield the same results. The peppercorns soften when they cook, so you can eat them all and you don’t have to take them out.

Slurry of water and cornstarch: mixing the cornstarch and color water before mixing it into the sauce can help to thicken it so that it’s not as watery.


The recipe for this dish is similar for the skillet as well as the Instant Pot. The most important aspect of this instant pot pork adobo is the pork being allowed to cook within the sauce until it is extremely tender. Using the Instant Pot, you just need to cook for 35 minutes.

Begin with cutting your pork into smaller pieces that are approximately 2 inches square. Place the pieces in the bowl along with the garlic. After that, sprinkle them by adding salt and pepper.

Switch on the saute mode in your Instant Pot. Incorporate oil into the pot. Once the oil is hot add the pork and cook it on both sides for about 5 minutes. It isn’t necessary to cook it through. Simply sear it.

Switch off saute mode and allow the pot to cool for about a minute before pouring the liquids into it.

Add the vinegar, soy sauce, and water. Scrape any browned bits off the surface of the pan. Add the bay leaves as well as the brown sugar and peppercorns to the pot.

Set the instant pot to Pressure Cook at the highest setting for about 35 minutes. When the cooking time is over, allow the cooker to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Then end with a quick manual release. Take the pork out.

The sauce will be liquid, and it is possible to thicken it using corn starch. To do this, switch to the saute setting again and bring the sauce back to a boil. Mix the cornstarch with water in an individual bowl before pouring it into the instant pot. Stir until it is well-mixed. Cook the sauce until it has been reduced to half and slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.

Instant Pot Pork Adobo tips

  • While cooking, you should not stir a mixture that has vinegar in it. Let it boil first and then stir it.
  • The longer time you simmer the sauce at the end results in more flavorful and darker meat.

What do you serve with Instant Pot Pork Adobo?

You can prepare Pork Adobo and serve it with white cooked rice, or potato mash.

We especially love it with rice. So yum!

How to store?

After cooling, put it inside an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last for three to four days.

Instant Pot Pork Adobo

Instant Pot Pork Adobo

Instant Pot Pork Adobo recipe is succulent and tender. It's an easy and quick dinner recipe that is delicious even during the week. A few ingredients are all you need to make this a perfect meal.
prep time
5 mins
cooking time
35 mins
5 mins
total time
1 hour


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder skin and fat removed

  • 2 cloves garlic chopped

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup Filipino cane sugar vinegar or white vinegar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon cold water



Let's start

Slice the meat into cubes approximately 2" square. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Switch on your Instant Pot on the saute mode.

Next step - preparation!

Add oil to the inside of the pot. Once hot add the pork and cook for about 5 minutes. Switch off the saute mode, and let the pot cool for about 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce, vinegar and water. Scrape any bits of browned pork off on the inside of the pot. Then add the peppercorns along with the bay leaves, brown sugar to the pot.

And now!

Set your instant pot to Pressure Cook on high for about 35 mins. When the cooking duration is completed, let the instant pot naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes. After that, end the process with a quick release. Take the pork out of the pot.


Set to the Saute setting again, then bring the sauce to a boil. Mix the cornstarch with water in one bowl before pouring this mixture into your Instant Pot. Mix to combine. Boil the sauce until it's reduced to half and slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.




It takes about 5 minutes for the pot to come up to pressure and take 10 minutes to depressurize.