Top 12 Amazingly Delicious Filipino Adobo Dishes

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Everybody has been so fond of eating. We bet you would not want to contradict with that. Even on occasions, Filipinos never fail to cook food to celebrate. And one thing that we cannot live without is Adobo. It has been one of the trademark of Filipino Cuisine. And yes, it is one of Filipino favorites. 

Did you know that there are a lot of twists you can do with Adobo that will surely make you want to cook and eat the said dish often? If you want to know more about the different adobo styles that you may want to try at home then we suggest for you to read on.

1. Pork Adobo 

The classic pork adobo consists of pork slices combined with other ingredients such as garlic, soy sauce and vinegar. The said dish is very popular in the Philippines because it is one of the Filipino’s cooking pride and probably one of family’s favorite in picnics and any time of the day. This can be done with or without onions as long as the primary ingredients are there. 


  • 2 lbs pork shoulder or pork belly (cut into bite-size pieces) 
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup water or more as needed
  • 1 tbsp honey or brown sugar

How to make Pork Adobo? 

Prepare your ingredients on a table. Group them according to their type: main ingredients to condiments. You can also put every ingredient according to their order for cooking. 

  1. Heat oil in a large cooking pan and add pork pieces once the oil is heated. 
  2. Wait until the meat is already brown and add the garlic. 
  3. Saute garlic for a minute or two. 
  4. Add secondary ingredients such as soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf, pepper and water.
  5. Wait for the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes. 
  6. Cover your adobo and wait for the meat to become tender. (Watch it carefully. Don’t let it dry out.) Add water ½ cup at a time several times until pork meat is tender and the desired amount of sauce has been reached. 
  7. Add brown sugar and stir. 
  8. Serve and enjoy your adobo dish. (Suggestion: add steamed rice for more delicious outcome eating)

2. Chicken Adobo 

Perfect side dish of all the chicken lovers out there! Like it’s pork counterpart, Chicken adobo is braised in vinegar, soy sauce and garlic. This can be cooked in a few minutes so it is the perfect “ulam” at home. This Filipino dish will make your tummy crave for more of this. Partner it with steamed rice and you’ll definitely love it more.   


  • 2 lbs chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 3 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 8 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorn

How to make Chicken Adobo?

  1. Combine the chicken thighs, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves in a large pot or cooking pan. 
  2. Bring the combined ingredients, covered on the refrigerator and let it marinate from one to three hours. 
  3. Ready the cooking pan or pot and heat the oil 
  4. Saute the garlic and onions and wait for them to become brown. 
  5. Add the chicken once the oil is heated. 
  6. Cover the cooking pan or pot and let it simmer. 
  7. Lower the heat and again, cover the cooking pan or pot for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. 
  8. Remove the lid and simmer again for 20 to 30 minutes. Wait until the sauce is reduced and thickened. Make sure that the chicken is tender.  


3. Yellow Adobo

Yellow Adobo is a Filipino dish which is originally made from Taal, Batangas. The dish was packed with meat, seafood and vegetables. To make it yummier, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar and bay leaves were also added to the dish. People love this dish because it implies that Adobo can come in different colors and can be healthy too with the present of turmeric wherein it is also known as an effective ingredient in preventing heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and an anti-oxidant to beat arthritis and depression. 


  • 2 lbs sliced pork 
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • 1 minced small yellow onion
  • 1 sliced knob turmeric
  • 6 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 4 dried leaves 
  • 1 piece pork or beef cube/ 2 teaspoons of beef powder
  • ½ teaspoon of granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of peppercorn
  • 3 tablespoons of cooking oil 

How to cook Yellow Adobo? 

  1. Heat the oil in a large cooking pot. 
  2. Put in and saute the garlic. Wait until it is brown. 
  3. Add the onion and saute it for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  4. Put in sliced turmeric, bay leaves and peppercorn. Cook for 10 to 20 seconds. 
  5. Cook and stir the pork until it is brown. 
  6. Put in the pork cube or beef powder 
  7. Add water and let it boil. 
  8. Cover the pot and simmer for 35 to 45 minutes. Add water if necessary. 
  9. Pour in vinegar, cover the pot and re-boil
  10. Stir and add some sugar. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  11. Serve and share your dish. Enjoy! 

4. Crispy Shrimp Adobo 

Crispy Shrimp Adobo is one of the most delicious dishes with a twist. This dish balances every flavor particularly its sourness and savory flavor. Try to top this dish on rice and you will probably love its uniqueness. Literally perfect for seafood lovers. This can also be eaten as a main dish or can be used as “Pulutan”. 


  • 1 lb shrimp with head intact
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry or rum
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 5 pieces of dried bay leaves
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  •  ½ tablespoon of whole peppercorn

How to cook Shrimp Adobo? 

  1. Combine vinegar, rum and minced garlic, soy sauce and ground black pepper in a large bowl. Mix well. 
  2. Combine AP flour and cornstarch. Mix well and set aside. 
  3. Put the shrimp in the bowl and marinade for at least 30 minutes. 
  4. Heat the cooking oil in a deep cooking pot. 
  5. Put the entire bay leaves and whole peppercorn in the hot oil. 
  6. Remove the shrimp from the marinade. Dredge the shrimp into the flour and cornstarch mixture. Mix gently. 
  7. Deep fry the shrimp for five to 10 minutes. Wait until the texture becomes crisp. 
  8. Arrange your crispy shrimp adobo on a plate. 
  9. Serve and enjoy! 

5. Fish Adobo 

If we have chicken and pork adobo which showcases the fish in a savory way. In preparing this dish, you have to use Filipino way by cooking it with soy sauce, garlic and vinegar. The dish is very easy to prepare and only has minimal instructions to follow. You can also have it as your main dish and can be perfect if you are trying a new twist of adobo dish. 


  • 2 lbs round scad, gutted and cleaned galunggong
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 to 5 dried bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon whole pepper corn
  • 5 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of salt

How to cook Fish Adobo? 

  1. Rub salt onto the fish including the inner cavity 
  2. Heat oil in the cooking pot. 
  3. Put the fish in the cooking pot. 
  4. Pour in water and soy sauce. Boil it. 
  5. Add garlic, peppercorn and bay leaves. Cook it uncovered for  5-7 minutes. 
  6. Pour in vinegar, cover and re-boil. Cook in medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes and until the liquid reduces. 
  7. Serve your Fish adobo and enjoy eating. 

6. Adobong Pusit

Cooking of Adobong Pusit does not differ from other adobo styles. The only difference is that it brings uniqueness that will surely have your mouth watery. One thing that you have to look forward to is the boiling of the pusit once a wide array of flavors have been added to the dish because this will surely bring an awesome taste!


  • 2 lbs. Medium sized squid (cleaned and ink free) 
  • 1 piece diced large onion
  • 2 pieces diced medium sized tomatoes
  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • 1 piece diced large onions
  • ½ cup of vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt 
  • pepper
  • 2 tablespoon of cooking oil 

How to cook Adobong Pusit? 

  1. Heat a wok or cooking pot. 
  2. Pour vinegar, soy sauce and water. Let it boil. 
  3. Add the squid and wait for it to boil. Simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. 
  4. Turn off the heat and separate the squid from the liquid. 
  5. Pour in cooking oil on a separate wok of cooking pot then apply heat 
  6. See if the oil is hot. Saute the garlic, onions and tomatoes. 
  7. Put in the squid and cook for a few seconds. 
  8. Pour in soy sauce, vinegar, water mixture that was used to cook the squid firs, 
  9. Boil and simmer for 4 minutes. 
  10. Add the ink, salt, ground black pepper and sugar. 
  11. Stir and simmer for 3 minutes. 
  12. Serve, share and enjoy your Adobong Pusit.

7. Adobong Kangkong

Remember when our parents and health practitioners always tell us to eat healthy? If you are one of those people who hate veggies because of their dull flavor then Adobong Kangkong is perfect for you. Adobong Kangkong highlights the flavor of the main ingredient when mixed with soy sauce, vinegar and garlic. Try this with steamed rice while savoring every bit of it.


  • 1 bunch spinach kangkong, leaves separated and stalks chopped in 1 inch length 
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • ⅛ cup of vinegar
  • 1 chopped and crushed head garlic
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil 
  • Salt 
  • pepper 

How to cook Adobong Kangkong?

  1. Heat the oil in the cooking pot. 
  2. Once the oil is heated, put in the garlic and wait until it is brown. 
  3. Pour soy sauce, vinegar and water in the cooking pot. Let it boil.
  4. Add the Kangkong stalks and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  5. Add salt and pepper and stir. 
  6. Put the Kangkong leaves. Stir for 30 to 60 seconds. Make sure that the ingredients were mixed and absorbed well. 
  7. Serve and enjoy your Adobong Kangkong. 

8. Adobong Sitaw

Adobong Sitaw is a vegetable dish yet cooked in adobo style. If you are part of the vegan club, you might want to try this dish. Try this unique variety of adobo mixture and experience its savory flavor. However, you can also add pork if you wished to. Partner this with rice and have yourself a healthy and balanced dish. 


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium chopped onion 
  • 1 lb of pork belly or shoulder (cut into strips)
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of white vinegar to taste
  • 1 ½ lbs cut to 2 inches string beans (ends discarded)
  • Salt 
  • Pepper

How to cook Adobong Sitaw?

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet. (medium heat)  
  2. Add the garlic and onions. Saute for approximately 3 minutes or until the onions are soft. 
  3. Put in pork and saute it until it is no longer pink.
  4. Add water and ½ teaspoon salt
  5. Boil and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes. Time may exceed if the pork pieces are not yet tendered.
  6.  Add soy sauce, vinegar and string beans. 
  7. Cover and simmer until the string beans are tendered. 
  8. Adjust seasoning by adding more vinegar, salt and pepper. 
  9. Serve your Adobong sitaw and enjoy eating. 

9. Adobong Kambing 

Want to try something new other than pork, chicken and vegetable dish while also following the adobo style of cooking? Then, you should try cooking adobong kambing which is very convenient and easy to cook. Treat yourself with a tenderized goat meat filled with soy sauce and vinegar which will surely make you crave for more!


  • 1 kilo of goat meat
  • 1 piece slivered ginger
  • ½ shredded head garlic
  • 2 pieces chopped onion
  • 5 pieces red chili pepper siling labuyo 
  • 2 pieces laurel leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorn 
  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • ½ cup of water
  • Cooking oil 

How to cook Adobong Kambing? 

  1. Put the goat meat in a large cooking pot and boil to remove goat odor. 
  2. Cook the goat meat and wait for it to become tender. 
  3. Remove the meat from the pot and deep fry for 10 minutes. 
  4. Drain and transfer the meat in a bowl. Set aside.
  5. Provide another empty pot. Put soy sauce, vinegar, water, pepper and shredded garlic. Simmer the fried goat until it becomes tender. 
  6. Remove the goat meat and place it in a bowl. 
  7. Set aside the soy sauce, vinegar and garlic mixture where you cooked the goat meat. 
  8. Saute garlic in a clean pan. Put the goat meat and stir-fry for 4 to 5 minutes. 
  9. Pour a little bit of the soy sauce, vinegar and garlic mixture in the pan. 
  10. Add the shredded chili peppers, onion and laurel leaves. Simmer until the liquid has evaporated and the sauce becomes very thick. 
  11. Transfer your Adobong Kambing to a plate. 
  12. Serve and enjoy! 

10. Adobong Tahong 

Don’t know what to have for lunch and dinner? No worries because Adobong Tahong is here to help you with that. With its simplicity yet filled with ingredients that will surely have your tummy stumble, you will surely love this. Do some magic and turn your tahong into a more tasty dish by cooking in an adobo style. 


  • 1 lb cleaned and shell-free mussels
  • 3 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 4 pieces of dried bay leaves
  • ½ tablespoon of whole peppercorn
  • 2 tablespoons of toasted garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Salt 

How to cook Adobong Tahong?

  1. Heat the oil in a cooking pot. 
  2. Put in the crushed garlic and whole peppercorn. Cook until the garlic turns light brown. 
  3. Add the mussels. Stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. 
  4. Put in the bay leaves, soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of toasted garlic. Boil and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. 
  5. Add salt to taste. 
  6. Transfer to a serving plate. 
  7. Add some toppings (toasted garlic)
  8. Serve, share and enjoy! 

11. Chicken Feet Adobo

If you love Chicken, then you must know that another Chicken part that Filipinos love is Chicken Feet. What more if you turn this to adobo? Isn’t that tastier? Chicken Feet is not gross nor exotic as anyone thinks. It is one of the most popular ingredient in the Philippines. Experience the goodness of this dish by trying it on your homes or even making it as a business.


  • 1 lb cleaned chicken feet
  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of whole peppercorn
  • 3 pieces of dried Thai Chili
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 to 4 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 5 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 18 tablespoons of cooking oil 

How to cook Chicken Feet Adobo? 

  1. Heat cooking pot and pour in 16 tablespoons of cooking oil. 
  2. Once the oil is heated, fry the chicken feet until its color turns light brown. 
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil on a separated clean pot. 
  4. Saute garlic and dried chili. 
  5. Put in fried chicken feet, soy sauce and water. Let it boil. 
  6. Add the dried bay leaves, whole pepper corn, oyster sauce, salt and sugar. 
  7. Stir and simmer until chicken feet become tender. Add water if necessary. 
  8. Add vinegar. Stir and cook for 5 minutes or more. 
  9. Turn off heat and transfer to a plate. 
  10. Serve and enjoy eating your Chicken Feet adobo. 

12. Adobong Isaw

You might find yourself eating isaw on the streets. Did you ever wonder why this kind of street food lasts longer? It’s because people love it. And we are sure that you will even love it once it is filled with soy sauce and vinegar. Do not miss the experience of tasting Adobong Isaw. One of the best street food and is definitely affordable for everybody. 


  • 2 lbs pig or cow’s small intestine 
  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of vinegar
  • 6 crushed cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of cooking rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon of whole peppercorn
  • 6 pieces dried Thai Chili
  • 4 ½ cups of water
  • 3 teaspoons of salt
  • 4 pieces of dried bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of cooking oil 

How to cook Adobong Isaw? 

  1. Pour 4 cups of water in a cooking pot. Apply heat and let boil 
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of salt, 2 pieces of dried bay leaves and cooking wine. 
  3. Put in the small intestine and simmer until it becomes tender. 
  4. Remove the tender intestines and turn off heat. 
  5. Cut the intestine into 2 inches length and set aside. 
  6. Heat a wok or frying pan.
  7. Pour in cooking oil into the pan. 
  8. Saute garlic and dried chili
  9. Put in the intestine and cook for a minute. 
  10. Add the whole pepper corn, bay leaves, soy sauce, vinegar and ½ cup of water. Let it boil. 
  11. Stir the mixture and add salt and sugar. 
  12. Cover the pan simmer for 15 minutes or more until the liquid evaporates. 
  13. Serve, share and enjoy!

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