Adobo is a cooking technique that involves cooking meat, seafood, or vegetables in a sauce made up of vinegar, soy sauce, black pepper corns, and bay leaves. The flavors that you get are deeply savory and tangy—and you can use this sauce to cook almost anything.
Here are 10 delicious adobo recipes that you absolutely have to try at home. While the classic and simple chicken and pork adobo is great in itself, these recipes are adobo variations that include fun ingredients like gata or coconut milk, turmeric, atsuete, and more. We included vegetarian-friendly recipes here, too!
1 Adobo Chicken Wings
Place chicken wings over hot coals and baste them in an adobo marinade.
2 Adobo sa Atsuete or Red Adobo
The extra flavor in this dish comes from atsuete seeds and lots of garlic.
3 Stuffed Squid Adobo
Stuff the squid with whatever you want: crabmeat, shrimp, or pork make great options.
4 Beef Ribs Adobo sa Gata
Tender beef ribs and coconut milk? What a treat!
5 Adobo sa Dilaw or Yellow Chicken Adobo
Add a dose of healthy fresh turmeric to your classic chicken adobo.
6 Adobong Tokwa
This peppery adobo sauce will upgrade crunchy tofu in an instant.
7 Adobong Sugpo sa Taba ng Talangka
Have you tried mixing adobo sauce and taba ng talangka flavors? Yum!
8 Adobo sa Buko
Coconut water and coconut meat can make your adobo sweet and tender.
9 Tofu and Mushroom Adobo
Going meatless? Use firm tokwa and chunky shiitake mushrooms!
10 Pork Adobo Paksiw
Mix pork adobo with lechon paksiw for the ultimate lunchtime ulam.