Adobong Pusit Recipe (Squid Adobo)

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What is Adobong Pusit?

Filipino food is known for its big, comforting flavors, but one of the best open secrets to Pinoy ulam dishes is how versatile it is. Take adobo, for instance: aside from chicken and pork adobo, another popular version of this salty-sour dish features squid!

Adobong pusit or squid adobo is a Filipino squid dish that uses the adobo method, which is cooking meat (or in this case, seafood), in a soy-sauce and vinegar mixture. Adobong pusit is such a beloved dish, in fact, that it's one of Yummy.PH readers' top six favorite recipes!

Table of Contents

How to Serve Adobong Pusit

How to Cook Adobong Pusit

Tips to Make the Best Adobong Pusit

Adobong Pusit Storage Tips

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Adobong Pusit Recipe

How to Serve Adobong Pusit

Adobong pusit or squid adobo in a white bowl
Once you're done preparing the squid, it takes only a few minutes to cook adobong pusit!
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Adobong pusit is a well-loved dish for a reason: it combines the savory and sour adobo flavors we love with the tender seafood flavors of squid. It's also quite easy to make, so it isn't unusual to have squid adobo as an ulam for lunch or dinner! As with most Filipino dishes that have a lot of sauce, this flavorful dish is best served with lots of hot steamed rice.

How to Cook Adobong Pusit

The key to cooking irresistibly tender squid adobo is all in how the squid is handled. It's important to clean the pusit properly: peel away the dark outer skin and remove the transparent, plastic-like cartilage inside the body. What gives adobong pusit its distinctly seafood flavor is the ink sac, so make sure not to puncture it when your remove it and set it aside!

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Once the squid is prepared, the process is as straightforward as chicken or pork adobo: saute the garlic and onions in oil, and then add the prepared squid, squid ink, and water. Unlike the adobo recipes that feature meat, however, the time it takes to tenderize the squid is much shorter! As soon as the squid is cooked through, ad the soy sauce and vinegar and let it simmer for 2-3 more minutes. Cooking it down this way will let the water evaporate and the sauce will naturally thicken up when you add the squid ink sacs. Serve warm with hot steamed rice.


Tips to Make Best Adobong Pusit

1 Clean and prepare the squid properly to avoid that rubbery texture.

Aside from cleaning out its spine (that's the plastic-like thing you need to pull out from a whole squid), it's important to peel off the thin, translucent skin from the squid. This purple-brown layer turns rubbery when heated, but removing it is relatively easy if you know how. If you don't, here's a video to help you learn how to properly clean pusit!

2 Don't overcook the squid so it stays soft and tender.

Squid becomes soft as soon as it's cooked through; the longer you boil it after it's cooked, the tougher it will get. How to avoid chewy squid? Raw squid is slightly translucent; as soon as it turns opaquely white, you'll know it's cooked and it's time to take it off the heat. 

How to Store Adobong Pusit

1 It's best to eat adobong pusit right away.

Unlike its chicken and pork counterparts which taste just as good (if not better) overnight, adobong pusit is best eaten as soon as it's cooked because the more times you reheat the squid, the tougher and more rubbery its texture becomes!


2 If you need to store it, adobong pusit can be chilled or frozen.

Adobong pusit can be chilled for 2-3 days if it can be consumed within that time period. Reheating it once or twice more should be fine, but it may get increasingly tougher the more times it is heated. For longer storage, adobong pusit can be frozen for up to 5 days.

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Adobong Pusit Recipe

Prep Time
15 mins 
Cooking Time
15 mins 
Ready In
30 mins 
Cooking Method

Adobong Pusit (Squid Adobo) Ingredients

How to cook Adobong Pusit (Squid Adobo)

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