The Best Filipino Pork Recipes

close up view of a pile of Filipino Ribs on a blue platter
Photo: Pam Ziegler Lutz

If you crave comfort food, and thrill to quick and easy preparations, Filipino recipes are for you. These pork dishes represent some of the best of Filipino cooking. And there's plenty to choose from. The Philippines are comprised of thousands of small islands — so the idea of regional cooking doesn't even begin to explain the situation. Just about every cook has her own signature recipe for adobo, pancit, and other specialties. These are just some of our favorite Filipino recipes with pork as a primary player.

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Pork and Shrimp Pancit

Pork and Shrimp Pancit
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Sautéed noodles combine with shrimp, pork, and bok choy, flavored with onion, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, and red pepper flakes. "Delicious and easy!" says Rayna Jordan.

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Pork Sinigang

Sinagang pork soup
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Here's a classic Filipino soup with pork chops. "Amazing!" raves sd_cutie. "Loved how the soup was salty and tangy! I think this is even better than the sinigang I had at a restaurant! I added baby bok choy instead of green beans."

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Lumpia Mollica

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Crispy fried Filipino egg rolls are filled with seasoned ground pork, onion, carrots, and celery. Make and freeze a big batch so they're always on hand. Bd.weld rates it 5 stars: "This is by far the best lumpia recipe I have tried here on AR."

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Barbecued Pork Kebabs

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These Filipino pork kebabs are marinated in a tangy mixture of sugar, soy sauce, onion, garlic and black pepper. "Very tasty, extremely tender and moist," says csshilling. "I alternated with pineapple on the skewer. Will definitely make again."

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Filipino Lechon (Roasted Pork Leg)

Filipino Lechon Kawali
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"Lechon is a national dish in the Philippines -- pork leg is roasted in the oven very slowly, resulting in very moist and tasty meat," says lola. "It is served with Lechon Sauce for special occasions."

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Filipino Ribs

looking at a plate of Filipino ribs
Pam Ziegler

"Pork spareribs are glazed with the sweet, tangy taste of the Philippines," says CHRISTYJ. "One of the ingredients, star anise, is native to China; it is a star-shaped, dark brown pod that contains a pea-sized seed in each of its eight segments."

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Mongo Guisado (Mung Bean Soup)

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With this hearty Filipino soup, mung beans are simmered in chicken broth with prawns and diced pork. Nancy30 rates it 5 stars: "Om my gosh --excellent! I've never cooked mung beans before, always just sprouted them. I had no idea how delicious they are -- they look like lentils when cooked but taste like black eye peas. May be one of my new favorite soups!"

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Chopped pork loin and shrimp are stir-fried and combined with lots of veggies: garlic, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, okra, green beans, eggplant, and bitter melon. "I loved this dish!" raves Ann Marie Natal. "The blend of vegetables and cooking method used here resulted in a hearty dish. Very lovely flavors."

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Pork Afritada

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Tracey Ferrari Posner

Elegant enough for special occasions, this Filipino stew features pork, liver, potatoes, garlic, and bell peppers cooked in a rich tomato base.

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Josabeth Comandante

"The combination of chicken, prawns, and ham in coconut milk with sweet rice and curry powder gives this Filipino dish distinctive flavor," says lola.

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Empanada Pork Filling

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These Filipino empanadas are filled with ground pork, onions, peas, carrots, potato, and raisins. "This pork filling can be made way ahead of time to shorten the preparation time for these Filipino empanadas," says lola. "Use my recipe for empanada dough."

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Filippino Lechon Kawali

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Lechon kawali, crispy pan-fried pork belly, is a tasty Filipino dish with flavors of garlic and bay leaves. "This was very easy to make," says Frannie Moore. "It turned out perfect!"

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