Instant Pot Pork Adobo


Pressure cooking the pork in the Instant Pot allows for incredible tenderness with lots of flavor. Serve with rice.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound boneless pork roast, cubed

  • 1 medium onion, sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • ½ cup white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Once hot, add oil and pork pieces. Cook until meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Mix in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add water, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and bay leaf; mix to combine. Turn off Saute mode.

  2. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 15 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Remove pork to a medium bowl and keep hot. Pour out half of the liquid and reserve.

  4. Turn on Saute mode again. Stir tapioca starch into remaining hot liquid in the pot to create a slurry. Cook until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Add in reserved liquid if sauce is too thick, 2 tablespoons at a time, or until desired consistency is achieved.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

208 Calories
11g Fat
12g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 208
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 1670mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 290mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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