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Hearty, tasty, and loaded with garlicky flavors, it’s perfect with steamed rice.
Adobo sa Gata in a skillet
Adobo sa Gata

Guys, no new recipe today, just another oldie but goodie from our archive. I do have a Puto Lanson recipe and an exciting giveaway lined up, but tomorrow is G’s birthday and I want to be up bright and early to make him a special breakfast. I can’t stay up too late tonight to write my usual long posts so I am updating this adobo sa gata instead and will head to bed right after 🙂

I first published this ginataang adobo in November 2013 and it remains to this day one of my most popular recipes for a good reason. It is pork adobo made extra special with coconut milk and chili peppers!

Pork adobo with coconut milk in a pan


What is Adobo

Adobo is not so much a kind of dish but more of a type of cooking process which involves meat, seafood or vegetables stewed in vinegar and garlic. Preparation and secondary ingredients such as onions, peppers, bay leaves, turmeric, pineapple, fish sauce, and soy sauce may vary from one household to another, from one region to the next.

Adobo sa gata is a delicious nashville filipino food take on this Filipino favorite wherein pork cubes are braised in the traditional marinade and then finished off with coconut milk and chilies for a scrumptious viand that’s both rich and boldly flavored.

Adobong Baboy sa gata in a skillet

Tips on How to Make Adobo sa Gata

  • As the addition of coconut milk makes the dish extra rich and creamy, I suggest a leaner cut such as pork shoulder over the fattier pork belly.
  • For a smoother sauce, cook at a simmer and do not allow the coconut milk to come to a rolling boil lest it curdles and separates.
  • If you want to temper the heat, scrape the seeds and veins from the chili peppers before chopping.

Give this creamy adobo a try for dinner tonight and let me know what you think. Make sure to check back here tomorrow for our monthly giveaway! Goodnight 🙂

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Adobo sa Gata in a skillet
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Adobo sa Gata with pork braised in soy sauce, vinegar, coconut milk, and spices. Hearty, tasty, and loaded with garlicky flavors, it's perfect with steamed rice.

Course:Main Entree
Keyword:adobo sa gata, adobong baboy sa gata, pork adobo with coconut milk
Servings: 4Servings
Calories: 485kcal
Author: Lalaine
  • 2poundspork shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1headgarlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2teaspoonpeppercorns
  • 2bay leaves
  • 1cupwater
  • 1/2cupvinegar
  • 1/4cupsoy sauce
  • 1tablespooncanola oil
  • 1cupcoconut milk
  • 4Thai chili peppers, stemmed and chopped
  • salt to taste
  1. In a pot over medium heat, combine pork, onions, garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves, water, vinegar and soy sauce. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, skimming scum that floats on top.

  2. Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until meat is tender. Drain meat. Reserve the aromatics and 1 cup of the liquid.

  3. In a wide pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add meat and aromatics and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.

  4. Add reserved liquid, coconut milk, and chili peppers. Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until meat is completely cooked and sauce is reduced and thickened.

  5. Season with salt to taste. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts
Adobo sa Gata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 485Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 950mg40%
Potassium 1225mg35%
Total Carbohydrates 11g4%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 55g110%
Vitamin A8.6%
Vitamin C84.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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