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Beef Adobo

Authentic Filipino beef adobo – simmered in a delicious sauce of soy sauce and vinegar. A great dish to serve over rice!

  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Units Scale

1/2 kg beef, cut into serveable pieces
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns
1/4 cup brown sugar
Salt to taste
1/4 cup cooking oil
3 tablespoons banana ketchup (optional)
1 tablespoon cornstarch diluted in 1/4 cup water (optional)


In a large bowl, combine together the beef, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, and sugar. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add the marinated beef and cook until lightly browned.
Add the marinade and enough water to cover the beef. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the beef is tender.
Add more water, if needed, to prevent the sauce from drying out.
Once the beef is cooked, add the banana ketchup and stir in the diluted cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
Season with salt, to taste. Simmer for a few minutes more.
Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve hot with steamed rice.


Make sure to simmer the beef in low heat. Avoid boiling in high heat to prevent the beef from becoming dry and tough.
Banana ketchup is an optional ingredient, but it adds a nice flavor to the dish. It can usually be found in Filipino or Asian markets.

  • Author: Ava-May Thomson
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1.5 hours
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Filipino
  • Diet: Halal


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 1000mg
  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 20g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 150mg

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