Filipino Beef Adobo With Coconut Milk

Total Time
3hrs 40mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs 20 mins

This is from "The Philippine Cookbook". It's a great tasting recipe. My favorite. I think the recipes that use coconut milk have Indonesian influence due to their proximity. This recipe can also be made with pork or chicken.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot combine the first 8 ingredients: beef, vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, bay leaves, peppercorns, ground pepper and sugar.
  2. Let stand for 2 hours (traditional method is room temperature, I put in in the refrigerator).
  3. Bring mixture to a boil then simmer about an hour or until the meat is tender.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet. Use a slotted spoon to spoon out garlic from beef mixture. Add garlic to skillet and cook until brown. Use slotted spoon to add the beef to the skillet with garlic and continue to cook, stirring, until it is browned on all sides.
  5. Add salt or patis to taste and the coconut milk. Add the sauce from the pot that the beef simmered inches Cook for 5 more minutes.
  6. Good served with rice.


Most Helpful

Made this with chicken, which needs less simmer time and maybe a splash of water to make it less vinegary. Otherwise, great twist on a classic.

Cristina D. October 26, 2015

This recipe was great, but the only thing I would do differently is strain the whole black pepper and bay leaves before adding the remainding sauce to the final step. It was annoying, having to bite into these things during the meal. Other than that, great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

ChamoritaMomma August 11, 2007

This is so good! Full of strong wonderful flavors. I've also made your chicken adobo recipe and both versions are wonderful. I served this with a recipe entry from RSC 10, that I will reveal later! Thanks for posting!

pattikay in L.A. August 08, 2007

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