Meaning of adobo in English:


Pronunciation /əˈdəʊbəʊ/


mass noun
  • 1A Filipino dish of chicken or pork stewed in vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, bay leaves, and peppercorns.

    ‘The Philippine Embassy ladies will participate in the mela and introduce everyone to cuisine like chicken adobo, garlic rice, pancit or vegetarian and non-vegetarian noodles, Philippine chicken barbecue and other delicacies.’
    • ‘In the Philippines, nipa vinegar is used to prepare chicken adobo and paksiw.’
    • ‘I tried the Thai green curry, Filipino adobo and Malaysian satay; all delicious.’
    • ‘These days he gives some squid to friends and uses the rest to make a traditional Philippine dish called adobo, with squid marinated in vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, bay leaves, and crushed peppercorns, then cooked and served with rice.’
    • ‘From the main dishes, there's lots to choose from, but I'd definitely recommend checking out the adobo, the flagship dish of Filipino cuisine: tender chunks of pork cooked in soy sauce, vinegar and bay leaves.’
    • ‘Everybody, except Sandara who was busy eating some adobo, looked at Hero strangely.’
    • ‘To prepare the chicken (both for the adobo and for the soup), the first step is to boil the chicken breasts in a lot of water.’
    1. 1.1The marinade in which adobo is cooked.
      ‘There are three salads and then several Oriental Specialties including a Filipino adobo braised pork spare ribs.’
      • ‘Meat is often marinated in a seasoning mixture known as adobo, which is made from lemon, garlic, pepper, salt, and other spices.’
  • 2

    (also adobo sauce)
    A paste or marinade made from chilli peppers, vinegar, herbs, and spices, used in Mexican cooking to flavour meat or fish.

    ‘It is large enough to serve as lunch for two or three, and luxuriously flavoured with pork adobo and with chilli.’
    • ‘The adobo marinade may be used to marinate raw meat for up to twenty-four hours before grilling or roasting.’
    • ‘Grilled flank steak is marvelously roast-beefy, sinewy and heady with adobo spice.’
    • ‘If you don't have adobo seasoning (found in Latin markets and some supermarkets), use 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon dried red chile flakes.’
    • ‘Plump shrimp empanadas, fried dark as copper, get heat from adobo and sweetness from pineapple.’
    • ‘Food in the two restaurants - the poolside Ketsi and the more formal Aramara - is wonderful, featuring healthy Nuevo Latino (mango-and-chili-glazed shrimp; adobo veal chops) cuisine.’
    • ‘Or you can season the meat as they do in Jalisco, Mexico, with a tangy adobo rub of paprika, herbs, and vinegar.’
    • ‘If you can only find whole chipotles, puree 2-3 peppers along with some adobo in a blender to proceed with this recipe.’
    • ‘Thus, the Thanksgiving turkey is done with adobo, a local seasoning mix.’


Spanish, literally ‘marinade’.