19 vegan jackfruit recipe ideas that show you how to use canned jackfruit

Author: Rachel Smith

Here are 19 tasty vegan jackfruit recipes that you can make with canned jackfruit to help you make the most of this versatile fruit.

If you’re looking for vegan jackfruit recipe ideas or vegan dinner recipes, you’ve come to the right place.

Jackfruit has become the go-to ingredient for compassionate cooks thanks to its versatile nature which means it can be transformed to replace meat in a wide range of dishes from fishless pies to pulled ‘pork’ burgers.

Most people don’t really think beyond pulled jackfruit, but there are so many different things you can do with it. And the handy thing is, tinned jackfruit can be kept in the cupboard for emergencies, so it’s a real storecupboard staple.

If you’re wondering just what is jackfruit then don’t miss our guide on how to cook it.

 

How do you use canned jackfruit?

Those of us in the UK are unlikely to have to prepare a fresh jackfruit when whipping up meat-free meals as these days it is becoming increasingly common to find tins or vacuum packs of pre-prepared, unripe jackfruit in stores.

If you’re making a savoury dish, try to find unripe jackfruit that has been canned in brine rather than syrup as the fruit will soak up the sugar from the syrup and make your savoury dishes too sweet.

Firstly, you will need to rinse the fruit well before placing it into a tea towel. Wrap the jackfruit up tightly and squeeze to remove as much excess liquid as possible. This will allow the jackfruit to take on more flavour when marinated and helps give it an even meatier texture.

Once you’ve squeezed the jackfruit, remove the hard core at the centre of each bulb. You may also find some seeds remaining in the bulbs so make sure you remove these too.

Next, place the jackfruit into a large bowl and shred the using forks to break apart the bulbs to give it a shredded texture similar to pulled pork.

Now you’ve got to grips with jackfruit, here are 19 of the tastiest vegan jackfruit recipes you can make with canned jackfruit.

1. Vegan Jackfruit Duck Pancakes Recipe

This classic Chinese dish gets a vegan makeover using jackfruit to mimic the texture of duck in these vegan jackfruit duck pancakes. Serve with pancakes, cucumber, spring onion and lashings of Hoisin sauce for an authentic homemade takeaway dinner.

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2. Vegan Smoky BBQ Jackfruit Ribs

Sweet, sticky and smokey, these vegan ribs are made using a clever combination of seitan and jackfruit.

They’re surprisingly realistic and you’ll be licking your fingers to get another taste.

Vegan Smoky BBQ Jackfruit Ribs

3. Vegan Jackfruit ‘Crab Cakes’ with Tartare Sauce

Is there anything jackfruit can’t transform into? We say no! Here it is again, this time it’s masquerading as crab in these yummy crab-free cakes in this enticing jackfruit recipe.

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4. Vegan Teriyaki Jackfruit

Many jackfruit recipes featured pulled jackfruit, but here we’ve kept it in chunks so it can soak up all the delicious teriyaki sauce.

The combination of the sweet teriyaki glaze paired with the savoury fruit is a real treat. Serve it with sticky rice and fresh veggies for an easy and healthy vegan dinner.

Vegan Teriyaki Jackfruit

5. Vegan Curried Jackfruit Tacos with Coriander Mint Chutney

These meat-free tacos draw inspiration from Mexican and Indian cuisine with their refreshing blend of hot and herby flavours. Pairing spicy jackfruit with a cooling chutney, this delicious fusion jackfruit recipe is a must-make.

6. Vegan Fish Pie

This ocean-friendly vegan fish pie recipe has all flavour and texture of a traditional fish pie. We’ve swapped fish for jackfruit to provide a similar flaky texture, while nori adds a fishy flavour. This a great easy jackfruit recipe when the weather gets cold.

Vegan Fish Pie with Jackfruit

7. Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Mayo

Although it’s often used to replace pulled pork, jackfruit can also transform into tuna with a little seasoning. If you need an easy and healthy dinner, give this vegan jackfruit tuna mayo recipe a try.

Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Mayo

8. Vegan Korean Fried Jackfruit Recipe

This vegan Korean fried jackfruit is tossed in a sticky, spicy, sweet and sour Korean-style sauce made with gochujang, a fermented red chilli paste.

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9. Vegan Paprika Jackfruit with Crushed Winter Vegetables & Vegetable Crisps

If you’re hosting a dinner party and looking to impress then this delectable jackfruit recipe is sure to get the party started. Featuring paprika jackfruit stack atop a bed of crushed winter vegetables, it wouldn’t look out of place at a gourmet restaurant!

10. Vegan Jackfruit Christmas Dinner Recipe

Keep turkeys off your plate this Christmas and opt for deliciously seasoned jackfruit for your Christmas dinner instead. Not only is it cruelty-free, but it also more flavoursome and has a more appealing texture than turkey so will be a hit with vegans and meat-eaters alike!

11. Vegan Jackfruit “Tuna Melt” Sandwich Recipe

Jackfruit’s flaky texture makes it the perfect alternative to tuna when you’re craving this classic sandwich filling.

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12. Vegan Jackfruit Fish-Free Tacos Recipe

We need to taco-bout these fish-free tacos because they’re tasty, easy to make and they leave fish where they belong – in the ocean!

13. Vegan Slow Cooker BBQ Jackfruit Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Ideal for a cosy, easy dinner, these slow-stuffed sweet potatoes are healthy comfort food at its best.

14. Vegan Jackfruit Pot Pie

Jackfruit doesn’t just make a great pork replacement, it’s also great in dishes that would traditionally contain chicken such as a pot pie. This one is creamy and delicious and so easy to make.

15. Vegan Grilled Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Pizza with Hemp Seed Cheddar

Take your pizza toppings to the next level with BBQ jackfruit! This vibrant plant-based pizza is smothered with a tangy hemp seed cheddar for extra deliciousness.

16. Vegan Jackfruit ‘Meatball’ Tacos Recipe

Jackfruit makes a great base for meatballs thanks to its meaty texture. Grab some taco shells and pile them high with these meatless meatballs!

17. Vegan Nachos with Barbecue Jackfruit

Party food just went to the next level thanks to jackfruit!

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18. Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Sweet Potato Mac Recipe

This creamy sweet potato mac and cheese recipe is just what the doctor ordered! Slightly smokey, cheesy with just a touch of heat, it’s an absolute must-make.

19. Vegan Jackfruit & Mushroom Gyros with Tzatziki

This Greek-favourite is now vegan-friendly thanks to jackfruit and mushrooms which replace pork perfectly. Load ’em up with onions, lettuce and tomato and wrap them up in a fluffy flatbread for the full Gryros experience.

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Feeling inspired by these vegan jackfruit recipes to try some new ways of replacing meat in your meals?

Why not try these tasty vegan seitan recipes

Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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