19 vegan jackfruit recipes you can make with canned jackfruit that taste so meaty

Author: Rachel Smith

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Here are the best 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 plant-based 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 so many creative vegan recipes to try. And the handy thing is, tinned jackfruit can be kept in the cupboard for emergencies, so it’s a real store cupboard 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.

When making savoury jackfruit recipes, make sure you use unripe jackfruit that has been canned in brine rather than syrup otherwise your dishes will be too sweet. Photo © Ralf via Adobe Stock

When making savoury jackfruit recipes, make sure you use unripe jackfruit that has been canned in brine rather than syrup otherwise your dishes will be too sweet. Photo © Ralf via Adobe Stock


How do you make jackfruit taste good?

Jackfruit does not have a strong flavour so takes on the flavours of whatever marinade you marinade or cook it with.

To ensure your jackfruit is bursting with flavour, ideally you will leave it soaking in your favourite marinade overnight. However, if you’re short on time then marinate it in sauce for a minimum of 15 minutes.

The longer you leave your jackfruit to marinate, the tastier it will be. Now you know how to cook jackfruit, give it a try with these vegan jackfruit recipes.


Now you’ve got to grips with jackfruit, here are some delicious vegan jackfruit recipes you can make with canned jackfruit.

1. Vegan Jackfruit Duck Pancakes

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

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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. Quick Vegan Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Burger

You’ve probably heard all about the delights of pulled jackfruit, so now is your chance to try it for yourself with this easy vegan pulled BBQ jackfruit burger.

The sweetness of the jackfruit and BBQ sauce are a winning combination paired with the tangy vegan coleslaw.

Vegan Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Burger

6. 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.

7. 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

8. 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

9. Vegan Pulled Jackfruit & Coleslaw Sandwich

Pulled jackfruit isn’t just great for vegan burgers, it makes a wicked tasty vegan sandwich filling too. Pair it with creamy vegan coleslaw for a tasty vegan lunch you’ll look forward to all morning.

Vegan Pulled Jackfruit & Coleslaw Sandwich

10. Jackfruit Vegan “Tuna” and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad

Recreate the delights of a tuna pasta salad by harnessing the power of jackfruit in this tasty vegan lunch recipe. It’s got all the elements of the classic salad, including crunchy sweetcorn, red onion and a dollop of homemade mayo that makes for an irresistible vegan tuna pasta salad.

Jackfruit Vegan “Tuna” and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad

11. Vegan Korean Fried Jackfruit

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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12. Vegan One-Pot Curry with Jackfruit

This jackfruit curry is flavoured with a medley of health-boosting spices to pack it with flavour and nutrients. Plus, it’s great to make when you’re short on time as it’s ready in just 40 minutes!

Vegan One-Pot Curry with Jackfruit

13. 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!

14. Vegan Jackfruit BBQ Beans in a Sweet Potato Jacket with Slaw

The sweetness of the sweet potato is the perfect pairing for the tangy BBQ beans and creamy slaw in this super healthy vegan dinner. It’s a great way to use canned jackfruit as you can make the bean mixture and slaw the day before if you need to prep ahead for the next day.

Vegan Jackfruit BBQ Beans in a Sweet Potato Jacket with Slaw

15. Vegan Jackfruit Christmas Dinner

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!

Vegan Christmas Dinner with stuffing and roast veggies

16. Vegan Jackfruit ‘Tuna Melt’ Sandwich

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

Vegan 'Tuna Melt' Sandwich

17. 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.

Vegan 'Chicken' Pot Pie

18. Vegan Nachos with Barbecue Jackfruit

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

Vegan BBQ Nachos with Jalapenos and vegan cheese

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.

Vegan Mushroom Gyros with Tzatziki

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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