10 Vegan Jackfruit Recipes To Replace Your Favorite Meat Dishes

Have you tried jackfruit? This versatile ingredient has a remarkably similar texture to pulled pork, chicken or duck. These fruits are big and prickly on the outside, but they have tender, juicy flesh once opened. When cooked, the flesh has a shredded, meaty texture.

Ripe jackfruit can be eaten raw or cooked, but the stringy, green, unripe jackfruit is most useful vegan meat recipes. Looking for some new innovative plant-based recipes? We’ve got you covered with this creative list.

10 Vegan Jackfruit Recipes To Replace Your Favorite Meat Dishes

1. Jackfruit Thai Curry

Use jackfruit instead of chicken in your next Thai curry. | How I Saved My Thyroid

If chicken curry is something you crave, or are potentially missing, jackfruit Thai curry delivers all the flavours and texture of a meat-based curry but without any of the actual meat. This recipe goes down a hit at family meals, and is devoured by any green curry-lover.

You can find this recipe here.

2. Jackfruit ‘Crab Cakes’

Leave the crabs in the sea and opt for these jackfruit cakes. | Fat Free Vegan

Getting a little crabby? Nourish your appetite with these jackfruit “crab cakes.” This recipe has the option to make seven jackfruit “crab cakes” with beans or nine with tofu. You can choose which protein to make them with depending on how hungry you are.

You can find this recipe here.

3. Jackfruit Enchiladas

Fool meat-eaters with these jackfruit enchiladas. | Keepin it Kind

This casserole-style dish is fantastic at family or social dinners. How could you go wrong with the “meaty” texture of jackfruit and a spicy tomato sauce, wrapped in corn tortillas, covered with cashew “cream” and enchilada sauce?

You can find this recipe here.

4. Barbeque Pulled Jackfruit Tacos

Fill your tacos with tasty BBQ pulled jackfruit. | Everyone is Vegan

When cooked in this way, “the texture of the jackfruit is stringy, a bit chewy, and substantially meaty enough to stand up to being cooked for a good while in a tasty sauce.” If the sound of vegan “pulled pork” tacos isn’t enough to convince you to make these, the to-die-for BBQ will be.

You can find this recipe here.

5. Jackfruit ‘Bacon’

Try jackfruit in your next BLT. | Extra Crispy

Everybody loves bacon, right? Now you can enjoy it without the pig. Jackfruit makes a great vegan bacon in sandwiches, salads, and English breakfasts.

You can find this recipe here.

6. Jackfruit Teriyaki Sushi Bowl

Jazz up your sushi bowl with teriyaki jackfruit. | Elephantastic Vegan

Pulled jackfruit slathered in teriyaki sauce is a must-have for any decent sushi bowl. This recipe closely mimics teriyaki chicken and is the perfect alternative to BBQ pulled jackfruit. Try this if you are wanting to change things up a bit and add some flair to your weekly meal planning.

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7. Jackfruit ‘Fried Chicken’

Make your own vegan KFC at home with jackfruit. | Soy Division

Unlike jackfruit used for pulled “pork” or pulled “chicken,” this recipe calls for the jackfruit to be kept intact, mimicking the texture of fried chicken wings. Forget KFC, there’s a new player in town!

You can find this recipe here.

8. Jackfruit Pot Pie

On a chilly evening, warm up with a jackfruit pot pie. | Soy Division

After making pulled jackfruit and pondering alternative ways in which jackfruit could be used as vegan meat, the Jackfruit Pot Pie was born. The thought of tucking into a fresh, hot pie with flaky pastry on a cold evening is truly mouth-watering.

You can find this recipe here.

9. Jackfruit ‘Meatballs’

If you don’t like shredded jackfruit, mold it into meatballs. | Vegan Richa

Using jackfruit, chickpea flour and a range of spices, this recipe proves how versatile and delicious the humble jackfruit is. These moist “meatballs” can be baked or fried and are perfect in tacos, sub sandwiches, or pasta dishes.

You can find this recipe here.

10. Jackfruit Fish-Free Tacos

If you love fish flavors, try these fishy jackfruit tacos. | Keepin it Kind

Similar to a Jackfruit “Tuna” Salad, this recipe is a hit with crowds and brings meat-free, Mexican-style flair to your meal. As aptly put by the creator, “If you like the idea of a big payoff for very little work, then these are your tacos.”

You can find this recipe here.