Vegan Jerk Marinated Jackfruit Lettuce Tacos With Coleslaw

Vegan Jerk Marinated Jackfruit Lettuce Tacos With Coleslaw

This Jerk jackfruit recipe is a really impressive starter that will be loved by vegans and non-vegans alike! It’s super flavorsome and has a delicate meaty texture just like pulled pork.

This was my first time cooking with jackfruit and I wasn’t quite sure if it was going to turn out well, but I was super happy with the result! I think the secret to tender jackfruit is too steam it with water/stock for a long time to prevent it from drying out.

This jerk jackfruit recipe was inspired by Gaz Oakley’s BBQ jackfruit lettuce wraps but I adapted it to more Caribbean flavors and made improvements to the method where I thought was necessary.

I used shop-bought jerk marinade for the convenience, but you can have a go at making your own jerk marinade if you prefer and you could also control the spice level a bit better this way too.

Jerk Jackfruit

I decided to pair this jerk jackfruit recipe with vegan coleslaw as the vegan mayo/yogurt cools down the spice from the jerk marinade. This vegan coleslaw recipe is quite simple, but it still tastes fresh as I added lots of lime and apple cider vinegar. I also topped the lettuce wraps with toasted cashews which added a little extra crunchy texture.

Once you try this Jerk Jackfruit recipe, this will be your go-to starter for any dinner party. Now that I am confident with cooking with jackfruit, I think I’m going to experiment with other marinades in the future such as:

  • Hoisin jackfruit- a veganised version of hoisin duck
  • BBQ jackfruit- using chipotle paste instead of jerk
  • Harissa jackfruit- using harissa paste instead of jerk

Tinned jackfruit is becoming way easier to source in the UK. I bought mine from Tesco.


For more Mexican-style, vegan recipes try making these protein-packed Mexican bowls with avocado and salsa. The bowls feature brown rice, smoked tofu, black beans, and chopped leafy greens. You can also customize this dish with optional extras like grated vegan cheese, sweet corn, cilantro, and vegan sour cream.

This recipe was republished with permission from Basil and Vogue.