Pulled Jackfruit

DrygastDrygast, 2021-06-06

Vegetarian version of pulled pork.


  • Servings4 Portions


  • Cook Time30 min


I have been using jackfruit for a while and it is definitely an exciting fruit to cook. The texture is a bit on the firmer side and can work well as a substitute for meat, which I do in this recipe - I have seen recipes that this is reminiscent of that is called "fooled pork". I use similar seasoning as my pulled pork but have had to adjust it a bit to suit jackfruit instead. To give the end product a little more umami, I mix in mushrooms that I have cut into strips so it masks itself in the jackfruit as well. The recipe is a little bit spicy (from the chipotle pasta) but it should be easily surmountable for most people.

What is jackfruit? According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackfrukt it is a species in the jackfruit genus and the family mulberry plants. The species is wild-growing, in the rainforests of the Western Ghats, India and the Philippines, but is cultivated in many parts of the tropics. The plant is too large to be suitable as a potted plant. The name jackfruit comes from the English jackfruit, which via Portuguese jaca is derived from Malay cakka. The ripe jackfruit is used as a fresh fruit and is juicy with a special aroma, either sweet or sour, depending on the variety. The unripe green fruits are used as a vegetable. The pulp is often dried in pieces which are then used in soups or pickles. The dried jackfruit is a little sweet in taste and has a doughy texture. The flesh contains carotene but is quite poor in nutrients.

More and more varieties of jackfruit are starting to appear in various stores now, so it is possible to get hold of them relatively easily, but you can sometimes have to look around a bit. Then of course there are some different varieties as well - the one I like best (especially for this type of recipe) is Young Jackfruit In Water from Del Monte. Other variants in e.g. brine can be significantly harder, but in the end its all about personal taste and liking, so try around a few different varieties. Other types of recipes that you can use jackfruit for are tacos, different types of curry, jamaican jerk wraps, pot pie, & quot; crab & quot; cakes, gyros, pizza, chili and spring rolls. There are quite a few different recipes and I will experiment with them in the future and as soon as I find something that I think will be good, it will end up here as well.

I choose to serve this in hamburger bun together with a cole slaw, but you can also serve pulled jackfruit with pita or sourdough bread. You can also serve this in tortilla rolls or taco shells along with side dishes like black beans, corn, guacamole, salsa, tomatoes and nachos.


Pulled Jackfruit

Nutrition Facts*

 TotalServing100 g
Energy665.6 kcal166.4 kcal64 kcal
Carbohydrates78.83 g19.71 g7.58 g
Fat30.37 g7.59 g2.92 g
Protein10.3 g2.57 g0.99 g
Sugar58.34 g14.59 g5.61 g
Salt6.45 g1.61 g0.62 g

* The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using the ingredients available in the database. Info will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.


Pulled Jackfruit
  1. Open the jars of jackfruit and strain off the layers. Remove any hard parts.
  2. Peel and slice onion and garlic. Roughly shred the mushrooms.
  3. Fry the onion in oil on medium heat until soft.
  4. Add the garlic and fry for a minute.
  5. Add the mushrooms and fry until soft.
  6. Add jackfruit and fry for a few minutes. Make sure it does not burn.
  7. Add the other ingredients and simmer for 20-25 minutes until most of the liquid has boiled away.
  8. Serve with cole slaw, brioche bread, salad, sliced red onion, corn and sour cream.