Jackfruit is the my favorite vegan meat replacement! It's so versatile and can be enjoyed in so many different ways. This guide answers all your questions about jackfruit + 17 delicious recipes to try!
Jackfruit is easily my favorite vegan meat substitute because it tastes so delicious and it's so easy to cook with. It's so versatile and you can cook so many different recipes with it! Think recipes like stews, soups, tacos, enchiladas, curry, sandwiches, and pizza!
When I first started cooking with it, I could only find it online, but lately, it's been much easier to find at regular grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. That tells me that it's becoming more mainstream and popular with people who are cooking vegan recipes.
I always recommend to new vegans or to vegans who are cooking food for people who eat meat, to serve a jackfruit recipe because it tastes so much like meat! It makes the transition for new vegans a little bit easier because they can still eat their favorite recipes while substituting jackfruit for meat, and it's a great dish to serve non-vegans because it shows them how delicious vegan recipes can be!
If you're still on the fence about cooking with jackfruit, I encourage you to try it at least once so you can see what all the hype is about! I think you'll truly be surprised by how delicious these recipes taste.
Everyone always ask me what my favorite way to prepare jackfruit is, so I thought it would be helpful to round up some of my favorite easy jackfruit recipes to share with you. Before we get to the recipes, let's go over some of the most asked jackfruit questions!
Frequently Asked Questions
Jackfruit tastes like a mix of shredded chicken or pork and pineapple. It doesn't have a strong flavor, but it absorbs the flavors that you're cooking with. Once the jackfruit has been cooked, it will shred and the texture is very similar to meat.
Canned jackfruit contains firm chunks of jackfruit in brine. Once cooked, it will turn into a delicious and tender meat substitute. A fresh jackfruit kind of looks like a large bumpy dinosaur egg. Once it is ripe, you can cut it up and eat it like fresh fruit or use it to make a sweet recipe like a smoothie or dessert.
You can use canned jackfruit in soup, stews, tacos, sandwiches, enchiladas, burritos, etc! Any recipe that you would use meat, you can use jackfruit as a meat replacement.
- This is my favorite brand of jackfruit. It's always packed full of big pieces and not a lot of core. I also like the one from Trader Joe's.
- Rinse the jackfruit a few times to get as much of the salty brine off as possible.
- Use a large spoon (a potato masher will also work) to gently smash the pieces of jackfruit once its soft and cooked. Doing this makes it look like shredded meat.