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10 Vegetarian Recipes Featuring the Jack(fruit) of all Trades

Three images of jackfruit meals portrayed in the roundup recipes from this article.
The Live-In Kitchen/Love and Lemons/The Rainbow Plant Life

There’s a funny-looking tropical fruit from Southeast Asia that’s flavorless and shreds nicely, making it an excellent meatless-meal option. Jackfruit makes a fantastic pork or chicken replacement due to its texture and consistency—and we have 10 vegetarian recipes to prove it.

While ready-to-eat jackfruit offers a super-sweet flavor, the young (or unripe) version is almost flavorless, so it’s the perfect ingredient to take on other flavors. Whether you spice it up or add a sauce, jackfruit shreds into a perfect stringy texture. While it’s hard to find in most supermarkets, you can get it online.

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw

Three bbq jackfruit sandwiches with avocado slaw and cashews all stuffed in multigrain buns.
Minimalist Baker

One of the absolute best ways to boast this tropical fruit is by serving it shredded and doused in your favorite barbecue sauce. In this recipe, you’ll learn to create a smokey, satisfying sandwich filler topped with a cool, crunchy avocado slaw you’ll love.

Pick your favorite bulky rolls, and don’t forget the salted cashews for a finish that’s truly meant to be. If you’re dying to give this fruit a try, this scratch BBQ stuffer is the way to go!

Get the Recipe: Minimalist Baker

Crispy Jackfruit Carnitas

A cast iron skillet filled with jackfruit carnitas, with lime and jalapenos on the side.
Feasting at Home

This crispy carnitas recipe is another victory for meatless Monday or any day of the week. The author guides you through this easy recipe and highlights this dish’s ability to work with many other meals. That’s what we call a Sunday prep for the win!

The step-by-step tutorial images in this recipe are easy to follow, as each shows the proper way to prep and drain the fruit before you use it. Watch as the young jackfruit shreds into the most insta-worthy images (and bites).

Get the Recipe: Feasting at Home

Potato and Jackfruit Stew

A hot and hearty stew filled with jackfruit, potatoes carrots and so much flavor.
Veggie Society

If you’re looking for an appetizing comfort food filled with hearty ingredients but without all the guilty calories, well, that’s a tough one. However, we can offer this recipe! Loaded with flavor and healthy ingredients, like carrots, onion, potato, and jackfruit, it’s a delicious stew.

You’ll also love the barley or gnocchi dumplings you can use as substitutes for the potatoes if you’re watching those carbs. Enjoy this gorgeous stew all winter long with a warm, crusty bread for dipping.

Get the Recipe: Veggie Society

Buffalo Jackfruit and Broccoli Rabe Flatbread

Two buffalo jackfruit flatbreads displayed on a cutting board and parchment paper.
Killing Thyme

Broccoli Rabe, zucchini, and buffalo jackfruit work together flawlessly in this vegan flatbread dinner. The best part is you can substitute vegan ingredients for non-vegan, depending on your eating style. Be sure to finish this gorgeous flatbread with ranch for a flavor boost that’s perfect for this meal.

Get the Recipe: Killing Thyme

Jerk-Spiced Tacos with Mango Salsa

Warm corn tortillas topped with shredded jackfruit and topped with mango salsa.
Love and Lemons

Using spices like cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne, you’ll learn to make the most delicious Jamaican jerk-spiced jackfruit tacos of all time. Once you top them with the mango avocado salsa, you’ll experience a cool and tangy finish that complements each bite.

These light tacos are sure to hit the spot. They pair nicely with cilantro lime rice or tortilla chips with homemade Pico de Gallo—and don’t forget the margaritas!

Get the Recipe: Love and Lemons

Spaghetti Squash Teriyaki Bowl

A bowl of spaghetti squash topped with jackfruit and other fresh veggies.
Aaron Colussi/Live Naturally

Here’s to everyone’s new favorite low-carb spaghetti alternative: the yellow oval squash! It’s swept the nation thanks to Pinterest. We love this teriyaki bowl topped with sautéed veggies and sesame seeds.

The sweet teriyaki is the perfect way to bring the meal together for a fresh take on stir-fried noodles.

Get the Recipe: Live Naturally

Hawaiian Jackfruit Pineapple Kebabs

An oval plate topped with jackfruit and pineapple pieces on top of a bed of white rice.
The Veg Life

Looking for a creative way to eat a rainbow? Then these sweet Hawaiian kebabs are for you! Using maple-flavored tempeh bacon, cubed jackfruit, and bell peppers, you’ll create a fun meal to remember.

The best part is these kebabs work well on the grill or in any grill pan on the stove. Just whip out your favorite bottle of barbecue sauce and baste away. Teriyaki sauce also pairs fantastically with the kebab ingredients listed.

Get the Recipe: The Veg Life

Jackfruit Quinoa Bowls

A quinoa bowl, filled with sautéed greens, jackfruit and two lemon wedges.
Full of Plants

Quinoa bowls are fun to make because you can customize their flavor with the ingredients you choose. For this recipe, you coat jackfruit with a scratch sauce made of almond and cashew butters, sesame oil, and soy sauce.

The rich flavor of the sauce tastes magnificent alongside the sautéed greens and quinoa in these healthy, filling dinner bowls.

Get the Recipe: Full of Plants

Instant Pot Jackfruit Curry

A bowl of spicy jackfruit curry served with basmati rice and a side of warm pita bread.
Rainbow Plant Life

Pull out that Instant Pot and make room for this soul-warming curry dish! Filled with wholesome ingredients, this aromatic meal offers all the delicious, comforting flavors we love most.

You can use ingredients like sweet potato, jackfruit (of course), spinach or kale, and coconut milk for an indulgent twist you can’t resist. Serve up this delicious, spice-filled dish with basmati rice and some flatbread for a filling family meal everyone will enjoy.

Get the Recipe: Rainbow Plant Life

Jackfruit Tortilla Soup

Two bowls of jackfruit tortilla soup, topped with slice jalapenos, shredded cheese, tortilla strips and a dollop of sour cream, with fresh lime wedges on the side.
The Live-In Kitchen

Loaded with veggies and jackfruit, this gorgeous tortilla soup is another one that’ll warm you up this winter. You’ll appreciate how quickly this recipe comes together and then your stovetop does the rest!

Definitely browse the customizations you can use with this recipe—and don’t forget the sour cream and cheese toppings!

Get the Recipe: The Live-In Kitchen


Jackfruit makes a delicious meat substitute, so be sure to give it a try with any of these tried-and-true recipes! Looking for more meatless meals? Check out some high-protein alternatives.

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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