All Jacked up for that Fruit!

Jackfruit, is simply amazing.

My first attempt at using this ingredient was last year and even then, was amazed by the texture of this fruit.

“The people who think veganism is hard are thinking about themselves. The people who think veganism is easy, are thinking about the animals” – Ari Solomon (Vice President of Communications at ‘Mercy for Animals‘)

Jackfruit is incredible to cook with and very versatile. You can use it to make the following dishes:

  • BBQ ‘Pulled Pork’ – for sandwiches, burgers, pizza, tacos, wraps…
  • Curry dishes
  • Paella and jambalaya
  • Faux tuna salad
  • Kentucky fried nuggets
  • Kebab

The list goes on…

Here is my favourite recipe for BBQ ‘pulled pork’ jackfruit


(Serves 2)

  • 1 can of ‘Young Green’ jackfruit in brine (or any other brand)
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp of dark brown sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • vegan vegetable stock (I recommend ‘Kallo’)
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • 1 tsp of liquid smoke


  1. Open the tin for the jackfruit, drain and rinse. Do not discard the core, many recipes recommend this, but I don’t. The core is edible and although tough, it can be broken down later…
  2. Place the jackfruit in a large bowl and toss with the brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chilli powder and black pepper.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a pan and add the marinated jackfruit. Cook for around 3-5 minutes, until the fruit is starting to brown.
  4. Add the stock cube to the large bowl (previously used) and add the boiling water until the cube has dissolved (I recommend ‘swishing’ the water around the bowl to pick up all the remaining marinade – can’t miss out on those amazing flavours!)
  5. Pour the stock over the jackfruit and stir. This is where the jackfruit will start to break down and shred. On the ‘core’ section of the fruit, simply use a wooden spoon and ‘smash’ them up a little until they breakdown.
  6. Watch the stock becoming absorbed by the fruit (should take around 5-10 minutes) and add the liquid smoke. Transfer the jackfruit to an oven proof dish and cover in tin foil. Bake for around 15-20 minutes and it’s done!

TIP – Plate the mixture up, in a soft wholemeal bun or sandwich ‘thin’ and serve alongside sweet potato chips, corn on the cob, avocado slaw or rice.

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Plant based meals, don’t need to be complicated or expensive. We should take the time to look into the products we are consuming and learn how to use the ingredients available to us, in the best way possible. It’s all in the prep work!


– Victoria

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