We called it back in 2016—the jackfruit is a total superfood, and it's now becoming one of the most popular meat substitutes beloved by vegans, vegetarians, and even meat lovers (yes, seriously). As its name suggests, the yellowish bumpy food is actually a fruit and hails from South and Southeast Asia. It's also the national fruit of Bangladesh, although up until recently, it's been little known here in the States. And there's more than first meets the eye. Once opened, the exotic fruit filled with vitamin C has tons of bulbs of flesh that contain a seed packed with iron, calcium, protein, and potassium.
The best part is that when the flesh is appropriately sliced and spiced, it easily (and deliciously) takes the place of meat in just about any dish. The texture resemblance is uncanny, and bonus points that it's also low in fat—we're talking half a cup of jackfruit will set you back only 95 calories. Below, find the top jackfruit recipes we can't stop whipping up, from jackfruit sandwiches to pot pie to even sweet potato curry. Then get cooking.
Jackfruit Sandwiches With Avocado Slaw
If you've ever heard of jackfruit as a replacement for meat, it's likely in a pulled pork sandwich. Since the fruit's flesh takes on almost any flavor (similarly to tofu), when you pile on barbecue spices and sauce, it shockingly tastes like meat. A homemade avocado slaw with cabbage, carrots, maple syrup, and lime adds a little juiciness and crunch when served on a multigrain roll (or any favorite bread, for that matter).
Vegan Jackfruit Pot Pie
There are few dishes in life more comforting than a hearty pot pie. Although you probably have enjoyed this crusty, creamy veggie and meat "pie" with chicken, jackfruit makes a tasty healthier alternative especially when mixed in with carrots, potatoes, and peas. Almond milk gets nice and creamy in a roux along with butter and flour—delish.
Jackfruit Sweet Potato Curry With Spinach
Just like it does in a barbecue "pulled pork" sandwich, jackfruit gets spiced up but in a different way in a curry. This easy meal calls for sweet potato cubes, chopped tomatoes, baby spinach, vegetable broth, and spices. Customization is easy—top with red chili flakes for a kick or throw on some toasted cashews for a crunch.
Jackfruit Tacos With Rice
What doesn't taste good in taco form? Jackfruit sautéed in a red chile sauce injected with blood orange juice gets wrapped up in flour tortillas in this tasty dish. Cinnamon and clove add a Mexican flavor that really amps up the fruit—plus, add your favorite rice in the wraps to make it heartier.
Vegan Tortilla Soup With Jackfruit
We can always get on board with a 30-minute meal, and this tortilla soup with jackfruit also happens to be vegan. Shred your jackfruit and add it to a large pot along with sautéed onions, garlic, corn, black beans, tomatoes, and some vegetable broth. Use some fire roasted tomatoes for a spicy flavor, and top with avocado, jalapeño, and some fried slices of tortilla.
Jackfruit Tacos With Mango Salsa
These aren't your ordinary tacos. A fresh mango salsa and a homemade cilantro cashew cream really doctor up the barbecue jackfruit in this recipe. The mango salsa is perfectly packed with diced mango, a red bell pepper, jalapeño peppers, lime juice, and some chopped cilantro.
Vegan Taquitos With Jackfruit and Salsa Verde
The trick to these vegan taquitos is to steam the tortilla shells before you stuff and bake them (trust us, it makes all the difference). A homemade ranch dressing dipping sauce brings out all the flavors (and there are a lot).
Now that you've seen all of our go-to jackfruit recipes, it's time to make one (or more) of your favorites.