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10 Jackfruit Recipes That Will Make You Forget All About Meat

Unparalleled in its ability to mimic the texture of meat, jackfruit is the plant-based "meat" you didn't know existed. From crispy fried faux chicken to comforting bowls of coconut curry, here are the best jackfruit recipes from food blogs we love.

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Vegan Bao Bun4s jackfruit recipesCourtesy Pavani Nandula

Vegetarian Bao Buns with Pulled Jackfruit Filling

Made from a simple yeast-leavened dough, these fluffy steamed bao, also known as baozi, are a vegetarian-friendly take on the popular Taiwanese street food dish. Pavani Nandula of Cook’s Hideout shreds unripe jackfruit and stews it in a savory hoisin-based sauce. Don’t forget to top things off with some grated carrot, shredded cabbage and crushed roasted peanuts before serving. This is one of the most addicting jackfruit recipes you’ll ever make!

Is your bao dough kneaded enough? Here’s a closer look at how to knead dough.

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Jackfruit Curry jackfruit recipesCourtesy Dini Kodippili

Sri Lankan Jackfruit Curry (Polos Curry)

Not only is this Sri Lankan jackfruit recipe by Dini Kodippili of The Flavor Bender vegan, but it’s gluten-free as well. Braising the jackfruit for a couple of hours in coconut milk and aromatic spices like curry powder and cinnamon results in incredibly tender pieces of jackfruit meat. Serve this creamy curry with a side of cilantro-lime rice or roti for a hearty weeknight meal.

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Jackfruit Potroast jackfruit recipesCourtesy Brita Britnell

Jackfruit Pot Roast

Looking for some Meatless Monday motivation? Brita Britnell of Food with Feeling recommends using jackfruit as a substitute in traditionally meat-heavy dishes like this simple pot roast. When cooked, unripe jackfruit takes on a meaty texture and acts as a flavor sponge, making it the perfect meat replacement for vegetarians.

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Jackfruit Stew jackfruit recipesCourtesy Lindsay Grimes Freedman

Slow Cooker Jackfruit Stew with Celery Root Mash

Get your slow cooker out for this addition to our roundup of jackfruit recipes! Lindsay Grimes Freedman of The Toasted Pine Nut makes jackfruit the star of the show in this nourishing stew. Mashed celery root, which is high in fiber and a great low-carb replacement for potatoes, rounds off this flavorful and easy to assemble weeknight meal.

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Chicken Fried Jackfruit jackfruit recipesCourtesy I Can You Can Vegan

Chicken Fried Jackfruit

Tired of tofu? There’s no better jackfruit recipe to showcase the fruit’s incredible ability to mimic both the texture and taste of meat than this chicken-fried jackfruit recipe by I Can You Can Vegan. Don’t skip the buttermilk in this recipe—blogger Desiree Daniels says it’s the key to achieving a crispy outer skin and tender inner meat.

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jackfruit recipes Vegan Reuben Sandwich JackfruitCourtesy Cadry's Kitchen

Vegan Reuben Jackfruit Sandwich

The ever-versatile jackfruit serves as the best replacement for corned beef in this vegan Reuben sandwich recipe by Cadry’s Kitchen. The secret to achieving the meat’s distinctive coloring? Two tablespoons of cooked beets are all you need, says blogger Cadry Nelson. Also, here’s how to make vegan mayo from scratch.

Looking for more meat-free fillings for your sandwiches? Here are the brand names every vegetarian needs to know.

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jackfruit recipes Beer Braised Jackfruit Enchiladas With Salsa VerdeCourtesy Home-Cooked Roots

Beer Braised Jackfruit Enchiladas

If you’re low on prep time, these succulent jackfruit enchiladas by Home-Cooked Roots is one of the best vegan jackfruit recipes out there. Thanks to the Instant Pot, the jackfruit breaks down as it pressure cooks in a flavorful beer broth, resulting in a filling meal that’s packed with spice.

Can’t find canned jackfruit at the grocery store? Blogger Nicolette Wax recommends substituting with two packs of Upton’s Naturals Chili Lime Jackfruit instead.

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jackfruit recipes Pumpkin Jackfruit Curry Masala Vegan Indian 20Courtesy Thomas Pagot

Roasted Pumpkin Jackfruit Curry

Oven-roasted pumpkin, full-fat coconut milk and a slew of fragrant spices result in a satisfying pot of jackfruit curry by Full of Plants. Great for a rainy day lunch or dinner, blogger Thomas Pagot recommends pairing this jackfruit recipe with homemade naan to soak up the delicious sauce.

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jackfruit recipes Easy Vegan Bbq Jackfruit Sandwiches Dinner Healthy Gluten Free 7Courtesy Emilie Hebert

Easy Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

With BBQ season fast approaching, these vegan BBQ jackfruit sandwiches by Emilie Hebert of Emilie Eats are sure to wow guests at your next outdoor cookout. Ready in under 40 minutes, this sweet and savory shredded jackfruit recipe is so convincing, it’s sure to confuse even the staunchest carnivores in your life!

Need more BBQ-themed recipes sans meat? Here are vegetarian grilling recipes to try as the weather gets warmer.

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jackfruit recipes Whole30 Bbq Jackfruit 5Courtesy Sarah Nevins

Whole30 BBQ Jackfruit

This Whole30-compliant dish from blogger Sarah Nevins of A Saucy Kitchen uses dates to sweeten this jackfruit recipe’s homemade barbecue sauce. The result? A tangy, savory base for the jackfruit to stew in. Best served in a roasted sweet potato or atop a bowl of green, this under 30-minute meal will also keep for several days in the fridge, ensuring hearty leftovers for the rest of the week!

New to Whole30? Here are some of our best Whole30 recipes to get you started.

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Christabel Lobo
Christabel Lobo is a freelance writer, digital designer and illustrator. She specializes in writing and content marketing related to travel, food, lifestyle, art and wellness. Her writing has appeared in TripSavvy, October Magazine, Zagat Stories, Lonely Planet, AllRecipes, LIVESTRONG.com, Outrigger Hotels, The Hindu Business Line, Open Skies, Trivago, Fodor's, Barclays Travel, London's Evening Standard, Silkwinds, Leaf.tv, HuffPost, and more. She was responsible for researching and updating the Kerala chapter of Fodor's Essential India 2019 guidebook. In addition to having completed her RYT 200 Hatha yoga teacher training, Christabel is also a mixed media designer focusing on web design, illustrations and surface pattern design.