Great ways to turn versatile jackfruit into delicious dishes

Great ways to turn versatile jackfruit into delicious dishes

A stunning Filipino dessert? A vegan no-fish cake? A vibrant no-cook salad? Jackfruit can do it all.


— Discover jackfruit ‘no-fish cakes’ and more vegan eats in Living on the Veg, Mondays 7.30pm on SBS Food and then SBS On Demand —

Jackfruit is like the chameleon of the food world, starring equally well in a sweet dessert as it does in a hearty burger. 

The different uses reflect that fact that the world’s largest fruit can be used at various stages of the ripening process. It’s understandably popular with vegans because its mild flavour and hearty texture partway through ripening means it can form the heart of many savoury dishes. Fully ripe, jackfruit becomes sweet and softer, perfect for indulgent desserts. 

Young jackfruit salad with tofu

This canned jackfruit recipe, from Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam, is full of flavour but so easy and fast: chop and slice the ingredients, stir up a sauce and toss it all together, and it’s ready in 15 minutes! 

Young jackfruit salad

Warm young jackfruit salad

In this warm Thai salad recipe, Luke Nguyen uses fresh young jackfruit, although you can substitute canned young jackfruit. Serve with sticky rice for a warm, comforting meal. 

Warm young jackfruit salad

Pulled jackfruit rolls

“It’s smoky, it’s sweet, it’s spicy,” says Spencer Watts of his jackfruit burger: like a vegetarian version of pulled pork, in a DIY barbecue sauce. Watts creates the hint of smokiness by making a simple smoke pouch to use while cooking the jackfruit on a barbecue. 

Pulled jackfruit rolls

Pulled jackfruit rolls

Thai no-fishcakes

This recipe comes from Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, the duo behind the BOSH! cookbooks, website and YouTube channel, and the hosts of Living on the Veg. Dip the subtly spicy golden cakes in the fresh zingy dipping sauce and see why they love this way of cooking up jackfruit. “Jackfruit is a great ingredient to use as a replacement for meat because of its fibrous texture. We’ve used it in loads of recipes – our one tray roast dinnerbraised jackfruit chilli and BBQ jackfruit mac and cheese are also all delicious,” the pair say when SBS chats to them about this versatile fruit. 

Thai no-fishcake

Young jackfruit curry

Use fresh jackfruit or canned young jackfruit for this fragrant Sri Lankan curry

Young jackfruit curry

Banana split

This grown-up version of the banana split, from Peter Kuruvita, combines banana, whipped cream and ice-cream with jackfruit, peanut toffee and a sweet mulled wine reduction!

Peter Kuruvita’s banana split

Caramel banana spring rolls (turon)

Another sweet pairing for jackfruit and bananas, these crunchy, golden Filipino pastries are easy and indulgent and can be made with fresh or canned jackfruit. 

Caramel banana spring rolls

Halo halo

The version of the popular Filipino dessert pictured below (recipe here) includes purple yam ice-cream, pandan jelly, leche flan cubes, bananas, jackfruit and evaporated milk – with a cherry to top things off. It’s stunning but if you’re short on time (it needs to be started a day ahead of serving) try this version, which is ready in under two hours (most of it chilling time). 

Halo halo woth purple yam ice-cream and pandan jelly


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