pulled jackfruit

Pulled Jackfruit

Natalie Lynch
A super easy recipe which makes enough pulled jackfruit for 4 "burgers"
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Burgers


  • 1 Slow Cooker If you don't have a slow cooker, you can use a casserole dish in the oven at 150 Celcius


  • 2 tin Jackfruit in brine or water
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup I use home made, but shop bought is fine.
  • 3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Water
  • 3 tbsp Agave or Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Tamarind Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Bouillon
  • 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice


  • Drain the jackfruit.
  • Place in slow cooker and mix with all the other ingredients. If you don't have a slow cooker, use a casserole dish.
  • Mix well to ensure that all the Jackfruit is coated by the marinade.
  • Cook for an hour, more if you have time. If you're using a casserole dish, cook for at least 2 hours at 150 centigrade, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if it looks too dry
  • When the cooking time is up empty the ingredients into a bowl and then 'pull' the Jackfruit apart.
  • Serve in a bun with coleslaw


Pulled Jackfruit has become very on trend in the vegan world…and with good reason. Jackfruit are the biggest fruit in the world and they look like a cross between a lychee and a rugby ball.  They are incredibly good for you. I remember when I lived in Birmingham (UK) the streets would be lined with these strange looking fruits and I had no idea what they were or how much I would become obsessed with them. Now that I live in rural France they’re incredibly hard to get hold of; I’ve never seen fresh Jackfruit but they’re available tinned in big cities, my nearest is Toulouse.
Tinned Jackfruit can be sweet (in syrup) or savoury (in Brine or water), but it's the savoury type we'll be using in this recipe. The beauty of cooking with Jackfruit is its meaty texture and the way that it absorbs flavours. I remember eating pulled pork before I became vegan and enjoying it but I think pulled Jackfruit is much better and I don’t know why anyone would use pork now!
My recipe is really easy, there's no need to spend hours making the spicy BBQ sauce first, I just mix all the ingredients together in a slow cooker and cook for at least 1 hour. Also some recipes involve removing the core of the Jackfruit to make the 'pulling' part easier. Personally I find this such a waste and totally unnecessary, my recipe includes the core and pulls perfectly.
Keyword jackfruit