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Spicy Pulled Jackfruit Buns

Spicy jackfruit buns

Jackfruit has become quite a hype amongst foodies. The exotic meat replacement is so versatile to cook with and the recipe ideas are endless like these spicy pulled jackfruit buns.

How to use jackfruit as a meat replacement?

Jackfruit is a great alternative to meat, even for meat lovers. The texture of the fruit can be compared to that of cooked chicken. When prepared and well-seasoned, it replicates the structure and bite of cooked meat. It is a great alternative for meats such as chicken, turkey, pork and works well in stews.

Depending on where you live, the exotic fruit can be hard to get by. If you do get your hands on fresh ones, you’ll have enough meat for a few meals as they can grow quite large. Do note that it can be a sticky mess, so you might want to wear gloves. Another tip is to cover your knife in oil before cutting into it. It will make the process of slicing it easier.

Can I use canned jackfruit?

Canned jackfruit is a great option and also more easily to be found. It’s more convenient and makes for a great pantry staple as well. Keep in mind though that canned jackfruit is usually preserved in brine. Be sure to give it a thorough rinse under cold water to get rid of any brine tastes and odours. Store leftover jackfruit in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for a few days.

Spicy pulled jackfruit buns

What will you need to make these Spicy pulled jackfruit buns?

  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Sugar
  • Chilli powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cumin powder
  • Smoked Paprika powder
  • Tomato puree
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • BBQ sauce of your choice
  • Water
  • Jackfruit I used canned ones from Fairtrade
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Bread rolls

Chef’s tip:

Serve it with mayonnaise to make the taste milder for those who prefer something less spicy.

Side serving suggestions:

Serve with coleslaw, jalapenos, mayonnaise, onions rings and cheese.


Spicy pulled jackfruit buns

Lunch Vegan, Vegetarian
By Galley of Gail Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 Cooking Time: 15 Total Time: 25

Super easy and quick to make spicy pulled jackfruit buns to serve for lunch.


  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 70g canned tomato puree
  • 100ml BBQ sauce of your choice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to season
  • 4 Buns



Drain and wash the jackfruit thoroughly under cold running water.


In a pan, heat olive oil and fry the cumin, onion and chilli powder until fragrant.


Add the onion and sugar. Fry until tender and the sugar has dissolved.


Add tomato puree and fry for 1 minute. Stir in apple balsamic vinegar, BBQ sauce and water.


Add the jackfruit and cook covered for 15 minutes until jackfruit falls apart.


Remove from stove top and shred the jackfruit meat using two forks.


Serve while warm on buns with salad.


  • 314 Calories
  • 58g Carbohydrates
  • 3g Fat
  • 2,1g Fiber
  • 10,3g Protein
  • 0,8g Saturated fat
  • 425mg Sodium
  • 16,2g Sugar


Serve with coleslaw, jalapenos and mayonnaise.

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