Top 12 Fav Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipes

For those of you who are looking for a healthy, versatile ingredient to incorporate into your Vegan Keto eating plan, here are our top 12 Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipes. 

If you haven’t heard of the jackfruit or you haven’t tried it yet, this blog is going to expand your recipe collection and broaden your culinary experiences in leaps and bounds. 

Jackfruit is great for new Vegans and for Vegans who are serving a meal to meat-eaters because it tastes and feels like meat (it shows them how appealing Vegan food can be). It helps new Vegans make the switch because they can still enjoy their favorite recipes just by substituting meat with jackfruit.  

What is Jackfruit?

 Jackfruit is a nutritious Vegan meat replacement that is all the rage at the moment, and after reading our top 12 favorite Vegan Keto jackfruit recipes you will understand why. It is a fruit, but it has the consistency of pork or chicken – hence its popularity as a healthy meat replacement. I use the term ‘healthy meat replacement’ because I know we’ve all been there – we desperately want to live kind, but we’re craving umami, so we use anything we can just to get that meatiness into our meals. Well, now you can do that nutritiously! 

Do you mean guilt-free, meat-free dishes that are umami? Yes indeed. 

 Jackfruit is versatile because it can be eaten while it is young (also called green or unripe), or ripe. It can be eaten raw or cooked, and you can eat the fruit and the seeds. Jackfruit seeds are rich in protein. 

Depending on whether the jackfruit you have is young or ripe, you will use it for different things. Young jackfruit does not have a strong flavor and thus takes on the flavor of the sauce or seasoning you pair it with – at this stage you would use it in savory dishes and as a Vegan meat replacement. Ripe jackfruit is eaten as you would eat fresh fruit or as part of a dessert. 

Jackfruit can be found in specialty Asian food markets and is slowly making its presence felt in larger grocery stores. Young jackfruit can be found canned or in pouches in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. It is packed with saltwater, so always rinse it well before you use it. 

If you purchase a whole, ripe jackfruit, be careful when you cut it open as it is filled with a sticky white resin. 

Now that you know a little more about this fantastic fruit, that is more than just a fruit, let’s get going with our top 12 favorite Vegan Keto jackfruit recipes!   

1. Vegan Keto Buffalo Jackfruit Dip

It would be most appropriate to start with an appetizer don’t you agree?
Be sure to look for young jackfruit in brine and not in syrup as the sweet variety will not work with this recipe. Delicious served with anything dip-able, like celery, carrot or cucumber sticks, but also great to eat with Vegan Keto chips, crackers or bread. 

Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipe Favorite Ingredient
Follow Your Heart Vegan Shredded Style Cheese Alternative is dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO and not only great for this recipe but is a wonderful addition to any Vegan Keto recipe that requires cheese to top it off. 

2. Low Carb Vegan Pulled Jackfruit

This recipe brings out all the flavors and textures of a warm and hearty stew, but with umami jackfruit instead of meat. Barbeque and tomato infuse the green jackfruit with the flavors of a homely broth. This dish is ideal for Vegan folk and suitable for Keto fans if you add a few slices of avocado or sprinkle almonds or cashew nuts over the top once you’re done with the cooking.  

 Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipe Favorite Ingredient
Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup is the perfect topping for sugar-free treats and for sweetening tea and coffee; as well as other flavorsome uses like in this pulled Jackfruit recipe. It fits in with Keto, Vegan and all-natural diets. 

3. Vegan Keto Jackfruit Burrito Bowl

Are you ready for some Mexican-inspired, plant-based yumminess? Not only is this recipe great for Mexican Mondays (if this isn’t a thing already we think it’s time it became one!), it’s great for meal prep – make it on the weekend for the week ahead or pack it into your lunchbox for work or school. This spicy meat-free meal will warm every Vegan heart and our Keto friends will love how great it tastes with sliced avocado.

Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipe Favorite Ingredient
Lucia Green Jackfruit in Water. Vegans will love jackfruit as an alternative to meat; when it is cooked, the texture is meaty and the young fruit takes on the flavor of the sauces and spices it is cooked in. This product is hard to find, except for specialty food stores, so it’s great that Amazon has made it available.

4. Easy Meat-Free Jackfruit Pulled ‘Pork’

We’re not suggesting you should try and trick your carnivorous friends, but even they won’t guess they’re not eating meat. Another awesome thing about this recipe is that you can prepare a large batch and simply reheat portions as you need them. It is such a versatile recipe; serve the meat-free pulled pork in a lettuce wrap, on Vegan Keto bread in a sandwich, on cauliflower rice, or tossed into a salad of your choice. Make one big batch and enjoy a medley of at least four different ways to eat it.

Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipe Favorite Ingredient
US Organic Avocado Oil is an edible oil pressed from the fruit of the Persea Americana. It can be used as a food oil, where it is used as an ingredient in other dishes or as a cooking oil. It is also used for lubrication and in cosmetics. Not only does this oil deliver a hearty amount of fatty acids beneficial to your Keto diet, but it also enhances nutrient absorption and helps promote better cholesterol levels.

5. Easy Jackfruit Curry

Are you in the mood for an amazing Indian-style Vegan curry? Well, look no further. The jackfruit, called “Kathal” in Hindi, is indigenous to India, so what better way to enjoy this versatile meat-substitute than in an ethnic curry? All you need are a few amazing spices and you will have amazing flavor. If you’re in a hurry this recipe also works in a pressure cooker. It’s also a great recipe for cooking large batches and then warming it up as you need – allowing those curry flavors to develop over time. 

Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipe Favorite Ingredient
Vedica Organics – Organic Whole Cumin has a potent flavor that is best described as penetrating, peppery, warm, and slightly nutty. It can be used to create and flavor a variety of dishes. Jeera seeds are believed by many to be the ‘Seed of Good Digestion’.  Cumin seeds are a Vegan-friendly food.

6. Jackfruit Vegan Meatballs

Often the word ‘meat’ is misrepresented. Not all meat is from an animal; some plants have meat – like coconuts, for example, and jackfruit, of course! This recipe requires only two ingredients besides whichever herbs and spices you choose to use; depending on the flavors you are aiming for. For something a little extra, these Vegan meatballs can be served with marinara sauce, or melt some Vegan-friendly cheese over them. Keto folks will love them with creamy avocado dip. 

Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipe Favorite Ingredient
Coarse Split Chickpea Flour also known as Lad Besan can be used as a thickening agent and is ideal for adding to veggie meatballs and patties, as in this recipe. 

7. Roasted Pumpkin Jackfruit Vegan Curry

The star of this recipe is neither the pumpkin nor the jackfruit, it is the flavorful sauce made from full-fat coconut milk. Wow, this recipe is Vegan and Keto friendly! The creamy sauce is flavored with garlic and ginger. This dish will make you wish for cold weather so that you can enjoy something that will warm you from the inside. 

Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipe Favorite Ingredient
Thai Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk is made from the first pressing of prime organic coconut meat. (See, we told you not all meat is ‘meat’). Premium quality natural coconut milk is non-GMO certified, non-dairy, and gluten-free and contains no preservatives. It is also 100% Vegan and definitely Keto friendly. It makes for a great cream substitute. Use our dairy-free milk in baking, beverages and Thai cooking.

8. Vegan Jackfruit Stew

Jackfruit takes on the flavors of whatever sauce, herbs or spices you prepare it in, so here we have a Vegan stew, made with jackfruit and other vegetables, that is simply bursting at the seams it’s so flavorful! You can experiment with this recipe, adding your favorite meat-free vegetable ingredients. Keto folk are encouraged to sprinkle a handful of healthy-fat nuts over the hearty stew before serving. 

Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipes Favorite Ingredient

Organic Coconut Palm Sugar makes an excellent spoon-for-spoon replacement to refined white sugar. That means it’s easy to switch out white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Organic Coconut Sugar is naturally low on the glycemic index. This means that it doesn’t raise your blood sugar as quickly as refined sugars do.

9. Vegan Jackfruit Soup

Delicious and comforting, this steamy meat-free soup will warm your heart and your body. If the idea of putting fruit in soup seems a little strange, don’t be afraid to try something new – the apples in this recipe make this soup taste like the holidays. Our Keto friends will be so pleased that the soup contains full-fat coconut milk. Oh yum!

Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipes Favorite Ingredient
If you are just too busy to make your own vegetable broth we recommend Organic Vegetable Broth by Zoup! It is Vegan-friendly, gluten-free, non-GMO, and fat-free. This Vegan-friendly veggie broth adds light, yet complex and balanced flavors to suit your style of cooking. Great for stock, bouillon, or soup.

10. Jackfruit Vegan-style Crab Cakes

Jackfruit is so versatile! We have seen how easy it is to made jackfruit taste and feel like meat; now we’re going to discover sea-food-ala-jackfruit. Yes, you read that right. If you are in the mood for food that tastes like a seaside holiday, look no further than these meat-free crab cakes. Delicious served with a salad of your choice which can include avocado and Vegan Keto salad dressing.

Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipes Favorite Ingredient
Follow Your Heart Original Vegenaise which is an amazing Vegan Mayo. It turns out that the list of ingredients in Vegan mayonnaise is very similar to that on a jar of traditional mayo, and it includes oil, vinegar, and lemon juice. The big difference between Vegan mayonnaise and traditional mayo really comes down to the egg substitute.

11. Boiled Jackfruit Seeds; a Healthy Vegan Snack

Jackfruit seeds are high in protein, in fact, much higher than the fruit. Inside each pocket of yellow, fleshy fruit there is one seed. Don’t throw the seeds away – you’ll be tossing out the prime ingredient in a protein-packed snack. Simply boil the fruit according to the recipe and enjoy!

12. Vegan Jackfruit Ice cream

Yay! It’s time for dessert! Please note that although this recipe lists sugar as one of the ingredients, you are more than welcome to substitute a healthier sweetener of your choice. Because the ice cream is made with coconut milk it gets two thumbs up from our Keto friends.

Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipes Favorite Ingredient
Ripe Jackfruit. Because this is a dessert recipe we want to use the sweet ripe fruit, and not the mild-flavored young, or green jackfruit. If you can’t find ripe jackfruit, look for canned jackfruit in syrup, nit brine or saltwater.  

Well there you have it – just like we promised … our top 12 fav Vegan Keto jackfruit recipes. Vegan? Keto? Your dietary choices don’t mean that your love of good food has to take a back seat.  Enjoy healthy, nutritious, meat-free eating with the versatile jack of all fruit! 

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