Smoky Shredded Marinated Jackfruit | Minimalist Baker Recipes

Smoky Shredded Marinated Jackfruit | Minimalist Baker Recipes

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Bowl with kale, cabbage, avocado, and vegan Smoky Marinated Jackfruit

Mmm, smoky marinated jackfruit. If you haven’t delved into the world of jackfruit yet, you’re missing out!

Green or underripe jackfruit has a neutral flavor and the texture of shredded cooked chicken, making it perfect for absorbing just about any flavor or sauce.

This smoky jackfruit recipe is incredibly easy to make, and great for preparing ahead of time and enjoying throughout the week in Mexican-inspired dishes and beyond. Let me show you how it’s done!

Wood cutting board with ingredients for making our Smoky Marinated Jackfruit recipe

This recipe requires 30 minutes to make, starting with the marinade.

Once your jackfruit is rinsed and shredded, blend together sautéed onion and garlic, vegetable broth, dairy-free milk, chipotle pepper, maple syrup, lime, salt, coconut aminos, and smoked paprika. The result is a thin but semi-creamy sauce that’s smoky, tangy, salty, and sweet.

Pouring smoky sauce from a small blender into a bowl of shredded jackfruit

You can marinate your jackfruit for as long as five days. But if you’re looking to use it sooner, at least 15-20 minutes is recommended.

Then it’s perfect for sautéing until golden brown and hot!

Using a wooden spoon to stir a skillet of Smoky Marinated Jackfruit

We hope you LOVE this jackfruit! It’s:

Smoky
Versatile
Easy to make
& SUPER delicious

This jackfruit is perfect for adding to things like enchiladas, tacos, burrito bowls, or a simple plate of roasted vegetables. Top with our 5-Minute Cashew Queso for the ultimate meal!

Want more jackfruit inspiration? Check out our BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches, Spicy Jackfruit Tacos, and 1-Pot Vegan Tortilla Soup!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Fork resting on a bowl of Smoky Marinated Jackfruit with fresh vegetables

Smoky Shredded Marinated Jackfruit

Smoky, 30-minute marinated jackfruit, perfect for adding to enchiladas, burritos, tacos, and more! Incredibly flavorful, easy to make, and so versatile! 

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings: 4 (~1/2-cup servings)

Category:

Main Course

Cuisine:

Mexican-Inspired

Freezer Friendly

1 month

Does it keep?

5 Days

Ingredients

JACKFRUIT

  • 1
    20-ounce
    can jackfruit, rinsed dried, sorted
  • 1
    pinch
    each sea salt and black pepper

SAUCE

  • 1
    Tbsp
    avocado oil
    (if avoiding oil, sub water)
  • 1/4
    cup
    diced red or white onion
  • 2
    cloves
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2
    cup
    vegetable broth
    (or store-bought — we like Imagine brand)
  • 1/2
    cup
    unsweetened plain cashew milk
    (for store-bought we like Forager brand // or sub other dairy-free milk, such as almond or rice)
  • 1
    chipotle
    pepper in adobo sauce
    (reduce amount for less heat)
  • 1
    tsp
    maple syrup
  • 1
    Tbsp
    lime juice
    (or sub lemon)
  • 1/2
    tsp
    sea salt
    (plus more for seasoning jackfruit)
  • 1
    Tbsp
    coconut aminos
    (or sub tamari, but halve the amount as it’s saltier)
  • 1/2
    tsp
    smoked paprika

FOR SERVING optional

  • Red cabbage
  • Fresh radish
  • Cilantro
  • 1-2
    medium
    limes

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly rinse and drain jackfruit. Then begin sorting. The pieces come in chunks or triangle shapes. Cut off the center “core” portion of the jackfruit that’s tougher in texture and separate it from the rest of the fruit. Then chop core into smaller pieces. Use your hands or two forks to pull the remaining portion of the jackfruit that appears more stringy into small shredded pieces. You’re aiming to get the jackfruit into small, shredded/chopped pieces. Once shredded, rinse once more in a colander, drain, and thoroughly dry.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil (or water), onion, and garlic. Sauté for 4-5 minutes or until onions are golden brown and softened. Set aside.

  3. To a small or high speed blender, add sautéed onion and garlic, vegetable broth, cashew milk, chipotle in adobo, maple syrup, lime juice, salt, coconut aminos, and paprika.
  4. Blend until completely combined, then taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lime for acidity, chipotle pepper for heat, paprika for smokiness, maple syrup for sweetness, coconut aminos for depth of flavor, or salt to taste.

  5. Add jackfruit to a medium mixing bowl and toss with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Then add all of sauce and stir to combine.

  6. At this point your prep is done. It just needs to marinate. You can get away with as little as 15-20 minutes. But for deeper flavor we recommend at least 2 hours and up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

  7. To cook, heat a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add a little oil to coat the pan and add desired amount of jackfruit, leaving a bit of the sauce behind. 

    For even more flavor, sauté thinly sliced shallot or onion along with the jackfruit. Cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown, adding more of the reserved sauce for extra flavor while cooking.

  8. Enjoy as is, on top of salads or nachos, or in enchiladas, burritos, or tacos! It would also be delicious alongside roasted vegetables or fresh or sautéed greens.

  9. Store marinated jackfruit up to 5 days in the refrigerator or 1 month in the freezer. If cooking from frozen, let thaw before cooking as instructed above.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.
*Prep time does not include marinating.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4 half-cup servings)

  • Calories: 79
  • Fat: 3.9g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 610mg
  • Potassium: 124mg
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Sugar: 2.7g
  • Protein: 0.8g



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