What is jackfruit?
First of all, for anyone that doesn’t know what jackfruit is, it is a fruit that is often grown in tropical climates. Its the national fruit of Bangladesh and is also used in South India and South East Asia. When its ripe it is sweet like any other fruit and when its green it is fibrous and isn’t as sweet. Green jackfruit in recent years has been used to replicate the texture of pulled pork or braised chicken.
My friend Athena inspired me to create this recipe.. I was looking for a meaty chicken wing recipe, but didn’t want to use wheat gluten.. so she recommended I try the jackfruit.. I did and wow, the result was amazing, this was the first time trying something like this and it certainly won’t be the last!
250g jackfruit (middle removed, water squeezed out and flaked with fingers) *you want it to be like shredded meat
1 large onion (finely diced)
3 cloves grated garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 big pinch black pepper
1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tsp white miso (optional)
2 tbsp corn starch
1. Prepare the marinade, in a bowl mix the mustard, tamari, water and starch. Heat a pan on medium heat and add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil.
2. Add the onion and garlic and cook on medium heat until soft and lightly caramelised.
3. Add the jackfruit, spices, herbs and the marinade and stir so that everything comes together nicely, cook for a few minutes until the mix becomes sticky. Take the pan off the heat.. transfer the jackfruit mix into a deep bowl and mix together well and squeeze into a ball. Leave it to cool down.
4. When the jackfruit has cooled down you can shape it into 7 or 8 oval shapes, squeeze them together tightly so they are nice and compact, use water if you need to prevent your hands becoming to sticky. Put them in the fridge to harden for 2+ hours.
Bread-crumbing the jackfruit
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
200ml plant milk (I used oat)
1/2 cup plain flour
500ml vegetable oil (for frying)
1. Put all the ingredients in separate bowls.
2. You want to coat the jackfruit ovals in the flour first, then in the milk and finally the breadcrumbs, repeat the process so each oval has 2 layers.
3. Heat a pan or pot with vegetable oil, put a small bread crumb in to test the heat, if it sizzles then its ready, you want the oil to be around 170 degrees celsius.
4. Cook until crispy and golden brown, you may need to turn them over a few times depending on how deep your pan is or how much oil you used.
5. Season with a pinch of salt and serve with aioli or vegan mayonnaise! I served mine with a chipotle cashew cheese sauce with a squeeze of lemon.