Gluten-Free Pulled Jackfruit

Gluten-Free Pulled Jackfruit Recipe

What do you do when you’re craving pulled pork but you’re having your vegetarian son over for dinner? You have pulled jackfruit instead!

This gluten-free pulled jackfruit recipe is a great vegetarian, vegan alternative to pulled pork, with a little Asian twist. If you haven’t had jackfruit, this is a good recipe for your first time trying it. It calls for canned jackfruit, so you don’t have to buy fresh and feel intimidated by a new fruit. Just make sure you get the young jackfruit in water, not the kind in brine or syrup.

The sauce uses SunButter, lime juice, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and a few others to create a delicious nutty (without the nuts) Asian-style flavor.

I like to serve this in Siete almond flour tortillas to make a grain-free meal, but corn tortillas, lettuce leaves, or gluten-free burger buns will also work.

The Asian slaw served on top is a great complement to this dish. Find the recipe for the Asian slaw here.

Gluten-Free Pulled Jackfruit Recipe

3.75 from 4 votes
Gluten-Free Pulled Jackfruit
Gluten-Free Pulled Jackfruit Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 394 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans young jackfruit in water (not brine or syrup)
  • cup creamy SunButter
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice (juice of 2 large limes)
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) chili garlic sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 8 gluten-free tortillas or lettuce leaves, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Sriracha sauce, for serving (optional)
  • Asian Slaw, for serving (optional)
  1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit. Place in a deep skillet and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until tender.
  2. Combine the SunButter with cup water, lime juice, honey, tamari, chili garlic sauce, and sesame oil, whisking to a smooth sauce. If too thick, add a little more water.
  3. When the jackfruit is tender, drain off the water, add the sauce, increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the jackfruit has absorbed the sauce and is starting to brown. Once the jackfruit starts to brown, let cook, undisturbed, for a minute or two until browned on the bottom, then flip the jackfruit and let brown again for another minute or two.
  4. Serve in tortillas with lime wedges, topped with Sriracha and Asian slaw, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Please note: Nutrition facts list does not include the Asian slaw. 

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Pulled Jackfruit Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 601mg25%
Potassium 346mg10%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 3555IU71%
Vitamin C 14.7mg18%
Calcium 131mg13%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Sharon
    July 25, 2019

    Why should jackfruit in brine not be used in this recipe? How can it be used?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      July 26, 2019

      Hi Sharon,

      Jackfruit in brine could change the flavor. You could try rinsing it really well to see if that works, but to be safe I suggest the one in water so that the full flavor of the dish comes through.

      Hope you enjoy it!


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