Jackfruit drenched in a sweet and tangy huli huli sauce make the BEST vegan meal! Pile cilantro and pineapple slices on these jackfruit sliders for a delicious plant-based meal.
Remember that time I made huli huli cauliflower? Yea, well that recipe was a real hit with you guys so I thought I would recreate it with some jackfruit!
What is huli huli sauce?
It’s a Hawaiian sauce and it tastes like a sweet and tangy teriyaki sauce. Huli huli chicken is a popular dish in the Hawaiian cuisine but we’re not using chicken here! Or any meat for that matter.
That’s where our little vegan friend, jackfruit, comes to play.
What is jackfruit?
Jackfruit is a tropical fruit (duh) common in Asian and Island Pacific cuisine where it is produced. More recently, this fruit has gained major popularity in the vegan space because when prepared, it can have the same meaty texture as pulled pork!
So the ingredient list for huli huli sauce may seem daunting, but I promise you, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand!
It’s super easy to make. Just mix all the ingredients together and let simmer on low heat. This allows the sauce to thicken up, and really combine well with the jackfruit.
Tip: To make the sauce extra thick, you can add flour, cornstarch, or arrowroot powder to the sauce!
K, so we talked about what jackfruit is but where the heck do you buy it and how the heck do you prepare it?
Where to buy jackfruit?
- Ethnic grocery aisle (near Asian foods)
- Asian grocery store
- Trader Joe’s
Jackfruit is sold canned, either in water, brine, or syrup. It’s important to STAY AWAY from the syrup variety because that would be an overly sweet recipe disaster!
Some grocery stores might carry fresh canned jackfruit, but unless you want to get into this huge task, I suggest sticking to the canned kind. Just watch this video to see what I mean!
How to prepare jackfruit:
- Start by draining the canned jackfruit
- Put jackfruit in a pan on low-medium heat. Once it starts to get warm, the jackfruit will get soft, making it easier to mash.
- Mash with the backside of a fork or even a potato masher. This will give the jackfruit a stringy “pulled pork” texture!
Serving suggestions for jackfruit sliders:
To make these jackfruit sliders, I served them with extra sauce, cilantro, pineapple slices on Hawaiian rolls
Note: King’s Hawaiian rolls are NOT vegan! You can make your own with this recipe, or look for a brand that is vegan-friendly.
Other ways to upgrade these jackfruit sliders:
- Add pickled red onions for a delicious crunch
- Serve with a simple slaw recipe
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Huli Huli Jackfruit Slider
- 2 20-ounce cans jackfruit in brine or water; NOT syrup
- 1 small bunch cilantro chopped
- 12 rolls or mini hamburger buns like King's Hawaiian (these are NOT vegan; see notes)
- juice from 1-20-ounce can of pineapple chunks (about 1/2 cup) Reserve pineapple chunks for serving
- 1/4 cup tamari can substitute with low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar can substitute with brown sugar
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1.5 Tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and minced (about 1-inch piece)
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 pinch red chili flakes 1 pinch red chili flakes
- 2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour can substitute with cornstarch (optional; to make the sauce thicker)
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the sauce except for the flour. Transfer to a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a bubble on low-medium heat. Reduce heat and whisk frequently until the sauce is thick (about 30 minutes). If you prefer a thicker sauce, stir in flour or cornstarch.
- Drain jackfruit and transfer to pan over low-medium heat. Once jackfruit gets warm, mash with the backside of a fork or potato masher. Note, some jackfruit might have seeds still. Discard.
- Mix sauce with jackfruit, reserving some for topping on sliders.
- To assemble sliders, pile on jackfruit, extra sauce, cilantro, and pineapple chunks onto a toasted bun. Repeat until all the sliders are made.
- Toast buns in the oven preheated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
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