Jackfruit Stir Fry

Menu PartEntree
Cuisine TypeAsian
Jackfruit stir fry

Chef Sam Blackburn


Amarillo, Texas

Sodexo held a culinary competition for its chefs and cooks, and one of the criteria was to create a dish that could be eaten with one piece of cutlery. Chef Sam Blackburn won the “Love of Food Innovation Challenge” with a plant-based jackfruit stir fry. His street food-inspired recipe fit all the contest criteria, including easy preparation, replication and serving. And the eater only needs one utensil to enjoy it.


2 oz. uncooked rice vermicelli noodles

½ tsp. fish sauce

1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. tamari soy sauce

1½ tsp. honey

1½ rice wine vinegar

½ tsp. fresh chili paste, such as sambal oelek

1 tbsp. vegetable stock or water

1½ tsp. lime juice

1½ tsp. sesame oil

¼ cup broccoli florets

¼ tsp. kosher salt or to taste

½ tsp. ground black pepper or to taste

½ cup shredded carrots

¼ cup sliced yellow squash

¾ tsp. finely chopped garlic

¼ tsp. peeled and finely chopped ginger

¼ cup jackfruit in slivers or bite-size pieces

2 tbsp. sliced water chestnuts

1 tbsp. chopped cilantro, divided

1 tbsp. thinly sliced green onions, divided

1½ tsp. chopped peanuts

1½ tsp. sliced and seeded jalapeno pepper


1. Cook noodles according to package directions; rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Set aside.

2. In medium bowl, combine fish sauce, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, chili paste, stock and lime juice; whisk to combine. Set aside.

3. In large wok or saute pan, heat sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add broccoli florets; saute 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add carrots; saute 2 to 3 minutes longer. Add squash; saute 2 minutes more. Stir in garlic and ginger; saute 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Reduce heat to medium; add jackfruit, water chestnuts and reserved sauce mixture. Bring to a simmer; stir in cooked noodles, 2 tsp. cilantro and 1½ tsp. green onions.

5. To serve, transfer to plate or shallow bowl and top with peanuts, jalapenos and remaining green onions and cilantro.

Photo courtesy of Sodexo


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