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Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit
Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit with Rice and Peas
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Marinating time (minimum)
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

This Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit with Rice and Peas is the perfect version of this traditional dish. The jerk marinade has a spicy kick to it, while the rice and peas has a filling but also cooling flavour from the coconut milk. The jackfruit has a stringy ‘meaty’ texture, and the dish as a whole makes for great party food.

Course: main, starter
Cuisine: caribbean, jamaican
Keyword: beans, coconut, jackfruit, jerk, pulses, rice, spicy
Author: Vanessa
Jerk Jackfruit
  • 1/2 white Onion
  • 1 bunch Spring onion
  • Thumb sized piece ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Scotch Bonnet (optional if like spicy food - half or whole)
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tbsp dried thyme)
  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce / tamari (use tamari if gluten free)
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil or rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp brown Sugar / coconut palm sugar
  • 3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar (optional, but makes the sauce go further without adding lots more oil)
  • 1 tin jackfruit pieces (400g)
  • Extra lime slices (to serve)
Rice and Peas
  • 200 g rice (basmati rice is delicious but wholegrain rice also works well and is healthier)
  • 400 g full fat coconut milk (can use half fat if desired)
  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tbsp dried thyme)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 400g tins of beans (kidney beans are most traditional but black beans and black eyed peas work very well)
Jerk Jackfruit
  1. Put all the ingredients, except the jackfruit and extra lime, in a food processor. Blend together until all ingredients are combined.

  2. Drain the jackfruit and ‘pull’ it apart with your fingers until it is in stringy pieces. Put in an oven-proof dish.

  3. Pour the jerk marinade (keeping behind around a third of it for extra sauce later) over the jackfruit and mix in.

  4. Put in the fridge for at least an hour for the flavours to sink in.

  5. Cook in an oven at 200 C for around 25 minutes with foil covering the jackfruit (this will help keep the moisture in). Then cook in the oven for a further 10 minutes with the foil off (to give it a little bit of crispiness). 

  6. Heat up the sauce you set aside in a pan.

  7. Serve the jerk jackfruit with rice and peas, the extra sauce and the extra slices of lime. 

Rice and Peas
  1. Rinse the rice and place in a large saucepan.

  2. Add half the amount of water the rice requires to cook. Add the spring onions, garlic, thyme and allspice.

  3. Cook for half the cooking time required. Then add the tin of coconut milk and the beans (drained and rinsed).

  4. Stir regularly over a medium heat to ensure the rice doesn’t start sticking to the bottom of the pan. You may need to add more water if the rice isn’t fully cooked or is looking too dry. 

  5. Once the cooking time is complete, test that the rice is cooked. Cook for longer and / or add more water if needed.