Fried Rice a la Jackfruit
Updated: Oct 27, 2020
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I think the first time I tried jackfruit it was in high school. A friend of mine was eating some after rehearsal and offered me a piece. The flavor wasn't bad just kinda blah so I didn't think much of it or have a need to try it again. Fast forward to a few months ago. I was watching The Kitchen on Food Network and saw them use jackfruit in tacos. It seemed weird but it stayed in the back of my mind. Then they did another episode that featured jackfruit in sloppy joes. I started doing some research on it because it looked like meat and could take on the flavors cooked into it easily. I eventually found pre-seasoned packets at my local HEB. One was made like BBQ pulled port and the other with a Tex-Mex vibe. I tried them both and I actually liked it. Here are the jackfruit tacos and jackfruit BBQ sliders I've made.
This time I wanted to find plain jackfruit that I could work with and make a new dish out of. It took a lot of time but I finally found it on Thrive Market. I've been waiting for the right time to make something new and that time is now. I've also got another new thing I want to try cooking with. Garlic Herb Right Rice which is made from vegetables. So this dish is going to be vegan. You can find it here: https://amzn.to/37zAZpH
Don't get me wrong I love eating meat but, I want to try adding in plant-based products into my diet. This recipe can be used with regular rice and a protein of choice if desired.
Let's get started!!
Preheat the oven to 475∘F and prepare a sheet pan by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray. When making fried rice at home it's best to use leftover rice. A trick I used was I cooked the rice at lunch and sealed it up to use for dinner. It doesn't have the same effect to use freshly cooked rice. The restaurants manage to do it some way but I have no clue how. Add the ground ginger, coconut oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil to the rice and stir to combine. I decided not to add vegetables because the rice I used is made from vegetables and was also seasoned with garlic but, feel free to add those in during this process. When you're done put the rice onto your prepared sheet pan.
Spread the rice out evenly onto the pan. Cook the rice in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the edges crisp. Meanwhile let's get the jackfruit ready. I coated my jackfruit in soy sauce, rice vinegar, sambal olek, ginger and garlic. You can use whatever marinade you want but this gives it a good flavor. If you aren't a big fan of spice like me but want a tiny kick just add very little of the sambal olek. It's an asian chili paste so it will make food very spicy. Stir it all up and you're done.
When the rice is done cooking, use a metal spatula (some pieces will be hard to scrape this helps) to scrape up the rice. Spread it back out then add the marinated jackfruit. I also drizzled egg whites over the rice you can skip this, scramble your own eggs to add after or slightly beat an egg and drizzle that on top. Put the rice back in the oven until the eggs are cooked. Jackfruit does not need to be cooked to enjoy it. Use the spatula again to scrape up the rice and serve.
That's it you now have a delicious plate of fried rice to enjoy.