Cook's Hideout: Vegetarian Gyros with Jackfruit

January 11, 2016

Vegetarian Gyros with Jackfruit

Blogging Marathon# 60: Week 2/ Day 2
Theme: Take-Away dishes from Metropulos, Santa Barbara
Dish: Vegetarian Gyros with Jackfruit
Gyro (pronounced as jiro) literally means 'turn' in Greek. But basically it is a dish made of meat cooked in a vertical rotisserie and then served wrapped in a pita with toppings. Gyro is out and out meat centered dish and this vegetarian version is far far away from it's origins.
Jackfruit Gyros
All this talk about Gyro is because I'm cooking from a Greek take-out restaurant, Metropulos, in Santa Barbara for this week's BM and Gyro happens to be one of their specialties. But they make it meat and I made mine with jackfruit.
Jackfruit Gyros
There are quite a few different versions of vegetarian gyros online, some with roasted veggies, some with seitan, but this jackfruit version looks a little like meat because of it's texture. Recipe for the jackfruit gyros is from Vegetarian times magazine.
Jackfruit Gyros
I usually keep a can of green jackfruit in the pantry to make curries. It can easily be found in well stocked Asian/ Indian groceries. The only time consuming part of the dish is making the jackfruit filling and while that is happening, you can prep for the toppings. I made my own flatbreads to serve the gyros and the recipe I found is super simple -- I'll post it very soon.
Jackfruit Gyros

Greek Gyros with Jackfruit
  • 1 20oz. can Young Jackfruit in brine, rinsed, drained and pulled apart in shreds
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1tsp Low sodium Soy sauce
  • 1tsp Ground Coriander
  • 2~3tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1tbsp Vegan margarine or Oil
  • To taste Salt & Pepper
  • 4 Flatbreads/ Pita breads ( or Store bought)
  • 1 Medium Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2tsp Red wine vinegar
  • 2tbsp Parsley or Cilantro, finely chopped
  • As needed Hummus (Homemade or Store bought)
  • As needed Tzatziki Sauce (Homemade or Store bought)
  • As needed Lettuce, shredded
  • As needed Tomato, diced
  • As needed Cucumber, diced
  1. Heat margarine or oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3~4 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  2. Next add the shredded jackfruit and cook for 20 minutes or until browned and caramelized.
  3. Add some water, oregano, soy sauce, coriander, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10~15 minutes or until liquid is almost evaporated.
  4. Finally stir in the lemon juice and set aside.
  5. In the meantime, toss sliced red onion with red wine vinegar and set aside to marinate.
  6. To Serve: Warm bread, smear with hummus, pile up with the jackfruit filling and toppings of choice. Serve immediately.
Jackfruit Gyros

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 60.


  1. I am literally drooling over here.Your set up and pics looks too gorgeous and inviting.We love jack fruit and couldn't find it her.Please tell me where I can buy that can of jack fruit.

  2. Thats an intereting twist with jackfruit, wow simply just cant stop drooling myself here. Such an irresistible gyros..loving it.

  3. wow quiet interesting recipe there. Love it

  4. this looks like a sumptuous meal by itself :-)) way to go !

  5. I have tried a rajma version of gyros long time back. Made pitas too that time. It was a great meal, your post reminds me to make it once again :-).

  6. I have tried a curried jackfruit dish when I went to sri lankan restaurant once and wasnt a big fan - sweet I like as a fruit though - regardless a unique twist to gyros

  7. I am literally waiting to grab some from the screen. Looks so wonderful and that jackfruit filling so closely resembles a meat filling.

  8. I have once made gyro with paneer. This version with jack fruit looks like a great meat substitute.

  9. Very innovative to have jackfruit filling in a gyro.

  10. You have come up with an interesting vegetarian version gyros.

  11. The pictures are awesome. Your vegetarian version of gyros is amazing!

  12. The clicks are so awesome that i feel like grabbing it from the screen. Lovely!!


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