Our vegan jackfruit po' boy packs all the amazing flavours of the classic New Orleans sandwich, but with a fraction of the fats. It's perfect if you're following a plant-based diet or looking for a healthier take on this Louisiana-style sub.
The traditional recipe consists of a French bread roll stuffed with fried shrimps, piled up with lettuce, tomatoes, dill pickles, and drizzled with mayo-based remoulade sauce. With a few simple tweaks, we turned this filling sandwich into a vegan-friendly and low-fat delight.
In our recipe, we coated jackfruit chunks with spicy vegan buttermilk and Cajun-spiced panko breadcrumbs. Then, we oven-baked the nuggets until crispy rather than deep-frying them to keep the fats low. Finally, we made a vegan remoulade sauce using coconut yogurt instead of mayo, and we seasoned it with wholegrain mustard and tabasco.
The result is a mouthwatering po' boy loaded with savoury "meaty" nuggets and bursting with Creole flavours. We recommend using French baguette bread as it makes the perfect base for this sandwich with its soft crumb and crispy crust.
Jackfruit is a staple ingredient in various cuisines in South East Asia, like in India and Thailand, but you can easily find it at grocery stores canned in water or brine. It has a fairly neutral taste and fleshy texture, ideal as a meat alternative in vegan recipes. We found that jackfruit is absolutely perfect for our po' boy as it takes on all the Cajun seasoning flavours.
Born as a humble filler sub for "poor boys" (from whom it takes the name), the po' boy is now a much-beloved sandwich, sure to keep you satisfied for long. And with our healthy, plant-based option, you can now enjoy a generous portion with only 400 calories, 30% of your RDI of proteins and fibres, and 5% RDI of fats.