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Deep-fried jackfruit, served on a black plate with fries.

Vegan Fish And Chips

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  • Author: erin wysocarski
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan fish and chips is made with an IPA and malt-vinegar beer batter. It’s super flavorful and crispy! This is made with jackfruit packed in brine to resemble the texture of white fish. Serve with slaw, dill-kissed mayo and fries for a vegan seafood feast! 


for the garlicky-dill mayo

  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 4 tsp coconut vinegar (apple cider vinegar or lemon juice would work too)
  • 1 TB chopped fresh dill
  • 23 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane grater
  • few pinches of salt

for the jackfruit

  • 2, 20-oz. cans of jackfruit, packed in brine
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 vegetable bouillon cubes 
  • 1 tsp Old Bay

 for the batter

  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 6 oz. beer (lager or IPA)
  • 1/2 cup fizzy water
  • 1 TB malt vinegar
  • 1/2 cup finely ground corn flour, combined with 1 tsp each of Old Bay and dried dill
  • canola or grapeseed oil, for frying

to garnish and serve

  • fries or slaw
  • extra malt vinegar
  • lemon wedges
  • chopped fresh dill/parsley
  • chopped green onion
  • flaky salt


to prepare the garlicky-dill mayo

  1. Combine all ingredients. Adjust to taste if needed, then comfort and refrigerate until ready to serve.

to prepare the jackfruit

  1. Drain the jackfruit, removing any seeds. 
  2. Add the bouillon and Old Bay to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once dissolved, add the jackfruit to the pan. Allow to return to a small boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes. Drain.
  3. Allow to cool, then transfer to a baking sheet in a single layer. Place into the freezer for a few hours.
  4. Remove the jackfruit from the freezer and allow to defrost on the sheet. Once defrosted and at room temp, place the jackfruit, single layer, in between towels (I used a large bath towel). Press down with your hands to allow most of the moisture out. The jackfruit doesn’t need to be bone dry.

to prepare the batter

  1. Combine the AP flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and pepper into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. In another bowl, combine the beer, fizzy water and malt vinegar.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry and combine, taking care not to overmix.

to fry the jackfruit

  1. Place several inches into a medium-sized cast-iron pot. Heat over medium-high heat for several minutes. Test the oil’s readiness by inserting a chopstick into the oil so it touches the bottom of the pan. If bubbles form around the chopstick immediately, you are ready to fry.
  2. Working in small batches, dredge the jackfruit into the seasoned corn flour mix, then transfer to the batter.
  3. Make sure each piece is covered evenly in the batter, then carefully transfer to the oil, taking care not to overcrowd the pot. 
  4. Once golden brown all over, transfer the jackfruit to a large plate lined with paper towels and repeat the process with the remaining jackfruit.
  5. Serve immediately with fries, slaw, lemon wedges, mayo, malt vinegar and chopped fresh herbs.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner
  • Method: Boiled, Simmered, Battered, Deep Fried
  • Cuisine: American, British