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Jackfruit Gyros

Gyros are a Greek dish that typically aren’t vegetarian-friendly. I’m taking all the flavors you would come to expect from a gyro and packing it into the versatile ingredient that is jackfruit. Jackfruit makes the perfect substitute for a traditional gyro here and also packs a good dose of vitamin C. From my cookbook "The Vegetarian Family Cookbook".
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Entrées, Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 10 ounces young jackfruit canned or packaged
  • 4 pitas or flatbread gluten-free if necessary
  • Romaine lettuce for topping
  • Sliced tomato for topping
  • Sliced red onion for topping
  • Tzatziki for topping, regular or dairy-free/vegan


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the olive oil and garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, oregano, garlic powder, thyme, cinnamon, smoked paprika, chili powder, nutmeg, and salt. Stir and cook for 2 minutes longer.
  • Add the vegetable broth, lemon juice, and jack-fruit. Stir and then let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • When the jackfruit is done simmering, transfer to a baking sheet. Using the back of a fork, break the jackfruit up a bit into shreds. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Divide the jackfruit among the pitas or flatbread. Top with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a dollop of tzatziki before serving.



This recipe and many others can be found in my book "The Vegetarian Family Cookbook".
You can also view this recipe as a Web Story.
Also see: 25 Vegetarian Lunch Ideas.


Serving: 1gyro | Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 319IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg