Jackfruit Vegetarian Irish Stew & Soda Bread

vegetarian irish stew

If you’re cutting out meat completely or beginning to reduce your intake, sometimes you might wonder how you can create vegetarian alternatives to your favourite meat dishes. With it still being just as satisfying in taste and texture. In Irish stews, we often see meats like pork or beef but here our vegetarian Irish stew uses the amazing Jackfruit. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an Asian fruit which has a similar appearance and texture to pulled pork when cooked. What’s more, it’s packed full of fantastic dietary fiber, vitamins and is free of saturated fats. You can often find tinned Jackfruit in your local international supermarkets. Alongside the Jackfruit, there’s a great range of vegetables in this stew which add lots of flavour and nutrition…

irish stew

We’ve served this stew with our homemade Irish Soda Bread rolls. This bread is made with very basic ingredients since it roots back to Ireland’s times of austerity. It’s the buttermilk which gives the bread its unique flavour and counteracts with the bicarbonate of soda to activate the raising process. Soda bread is very tasty and compliments Irish stew well. The cranberry and pumpkin seeds in our recipe add a little crunchy sweetness too…

irish soda bread

Serves 4
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
For the Soda Bread
  1. 100g Self Raising flour
  2. 100g Rolled oats
  3. 100g Wholemeal bread flour
  4. 50g Stork margarine
  5. 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  6. ½ teaspoon of Thyme
  7. 200ml buttermilk
  8. Pumpkin seeds
  9. Dried cranberries
For the Irish Stew
  1. 2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil
  2. 2 medium white onions, diced
  3. 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  4. 2 leeks, roughly chopped
  5. 800ml of boiling water
  6. 2 vegetable stocks
  7. 600ml of cold water
  8. 12 teaspoons of Bisto powder
  9. 1 x 280g tin of Jackfruit (in water), drained and rinsed
  10. ½ teaspoon of Salt
  11. Black Pepper
  12. 1 teaspoon of Thyme
  13. 400g of butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  14. 300g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  15. 400g large white potato, peeled and chopped
  16. 1 x 400g tin of butter beans
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Begin by making your soda bread. In a large bowl mix together the flours, oats, bicarbonate of soda and thyme. Then evenly rub in the butter using your fingers until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Pour in the buttermilk gradually, gently folding it into the dry ingredients as you go using a baking spatula. Then use your hands to combine all the ingredients into a dough. The dough can get quite sticky so wetting your hands beforehand will help. Mould the dough into 4 equal rolls and place them on a lined baking tray ready for the oven. Score the rolls and sprinkle them with some pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. Leave to one side.
  3. Moving onto the stew, begin by preparing your vegetables.
  4. In a large casserole pot, lightly fry your onions, carrots and leek in the rapeseed oil on a medium-high heat for a few minutes. Meanwhile, dissolve your 2 vegetable stock cubes in 800ml of boiling water and add this to the stew.
  5. Then mix your Bisto powder with 200ml of cold water until its dissolved and add this to the stew too. We use cold water because using hot water will make the Bisto congeal in lumps. Stir it all through and place a lid on it whilst you drain and rinse your jackfruit.
  6. Add your Jackfruit along with your salt, thyme and a good grinding of black pepper. Put the lid on and cook for a further 5-10 mins.
  7. Then stir in all the potato, butternut squash, (drained) butter beans, and the remaining 400ml of water. Place a lid on the pot and cook the stew on a low-medium heat for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can put your Irish soda bread in the oven to bake for 40 minutes too. These will be ready when they’re golden and the bottoms of each roll sounds hollow when tapped.
  8. The stew is ready when all the vegetables are cooked through. You can use tongs to grab bits of Jackfruit to pull it apart prior to serving.
  9. Serve and enjoy... the soda bread tastes great with a little butter!
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