Vegan gyros

Vegan gyros

vegan gyros one

As promised, today I bring you another Greek-inspired recipe that goes well with Tuesday’s tzatziki recipe. I never thought I would create a vegan version of this dish as gyros is quintessentially a meat-lover’s choice, but it turns out that the mighty jackfruit has made it totally possible 🙂 .

In case you haven’t had the real thing, traditional gyros is a Greek dish made of pork or chicken meat, usually served wrapped in a soft and fluffy pita, with tomato, onion, tzatziki sauce and sometimes a few potato fries too. Well, I have followed exactly the same formula except for the meat component, of course.

Aside for the animal welfare aspect of this choice, my version is also considerably lighter than the original and just as delicious. It’s ideal if you are trying to cut down on your saturated fat intake. It’s also very portable – great for taking along for a walk in the hills, which is exactly what is in our weekend plans.

vegan gyros jackfruit pork

vegan tzatziki

vegan gyros

makes
6
PREP
30 min
COOKING
45 min
makes
6
PREPARATION
30 min
COOKING
45 min
INGREDIENTS
JACKFRUIT PORK (for best flavour, make a day ahead)

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dry oregano, plus more for fries
  • ½ tsp chilli power, adjust to taste
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tins of young (green) jackfruit in water
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp white pepper (black is okay too)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

REMAINING INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • a handful of sweet cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • vegan tzatziki (recipe here)
  • 6 large Greek pitas (gluten-free if required)
  • 6 Romaine lettuce leaves, shredded
  • 1 small red onion, super finely sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes (optional)
  • olive oil

METHOD
JACKFRUIT PORK (for best flavour, make a day ahead)

  1. Drain both jackfruit tins. Cut the firm, pointy ends off each triangular piece of jackfruit (you can still use them if you wish, I don’t). Set aside.
  2. Heat up olive oil in a medium, heavy-bottomed, pan. Fry diced red onion until softened, translucent and lightly caramelised. Add chopped garlic and fry off gently until soft and fragrant.
  3. Add most of the spices: cloves, cinnamon, cumin, and oregano to the onion-garlic mixture. Fry them off gently, stirring the whole time, for a minute or so.
  4. Mix in the tomato paste.
  5. Now add in the prepared jackfruit along with soy sauce, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar. Mix everything really well. Squash the jackfruit pieces with your mixing spoon so that the individual fibres separate more. Season with white pepper and a pinch of ground chilli if you wish. Simmer the mixture gently for another 10-15 minutes and then allow it to cool down. Place in the fridge overnight to intensify the flavour.
  6. Just before you are ready to assemble your gyros, set the oven to 200° C / 390° F (fan function). Spread the jackfruit pieces on a baking paper-lined baking tray and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until a little caramelised and browned around the edges.

POTATO FRIES (optional)

  1. Heat the oven to 200° C / 390° F (fan function) and line a baking tray with a piece of baking paper.
  2. Scrub potatoes well (or peel them) and cut them into thick matchsticks of similar size.
  3. Coat them in olive oil (about 1 tbsp) and spread them on a baking tray, making sure they don’t overlap.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes (until browned in places), flipping them to the other side half way through.
  5. Season with fine sea salt and dried oregano.

ASSEMBLY

  1. Just before serving, warm pitas up in a low oven.
  2. Place warmed-up pitas on a work surface, fluffier side down.
  3. Fill with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, baked jackfruit pork and warm potato fries.
  4. Gently fold the pitas over the filling, wrap in a piece of paper and tie with a string. Serve with a generous dollop of tzatziki.

NOTES
As jackfruit pork and fries both require baking, I suggest you bake jackfruit first and bake fries directly before serving.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
369
18%
sugars
10 g
11%
fats
14 g
20%
saturates
2 g
9%
proteins
8 g
15%
carbs
51 g
20%
*per gyros
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32 reviews, 64 comments
REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Shae:
I tried this recipe with Tinned Banana Blossom and it came out just as good! Love the recipe, thank you :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    I'm delighted to hear that, Shae! Thank you! x Ania
Andreza Owens:
Loved this recipe! It was incredibly delicious and so flavorful. Will definitely be making it again!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much, Andreza! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed it and thanks for taking the time to leave a review. x Ania
Laura:
Delicious! The recipe was so easy to follow and we tasted as we went along so it was amazing in the end. Thanks for this
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much, Laura! So happy to hear that you enjoyed these and thank you so much for returning to leave this lovely review - I really appreciate it. x Ania
Eliza:
Hi Ania,This recipe look AMAZING! I've been dying to try my hand at making a vegan recipe with jackfruit, and this looked like the perfect recipe. There is one small problem though - I have a tomato allergy and can't use tomato paste. Do you know of a tomato-free substitute that would work in place of the 2 tbsp. of the paste?Thanks, Lynnette
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Lynnette,Thank you, I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and that it was a tasty introduction to jackfruit! As for tomato paste replacement that's a tough one. How about using some water + cornflour (to thicken and bind) and a touch tamarind paste (it is very sour) for example? It provides a bit of tanginess and it sort of clumps the jackfruit together so that should work well. You could also try minced roast peppers, but it will add another flavour...Ania
Kristina:
This is absolutely delicious! I also made the vegan tzatziki and it was amazing! My boyfriend couldn’t tell this was vegan’. Thank you so much for the recipe I look forward to trying other recipes from you.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much for your lovely feedback, Kristina! I'm so happy to hear that both you and your boyfriend enjoyed this dish so much. x Ania
Marie:
Hi Ania, This is another delicious recipe! The only thing is that to find jackfruits here in Luxembourg is so difficult that I use chickpeas instead. I don’t need to prepare the jackfruit part the day before so it’s easy to have a delicious meal on the table in no time. Tonight we ate it with a potato salad. Everybody loved the meal! So delicious !
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Marie, I'm glad you enjoyed these and good thinking to swap jackfruit out for chickpeas. x Ania
May:
I chose to be vegan for lent and wanted to try some new recipes. These are so good and easy to make - I plan on making them regularly! Thank you for sharing you recipe :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    I'm delighted to hear that, May! And thank you for taking the time to let me know. I hope you'll find other recipes on my site that you'll enjoy just as much. x Ania
Emma:
Made these twice now and they were delicious! The marinade is very versatile for chickpeas or mushrooms as well! :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks, Emma! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed my vegan take on gyros and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. x Ania
Britt:
My husband and I love this recipe. Every time we make it, we say to each other, “OMG this is so good,” between every bite. Go make it. Now. You won’t be disappointed.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Britt! I'm so happy to hear that both you and your husband enjoyed this recipe so much. And thanks so much for taking the time to review - I really appreciate it! x Ania
Hannah:
These are a firm favourite in my house even with my picky eater husband! My favourite way to cook jackfruit.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, Hannah! I'm so happy to hear that my gyros has become such a firm favourite in your household! x Ania
Joseph:
Absolutely delicious. It’s easy to make so it’sa nice thing to do if you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. The jackfruit is marinated perfectly and the taste is exactly what you’d expect from a dish like this. Well done!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thanks so much for your awesome feedback, Joseph! I am so happy to hear that you found it both easy and flavourful! Ania
Lucy:
This recipe is sooo tasty, the flavoured jackfruit tastes amazing & you can’t go wrong with gyros. Will definitely be making this again very soon!! 😍
    Ania
    Ania:
    That's fantastic to hear! Thank you. Ania
Romy:
Hello! I have just prepped the jackfruit for tomorrow, but I forgot that I was using the recipe for half (1 can of jackfruit).. so I used the amount of spices for the full recipe.. So I hope it will turn out ok, i’ll make it again the right way soon. If I do make the recipe for 6 people, can you freeze the jackfruit ? Love, Romy
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Romy,I hope so too, the main thing I am worried about is that it may prove too salty. I'll be honest with you, I have not yet tried freezing it so I am not 100% sure, but I am guessing that it will be fine. The only thing I would say is that freezing tends to dull flavours so that's something worth being aware of. Hope this helps! Ania
Anneli Schmidt:
I made these vegan gyros for dinner yesterday and they were so delicious! The jackfruit turned out amazing. I even made the fries - perfect. I'll definitely make them many more times. I think next time I'll try the thinner pitas that you can open up into a pocket so I can stuff all the deliciousness into it and see how that works.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much for your kind review, Anneli! I'm delighted to hear that you and your family loved these and that you plan to make again. Ania
JoyceLa:
I made this recipe last night and I am telling you this is delicious! My carnivore husband scarfed it down like it was his last meal. I made the tzatziki sauce as well. I did not, however, wait 24 hours before eating so if it's even better the second night, I will never know!!!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw thank you so much for your lovely review, Joyce! I'm delighted that this dish went down so well with both you and your husband and I really appreciate you taking the time to let me and my other readers know. Thanks so much. Ania
Sarah:
I had been dreaming about making this recipe for a while as it looked as if it would be delicious, but was also a bit nervous about using jackfruit for the first time. I finally made it tonight and was not disappointed. It was so satisfying. I will certainly be making this again. Thanks Ania!!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much for your kind words, Sarah! I am delighted to hear that it went down so well and that you plan to make it again. Ania
Courtney:
Another 10/10 recipe, this one brings the house down. I like throwing some rosemary in the potato’s before I cook them, and serving the gyros with some tofu feta. This pulled jackfruit recipe is spot on, love finding new ways to use such an interesting ingredient. Thank you!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thanks so much for your kind words, Courtney! I am so happy to hear that it went down so well with you. And absolutely, rosemary and potatoes are such an irresistible flavour pairing and tofu feta sounds awesome, I must make it too soon - thanks for the idea. Ania
Tanya:
My family and I love this recipe(Hubby and two children 4&8)! The jackfruit came alive with all of the ingredients. Definitely will be making it again.Thank you!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much for your kind words, Tanya! So happy to hear that you enjoyed my take on jackfruit and that you plan to make it again. I'm especially happy that your kids liked it as I hear from my parent friends that the little ones are the trickiest of customers :) Ania
Sarah:
This was delicious, a great way to use Jackfruit! I've found that the Aldi cans are really good - they have very few of the hard middle fibres. A definite hit in our house & I'll 100% be making this again!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thanks so much Sarah! I'm really happy to hear that and thanks so much for taking the time to rate and review the recipe - much much appreciated. Ania
Pavlina:
Hi Ania - given that both jackfruit and fries are made in the oven at the same temperature, why wouldn't you make them both at the same time? I would start with fries and 5min in add the jackfruit. You specify to make jackfruit first and the fries later, I wonder why that is... Just making the jackfruit so it can rests in the fridge ahead of tomorrow lunch ;) Thank you!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Pavlina,Well, the reason I suggest that is that having so much stuff in the oven all at once will increase the overall humidity and hinder the process of rendering things crispy - especially when it comes to getting crispy fries. Also, jackfruit benefits from being made a day in advance as then all the beautiful spices have had a chance to mingle while it rests and it ends up tasting much nicer the next day. Hope that makes sense, but feel free to override me, of course. x Ania
Rachel:
I made this for dinner last night and it was amazing! The flavours are spot-on. I only had one tin of jackfruit so I added some sliced mushrooms too which worked really well. I also made your tzatziki recipe to go with it - yum!
    Ania
    Ania:
    I'm delighted to hear that, thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed them both. x Ania
Maria:
I was looking for a recipe that used jackfruit. Oh my days! I am so happy I found this recipe, it is absolutely delicious and with the tzatziki sauce it is a winner! This is my favourite recipe for Jackfruit now, the flavours are exquisite. Thank you so much Ania.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thanks so much, Maria! I am delighted to hear that you liked it so much! And thank you for taking the time to rate the recipe - much appreciated! Ania
Linh Ly:
Finally made this today! Including the sauce. It was the best thing ever!! Thank you for sharing.
    Ania
    Ania:
    I'm delighted to hear that Linh - thank you! x Ania
Sara:
Oh, this is gooood! I'm not vegan (but trying to become more plant-based), and I've never had gyros (or jackfruit), but I'm pretty sure I would choose this over pork anyway. I've made it this morning while the family is having a daddy-daughters day. I'm not sure if it will make it onto their plates tonight....
    Ania
    Ania:
    I'm delighted to hear that, Sara! Your comment made my day. Ania
Carmel Parente:
Really lovely recipe. Thank you x
    Ania
    Ania:
    My pleasure, that's lovely to hear! x Ania
I would like to make this but I’m wondering if I can freeze the prepared jackfruit for later use in gyros., then thaw and bake in the oven when we’re ready for another gyro meal.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi there,It's hard to say as I have not tried doing that and there is a chance that jackfruit gets weird after thawing, but I think that's unlikely so I would risk it! Ania
Liv:
Hi! This looks delicious! I’m planning on cooking it soon and was wondering if it’s better to half the recipe, or to try freeze it before the baking stage as I’m cooking it just for myself and don’t want it to go off !
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks! 1/2 recipe sounds like the way to go! Ania
Alice:
I made this tonight and it was delicious. My husband said it was "worthy of a prize"
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hahaha, thank you so much for your kind words and please tell your husband that depending what it is, of course, I will gladly accept a prize ;) Ania
n+a:
Hi Ania, we made this deliciious Gyros and all I can say is "Brilliant!" It Looks like meat, it tastes like spicy Gyros and ist waayy more healthier than actual meat! Thank you for this great recipe and Greetings from Germany! N+A
    Ania
    Ania:
    Yay! Thank you, I'm delighted to hear that you've rated it so highly! Ania
Nina Simon:
Ania, thanks for this great recipe. Can't wait to try this out. We get fresh jackfruit where I live and have seen it used in cooking Indian curries. Cutting jackfruit is a bit messy but oh well. :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    You are very welcome, Nina! I hope it hits the spot! So jealous of your fresh jackfruit btw :) Ania
Anna:
I made this about a week ago, and it was awesome!I was very excited to find a jackfruit recipe other than pulled pork, and the tzatziki recipe that went along with this was the first vegan yogurt dip I've ever enjoyed. And while I'm typically a terrible cook, this turned out miraculously well- even my non-vegan sister loved it!I'm looking forward to trying more of these recipes in the future!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, Anna! I am truly delighted to hear that you enjoyed this recipe so much! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely piece of feedback! Ania
Marj:
Hi Ania ur recipe is amazing already made it twice for dinner and m'y family loved it both Times plus There was leftovers for lunches so even better its easy to make and so tasty the first Time i use some végan sour Cream i had to make tzatziki and the second i made your tzatziki and it was even better than the one with the store bought sour Cream since u were saying u couldnt find that kind of stuff where u live u dont need to worry since yours is much better and theres no Word stuff on it too
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks, Marj! I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed them so much :) Ania
shelly:
These were great - followed the recipe for the Jackfruit as listed, though we used our own quicker version of tzatziki just to save some time
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks, Shelly! That's awesome to hear! Ania
K Wheeler:
Made this last night! Wonderful! I short cut your tzatziki recipe and just mixed everything in some Follow Your Heart vegan sour cream (including the chickpea flour roux). Delish! Will make again.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you so much, that's lovely to hear and what a great shortcut (I would totally do that to but there are no vegan products like that where I live) Ania
Meagan:
Hi there! I am currently making this, and I am really excited! I would like to know—what do you do with the pointy bits leftover from the jackfruit?Thanks!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Meagan,Hope you enjoyed the end result! I used to compost them, but now I just chop them up really small and return them to the pan. Hope that helps! Ania
Lori:
Hi, just wondering if you know how many calories would be in each serving please?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Lori,I'm sorry, but I don't have the means to provide calorie count on my website at this point in time. It is something I'm thinking of including but it's not a very straightforward addition. Ania
Egle:
I had this jackfruit on my shelf that I wanted to try for a while. I just search on Pinterest for jackfruit recipe and found your nice picture that got me drooling! I ran to the shop for missing ingredients (I made my own pitas as we don't have it here in Lithuania (1cup green yogurt 1cup flower)). Now my belly is full and happy:) Thank you! I am trying to go plant based recently and I saw your description that you prepare plant based receipts so I will definitely follow your fb for more fun stuff to prep. Hope you are having a nice day!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much for a lovely comment! Hope you'll like other recipes too! Ania
Sarah:
This jackfruit mixture was AMAZING. I made my own pita and sauce. To die for. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Can't wait to try more from your site. :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Sarah, that's lovely to hear :) Hope you'll enjoy other recipes just as much! Ania
Boyan Minchev:
I have to say that this recipe looks amazing, one of the best pita wraps I've ever seen. Thank you for sharing this vegan delight with us.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks :)
Basia:
Ania, I need your expertise :) we are having my (not yet vegan) bf's annual BBQ next week and I'm doing the vegan food. I just had an idea of making jackfruit gyros skewers... I made pulled pork a few times before but I never roasted jackfruit like you did in this recipe. So my question is: do you think it'll fall apart? I was thinking of preparing jackfruit in the same way as you did here but keep the bits intact. Then roast them in the oven and put them on skewers and on the day roast them on the bbq. The question is, do you think they will fall apart?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hey Basia,That's a good question. I worry that they might fall apart unless you don't chop the pointy bit at the end and perhaps pierce them widthwise (against the grain so to speak). Another consideration is that you wanna rough them up a bit in the sauce so that all the fibres soak up lots of flavour from the sauce. If you don't do that they MAY end up a bit bland inside, but maybe keeping them in the marinade overnight might combat that. I would test it on a small sample on a griddle pan first so that you can be sure that they'll knock the socks off all the omnis at your barbie :) Good luck and let me know how you got on! x Ania
      Basia:
      Hi Ania! I'm abandoning the jack fruit skewer idea for now - by accident I came up with a very 'stable', grillable shish kebab/ sausage base recipe and I'll go in that direction for the BBQ (and it's gf! And oli free - the oil didn't improve the taste). On the bright side, I now have about 5 cans of jack fruit in brine, so I'll make your gyros some time this month, yay :)
        Ania
        Ania:
        How could you?... ;) Sure thing, I'm sure your jackfruit won't go to waste ;) x
Hannah:
These look incredible! Your photos are so beautiful too x
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much, Hannah! Hope you'll give them a go :) Ania
VeganDad:
I'm in! I bought some Jackfruit months ago and it sat in the fridge while I tried to figure out what in the world to do with it. Never figured it out in time and it spoiled. SO, off to Whole Foods/Amazon I go to try again. My youngest is still a carnist, so I'm always trying to find her favorite meat meals in meat-free alternatives and she LOVES gyros.I'll let you know how it goes over in the family. Thanks for sharing!!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much and I hope this goes down a storm with your youngest one! :) Looking forward to feedback! Ania
Jane:
Hi! I am about to order some jackfruit for the first time. Your recipe says 2 tins. How many grams (ounces) are in your tins. I am seeing various weights. Thank you!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Jane,They are 560 g / 20 oz tins. Hope that helps! Ania
Jeannie:
This recipe is perfect timing. I just received the jackfruit I ordered on Amazon yesterday! I look forward to Sunday dinner.
    Ania
    Ania:
    That's awesome to hear, Jeannie! I hope it will hit the spot! :) Ania
Olivia:
As a girl who comes from a big-fat-Greek family, I cannot wait to try out this recipe! I might even have to make it for my Yiayia to taste and see what she thinks of it! Thank you, Ania for your endless creativity when creating your dishes, your photographs are simply stunning and the food is always delicious!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thanks so much for your kind words, Olivia and for taking the time to leave such a nice comment! Much appreciated. Hope this meat-less gyros will win Yiayia's heart :) Ania
Donna Bamber:
Hi Ania - I'm ready to take the jackfruit plunge, can't resist at this point! I've never used it, never even seen it; but followed your link in the recipe to see the tins on Amazon. Just a couple of elementary questions: 1) your link goes to a particular brand; I saw there were a couple of other brands with varying (& less expensive) prices. Have you used other brands other than your link and do you find a lot of variation in quality? 2) one brand I saw lists ingredients & says the jackfruit is packed in brine. Do you empty the tin into a strainer and rinse the jackfruit before you start any recipe?Thanks so much; love your posts & your photography.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Donna,Yes, yes, do it! Jackfruit is amazing - I only started using it this year as I had trouble getting it here, on my little island and I'm in love. I personally have used two brands CHAOKOH (the one I link to in the recipe) and CARDINAL (comes in red tin) and they both have been largely the same although I would say that the former seemed to have more quality pieces. One of my readers let me know that both the one in water and the one in brine are essentially the same thing so you are good. The key is to purchase young / green jackfruit, not the sweet one in syrup. I don't really rinse my jackfruit. I simply make two holes in the tin (one at the opposite end of the lid to the other) and that allows me to drain it well. Then I just opened the tin and cut off fleshy, pointy bit at the end of each piece. That's it. It's really easy! Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do.And thank you for kind words, I'm glad you're enjoying my ramblings :)Ania
camille:
Hi, If I were to use fresh Jackfruit. How would I prepare it?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Camille,I'm not sure as I cannot get fresh jackfruit here, but a quick Internet search reveals that you simply need to stew it in a vegetable broth or beer for a bit longer (about 30 minutes) before baking. Hope that helps! Ania
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