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Recipe: Banana Peel ‘Pulled Pork’

Fried in spices and ketchup, shredded banana peel can be transformed into vegetarian ‘pulled pork’.

“I saw people cooking with banana peel on the internet and I was intrigued – turns out it’s actually quite delicious if you prepare it in the right way,” says Miguel Barclay, author of the One Pound Meals cookbook series.

“Banana peel is definitely something I would usually throw away, so technically this is free food.”

Miguel Barclay’s banana peel pulled pork

(makes 1 portion)

1 banana peel
½tsp ground cumin
½tsp smoked paprika
1tsp demerara sugar (or other brown sugar)
3tbsp tomato ketchup
1 soft bread roll
1tbsp coleslaw
Olive oil

Banana peel pulled pork
Banana peel pulled pork from Green One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay (Dan Jones/PA)


1. Shred the banana peel using a fork, then pan-fry in a splash of olive oil over a medium for about five minutes.

2. Add a pinch of salt, along with the cumin, smoked paprika and sugar. After 30 seconds, add the ketchup and simmer for a couple more minutes until the mixture is the consistency and dark brown colour of pulled pork.

3. Serve in a soft roll, topped with a tablespoon of coleslaw.

Green One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay
(Dan Jones/PA)

Green One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay is published by Headline Home, priced £16.99. Photography by Dan Jones. Available now.

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