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
  • Salt


  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 is published by Headline Home. Photography by Dan Jones. Available now.