You can turn banana skins into ‘pulled pork’. No, really…

You can turn banana skins into ‘pulled pork’. No, really...
Fried in spices and ketchup, shredded banana peel can be transformed into vegetarian ‘pulled pork’. Katie Wright gives it a go

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.”

Banana peel pulled pork

Makes: 1 portion


1 banana peel

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp demerara sugar (or other brown sugar)

3 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 soft bread roll

1 tbsp coleslaw

Olive oil


(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.

Recipe from ‘Green One Pound Meals’ by Miguel Barclay (published by Headline Home, £16.99; photography by Dan Jones), available now.


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