Leftover Ham Recipes – What to Make with Leftover Ham

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We have an answer to that age-old question of What To Do With Leftover Ham!  With this list of leftover ham recipes, you’ll be able to use up that ham in a variety of ways, now and later.

While ham is a staple on many holiday menus, we argue that cooking a ham should be on your meal plan throughout the year. Ham is a great ingredient in a number of dishes from soups to casseroles.

Holiday Ham Recipes

Ham is a staple on our holiday table no matter if it’s Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas and often at birthdays in-between.  Over the years, we’ve compiled a collection of easy ham recipes. Each recipe is unique and fun, and every one has a “secret” ingredient. While cooking our ham in the oven works just fine, we love using our crock pot to fix our ham. Check out our favorite ham recipes below!

3 Ingredient Crock Pot Ham is by far the most popular ham recipe on our blog…and we can’t argue with that!

3-Ingredient Crock Pot Spiral Ham is the perfect dish to please everyone at your dinner table.

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is a classic version of this holiday staple. Brown sugar is a very traditional ingredient in many ham glazes.

Brown Sugar Crock Pot Spiral Sliced Ham will be your families new favorite way to prepare a holiday ham.  The best part of this family-pleasing recipe is that it only has 3 ingredients---spiral ham, brown sugar and yellow mustard.

Ginger Ale Slow Cooker Ham uses a fizzy soda to give the meat a sweet, tangy flavor. So good!

Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale is downright easy to prepare; it uses three simple ingredients and is a hit with the whole family.

Cranberry Glazed Ham features a can of cranberry sauce and brown sugar for a delicious outer coating. While we feature the Instant Pot in this recipe, we also include directions on how to cook it in the oven!

This Instant Pot Cranberry Glazed Ham recipe is so simple that it only has three ingredients, a ham, canned cranberry sauce and brown sugar.

Ham Steak Recipes

The best and worst thing about hams is how big they are and how many people they feed.  For smaller families, making a large ham doesn’t make sense. In this instance, we recommend buying and preparing a ham steak instead.

What is a ham steak?

A ham steak is an individual, thick slice of a larger ham. It can be prepared in one intact piece (like a steak), or cut it up and add it to your favorite casserole. Ham steak is great on the grill but don’t be afraid to cook in on the stovetop or under the broiler in the oven.

Try our favorite, old fashioned ham steak recipes below.

Maple Glazed Ham Steak

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Steak

This Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham Steak is a fast meal full of flavor and features just three simple ingredients.


Leftover Ham Casserole Recipes

An easy way to use leftover ham is to chop it up in small pieces and add it to your favorite casserole. Casseroles are a favorite at our house especially during the winter. They are warm and hearty and they feed a crowd.

Mom’s Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole is hands down the one “must make” dish when our family has leftover ham. This easy casserole was a staple of our childhood and is still a favorite today.

Mom's Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole was an all-time favorite recipe at our house growing up. Mom traditionally made this with leftover ham after the holidays. This stick-to-your-ribs meal will warm you up on a cold winter day and is the perfect casserole for a new mom or sick friend.

Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls uses a handful of pantry and refrigerator staples including refrigerated crescent rolls, cream soup, milk, Velveeta, and shredded cheese to jazz up leftover diced ham.

Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls are the perfect way to use up leftover Holiday ham.  What's not to love about a buttery crescent roll stuffed with ham and cheese and smothered with a cheesy cream sauce?  

Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole

Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole is the perfect way to use up leftover baked ham. With only 5 simple ingredients, it won't break the bank, and the ingredients are probably already in your pantry.

Ham and Pineapple Casserole

Ham and Pineapple Casserole is an old fashioned recipe using leftover ham.  Let's face it, ham and pineapple are the perfect partners, and this pineapple casserole with ham is a simple and easy way to serve them together.

Soup Recipes with Leftover Ham:

Another option for leftover holiday ham is to chop it up into bite-sized pieces and use it in your favorite soup recipes.  A great thing about soups are many of them can be made in less than 30 minutes on your stovetop, so they are great weeknight dinner options.

Creamy Ham and Bean Soup

Cheddar Chowder with Ham

Shortcut Ham and Beans with Randall Beans is a quick version of classic ham and bean soup.  Using Randall Beans will save you much needed time and energy.

Ham and Beans with Randall Beans is a comfort food at its best.  Using canned beans and leftover ham results in a quick dinner; no one will know that it took a matter of minutes to make.

You could also save the ham bone to make ham broth, or use it in old fashioned Ham and Beans.

This Instant Pot Ham and Beans recipe has all the flavor but are much quicker to make with little prep work, including no soaking of beans needed. Ham and beans are one of those classics that brings back those memories of Grandma and days gone by.

Recipes with Ground Ham:

Grinding ham for recipes is a very old-fashioned method of using cooked ham. To easily grind up cooked ham, use a food processor and pulse until ground.

Ham Salad Spread

Old Fashioned Ham Salad Spread is just 5 simple ingredients that will take you right back to your childhood---leftover baked ham, miracle whip, yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish and sugar. Served on a sandwich or crackers, it's always a hit. 

Old Fashioned Ham Balls

Old Fashioned Ham Balls are made with ground pork, beef and ham with a surprise sweetness coming from graham cracker crumbs. 

Breakfast Ham Recipes:

Don’t forget about breakfast or brunch when trying to use up all that leftover cooked ham.  Diced ham is the perfecting ingredient to pair with eggs or to include in breakfast casseroles.  Try adding diced ham to scrambled eggs or omelets for a tasty breakfast option.

Ham and Cheese Quiche

This Make-Ahead Ham and Cheese Quiche can be pulled together the night before you need it and customized to your tastes but simply adding your favorite ingredients.

Loaded Breakfast Casserole

Loaded Breakfast Casserole has all the parts of your favorite breakfast wrapped into one decked out casserole---hash browns, eggs, cheese, sausage, bacon and ham.  This recipe serves a crowd making it perfect for your next holiday brunch.

Pasta with Leftover Ham

Creamy Pasta with Ham and Peas

Creamy Pasta with Ham and Peas is so simple to make.  Cubed ham and frozen peas are whipped up into a easy creamed mixture that is served over cooked pasta or noodles. 

Helpful Ham Tips For the Holidays:

Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale is downright easy to prepare; it uses three simple ingredients and is a hit with the whole family.

What is a spiral ham?

A spiral ham is one that has been cut at the processing plant with a machine.  The machine gives perfect, uniform slices making it easy to serve without a lot of cutting by hand.

Are hams pre-cooked?

Most hams are precooked during the curing process.  Be sure to read the label carefully to see if your ham is cured or uncured. Hams that are pre-cooked just need to be re-heated and glazed, if desired.

What is a ham glaze?

A glaze is sweet coating added to a ham during the cooking process. Ham glazes are typically sweet in nature to balance the natural saltiness of a ham.

Brown Sugar Crock Pot Spiral Sliced Ham will be your families new favorite way to prepare a holiday ham.  The best part of this family-pleasing recipe is that it only has 3 ingredients---spiral ham, brown sugar and yellow mustard.

What are the best ham glaze ingredients?

When thinking about what makes a good ham glaze, you usually want something sweet to balance the salt in the ham but adding some spice to the glaze is also a great idea.

  • Brown Sugar
  • Mustard
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Orange Juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Apple Juice
  • Cloves
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Can I freeze leftover ham?

Yes, freezing ham is a great option so you can take advantage of these leftover ham recipes later. Remove the bone, store in air-tight freezer containers or resealable plastic bags. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.  To save time, dice the ham into bite-sized pieces to make casserole preparation easy.

What do I do with a ham bone?

Don’t toss that ham bone! Boil the ham bone in water with your favorite vegetables (carrots, celery, onions or leeks) to make a rich ham broth to use in soups.  In addition, the most popular way to use a ham bone is to make ham and beans, a traditional old-fashioned recipe.  Try our updated Instant Pot Ham and Beans version.

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