Best Ever Leftover Ham Recipes!


Ham is a holiday favorite and the perfect Sunday supper! We love it oven roasted, slow-cooked, or even smoked. Add a sweet caramelized glaze, salt, pineapple, or mustard.

As much as we love the main event, I think we love leftovers even more. Below are our favorite Leftover Ham Recipes

Collage of our favorite Leftover ham recipes with a title

What To Do With Leftover Ham

My family prefers glazed ham to turkey and I love that it’s so easy to make! It takes very little prep work (especially if you Cook a Spiral Ham or cook it in the air fryer).

But one of the best parts of a big meal (like a baked ham dinner) is the leftovers! Start by just reheating leftover ham slices and eating them as is, or get creative with our favorite recipes for leftover ham below!

To Reheat Leftover Ham

Preheat the oven to 325°F and cover leftover ham in a shallow baking dish. Add ½ cup of broth to the dish and reheat for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. This will vary based on how large the piece of ham is, how it is cut (thick vs. thin), and how much ham is being reheated.

Only need to reheat a piece or two? Try reheating the leftover ham in the air fryer. Keep in mind the ham is already cooked so it just needs to be reheated, not cooked!

How to Store Leftover Ham

So exactly how long does cooked ham last? It’ll last a few days in the fridge or longer in the freezer.  Dice and package it into 1 cup portions to make it easy to use in recipes! A ham bone makes great soups. Keep it in the freezer and then use it right from frozen!

Fridge: Cooked leftover ham (spiral or other) can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days. (This also includes leftover sandwich meat ham once opened). Freeze it and it will last longer.

Freezer: Leftover ham should be well sealed (or vacuum sealed) and the leftovers can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Main Ham Dish Recipes

Ham is so versatile, that is why there are so many recipes with ham as an ingredient. Because of its smoky flavor, it is great in almost all soups, stews, and casseroles in place of chicken or other proteins.

Glazed Ham Loaf is almost like a traditional meatloaf, but it is made from ground ham and pork. This is a great recipe for all that leftover ham.

Glazed Ham Loaf

A juicy and tender ham loaf topped with a perfectly sweet glaze!

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Sliced ham loaf on a cutting board with parsley

Black Eyed Peas Recipe (with Ham) is a little bit like a soup but with less broth. So chunky and flavorful, perfect for serving with rice.

Black Eyed Peas Recipe (with Ham)

Tender ham and black eyed peas simmer in an easy broth!

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Black Eyed Peas on a bed of rice

Chicken Cordon Bleu is made from chicken breast rolled with cheese and ham. Just look at that picture! So hard to resist.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

This Chicken cordon bleu is a fancy restaurant meal made easy!

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Sliced Chicken Cordon Bleu on a plate showing ham and cheese inside

Ham Balls are made from ground ham and then covered in a sweet red sauce. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

Ham Balls

These juicy Ham Balls are flavorful & easy to make. Serve as an appetizer or as an entree over rice with our homemade sauce!

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close up of Ham Balls on rice

Linguine Carbonara is a creamy Italian dish, made with a white sauce, and pieces of ham. So delicious.

Linguine Carbonara

Linguine carbonara is a rich and creamy pasta made with a no-cook sauce. This easy version uses ham & peas to create a family favorite!

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Linguine Carbonara in a bowl with a fork

Ham Casserole Recipes

Ham, with its smoky-sweet flavor, is a great addition to any casserole. Add some cheese, and dinner is made.

Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole is a comforting casserole where ham and potatoes are smothered in warm melted cheese.

Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole

This Ham and Potato Casserole is a delicious and very simple dinner! Ham and potatoes smothered in a homemade cheesy sauce! It makes a big meal and it’s not expensive to make!

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close up of ham and cheesy potato casserole

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham puts a little twist on the classic scalloped potatoes. Add a little ham and this classic side dish turns into the main deal.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

This scalloped potatoes and ham recipe is a filling, family-pleasing dish that will help you use up any leftover ham, especially if you need to make it stretch to feed a crowd.

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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham in a roasting pan

Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Ham combines a cream sauce, noodles, broccoli, and ham. Even the kids will love this one!

Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Ham

This Broccoli Cheese Casserole is a family favorite! Pasta, broccoli and tender ham is tossed in a quick and easy from scratch cheese sauce. This casserole is then topped with breadcrumbs and baked until bubbly and golden.

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Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Ham

Cordon Bleu Casserole! (No cream of anything soup in this!) Impress guests not only with the name but with the dish itself. So good.

Cordon Bleu Casserole! (No cream of anything soup in this!)

It’s kind of an easy lazy chicken type casserole and it is both fast and easy to make!

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Cordon Bleu casserole on a plate with parsley

Creamy Baked Tortellini is a recipe with so many options and add-ins. So creamy, and filling.

Creamy Baked Tortellini

This easy tortellini bake is filled with creamy, cheesy goodness!

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Cheesy Tortellini Bake on a white plate

Cheesy Ham Casserole is made with three kinds of cheese, a white sauce, and ham. So sumptuous.

Cheesy Ham Casserole

This easy cheesy ham casserole is the perfect way to use up your leftover ham and stretch it to feed a crowd!

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spoonful of Cheesy Ham Casserole

Ham Sliders and Sandwiches

One great thing about leftover ham is that it can be eaten either hot or cold, sliced, diced, or chopped. Anything goes! Top a salad with it, add it to a favorite pasta salad or sandwich it in the middle of grilled cheese. The possibilities are endless!

Ham and Cheese Sliders are little sandwiches made with dinner rolls, that are super easy to make. These are perfect for a buffet-style meal.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

These ham and cheese sliders are the ultimate game day feast (or any day feast).

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Stack of Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham Salad is great for using leftover ham and for sandwiching between two slices of white bread.

Ham Salad Recipe

The best thing about leftover ham is it gives you the chance to make ham salad! You can whip it up in the food processor in a flash.

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ham salad on bread with pickles

Monte Cristo Sandwich is the king of grilled cheese sandwiches.

Monte Cristo Sandwich

This next level grilled cheese is dusted in powdered sugar and served with a side of jam for the perfect finish!

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Monte Cristo on a wooden board with sauce on the side

Ham Soup Recipes

Leftover diced ham is a flavorful addition to soups and stews. It pairs well with sweet veggies like corn and sweet potatoes and adds great flavor to cream or potato-based soups.

As for what to do with the leftover hambone… it’s great for ham soups or to make a flavorful ham broth.

15 Bean Soup is such a filling and hearty soup perfect for meals on a budget.

15 Bean Soup

This 15 Bean Soup is budget-friendly and easy to make. It’s the perfect soup for a cold winter’s day!

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two bowls of 15 bean soup with cornbread

Instant Pot Ham & Bean Soup is a quick and easy way to have a comforting stew on the table in minutes.

Instant Pot Ham & Bean Soup

Instant Pot ham and bean soup is a quick and delicious way to enjoy a classic, comfort food staple without waiting for the slow cooker.

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instant pot ham and bean soup in a bowl

Great Northern Beans and Ham is packed full of delicious ham and white northern beans. This soup is so good.

Great Northern Beans and Ham

Nothing is more hearty and heart-warming more than a basic ham and beans recipe. This is such an easy, economical entrée, it’s healthy and portable.

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Great Northern beans and ham in a pot with some being scooped out with a ladle

Easy Crock Pot Ham and Potato Soup is a creamy soup that is perfect for those cold winter nights.

Easy Crock Pot Ham and Potato Soup

Easy Ham and Potato Soup in the Crock Pot is a simple and delicious soup loaded with potatoes, sweet carrots and tender ham. Ham and Potato soup cooks in the slow cooker all day so dinner is ready when you are!

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ham and potato soup and herbs

Ham Bone Soup (Slow Cooker) is a clear soup. It is a great way to use up that Easter ham.

Ham Bone Soup (Slow Cooker)

A ham bone is slow cooked with veggies like potatoes, carrots, corn, and beans. Serve it with some easy dinner rolls for the perfect meal!

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a bowl of ham bone soup

Ham and Corn Chowder is a simple chowder made from ham and corn. So smooth and creamy, this soup is delicious.

Ham and Corn Chowder

This ham and corn chowder recipe has loads of fresh corn and ham in a rich creamy broth to warm your belly from the inside out!

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Ham and corn chowder with bacon in white bowls

Ham and Bean Soup {Crock Pot Version} is the perfect soup on a budget. It is filled with beans and ham and cooked long and slow in the crock.

Ham and Bean Soup {Crock Pot Version}

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup is one of our all time favorite foods to come home to on a chilly day. This “no-soaking required” Ham and Bean soup takes just minutes to prepare and cooks effortlessly in your Crock Pot all day long! Dinner is ready when you are!

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a bowl of bean soup

Split Pea Soup is a creamy creation that is so simple and easy to make.

Split Pea Soup

Split peas and ham are simmered in a delicious broth to give you a thick and hearty soup!

Ham and split pea soup with ladle in a pot

Ham Breakfast Recipes

Start the day off with one of these delicious ham recipes. Ham is a great addition to breakfast as it’s leaner than sausage or bacon and adds a delicious smoky flavor! Chop it up and add it to an omelet or reheat the ham slices in a frying pan and top with poached eggs and voila!

Ham and Cheese Drop Biscuits are made in 15 minutes. A little pat of butter, and these biscuits are sure to be devoured.

Ham and Cheese Drop Biscuits

These homemade biscuits are chock full of ham and cheese, making them a perfect snack for any time of the day!

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butter on top of baked ham and cheese drop biscuits on a baking pan

Denver Omelet is a loaded omelet that is oozing with cheese!

Denver Omelet

With this easy recipe, breakfast or brunch for a crowd will be so easy to cook!

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top view of cut Denver Omelette

Ham & Spinach Frittata is a superb dish to make for Sunday brunch. This omelet is filled with a splash of green and hearty ham.

Ham & Spinach Frittata

This ham and spinach frittata is a snap to assemble, quick to bake, and can go anywhere in a moment’s notice! Perfect for a Sunday brunch or a weekday breakfast. 

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Ham and Spinach Frittata baked and served

CrockPot Breakfast Casserole puts that crockpot to work. This recipe makes serving a brunch easy without the hassle.

CrockPot Breakfast Casserole

This Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole recipe is an easy and hearty breakfast casserole that cooks while you sleep thanks to the crockpot!

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Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole on a couple plates

Denver Egg Casserole is an egg casserole without a crust, making it perfect for those on a low-carb keto diet.

Denver Egg Casserole

Tender onions, green peppers, ham, and cheddar cheese are folded into a fluffy eggs, making for the low carb breakfast you didn’t know you needed.

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Piece of Denver Egg Casserole on a plate with strawberries and blueberries

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole is the perfect dish for serving when a crowd is on its way over for brunch.

Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole is is a complete meal in one dish. Eggs, hash browns, sausage (or ham) and loads of cheddar cheese make the perfect meal!

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Hashbrown casserole in a casserole dish cut into squares

Easy Quiche Recipe is a simple take on a classic recipe. Add some ham and turn eggs into a filling dish.

Easy Quiche Recipe

This Easy Quiche Recipe starts with a premade pie crust but no one has to know! It’s loaded with ham, cheese and green onions and is the perfect easy breakfast or dinner! You can really add anything you want to this easy quiche recipe — other vegetables, different cheeses or seasonings. 

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slice of quiche on a white plate

Ham Breakfast Hash is bound to keep everyone fueled up for the morning.

Ham Breakfast Hash

Tender potatoes and smoky ham make the perfect breakfast hash topped with eggs!

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Leftover Ham Hash

Breakfast Enchiladas are loaded and ready to go for breakfast. So filling and yummy.

Breakfast Enchiladas

These Breakfast Enchiladas are perfect to make ahead for a hungry crowd!

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Breakfast Enchiladas on a plate

10 More Ways to Use Leftover Ham

Ham is such an easy cut of meat to cook with. Use it to replace chicken or ground beef. It also makes great sandwiches or is perfect for snacking on its own!

  1. Add it in place of chicken in a quick fried rice recipe!
  2. Replace the chicken in your favorite chicken pot pie recipe.
  3. Serve a simple ham sandwich by frying the ham and putting it on toast with cheddar cheese and mustard.
  4. Top your favorite pizza dough with ham (or add it to a frozen pizza).
  5. Dice leftover ham into small pieces and add it to cooked peas with butter.
  6. Deck out your fave baked potatoes with butter, sour cream, cheddar, and ham for an easy meal!
  7. Add ham and cheddar to homemade biscuits and serve warm with butter.
  8. Add ham to almost any pasta salad recipe or macaroni salad!
  9. Add diced ham to scrambled eggs or omelets.
  10. Chop it up and add it to mashed potatoes or mashed potato cakes

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