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.

Sliced ham loaf on a cutting board with parsley
Glazed Ham Loaf
A juicy and tender ham loaf topped with a perfectly sweet glaze!
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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 on a bed of rice
Black Eyed Peas Recipe (with Ham)
Tender ham and black eyed peas simmer in an easy broth!
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Chicken Cordon Bleu is made from chicken breast rolled with cheese and ham. Just look at that picture! So hard to resist.

Sliced Chicken Cordon Bleu on a plate showing ham and cheese inside
Chicken Cordon Bleu
This Chicken cordon bleu is a fancy restaurant meal made easy!
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Ham Balls are made from ground ham and then covered in a sweet red sauce. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

close up of Ham Balls on rice
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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Linguine Carbonara is a creamy Italian dish, made with a white sauce, and pieces of ham. So delicious.

Linguine Carbonara in a bowl with a fork
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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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.

close up of ham and cheesy potato casserole
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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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 in a roasting pan
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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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
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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Cordon Bleu Casserole! (No cream of anything soup in this!) Impress guests not only with the name but with the dish itself. So good.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole cooked in a dish
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
This is an easy chicken cordon bleu because everything goes into the casserole dish together!
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Creamy Baked Tortellini is a recipe with so many options and add-ins. So creamy, and filling.

Cheesy Tortellini Bake on a white plate
Creamy Baked Tortellini
This easy tortellini bake is filled with creamy, cheesy goodness!
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Cheesy Ham Casserole is made with three kinds of cheese, a white sauce, and ham. So sumptuous.

spoonful of Cheesy Ham Casserole
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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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.

Stack of Ham and Cheese Sliders
Ham and Cheese Sliders
These ham and cheese sliders are the ultimate game day feast (or any day feast).
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Ham Salad is great for using leftover ham and for sandwiching between two slices of white bread.

ham salad on bread with pickles
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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Monte Cristo Sandwich is the king of grilled cheese sandwiches.

Monte Cristo on a wooden board with sauce on the side
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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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.

two bowls of 15 bean soup with cornbread
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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Instant Pot Ham & Bean Soup is a quick and easy way to have a comforting stew on the table in minutes.

instant pot ham and bean soup in a bowl
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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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 in a pot with some being scooped out with a ladle
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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Easy Crock Pot Ham and Potato Soup is a creamy soup that is perfect for those cold winter nights.

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

a bowl of ham bone soup
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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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 with bacon in white bowls
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 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.

a bowl of bean soup
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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Split Pea Soup is a creamy creation that is so simple and easy to make.

Ham and split pea soup with ladle in a pot
Split Pea Soup
Split peas and ham are simmered in a delicious broth to give you a thick and hearty soup!

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.

butter on top of baked ham and cheese drop biscuits on a baking pan
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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Denver Omelet is a loaded omelet that is oozing with cheese!

top view of cut Denver Omelette
Denver Omelet
With this easy recipe, breakfast or brunch for a crowd will be so easy to cook!
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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 and Spinach Frittata baked and served
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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CrockPot Breakfast Casserole puts that crockpot to work. This recipe makes serving a brunch easy without the hassle.

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

Piece of Denver Egg Casserole on a plate with strawberries and blueberries
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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Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole is the perfect dish for serving when a crowd is on its way over for brunch.

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

slice of quiche on a white plate
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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Ham Breakfast Hash is bound to keep everyone fueled up for the morning.

cooked Leftover Ham Hash in the pan
Ham Breakfast Hash
Tender potatoes and smoky ham make the perfect breakfast hash topped with eggs!
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Breakfast Enchiladas are loaded and ready to go for breakfast. So filling and yummy.

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

Leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite leftover ham recipe is!



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  1. Can’t find the recipe with the fried eggs (lovely pic–no recipe). Exactly what I wanted to make, too. Recipe sites used to be so easy. Darn.

  2. I would live to make your ham and potato hash but cannot find the recipe in your post. Can you please post a link to it?

    1. Hey Cat, under each of the pictures is a list of recipes. The title of the recipe should be clickable and take you to the actual recipe with instructions on how to make it. Hope that helps!

      1. The ham and potato hash recipe is no longer attached to this article. Even with searching on your site and Pinterest it’s no longer found.

  3. I just found at the bottom of Deep Freeze probably 3 pounds of diced Ham.
    I’m going to make this recipe with frozen Potatoes O’Brien that I have in that same freezer!!!!!

  4. Wonderful !
    So pretty. Easy to make. I used 1 TBSP more oil to keep the defrosted hash browns from sticking in the cast iron pan. Recipe was correct. The eggs cook quickly. We like the whites cooked.. our hash was ready at 10 minutes..and over the top good. Thank you from California.5 stars