15 Delicious Leftover Ham Recipes

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Have some leftover Baked Ham from the holidays, or even a good, meaty ham bone? Put it to work in these delicious Leftover Ham Recipes. From Soup to Salad, Sandwiches and Casseroles, there’s something here for everyone.

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Baked Ham is a staple at many holiday tables, from Christmas to Easter, and it makes an excellent Sunday Supper in between. Whether it’s a retro Dr. Pepper Ham, Glazed Ham, or my favorite Baked Ham with crumb topping, it’s a satisfying meal for feeding the family or a crowd.

Once the party is over, you’ll probably have leftover ham. In fact, I always buy a larger ham than I need, just for the leftovers! And while I love baked ham the second day, just on soft yeasty rolls with lots of soft butter, there are a lot of creative ways you can put it to use.

And if you just had ham and you’re not ready to eat more, that’s fine! Just package it for the freezer and pull it out when you’re ready. Just be sure to buy a spiral-sliced ham to make your life even easier.

Ham Bone Soup

Fully cooked, bone-in hams are champions of both flavor and convenience. If you get one spiral-sliced, it’s even easier! Put the ham bone, and any leftover ham, to work in an easy Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup recipe.

I love soup with great Northern beans, and you don’t need to soak them in advance. Or, try Ham and Lentil Soup; it cooks even faster! Ham Bone Soup is one of my family’s favorite comfort food recipes and is a tradition in our home after Easter and Christmas.

Slow cooker ham and bean soup in a brown bowl.


Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

This easy recipe for Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is an ultra-comforting and healthy dinner idea. Bonus: There's no need to soak the beans in advance for this slow cooker soup!
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Ham and lentil soup in a white bowl.


Ham and Lentil Soup

This Ham and Lentil Soup recipe is perfect for chilly weather and cooks up in about an hour; all you need is a loaf of French bread for a cozy winter’s feast. Put your leftover ham to work and make it on the stove, in a pressure cooker, or in your crockpot!
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Ham Fried Rice

Whether you love or hate ham and pineapple on pizza, you might just love ham and pineapple in fried rice! Hawaiian Fried Rice is a quick and easy dinner option and one of my favorite ways to enjoy leftover ham. It’s especially convenient if you keep extra bags of Baked Rice in your freezer (I always do).

Not into pineapple with your ham? Try my regular Brown Fried Rice and just add ham. It’s quick and easy too, and the kids will love it. For even more flavor, add a drizzle of your favorite sweet Barbecue Sauce (BBQ Ham Fried Rice, anyone?). Delish!

A skillet full of Hawaiian fried rice.


Hawaiian Fried Rice

Hawaiian Fried Rice is neither Hawaiian nor Chinese, but it's definitely delicious! Salty ham and sweet pineapple make an addictive combination, and dinner is done in 20 minutes or less.
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Brown fried rice in a silver skillet.


Brown Fried Rice

Brown Fried Rice is a delicious, easy way to put your leftover brown rice to work. It only has 6 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.
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Ham Quiche or Frittata

Whether you’re looking for Mini Quiche appetizers, Quiche Muffins for breakfast meal prep, or a full-size Quiche for brunch, leftover ham is always a great filling option! You can even use ham instead of bacon for a twist on Quiche Lorraine.

Or, leave out the crust and make Egg Muffins or a delicious Frittata.

A wooden board filled with 4 varieties of mini quiche.


Mini Quiche Recipe

Skip the coffee shop sous vide egg bites and make this Mini Quiche Recipe instead. Tucked inside a pastry crust, try all four flavor variations of this freezable egg breakfast recipe.
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Quiche Muffins

These muffin-sized Quiche Muffins are perfectly-portioned for breakfast on-the-go but delicious enough for parties and brunch. Follow my flavor pairings or choose your own!
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A quiche Lorraine in a silver pie pan.


Quiche Lorraine

This scrumptious Quiche Lorraine has a buttery, flaky crust filled with fluffy egg custard and decadent bacon. It's the stuff brunch dreams are made of!
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Egg Muffins

For a healthy breakfast recipe that's easy to make and easy to love, try my Starbucks copycat Egg Muffins. Bake a batch of this muffin tin recipe to enjoy now or freeze for a meal prep breakfast or snack.
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Asparagus frittata on a white plate with a salad.


Asparagus Frittata

In less than 20 minutes, this spring Asparagus Frittata recipe can be ready to slice and serve. This easy frittata recipe is destined to steal the spotlight at your next brunch party, and also makes a delightful family dinner idea.
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Ham Sandwiches

Classic Ham and Cheese Sliders are a delicious, snacky way to use leftover ham up (and you can freeze the ham until you have a party to make these!). Or, for an epic breakfast treat, try a delicious Monte Cristo sandwich with a side of raspberry sauce for dipping.

A baking dish of ham and cheese sliders.


Ham and Cheese Sliders

These family-friendly Ham and Cheese Sliders are the ultimate hearty party snack. Make a tray (or two) for your next gathering and watch them disappear!
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Monte Cristo Sandwich

This glorious Monte Cristo Sandwich is layered with ham, turkey, and Swiss, then battered and oven-fried to crispy, fluffy perfection.
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Ham Salads

Are you digging a retro deli salad? Add all your leftover ham to a food processor with pickle relish and mayonnaise for Ham Salad, delicious on bread and crackers alike.

Or, make the best Macaroni Salad ever with leftover ham, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, broccoli, red peppers, celery, bacon… the works. And leave out anything that you want to, it’s okay if you don’t hit 100% of the ingredients here.

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Ham Salad

A vintage recipe that deserves some fresh attention, Ham Salad is a genius way to turn leftover ham into fabulous lunches, snacks, and picnic-ready eats.
The best macaroni salad in a white serving bowl.


The Best Macaroni Salad

The Best Macaroni Salad doesn't make you choose between ham or bacon. Use both in this easy pasta salad recipe, along with a creamy, classic Midwest salad dressing. This big-batch macaroni salad is perfect for potluck and party menus.
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Ham Casserole

A Make-ahead Overnight Breakfast Casserole might be just the thing to put your leftover ham to work. With layers of soft, eggy bread and a crunchy cornflake topping, it’s a show-stopper at brunch.

Or, add leftover diced ham to your next dish of Scalloped Potatoes. They always make a perfect pair!

Overnight breakfast casserole on a white plate.


Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Your easy Brunch menu savior: Overnight Breakfast Casserole. Prepare to dive into a savory ham, cheese, and egg custard topped with an irresistible buttery cornflake topping. This is one of the best make-ahead breakfast recipes to have in your repertoire!
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A baking dish full of scalloped potatoes.


Scalloped Potatoes

At dinners and parties throughout the Midwest, Scalloped Potatoes are always the first thing to disappear. This recipe uses a quick, made-from-scratch cheese sauce that's layered with plenty of potatoes.
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15 Delicious Leftover Ham Recipes: Hash Brown Quiche (+More Great Meal Ideas!)

Have some leftover Baked Ham from the holidays, or even a good, meaty ham bone? Put it to work in these delicious Leftover Ham Recipes. From Soup to Salad, Sandwiches and Casseroles, there’s something here for everyone.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 276
5 from 5 votes



  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine hash browns with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Drizzle with melted butter and toss until evenly coated.
  • Press into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate or cast iron skillet. Bake for 25 minutes and remove from oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together eggs and milk. In a separate bowl, combine ham, cheese, and bell peppers.
  • Pour egg mixture evenly over the baked hash brown crust. Top with ham and cheese mixture.
  • Bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and the eggs have set. Cool 10 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1 servingCalories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 13gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 438mgPotassium: 430mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 499IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 180mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Made the ham mac salad…great. Easy to adapt to what you have in fridge too. The bean soup recipe did the trick too , it was a great way too use up bone and left over ham, very tasty, thanks and keep em coming!5 stars

  2. Husband said it was the best ham and bean soup he’s ever had. Only adjustment made was to cut cumin in half and added another cup of broth. Made in instant pot.5 stars

    1. Hi Barbara, thank you for your question! It’s a baguette from the local market that is sliced in the bowl next to the soup. Take care! – Meggan