Holidays are the perfect time to bake a giant ham. In the days following, there are so many easy ways to use and repurpose leftover ham into more delicious meals.

A delicious ham is a staple on the table for so many major holidays – but there is always so much leftover! I am always looking for easy leftover ham recipes.

When looking for uses for leftover ham, you are pretty much looking for recipes using ham as an ingredient – not recipes where ham is the star of the show. These are all recipes for cooked ham.

Whether you are looking for leftover ham casseroles, leftover ham pasta recipes, or leftover ham soup recipes – I’ve compiled my favorites here. So many soup and casserole recipes using turkey or chicken can be made with ham as well, so if you have a favorite – give it a try!

A collage of 8 leftover ham recipes.
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How to Store Leftover Ham

Leftover ham can be stored refrigerated or frozen. I love to dice it up into small pieces and store the ham in batches of 1 cup. Most recipes use 1/2 – 1 cup or 2 cups, so storing it this way makes it easier for cooking with later on.

Store Leftover Ham in the Refrigerator – I generally keep a small amount of leftover ham in big slices in the fridge. We will eat this for a meal of leftovers in the days immediately after the holiday to finish up the sides. Then, I will usually make one recipe with some ham – usually Ham & Cheese Scones – and I freeze the rest. Leftover ham will keep for 3 – 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

Freeze Leftover Ham – My favorite way to freeze ham is diced up or cubed so it’s ready to thaw whenever I want to use it. I also save the ham bone to use in Southern Collard Greens or Louisiana Red Beans & Rice. I usually wrap the ham tightly in plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil, and then I put that in a Stasher bag. This helps to protect the ham from freezer burn.

Many of the recipes listed here can be made ahead of time and frozen, so if you are really feeling motivated, you can prep some meals while the ham is fresh and freeze them for even easier meals down the road.

Tips for Leftover Ham Success

  • Ham is Usually Pre-Cooked – Hams from the grocery store are almost always already fully cooked or cured, they just require reheating and glazing. There’s no need to worry about cooking ham all the way through or heating it before adding it to a “leftover” recipe since it’s already been cooked, at least once.
  • Avoid Drying Out Leftover Ham – Ham doesn’t have a lot of fat so it can dry out very easily. Be sure to reheat ham covered, and ideally with a spoonful of broth or water in the pan or dish with it. If you’re adding ham to a casserole, soup, or pasta with a sauce, this isn’t needed as the ham will absorb the sauce or liquid from the dish.

If you’re looking to try something new, these easy leftover ham recipes will make your holiday ham go even further. (View leftover ham recipes here in slideshow form!)

Leftover Ham Breakfast Recipes

Two slices of ham and cheese frittata stacked on a white plate.
Ham, Gruyere, and Potato Frittata
5 from 6 votes
Frittatas are such a delicious and versatile meal and are a great way to use up leftovers, especially ham & cheese. They are so easy to put together and take plain, boring eggs to a whole new level.
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A white plate with ham and cheese scones on it.
Ham and Cheese Scones with Green Onions
5 from 4 votes
These delicious scones are stuffed with leftover ham, cheese, and green onions – they always get a ton of compliments and could not be easier to make.
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A skillet with cheesy hash brown breakfast casserole with a gray spoon.
Cheesy Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
5 from 7 votes
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole has all the makings of a perfect breakfast! Originally made with bacon, it can be made with leftover ham as well! Add bell peppers, hash browns, and top with shredded cheese, this casserole will be a crowd-pleaser.
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Breakfast Pizza with Ham & Eggs
Breakfast pizza uses a whole wheat pita topped with scrambled eggs, ham, onion, peppers and cheese. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or an easy dinner!
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Easy Breakfast Casserole with Ham and Cheese
This ham and cheese breakfast casserole can be made in just minutes! Simply combine a few ingredients, pop it in the oven, and enjoy a delicious breakfast!
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Best Southern Ham Gravy With Cheesy Biscuits And Eggs
Southern breakfast just wouldn’t be the same without a smoky ham gravy to layer atop cheesy biscuits and soft scrambled eggs.
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There are lots of “healthy” leftover ham recipes, but the ones listed here are the ones that fill your soul & your belly.

Pro Tip: Whether you plan on serving a holiday ham or not, buy a ham or two near the holidays while they are on sale and keep one in the freezer. You can make a lot of “budget meals” from just one ham!

Leftover Ham Soup Recipes

If you used a bone-in ham, ham stock is a delicious option. You can use ham stock as the base of so many stews & soups. Split pea soup is one of my dad’s favorites and it can be made on the stove, in a crock pot, or in the Instant Pot.

Creamy Tortellini Soup Recipe with Ham
Creamy Tortellini Soup Recipe with cured pieces of ham, beans, veggies & cheese filled tortellini?
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Creamed Ham With Buttermilk Cornbread
Leftover holiday ham is reimagined as delicious Creamed Ham and is served alongside or over warm Sweet Buttermilk Cornbread!
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Split Pea Soup
This BEST Pea Soup recipe is made with a ham bone and is easy to make on the Stove Top, Instant Pot, or Crock Pot! It’s super thick and full of flavor!
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Listed in the Instant Pot Ham Recipes & Slow Cooker Ham Recipes sections below, I also have more soups.

Leftover Ham Casserole Recipes

A scoop of cheesy chicken noodle casserole being served and the inside of the casserole.
Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole
5 from 4 votes
This Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole is originally made with chicken, but it is so good made with ham. It’s perfect as a quick dinner option, a great way to use up leftovers, or as a make-ahead freezer meal.
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The Best Au Gratin Potatoes with Ham | gritsandpinecones.com
Easy Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham is a cheesy dish of deliciousness which is perfect for a quiet weeknight family dinner, yet fancy enough to serve guests.
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Ham Tetrazzini
Ham Tetrazzini is a twist on the classic turkey tetrazzini. This delicious ham casserole is perfect to make with leftover ham and it can be made ahead of time.
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Leftover Ham Sandwich Ideas

Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe
If you’ve never enjoyed a Monte Cristo, well, we’ve got to change that. What is a Monte Cristo you say? Basically it’s just the best ham and cheese sandwich ever! And it’s so cosmopolitan-ish sounding too.
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Ham Salad Recipe
This ham salad is a blend of finely diced ham, mayonnaise, veggies and seasonings, all mixed together to form a savory and creamy salad.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Panini
Chicken cordon bleu panini sandwich. All the flavors of chicken cordon bleu wrapped up in bread with a secret (3-ingredient) simple sauce!
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Hawaiian Roll Ham and Swiss Sliders
These Hawaiian Roll Sliders are stacked with ham and Swiss cheese, covered in a tangy honey mustard glaze and toasted until they’re perfectly hot and melty!
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Torta de Jamón (Mexican Ham Sandwich)
Torta de Jamón is a Mexican Ham Sandwich served on a telera or bolillo. It’s ready in minutes, making it a great lunch option.
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Leftover Ham Crockpot Recipes

A crockpot filled with white beans and ham, cooking.
White Beans and Ham – Slow Cooker
5 from 6 votes
Slow Cooker White Beans and Ham is the very definition of comfort food. It is an easy way to make a hearty, flavorful dinner and a great way to use up leftover ham.
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Slow Cooker Ham & Corn Chowder
Slow Cooker Ham & Corn Chowder is a deliciously hearty and creamy meal perfect for sharing together as a family.
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Instant Pot Leftover Ham Recipes

I love using my Instant Pot to make easy meals, and when the ham is already cooked, it is even easier to make a quick dinner.

A bowl of Instant Pot collard greens.
Instant Pot Collard Greens
5 from 18 votes
Collard Greens made in an Instant Pot are a shortcut to Southern perfection. What normally takes hours on the stove is ready in less than an hour using a pressure cooker. Made with bacon, onions, ham, and garlic – these collard greens couldn't be more delicious.
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Instant Pot Potato Ham Soup – Simply Happy Foodie
Instant Pot Potato Ham Soup is rich & creamy, made with leftover ham & potatoes. Delicious pressure cooker potato ham soup is easy to make in about an hour.
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Instant Pot Split Pea & Ham Soup
Old-fashioned split pea and ham soup made quick & easy in the Instant Pot with mirepoix, ham, dried split peas, herbs, lemon and cream.
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Dinners with Ham

Homemade red beans with sausage in a cast iron skillet with a New Orleans dish towel
Louisiana Red Beans and Rice
4.92 from 12 votes
Louisiana Red Beans and Rice are thick, creamy, and delicious. This family recipe will have everyone clearing their plates.
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Griddle Ham Fried Rice
Ham fried rice is a quick, simple recipe and can be made with ingredients you already have in your fridge and pantry.
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Ham Pot Pie
Delicious and simple (short-cut) vegetable and ham pot pie (perfect to make with Easter or Christmas leftovers!)
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Leftover Ham Cobb Salad
Leftover Thanksgiving Ham Cobb Salad – Use up your leftover ham in this glorious cobb salad with a healthy Greek yogurt ranch dressing!
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Leftover Ham Pasta Recipes

Antipasto Pasta Salad
Antipasto Pasta Salad! With Memorial Day quickly approaching, you might be looking for a recipe to take to a picnic or just something easy to make for your family. Especially when it gets warmer outside.
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Ham and Pea Pasta Alfredo
Super easy, one pot ham and pea pasta Alfredo recipe with cooked ham and sweet peas in white sauce. Made for Instant Pot or stove!
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Ham & Cheese Macaroni Salad
Looking for a super simple, super tasty macaroni salad? Give Ham & Cheese Macaroni Salad a try! Made with just a few basic ingredients, this simple macaroni salad is easy to pull together and loaded with flavor, too. Not to mention, it’s a great dish for enjoying that leftover ham.
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Leftover Ham Appetizer Recipes

Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Hearts
These delicious Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Hearts are so simple to prepare, tasty and an ideal savoury treat!
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Mississippi Sin Dip
This Mississippi Sin dip is an easy appetizer made with cheese and ham mixed together and baked inside a loaf of bread until it is ooey gooey.
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Hi, I’m Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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