Easy Leftover Ham Recipes

These Easy Leftover Ham Recipes are perfect to lend new life to your holiday ham! Soups, sandwiches, breakfast, casseroles and pastas, there’s something for everyone!

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  1. How to Store Leftover Ham
  2. Tips for Success

I don’t know about you, but in our house, one of the best things about the holiday season is allllllll of the leftovers.

Leftover ham, leftover turkey, leftover mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, roasted veggies, gravies and sauces, etc., etc., etc. I get giddy just thinking about it!

Thanks to my deep freeze and some creativity, I take all of those extras and reinvent them into tons of delicious meals! No one ever suspects they’re still eating holiday leftovers well after the fact. 😉

Ham is easily a favorite around here when it comes to the big holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving (okay, so it’s a tie with this Garlic Brown Sugar Dry Brine Turkey and these meatballs!).

Which is why I’ve put together a list of 30+ of my favorite leftover ham recipes below – all kinds of soups, pastas, casseroles, you name it!

How to Store Leftover Ham

Leftover ham is great to store refrigerated or frozen.

Store Leftover Ham In the Fridge: I prefer to keep a small amount of leftovers in the fridge to use in the days immediately after, and freeze the rest. Leftover ham will keep for 3-5 days when refrigerated airtight.

Freeze Leftover Ham: I find that the best way to freeze ham is cooked and cubed, in small freezer bags. This way it’s ready to thaw whenever the occasion calls! If you have a large piece of ham to freeze, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, plus an extra layer of aluminum foil to help protect from freezer burn.

You’ll also find that many of the recipes in this list are great for making ahead and freezing, too! So you can double-up on the convenience with pre-made meals. 

Tips for Success

  • Most ham is pre-cooked. Most hams from the grocery store are already fully cooked or cured. For this reason, you can add any leftover ham right into the recipes below! No need to worry about cooking through or heating first, since that part’s already out of the way.
  • Avoid drying out leftover ham. Because ham is a lean meat, be sure to reheat it covered, and with a spoonful of broth or water. Unless you’re reheating ham in a saucy casserole, soup, pasta, or rice dish, in which case it will absorb the sauce or liquid in the dish.

30 Ways to Use Leftover Ham

If you’re looking for a little leftover inspiration, these easy leftover ham recipes will make your holiday ham go even further after the main event!

Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Diane says

    What a great gathering of ham recipes, I always try to keep some chopped up in the freezer for easy recipes, and now I’ll have more ideas to use it in. Thanks for including mine 🙂

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