Did you make a delicious ham dinner and now you have a whole lotta leftover ham you're not quite sure how to use? Try one of these leftover ham recipes to use up all that extra ham instead of throwing it out!

leftover ham and cheese panini, from Shelf Cooking

Mmm… We're still dreaming of our delicious holiday lunch with yummy ham. However, if you're anything like us, you get tired of eating plain ol' leftover ham every night. And if you're anything like us you absolutely HATE wasting. Anything. Ever.

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Lucky for you we got a little creative! Now you can repurpose your leftover ham to make sure you don't waste a single piece with these yummy recipe ideas! No more wondering what to do with leftover ham! But first, let's talk about how to store what you've got left…


Make sure to wrap your ham tightly and refrigerate quickly! You don't want to let it sit out for too long. If you're not going to use your ham within 4-6 days of cooking, wrap and freeze the ham!

You can easily divide ham into dinner-sized portions, add it to a freezer bag, and freeze it until you're ready to use it. Just thaw it in the fridge the night before you need it, and your ham will be ready to go into one of these leftover recipes in a jiffy!


ham egg muffin cups in a tin, from Shelf Cooking

In case you didn't know already, ham is the perfect protein to add to your favorite breakfast dishes. Here are a few recipes you might want to try!

Those all sound crazy good, right? We're just getting started on our favorite leftover ham recipes!


Lil Luna's leftover ham and cheese slider, from Shelf Cooking
Photo Cred: Lil' Luna

Want some groundbreaking leftover ham recipe ideas? These show-stoppers deliver! We're even sharing one of our absolute favorite party staples of all time…

  • Ham and Cheese Sliders – Why not add the best sandwich in the world from Lil' Luna to your menu this week? These sandwiches have the absolute best glaze, so you'll immediately understand why these are a popular choice around here!
  • Ham and Pineapple Kabobs – These kabobs from Paleo Leap are genius and could be pulled off in so many different ways. Just be sure to soak the sticks first, drizzle the kabobs with teriyaki sauce (or brush with brown sugar), and grill until caramelized and heated through.
  • Ham Cobb Salad – This is for all you salad people! Make your own Cobb using what you've got at home. We suggest any combo of lettuce, ham cubes, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, and your favorite dressing. Super yum!
  • Ham and Cheese Hoagies – This is one of our favorite leftover ham recipes! Grab some hoagies, slather in mayo or honey mustard, add ham and your choice of cheese (swiss is always a good choice!), and wrap in foil. Bake at 425°F for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese has reached the melty, gooey perfection.
  • Monte Cristo CasseroleDelish's Monte Cristo casserole recipe is really easy to throw together and perfect to feed a crowd!
  • Ham Salad – This is crazy good! We've eaten it with crackers and on bread and it's delicious both ways. Use your food processor to chop the ham up super fine, and you'll be on your way to this delicious ham salad recipe from Tastes of Lizzy T in no time.
  • Plain Jane Ham Sandwich – Yep, that's right. Keep it simple, folks! Take your favorite bread (white, rustic, rolls, croissants, etc.) and turn it into a sandwich using what you've got. It's extra good with some mayo and lettuce or spring mix!

So tasty, so delicious! Now on to our final favorite leftover ham recipes…


The Life Jolie's ham and potato soup, from Shelf Cooking
Photo Cred: The Life Jolie

Ham is one of those proteins that just pairs with pretty much anything — rice, pasta, potatoes, and bread! It seriously goes with everything. Check out the variety in these leftover ham recipes. We know you won't be bored using up all that ham!

YUM! How much are you loving these leftover ham recipes?

No more wondering what to do with leftover ham for you! The hardest part will be figuring out which one you want to make. And please, for Heaven's sake, don't waste a single piece of that fabulous ham! 😉

What's your favorite way to eat leftover ham? Let us know in the comments below!

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