If you are looking for an easy, leftover ham recipe than this Teriyaki Ham Stir Fry is exactly what you have been looking for!
Every year after the holidays, I always end up with leftover ham. And then I spend the next several days searching for recipes that calls for cooked ham.
As much as I love my Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup, Ham and Corn Chowder, and Split Pea Soup, there are times when I just want to use the leftover ham in something besides a soup.
Of course I can make Ham and Cheese sliders, but I am talking about an easy dinner recipe to feed the family, without spending too much time in the kitchen.
Therefore, when I saw a bowl of leftover rice in the refrigerator as well, it hit me! Why not make a stir fry with the leftover meat?
I make some sort of stir fry almost weekly in my house. It is such as easy way to get dinner on the table when time is limited.
However, I never thought about making it with the leftover ham from the holidays. But when I gave it a try, the entire family raved about how delicious it was.
In fact, even the pickiest eater asked for seconds!
Teriyaki Ham Stir Fry Recipe
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Cooked rice
- Teriyaki sauce
- Cooked Diced ham
- Bag of frozen vegetables
More About The Ingredients
You can use whatever oil that you like. My standard, go to oil when cooking is extra virgin olive oil. But you can also use avocado or coconut oil which would give this stir fry an additional layer of flavor as well.
Any type of cooked rice will do. I most often use long grain white or brown rice, but my favorite rice to use in this recipe is Jasmine rice.
However you can use Basmati, or any variety of cooked rice that you have on hand.
3. Teriyaki Sauce
Although homemade teriyaki sauce is rather easy to make with a few simple ingredients, store-bought teriyaki sauce will work just fine. I prefer to use a brand that is low-sodium so that there is less salt, especially since the stir fry contains the salty ham pieces.
The star of this Teriyaki Ham Stir Fry recipe is the leftover ham. I recommend cutting off the rind to prevent any tough pieces of ham getting in the stir fry. In addition, the rind is where most of the seasonings or glaze has been applied during the initial cooking process and could possibly conflict with the flavors of the teriyaki sauce.
5. Frozen Vegetables
One of the best parts about this recipe is that you can use whatever frozen vegetables that you have on hand. And during the holidays and winter months, I always have a bag of frozen veggies in my freezer.
You could use a mixture of just peas and carrots or a bag of mixed vegetables that contain peas, carrots, beans and corn. However, if you are going to the store to purchase frozen vegetables, I highly recommend getting a bag of stir-fry veggies.
The first step in making Teriyaki Ham Stir Fry is to gather a wok or large skillet. Then place it on the stove over medium-high heat and add the extra virgin olive oil.
When the oil is hot and simmering, add the cooked rice and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. If the rice is cold, be sure to use a wooden spatula to break up the clumps of grain.
Then add the Teriyaki sauce to the rice and stir until the rice is well coated in the sauce. Next add the ham and frozen vegetables and stir to combine.
Cover the skillet with a lid and cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through. Be sure to stir a few times as the mixture begins to heat up.
If the rice begins to stick to the pan, add additional Teriyaki sauce or stir in a little water. This will help prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cover and continue to cook until heated.
If you have any leftovers, store the Teriyaki Ham Stir Fry in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
You can also freeze the leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.
Place the leftovers on a microwave safe plate. Add 1 teaspoon of water on top of the ham and rice mixture. Then microwave on HIGH power for 1 minute. Stir, and continue to heat for 30 seconds – 1 minute, depending on the power of your microwave.
However, before you take the first bite, be sure to stir the rice as the bottom may be much hotter than the top.
Other Leftover Ham Recipes
If you are looking for various ways to use your leftover ham, check out some of our favorite recipes below.
- Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup
- Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup
- Ham Salad Spread
- Instant Pot Ham Casserole
- Split Pea Soup
- Cheesy Potato and Ham Soup
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
- Ham and Corn Chowder
- Ham & Broccoli Rice Casserole
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Teriyaki Ham Stir Fry
Put that leftover ham to good use with this easy to make stir fry meal. Dinner on the table in just 15 minutes.
- 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cups cooked rice
- 1 1/2 cups diced ham, cooked
- 1 (12 oz) bag frozen vegetables
- 1/4 cup Teriyaki sauce
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the extra virgin olive oil.
- When the oil is hot add the cooked rice and cook for 1-2 minutes. Then add the Teriyaki sauce to the rice and stir until the rice is well coated.
- Then add the ham and frozen vegetables and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
- If the rice begins to stick to the pan, add additional Teriyaki sauce or stir in a little water. Continue to cover and cook until heated.
Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in an air tight container for up to 3 months.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 794mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g
Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.