Leftover Ham Jambalaya

Does anyone still have leftover ham? Ham freezes well, by the way. You can freeze slices of ham or just the ham bone and use it in a bean soup later. This leftover ham jambalaya with shrimp is easy and delicious and the perfect use for your leftover ham. Jump to Recipe

Leftover Ham Jambalaya
Leftover Ham Jambalaya … So easy!

We took a couple of slices of ham and chopped them up for this super easy Leftover Ham Jambalaya. I also used leftover rice in this recipe. Waste not, want not, right?

Super Easy! 

This recipe is super easy and very delicious. There are a million jambalaya recipes out there. I don’t make this a lot, but when I do, my kids devour it. I had about 1 1/2 lbs of peeled, deveined and uncooked shrimp in the freezer from Whole Foods and I used that as the main protein in this dish.

Get Started …  

To begin, start by chopping up 2 cups of onion and green pepper and about 1 cup of chopped ham.

ham peppers onion chopped
Ham, Peppers, and Onions!

Saute the onion, pepper, and ham in olive oil for a few minutes. I like to add seasoning at this point – salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and some creole seasoning I keep on hand.

ham and onions and pepper
Meal prep … ready to cook!

Chop an additional 4 to 5 cloves of garlic and add that plus 28 ounces of chopped tomatoes to the heavy-bottomed pan. Add 2 cups of uncooked rice. )I actually added 1 1/2 cups of cooked rice and about 1 cup uncooked – no rules here! Just chaos.) Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes.

Add a carton of vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Turn it down to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.

Peeled and deveined shrimp
Peeled and deveined shrimp – partially frozen
Eat More Seafood!

Add your shrimp and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.


Let sit for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

A few of our other favorite shrimp dinners … 

Garlicky Shrimp With Broccoli Rabe and Cauliflower Rice

Easiest Shrimp Scampi (5 ingredients, 15 minutes)

Simple Shrimp Spring Rolls

Shrimp & Grits Over Sauteed Chard

Leftover Ham Jambalaya
Leftover Ham Jambalaya
5 from 2 votes

Leftover Ham Jambalaya

Course Dinner
Cuisine Cajun
Keyword easy dinners, family meals, gluten free, ham, Seafood, Shrimp
Servings 8
Calories 329 kcal
Author Erin Brighton


  • 2 cups chopped onion about 2 medium
  • 2 cups chopped green pepper about 2
  • 1 cup chopped leftover ham
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 large can tomatoes 28 oz
  • 2 cups uncooked rice - or a combination of cooked and uncooked I used 1 cup uncooked, 2 cups cooked
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs uncooked shrimp mine was still partially frozen
  • Seasoning - salt pepper, cayenne pepper, and I used a Creole seasoning that I keep on hand


  1. Saute onion, pepper, and ham in olive oil for about ten minutes.
  2. Add garlic, tomatoes, and rice. Stir. Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Return to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp. Cook 5 to 10 minutes until the shrimp is cooked.
  5. Let sit for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
leftover ham jambalaya with shrimp
Leftover Ham Jambalaya! Make this.

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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