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