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Deviled Ham

Deviled Ham

Old-fashioned Deviled Ham makes a delicious savory spread and is a wonderful way to use up leftover ham. Spread it on crackers, cucumber slices, or between 2 pieces of white bread to make a sandwich. You can buy it in a can, but homemade is so much tastier.

Deviled Ham- a great way to use up leftover ham.

Quick and Easy Recipe

You can whip up Deviled Ham in only about 5 minutes. Refrigerate overnight and the flavors only get better.  🙂

What Is Deviled Ham?

Also referrred to as Ham Salad, it is a retro recipe that is similar to tuna salad or chicken salad. It is typically made with leftover ham, celery and onion with mayonnaise as a creamy base.

Deviled Ham- a great way to use up leftover ham.

It’s salty, creamy, and a little spicy and there’s no better way to bring new life to leftover Easter ham.

Diced leftover ham is processed with mayonnaise, cream cheese, onion, Tabasco sauce, and mustard until it is finely minced.

Deviled Ham- a great way to use up leftover ham.

How To Serve

Deviled Ham can be served as a spread on crackers or as a sandwich filling. It is also great on cucumber slices as an appetizer.

Recipe Tip

If you don’t have a food processor, you can very finely diced the ham and mix everything by hand.

Deviled Ham- a great way to use up leftover ham.
Deviled Ham- a great way to use up leftover ham.


This recipe is really flexible. Add more mustard of hot sauce if you like. Sweet pickle relish is a nice addition too.

I like the creaminess of adding some cream cheese, but you can use all mayo if you like.

How To Store

Deviled Ham is actually better a day after it is made and it can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing it.

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Deviled Ham

Deviled Ham

This savory ham spread is a wonderful way to use up leftover ham. Serve on crackers or make a sandwich with it. Tastes better when made in advance.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 0 minutes
TOTAL: 10 minutes


  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot sauce, I use Tabasco Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, optional


  • Place cream cheese, mayonnaise, and onion in a food processor and pulse 4 or 5 times.
  • Add remaining ingredients and pulse until ham is finely chopped.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Some ham is very salty. Taste for saltiness before adding Worcestershire sauce and if it is already salty, leave the Worcestershire sauce out.
Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. Not to be used for specific dietary needs.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 877mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer, Sandwich
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: leftover ham

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23 thoughts on “Deviled Ham”

  1. Delicious! I love the added tang from the cream cheese. I used a whole grain Dijon, pepped up with hearty spoonful of horseradish, and added 1/4 sweet relish. I can’t wait for it to chill down. Now – sandwich, crackers, or celery sticks? Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Christin,
    I grew up in the north, but I love all of your southern recipes! They are
    “down- home” good and I have tried many of them. Most contain ingredients that I have on hand and don’t have to make a trip to the grocery store before I can try them.
    There are just the two of us and we do have a mound of leftover ham.
    This sounds like a perfect recipe to make.
    Does left over ham freeze well?

  3. Look no further! 100% best deviled ham spread recipe. I added a 1/2t. Apple cider vinegar. But this was the absolute real deal! Thank you for posting this Spicy Southern Kitchen!😍

  4. Do you think this would freeze well? There’s only two of us and that would make a huge amount. It looks really delicious and I’m going to make it tomorrow,

  5. Linda Rose Fifield​​

    I used left over spiral smoked ham. I purchased Hickory Farms vegetable cream cheese spread and the Pepper jack spread. No additional hot sauce was needed. I also added a celery stalk, not that it needed it but I had extra. Tastes great.

  6. I used leftover baked pineapple with brown sugar ham. Turned out great as is. No adjustments required!

  7. Juanita Johnson

    Many thanks for this recipe. I slow steep cured ham half shanks or picnic hams when they are on sale. I Have the butcher slice them in half, then boil one half and slice it for freezing in zip lock bags. When the mood hits this is just up my alley to prepare the Deviled Ham on julienned green leaves with veggies for one blast of a meal.

  8. Very good, just like momma used to make. I did leave out the hit sauce tummy doesn’t like it. Lol

  9. Thank you for a keto friendly recipe. I used horseradish mustard because I like a kick –either way this is a great recipe, and is easily multiplied for parties.

  10. Carol Jordan

    I used chopped ham shank, dijon mustard, 2 drops of Louisiana hot sauce, and just a couple drops of worchestershire. We had for lunch today and it was delish! The cream cheese cuts some of the spice and the saltiness of the ham. Thank you!

  11. Thomas Burford

    My girlfiend doesn’t cook. I DO. She works a 9-5 job, I don’t. I love finding lil simple gems like this to excite the taste buds. TY. It’s easy and delish. And having just passed Easter with ham leftovers it’s a win-win. BBTW. I like a little more attitude so I use Colemans prepared mustard.

  12. Bill Baldwin

    So… no answer to Lisa’s question? Dry mustard (like you find in your spice rack) or prepared mustard (like you put on your hot dog)?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Sorry about the confusion. Prepared mustard. Dijon or whole grain work well. You can add a little more if you like mustard flavor.

  13. Madeline Cains

    Hello Christin
    I just pulled up your recipe which I had saved on Pinterest and got the message that the recipe was blocked because it ‘may lead to inappropriate content’. I googled the recipe and was able to pull it up that way. Just thought you should know.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thanks Madeline,
      I’ve been emailing Pinterest since last Wednesday to try to get the problem fixed with no response. I was just able to pin something so I think the problem may finally be fixed! Glad you were able to google the recipe!

  14. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh this looks SO good, Christin! I’ve never thought to make deviled ham before. Love that it’s so versatile and full of flavor!

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