Teriyaki Ham Stir Fry is a delicious way to use your leftover ham. Simply dice it up, add a few budget ingredients and you’ve got a tasty dinner in less than 15 minutes that costs less than $1.00 per serving.
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It’s inevitable that you wind up with some leftover ham after the holidays. Sure it makes for great sandwiches, but that gets old quickly. Instead, dice up that ham and make a quick stir fry. With just a few additional ingredients (hello leftover cooked rice!) you’ve got dinner that costs pennies per person and cleans out the fridge! It’s naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, too!
Diced Ham: Take your leftover ham from Easter or Christmas, cut it off the bone and dice it up. You can freeze any additional leftovers you have. (Don’t throw away that ham bone either. Make this Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup with it!) You can also buy and dice a single ham steak, too.
Cooked Rice: You can use white or brown rice for this dish. You can even use leftover rice from another dish or from Chinese takeout. If cooking rice, you’ll need 1/2 cup uncooked rice per person. Use my fool-proof Instant Pot Brown Rice recipe or this recipe for stove-top rice.
Frozen Vegetables: I use frozen peas and carrots for this recipe, but broccoli or even an Asian stir-fry mix would be great. The measurements are so flexible for this recipe, too. Use anywhere from a 12-16 ounce bag and feel free to add more or use less depending on your preference.
Teriyaki Sauce: Yes, I say take a little help and use store-bought Teriyaki sauce. It’s widely available and a great pantry staple. If you’d like to make your own Teriyaki sauce, my friend Dani has a fantastic recipe here.
- Large Saute Pan
- Wooden Spoon
- Measuring Cup
As I mentioned above, this recipe is so flexible that you can really tailor it to your liking. Whether you’re cooking for one or four, just scale the ingredients to the portions that you need.
Basically, it is one cup of cooked rice per person, 1/4 cup diced ham, 1/2 cup frozen vegetables and 2 Tablespoons of Teriyaki sauce per person.
- Add diced pineapple or canned mandarin oranges to really compliment the Teriyaki sauce
- Top with chopped cilantro or green onions for a fresh garnish
- If you don’t have Teriyaki sauce, simple soy sauce works great
- Add a splash of rice wine vinegar for some brightness and tang
- Use diced chicken instead of ham
- Omit the meat for a delicious vegetarian Teriyaki stir fry
- Top your stir fry with delicious Soy Sauce eggs to make it even more special
- If you’re looking to make this low-carb, swap the cooked rice for homemade cauliflower rice
How to Store Leftovers
Once cooked and cooled, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also freeze your leftovers and thaw in the microwave for an easy lunch.
To freeze, package your cooled rice in a quart or gallon-size freezer bag. Seal it, making sure to squeeze out all the air. Spread the rice flat in the bag and freeze it flat. It will keep in the freezer for up to three months and you’ll easily be able to break off small portions since it isn’t frozen in a solid brick.
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Teriyaki Ham Stir Fry Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- 4 cups cooked rice, white or brown
- 1 cup diced ham
- 1 (12 oz) bag frozen peas and carrots
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, add oil and allow to get hot, about 30 seconds.
- Add rice, ham and frozen vegetables and stir to combine. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add teriyaki sauce and stir to combine. Cover and allow to cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through. Stir occasionally as needed. Add additional sauce to your liking.
- Remove from heat and enjoy
You may use any oil you like. I prefer coconut oil in this dish because it goes well with the sauce.
Feel free to use homemade teriyaki sauce rather than store-bought. This recipe is so flexible. You can add additional ham if you like. You can swap the frozen peas and carrots for broccoli or a stir-fry mix. You can also add fruit such has crushed pineapple or mandarin oranges.
If cooking rice for this dish, try my Instant Pot Brown Rice recipe. This recipe is also the perfect way to use leftover rice.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze leftovers by placing the cooled rice in a gallon-size ziploc bag. Remove all the air and spread flat. Freeze for up to 3 months.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 1032mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 13g