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Leftover Holiday Ham Fried Rice

Updated on January 7, 2014
Leftover Holiday Ham Fried Rice
Leftover Holiday Ham Fried Rice | Source
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We love fried rice, or stirfry, whatever you'd like to call it, around our house. It's such an easy way to toss in whatever veggies and meats you have around the house all into one dish with some yummy rice for a great dinner.

Every time we've tried this dish, every time with different ingredients, it's always been amazing.

So I was thinking, "why would it be any different with our leftover ham?"

Rice, egg, butter, garlic, soy sauce, teriyaki, and some sort of meat and veggies. How much easier could it possibly be.

So I went digging in our refrigerator for any vegetables that were still good, and that would go well with ham. I found onion, celery, broccoli, and green pepper. Awesome!

Over leftover ham was cooked in honey, oranges, and apples, so it's already super sweet and falls apart easily. I'll have to give you the recipe for this amazing ham we made for New Years.

It's so easy to find the right flavor I'm looking for, because we created this to mimic the garlic chicken and rice flavor from Benihanas. They put tons of garlic and butter in their rice which makes it taste just amazing.

By adding in all of our other ingredients, along with soy sauce and teriyaki, we make it our own. I promise that this will be the most amazing dish you have ever made. You'll have to make it again and again.

Step One: Start cooking 2 cups of rice in a rice cooker
Step One: Start cooking 2 cups of rice in a rice cooker | Source
Step Two: Cook two eggs in a saute pan
Step Two: Cook two eggs in a saute pan | Source
Step Three: Cook your veggies and ham together
Step Three: Cook your veggies and ham together | Source
Step Four: Pour your veggie/ham mixture into a separate bowl
Step Four: Pour your veggie/ham mixture into a separate bowl | Source
Step Five: Pour your cooked eggs in the bowl as well
Step Five: Pour your cooked eggs in the bowl as well | Source
Step Six: Dump your cooked rice into your pan
Step Six: Dump your cooked rice into your pan | Source
Step Seven: Add soy sauce and teriyaki to your rice
Step Seven: Add soy sauce and teriyaki to your rice | Source
Step Eight: Mix in your sauces and cook your rice
Step Eight: Mix in your sauces and cook your rice | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves about 4 people 1 cup of fried rice


  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 3 cups water, (to cook the rice)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup leftover ham, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup soy sauce, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce, to taste
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup butter


  1. Begin by adding your 2 cups of uncooked rice and 3 cups of water to a rice cooker and set to cook.
  2. Mine takes about 20 minutes to fully cook the rice, so I make sure to set it about 20 minutes ahead of when I'll need it.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, crack your 2 eggs and add a couple of tablespoons of milk, if you wish, to help them scramble together.
  4. While your eggs and rice are cooking, we will be chopping your veggies on the side. First, chop your onion in small pieces.
  5. No one wants a mouth full of big chunks of onion while eating fried rice. Dump it into a bowl and set it aside.
  6. Make sure to keep moving your eggs so they don't burn. If you need to, turn the heat down a bit so you have time to chop in between stirring your eggs.
  7. Now finely chop your celery into small pieces. I will chop them width wise, and then come back and chop them all up again in a variety of directions. Add them to your onions on the side.
  8. Time to chop your green pepper. You'll want to remove the stem and seeds before butting it up, but don't worry about it burning you. This isn't a hot pepper.
  9. I usually cut length wise strips first and then cut those into tiny squares. Toss them into the bowl with your other veggies and keep going.
  10. Finally, cut up your broccoli bunch as a whole. You'll want not only the little pieces of the top of the broccoli heads, but also the stem (where most of the nutrients are), so chop the whole thing finely. Add this to your bowl.
  11. Now, in a large saucepan with sides, dump all of your veggies with a tablespoon of butter or so, and cook them down on about medium heat or so. You'll want to cook everything until your veggies are soft.
  12. Don't forget your eggs. When they are done, turn off the heat and set them aside.
  13. When your rice is done, unplug the rice cooker and let it set awhile while you are cooking your veggies.
  14. When your veggies are just done, you'll want to add your leftover ham. The ham is already cooked after all, so all you're doing is mixing it into your veggies and letting it all warm up and meld together for a few minutes.
  15. Once ready, dump it into a medium bowl on the side so you can start your rice.
  16. Add your cooked eggs on top of your veggies and ham and then you won't need that saute pan anymore.
  17. In the large saucepan where you cooked your veggies, add your cooked rice, and turn the heat on your stove up to high.
  18. Add in your soy sauce and teriyaki sauce to your rice and mix well.
  19. Teriyaki sauce is very strong so you won't want to use too much, and soy sauce is VERY salty, so you'll want to be careful with it as well. However, you'll want to taste both in your rice, so feel free to season to your own taste.
  20. You'll also want to toss in the rest of your butter and your garlic powder as well and mix it in with the rest.
  21. Garlic powder is another seasoning whose use is specific to each person. Make sure to taste your rice frequently to know when to stop seasoning.
  22. We're cooking the rice on high to crisp it up and essentially "fry it." Cook for about 5 minutes or so before turning the heat down a tad to medium high heat.
  23. At this time, add in your veggie, meat, and egg mixture and mix thoroughly.
  24. Taste your rice again to make sure it still tastes like you want it and doesn't need any further seasoning.
  25. Heat thoroughly and then turn your stove heat off.
  26. Serve and enjoy! Yummy! Yummy!
Step Nine: Add your precooked veggies, ham and eggs, Step Ten: Mix thoroughly and cook together
Step Nine: Add your precooked veggies, ham and eggs, Step Ten: Mix thoroughly and cook together | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 400
Calories from Fat144
% Daily Value *
Fat 16 g25%
Carbohydrates 46 g15%
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 17 g34%
Cholesterol 193 mg64%
Sodium 800 mg33%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Sign of a Good Meal
The Sign of a Good Meal | Source

I really think the broccoli and green pepper really complemented the sweet ham flavor in this dish.

We've used just about every vegetable we can think of in our past fried rice dishes, every kind of meat we've ever had in this house, and sometimes, we even throw in fruit. An apple or a pear diced small give this rice just the right flavor.

I've always suggested that my readers take my recipes and make them unique. What fun is a recipe if you have to follow it to the tee every time.

So try it like I suggest one time, but then, once you understand the sauces and flavors, get creative. Try pork and sweet potatoes. Yummy!

I suggest beef and snow peas, or chicken, water chestnuts, and even beets. It sounds strange, but you'll find that some of the most interesting combinations end up tasting the best.

We haven't made a bad fried rice (stirfry) dish yet. Each one has been different, but unbelievably incredible. Just writing down this recipe makes me want to make some more fried rice tonight.

Maybe I'll try tossing in some sweet potatoes and an apple tonight. Yummy!

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    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      :) This was so good. We regularly eat fried garlic rice with a variety of different meats and veggies. It's nice that it can be different every single time and still equally delicious every single time!

      Thanks for the great comment!!

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      4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Your recipe reminds me of an Indonesian dish called nasi goreng. When we go to Holland to visit the family of my husband, we always try to eat at least once in an Indonasian restaurant! We have plenty of different kinds of restaurants in Ottawa but not an Indonesian one :-(

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Absolutely! We loved it! Thank you for commenting! :)

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      4 years ago from Austin, TX

      I make that too... it's like a chao fan, with leftover ham and veggies from the holidays. Thanks for posting. :)

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Heather Says: I actually make them all myself, but have 1) recently learned how to take better pictures to post, and 2) had to start remembering to actually take pictures when I cooked. lol

      I have been trying to remember to take pictures for meals I've posted before but didn't have pictures for, so I could go back and post my own pics. For a brand-new Hubber, this is a new world for me. I'm learning more every day.

      Billy: Thanks! It was delicious!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never had it but just the name sounds great to me. Thanks, Victoria.

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      Heather Rode 

      4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Great Hub. I wish you did more Hubs like this where you actually make the dish and use your own photos. Pinning :)


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