Deviled ham uses your leftover ham and turns it into a flavor-packed spread that is perfect for a quick lunch or a creamy spread that makes a great party appetizer.

deviled ham in black bowl

Deviled ham is a truly great way to make use of ham leftovers! Unlike just heating it up again or placing the ham on a ho-hum ham and cheese sandwich, this dish spices things up.

Deviled ham gets its name from the use of hot spices, which give the spread its fiery kick. The addition of hot sauce, mustard, and other spices makes it a “deviled” version of traditional ham spread.

It is super easy to make and quite versatile. You can have it on its own as a keto-friendly meal or snack. You can also serve it over greens or spread it out on cucumber slices or celery sticks.

And if you love sandwiches, you can definitely serve on a roll, your favorite bread, bake it into a crescent roll, or make these delicious deviled ham stuffed eggs!

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Ingredients for deviled ham

If you’re looking for some other ways to use up that leftover ham from your holiday meal try out ham and cheese breakfast sliders, ham and cheese english muffin breakfast casserole, or my personal favorite ham and bean soup !

Ingredients You’ll Need

Deviled ham is a combination of ham, mayo, and various spices and seasonings. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Ham – This is a great, keto-friendly way to use leftover ham from Easter or a family dinner. You can also buy a small boneless ham, a thick ham steak, or pre-sliced deli ham.
  • Mayonnaise – We prefer using regular mayo, especially if you are following a keto diet, but low fat mayo can work too. It just has more added sugar.
  • Seasonings – To season the ham, you’ll need spicy brown mustard, tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and black pepper.
Deviled Ham in a black bowl

How to Make Deviled Ham

One of the best things about this recipe is how easy it is to make. No more buying the canned stuff. Just follow these simple instructions:

Step 1 – Chop the ham. This is easier than it sounds if you have a food processor. Just place the ham in your food processor and pulse until it is finely chopped. If you don’t own a food processor, you can use a very sharp knife to dice up the ham as best as possible.

Step 2 – Mix together and serve. The second step is also super simple. Grab a large bowl and stir all the ingredients together in the bowl. Once it is well incorporated, serve on its own, on top of greens, or as part of a sandwich.

Deviled Ham appetizer spread on a platter

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Deviled Ham?

Deviled ham is a spicy spread made from finely ground ham, mixed with mayonnaise and spices. The term “deviled” comes from the use of hot spices, which give the spread its fiery kick. Deviled ham can be used as a sandwich filling, a dip for crackers and vegetables, or even as a topping for baked potatoes.

Can deviled ham be frozen?

Yes, deviled ham can be frozen for up to 3 months. It’s best to store it in an airtight container or freezer bag and thaw it in the refrigerator before using.

Can dogs eat deviled ham?

It’s not recommended to feed deviled ham to dogs, as it’s high in sodium and may contain ingredients that are harmful to them. It’s best to stick to dog-specific food and treats.

How to eat deviled ham?

Deviled ham can be used as a sandwich filling, as a topping for baked potatoes, or as a side for an egg breakfast. Add it to an appetizer party tray as a dip alongside crackers and vegetables. It’s also great as a snack on its own, spread on crackers or toast.

How to make deviled ham salad?

To make deviled ham salad, combine finely chopped deviled ham with mayonnaise, diced celery, diced onion, and diced pickles or sweet pickle relish. Mix well and season with salt, pepper, and any additional spices or seasonings to taste.

What does deviled ham taste like?

Deviled ham has a savory and slightly spicy flavor, thanks to the addition of hot sauce and other spices. It’s a great alternative to traditional sandwich spreads and adds a flavorful twist to any snack or meal.

Deviled Ham is a low carb spread on celery

How Long Does Deviled Ham Last in the Refrigerator?

Once you make the deviled ham,  you should store anything you are not using in the fridge. We recommend placing it in an airtight container. It should last about 5 days in the fridge.

How to Freeze It

If you want the deviled ham to last longer, you can easily freeze it. To freeze the dish, place it in a freezer safe container or bag. When using a bag, try to squeeze as much air out as possible to prevent freezer burn. It should last about 6 months in the freezer.

If you make a large batch or intend to make it for lunch, try placing it in small containers or bags. That way, you can take out a single portion at a time and leave the rest frozen.

When you are ready to serve, take it out of the freezer and let it rest overnight in the fridge. The thawed deviled ham should last about 3 to 4 days in the fridge if you had frozen it immediately.

Deviled Ham spread on a cracker

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Servings: 8.5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Deviled ham

Deviled ham uses your leftover ham and turns it into a flavor packed spread that is perfect for a quick lunch or a creamy spread that makes a great party appetizer.
deviled ham in black bowl
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  • 1.5 pounds Ham
  • cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Spicy brown mustard
  • 2-3 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper


  • Place the ham in a food processor and pulse to finely chop it.
  • In a large bowl combine the ham, mayonnaise, mustard, tabasco sauce, worcestershire, lemon juice, and pepper. Stir together until well combined.
  • Serve and enjoy.


Serving: 4ounces, Calories: 240kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 1081mg, Potassium: 238mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 15IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: deviled ham, deviled ham spread
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