Ham Curry with Mangoes

In a rush? Try our scrumptious Ham Curry with Mangoes! It’s a fantastic, flavorful way to repurpose extra ham and have dinner ready in 15 minutes.

Ham curry with mangoes served on a plate.

Curried Ham with Mangoes! In fifteen minutes!

I picked up this awesome old cookbook (circa 1987) called Tropic Cooking at the used bookstore up the street and found a really basic recipe for using up leftover ham, which essentially read, “Mix with mangoes and curry powder, then broil.”

Close-up photo of curried ham with mangoes.

Reasons to Love This Curried Ham

  • I love that this curried ham combines the savory flavor of ham with the exotic warmth of curry spices, creating a delightful fusion.
  • It’s an easy way to jazz up leftover ham and reduce food waste.
  • The dish is quick to prepare, making it ideal for busy weeknights.

Recipe Ingredients

Curried ham with mangoes on a serving platter.
  • Ham: The lean ham provides a savory and slightly salty flavor and adds a meaty texture.
  • Mango: The ripe mangoes add a sweet, tropical flavor and a juicy, soft texture.
  • Curry Powder: This spice blend introduces a warm, aromatic taste with a slight kick.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Pineapple Swap: Replace mangoes with equal parts diced pineapple for a similarly sweet and tangy flavor.
  • Turkey Alternative: Use cooked turkey instead of ham slices for a lighter, but equally protein-rich option.
  • Garnish Options: Fresh cilantro leaves add a pop of color and a refreshing herbal note, while a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes lends a hint of sweetness and crunch. For a touch of acidity, drizzle with a squeeze of lime juice before serving. Alternatively, thinly sliced red chilli peppers can provide a spicy kick.

How to Make Ham Curry with Mangoes

Step #1: Preheat your oven’s broiler to high. Adjust an oven rack to be about a foot from the heat source.

Step #2: Place the ham in an oven-safe casserole dish, then top with the mango pieces.

Step #3: Dot the top of the mangoes with the butter, then sprinkle the brown sugar and curry powder on top.

Step #4: Broil until the brown sugar starts bubbling, 5-10 minutes (depending on how hot your oven’s broiler is).

Ham curry with mangoes served with rice.

I served mine with my favorite type of packaged rice; it’s seasoned with saffron and comes out a vibrant yellow color. It’s the closest thing I’ve found to the rice you get at Mexican restaurants.

Expert Tip

Simmer the Sauce: For enhanced flavor, consider simmering the mango, butter, brown sugar, and curry powder together in a saucepan over medium-high heat before broiling. This method helps blend and

A plate with curried ham, garnished with cilantro and lemon slices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use coconut milk in this Curried Ham recipe?

Yes, it’s possible to add coconut milk to this recipe for a creamy and flavorful twist. Simply pour the coconut milk over the assembled ham and mangoes before broiling to infuse the dish with richness. Adjust other seasonings as needed.

Can I use frozen mangoes in this Ham Curry recipe?

Yes, using frozen mangoes in your Ham Curry with Mangoes recipe can be a great alternative when fresh mangoes aren’t available. Here’s how to incorporate them into your dish:
Thawing: Before using the frozen mangoes, you should thaw them to remove excess moisture that could water down your dish. Place the mango chunks in a colander and let them thaw at room temperature for a few hours, or in the refrigerator overnight. Drain any excess liquid after they have thawed.
Prepping for Cooking: Once thawed, give the mangoes a gentle squeeze to remove any remaining liquid. You can pat them dry with a paper towel to ensure they aren’t too wet, which helps in maintaining the integrity of the dish and allows the mangoes to caramelize better under the broiler.
Cooking Adjustments: When using frozen mangoes, be aware that they might not hold their shape as well as fresh mangoes when exposed to high heat. To combat this, you can slightly reduce the broiling time if you notice the mangoes are becoming too soft or starting to disintegrate.

Storage Info

Store any leftovers of the Curried Ham with Mangoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where they will stay good for up to 3 days. It’s not recommended to freeze this dish as the texture of the mangoes can become mushy upon thawing.

You can reheat it in a microwave or in a skillet over medium heat. If using a microwave, cover the dish and heat for 1-2 minutes, stir halfway through to ensure even warming.

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Ham Curry with mangoes served on a plate.

Ham Curry with Mangoes Recipe

In a rush? Try our scrumptious Ham Curry with Mangoes! It's a fantastic, flavorful way to repurpose extra ham and have dinner ready in 15 minutes.
4.9 from 10 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. cooked lean ham - cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 c. peeled and diced ripe mango
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter - cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
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Instructions

  • Preheat your oven's broiler to high. Adjust an oven rack to be about a foot from the heat source.
  • Place the ham in an oven-safe casserole dish, then top with the mango pieces.
  • Dot the top of the mangoes with the butter, then sprinkle the brown sugar and curry powder on top.
  • Broil until the brown sugar starts to bubble, 5-10 minutes (depending on how hot your oven's broiler is).

NOTES

*You may wish to broil on low if you’re not sure how hot the “high” setting gets. Put your oven rack about 8 inches below the heat source if you’re broiling on low.
Store any leftovers of the Curried Ham with Mangoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where they will stay good for up to 3 days. It’s not recommended to freeze this dish as the texture of the mangoes can become mushy upon thawing.
You can reheat it in a microwave or in a skillet over medium heat. If using a microwave, cover the dish and heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring halfway through to ensure even warming.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1397mg | Potassium: 552mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 1460IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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