4 pieces of ground ham coated in breadcrumbs
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Cuban-Style Ham Croquettes (Croquetas de Jamón)

Crispy, bite-size logs of smooth ground ham coated in breadcrumbs. Ham Croquettes (or Croquetas de Jamón) are the perfect breakfast or snack!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chilling2 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: croquetas de jamon, ham croquettes
Servings: 20 croquettes
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Jamie Silva


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup whole milk room temperature
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dry cooking wine (vino seco)
  • 1 pound ground ham* (see note)
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • In a saucepan, melt butter at medium-low heat. Add onion and cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in milk, 1/3 cup of flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until it becomes a thick sauce (a roux).
  • Add in the cooking wine and ground ham to the sauce. Mix together slowly until all is combined. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the filling to a bowl. Let it rest at room temperature then refrigerate for 2 hours. The mixture has to harden in order to form into logs and coat evenly. If this step is skipped, it will be very hard to form logs, coat with breading, and fry. This is an important step. Don't skip it.
  • After 2 hours, remove the filling from the refrigerator. Form logs from the mixture that are approximately 3" long and 1" wide. Repeat until you have all the croquettes done. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk eggs and set aside. In another bowl, mix the remaining flour and bread crumbs.
  • Dip each croquette in the egg wash and then coat in bread crumbs. Let the croquettes rest at room temperature for 5 minutes before frying.
  • In a large pot or pan, heat enough vegetable oil to cover the croquettes completely. Fry each croquette until golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove croquette from oil and drain on paper towel lined plates. Serve with saltines and lime wedges. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Cocina al Minuto
*You can purchase diced ham or chop up leftover cooked ham and finely grind in a food processor or meat grinder.


Serving: 1croquette | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.3g | Protein: 6.4g | Fat: 14.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1.1g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.7mg