Hot Ham Roll Ups with Cheese {Keto / Low Carb}

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These Hot Ham Roll-Ups with Cheese are a perfect snack or meal. They come together fast and easy and make following the keto diet so much easier to manage. I love how versatile they are, and I know you will too!

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As a homeschooling momma of four, I like really simple and fast lunches. While I usually prefer leftovers for a convenient lunch, as my family has grown larger, we don’t always have enough left the next day for all of us. So, oftentimes I need a quick lunch that fits in our keto lifestyle.

When I want something hot, these Hot Ham Roll-Ups with your choice of cheese make a delicious lunch and are very low carb. I use a smoked deli ham and wrap it around a mozzarella cheese stick (depending on the size of the ham, I may cut the cheese stick in half). Then, I fry it in a skillet in butter for a few minutes. It’s super easy and a nice change from plain deli meat and cheese and completely keto-friendly. 

If you love making hot ham and cheese sandwiches but miss them while eating low carb try my hot unwich ham and cheese casserole!


You are not going to believe how easy it is to make these keto-friendly snacks! You only need three ingredients.

  • Smoked Deli Ham – You need 12 pieces of ham that have been sliced at a deli. This will provide thinner slices.
  • Mozzarella Cheese Sticks – You will also need 12 mozzarella cheese sticks. Make sure they are real cheese and not a “cheese food,” which can have lots of additives.
  • Butter – This will provide extra fat and keep the low carb ham roll-ups from sticking to the pan while you are making them. 

Steps for Making Hot Ham Roll-Ups with Cheese

Step 1: Place the tablespoon of butter in a non-stick skillet and let it melt on low heat. Once the butter has melted, turn the heat up to low-medium.

a stick of mozzarella cheese being wrapped up in a slice of ham for the perfect quick keto lunch

Step 2: Wrap one piece of ham around each mozzarella stick.

keto hot ham roll ups with mozzarella cheese in a pan with butter

Step 3: Fry the ham roll-ups in the butter until they are browned on all sides. 

crispy low carb ham and cheese roll ups with a bite taken out of it on a white plate

Step 4: Serve warm!

Tip: If the ham slices are too small, you can cut the cheese sticks in half to allow the ham to wrap all the way around the cheese stick.

gooey cheese inside of a crispy ham roll up the perfect quick keto meal

Can I use a different type of cheese?

There are several different options for the types of cheese to use for this keto hot ham roll-up. While I prefer them with mozzarella cheese sticks, you could also do the same thing with cheddar. One option is using grated mozzarella cheese. If you choose to use grated cheese, these may be easier to bake than frying in the skillet. You may choose to use ricotta cheese or a combination of cheese in place of the mozzarella cheese sticks. If you like it a bit spicy, you might try a jalapeno pepper cheese stick instead.

Other ham roll-up recipe options

Feel free to experiment. Maybe you’d like to try some of these options:

  • Use different deli meat like salami or turkey in place of the ham.
  • Fill it with flavored cream cheese like garden vegetables or garlic and herb.
  • Add bacon, green onions, or julienned veggies.
  • Serve them for breakfast by adding scrambled eggs.
  • Stuff pickles or olives into the ends of the ham roll-ups.

Can the ham roll-ups be baked in the oven?

You will probably want to bake them in the oven if you use a grated cheese or a softer cheese like ricotta. Just remember that they will not brown as well as they do when they are prepared in a skillet or pan. However, you can make a lot more at one time by preparing a baking dish and baking them all at one time.

crispy ham mozzarella stick with a melty cheese pull on a white plae

How long can I store the keto hot ham roll-ups?

You can store the keto roll-ups in an airtight container in the fridge for as long as five days. I wouldn’t recommend freezing them. Plus, if your house is like mine, the ham roll-ups disappear almost as fast as I can make them.

What Do I Serve with the Low Carb Hot Ham & Cheese Rollups

Serve the Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with pickles or fresh veggies for a simple and filling lunch. 

More Keto Snack Recipes

These hot ham roll-ups are easy to customize with your favorite keto-friendly deli ham and cheese. If you like this simple keto idea, then I know you’ll love all of my favorites in my Keto Recipe Index. Check out a few of them already linked here below!

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Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups {Keto / Low Carb}

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham roll up
Servings: 12
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum


  • Smoked Deli Ham 12 pieces
  • 12 Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
  • 1 tablespoon of butter


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a non-stick skillet.
  • Wrap a piece of ham around a mozzarella cheese stick. Depending on how large your ham slices are, you may need to cut the cheese sticks in half.
  • Fry the mozzarella stick wrapped in ham in butter until browned on all sides.
  • Serve!



Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 561mg | Potassium: 80mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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keto hot ham and cheese roll-ups collage a frying pan and a bite taken out of them in the top image and the bottom showing the low carb roll ups being fried in a skillet with butter. the images are separated with a white banner and black text


    1. It will vary depending on what ham you buy. I buy ours in the deli and it is very low in carb. As far as how many can you have, that is up to each individual.

    2. Kasey,

      1st let me say my husband and I are just starting keto. Once these are made and stored can they be reheated in a microwave as I’m looking for keto friendly lunches too. THX

  1. 5 stars
    Quick and easy! I don’t recommend using a super moist type of cheese (Havarti for example) because it becomes a melty mess. I’m sticking with mozzarella from now on.

  2. I’m wondering if this would work in the airfryer? I’m new with the airfryer, any temperature and time recommendations?

    1. I have only tried frying in the skillet but that sounds like a great idea to try. Not sure of the temperature of time since I haven’t personally tried it.

  3. 5 stars
    I have eaten this for lunch everyday this past week! So quick and easy. I also used roast beef and cheddar for a little variation.

  4. I’m a head cook at an elementary, and I’ve served these, only baked instead of fried, several times. The kids love them, especially when I serve them with Goldfish Crackers.

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