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croquetas de jamon in a bowl

Croquetas de Jamón (Ham Croquettes)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Spanish, French, Puerto Rican


Learn how to make these croquetas de jamón (aka ham croquettes) that are perfectly crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. These are a classic Spanish appetizer that can be found in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and across Latin America. They are known for their signature crispy breaded exterior, and lusciously creamy beschamel filling. 


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ onion, minced
  • 3/4 cup ham, minced
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour + 1 cup for breading
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups canola oil


  1. Make the filling. Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add onion, sauté until fragrant, then add ham and flour. Mix to coat everything with flour and sauté for a few more minutes before adding the milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Mix until smooth and creamy before removing from the heat.diced ham, onions, and butter in a pot
  2. Prep for the croquetas. Cool the filling and transfer to a freezer safe container. Cover and freeze for 2 hours. Once the time is almost up, heat the oil and prep the breading station with a bowl for flour, a bowl for breadcrumbs, and separate bowl for the beaten eggs.a scoop and a bowl of batter for croquetas
  3. Fry the croquetas. Scoop out tablespoons of the filling, roll into balls or logs, then move through the breading station. Dip into flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Fry in hot oil in batches until golden brown all around.a croqueta frying in oil