Brown Sugar Ham Steak

6 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Brown Sugar Ham Steak that’s rich, sweet, and oven-baked. This recipe is so easy you don’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy brown sugar ham.

Ham Steak is an easy recipe when you need a quick Weeknight Dinner or even to serve with eggs for a brunch. The brown sugar coating takes it to the next level that you could even serve for a quick holiday dinner. 

Brown Sugar Ham Steak in baking dish


Brown Sugar Ham Steak is a quick way to enjoy a festive ham without spending hours roasting a whole holiday dinner. With just 4 ingredients all you need is a ham steak, some butter, cloves and brown sugar. After combining the ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven, you’ll have an easy weeknight dinner that your whole family will enjoy.

No need to wait for Christmas or Easter. You can enjoy this simpler version of Brown Sugar Ham in under an hour any day of the week. Just pick up a package of ham steak at the grocery store and you’re halfway to the easiest ham recipe you’ll ever make.

You can easily make ham steak in a skillet, but this recipe makes it easy to bake in the oven. To make it into a larger more filling one pot meal you can add some potatoes or vegetables to your baking pan to cook along with the ham. You can also cook some pineapple slices to go along with your ham dinner. The Grilled Pineapple also has brown sugar flavors, so it will blend nicely with the sweet flavors of this ham steak.



The next time you are craving ham but can’t justify baking an entire roast ham, ham steak is the perfect solution. It’s better for feeding a small group of people and doesn’t take as much time to make. Ham steak are thick cut slices of a whole ham that you can buy individually. Using ham steaks makes it easy to make a meal just big enough for your family, and not have to spend all day on it or be stuck with lots of leftovers.

They don’t cost much more per pound than regular ham roast, and if you want to get it cheaper you can buy a bone-in ham steak. The final recipe just won’t look as good as if you get a boneless steak.

Brown Sugar Ham Steak before cooking


  • Pan-fried: Ham Steak is often made in a skillet. To make grilled ham steak add 2 tablespoon of butter to a large skillet and let it melt. Cook the steak over medium heat. It should take 3-4 minutes to cook on each side. Coat in butter and cloves and sprinkle with brown sugar before serving the recipe.
  • Maple syrup glaze: Instead of a brown sugar rub you can make a maple glaze for your steak. Combine ¼ cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, and 1 teaspoon dijon mustard to make the glaze. Coat the ham with some butter before cooking it. Once the ham is cooked pour the maple syrup and mustard glaze over the recipe before serving.
  • Pineapple glaze: There are lots of other ingredients you can use to make glazed ham steak. Another easy option is combining brown sugar, mustard, and pineapple juice. Instead of putting the sauce directly on the ham, you can also serve it as a side, and dip the ham in the pineapple mustard sauce.


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees
  2. Melt butter and ground cloves together and pour over the ham steak.
  3. Sprinkle the ham steaks with brown sugar.
  4. Put the ham steak in the air fryer.
  5. Cook for 10-12.
  6. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy.



  • Serve: After cooking this recipe, you shouldn’t leave ham steak at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: You can store Brown Sugar Ham Steak in the fridge for 3-4 days. Wait for it to cool then store it in airtight container.
  • Freeze: Ham Steak can be kept in the freezer for 3-4 months. Let it defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating it in the oven.

Brown Sugar Ham Steak still bubbling in foil pan

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Brown Sugar Ham Steak

Brown Sugar Ham Steak that's rich, sweet, and oven-baked. This recipe is so easy you don't have to wait for the holidays to enjoy brown sugar ham.
Yield 6 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 pound ham steak
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar , packed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 baking pan with foil.
  • Melt butter and ground cloves together in a small microwave safe bowl, then add over the ham steak.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top of the ham steak.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the ham is browned.


Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1925mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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    1. Pineapple has an enzyme called bromelain that softens muscle fiber. This enzyme reacts with the protein in the meat to break it down and increases the meat’s potential to absorb more moisture. This is the reason why pineapple is one of the most preferred tenderizers. Enjoy!

  1. I made this ham steak tonight for my husband and I. It was very good. I had also reheated a cooked sweet potato to go with it.

  2. This sounds simple, easy, and delicious. Right up my alley!

    One of the additional ham recipes mentioned on this page is a bourbon glazed ham. I’m thinking you could treat this ham steak the same way, using the bourbon brown sugar glaze, no?

  3. Baking mine now, but the only thing I would change is don’t use a microwave to melt the butter or cook any food. Use a pan on stove top, but for me I didn’t have clove and I didn’t melt my butter, just placed it on top of the ham.

  4. The weather has been gloomy and yucky and this is exactly what we needed to cheer us up. Served it with mashed potatoes and rolls and I had one happy family at dinner. Thank you!

  5. Delicious! I cook ham steak about once a week (pan fry). This recipe takes it to a whole other wonderful level and is so delicious. It will be my go to recipe from now on. I’m wondering what else I can use this topping on or marinate with … what do you think about marinating with a pork tenderloin? Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks!

    1. I’m going to make it with sweet potatoes and make some of the glaze for on the potatoes.