Ham Steak

Ham Steak pan seared in less than 10 minutes is our new favorite EASY recipe on busy weeknights OR brunch that will remind you of the holidays!

Ham isn’t just for the holidays, in our house we love serving it all year long like this Honey Baked Ham (Copycat), or Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham and we LOVE using the leftovers in our favorite Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup.

Ham Steak
Ham Steak

This recipe is a win for everyone. This is the best ham shortcut you’ll ever use. See the delicious browned crispy edges? Yep, its just a bit of brown sugar and butter for the win. You can even skip the brown sugar altogether.

Most people don’t cook with ham throughout the year because buying an entire ham requires a lot of people or a whole lot of second round recipes. Buying steaks gives you just enough ham to feed your immediate family for a meal or two.

How do you cook a ham steak?

Add two tablespoons of butter to a heavy skillet on medium heat and add the ham, cooking for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked through. To add an additional sauce remove the ham after cooking and add in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar along with a squeeze of fresh orange and let the brown sugar bubble up and caramelize a bit before serving it on the ham.

Where does ham steak come from?

Ham steak is just a thick slice cut from a whole roast of ham, either with the bone already removed or bone in. Bone in cuts will cost less but they won’t look as neat in serving.

Ham steaks are perfect for when you don’t have enough people to justify making an entire roast of ham, but still have a craving for it. They also don’t cost a lot more per pound so you won’t feel put off buying the smaller packages. You can also use ham steak for recipes that call for pieces of leftover ham, without having to cook an entire ham, like in this Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup or even as a quick swap in your Eggs Benedict breakfast recipe.

Ham Steak Recipe

How long does ham steak take to cook?

In a frying pan or on the grill, cook about 2-3 minutes on each side. Add about 3-4 minutes if your cut is really thick. You can also microwave for about 5-7 minutes depending on how thick your cut is.

Grilled ham steak made on a grill pan or on a grill is also easy and takes just a minute or so on each side because of the higher heat.

Things to do with ham steak

  • Fry it in a skillet with a little bit of butter or oil.
  • Grill it a few minutes on each side over direct heat. You can also brush it with a thick glaze to add more flavor.
  • Bake it in the oven for an easy hands-off preparation.
  • Chop it into bits and add to other recipes that call for leftover ham like Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna.

Baked Ham Steak Recipe

Bake at 350 degrees in a greased baking dish until steak is browned. You can also add potatoes and onions to the baking dish for a one pot meal, and sprinkle with pepper or mustard for flavor.

Pineapple slices is also a great addition to baked ham recipes, and caramelize really well in the oven to bring out a deep sweetness in the fruit.

How do you make ham steak glaze or sauce?

When the ham steak is cooking, add ¼ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup of orange juice to pan. Cook for 3 minutes then remove from pan, leaving juice behind. Add 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and simmer until glaze thickens.

A second option is adding fruit preserves to the ham while it’s cooking, then simmer until the preserves thicken into a fruit glaze.

How long is ham steak good in the fridge?

According to foodsafety.gov, ham steak will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator, and up to 1-2 months in the freezer. If it is still sealed in the original wrapping unopened, you should be good until the best by date on the packaging.

What to serve with ham steak?

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Super Creamy Macaroni and Cheese and Creamed Spinach make great savory sides for ham steak.

Ham Steak Breakfast Recipe


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Ham Steak

Ham Steak pan seared in less than 10 minutes is our new favorite EASY recipe on busy weeknights OR brunch that will remind you of the holidays!
Yield 2 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces cooked ham steaks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar optional
  • 1/2 orange optional

Instructions

  • Add two tablespoons of butter to a heavy skillet on medium heat and add the ham, cooking for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked through.
  • To add an additional optional sauce remove the ham after cooking and add in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar along with a squeeze of fresh orange and let the brown sugar bubble up and cook for 1 minute before serving it on the ham.

Nutrition

Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1542mg | Potassium: 427mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Keyword: breakfast, brunch, dinner, ham, Ham Steak, holidays

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 upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being 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. My dad used to prepare ham this way, and it is so tasty! I don’t think he ever added the brown sugar though, so I’ll have to give your version a try.