Ham Steak

published Mar 10, 2022
Ham Steak Recipe

If you don’t want the fuss of roasting a whole ham, ham steaks are a great alternative.

Serves2

Prep2 minutes

Cook20 minutes to 25 minutes

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a slice of glazed ham with a spoon pouring glaze over the top
Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

Anytime you are craving ham, but don’t want the fuss or expense of roasting and glazing a whole ham, ham steaks are a great alternative. In fact, they are a wonderful option when cooking for one or two, or even when hosting a holiday celebration with a small group.

Ham steaks can be found in the refrigerator section of your grocery store, often in the area near the bacon or other cured meats. They are typically available in 7- to 8-ounce portions or larger 16-ounce cuts. The steaks tend to be around 1/2-inch thick, so they cook up quickly. This recipe calls for two 8-ounce steaks, but you can opt for one larger 16-ounce steak if you prefer. Just make sure you have a skillet large enough to handle your ham steak choice.

What Is Ham Steak?

A ham steak is an individual-sized slice of ham from a whole roast. This cut freezes well and thaws quickly, so it is a nice cut of meat to keep on hand for an easy weeknight meal.

Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

What Cut of Meat Is Ham Steak?

Ham steak is a cut of meat that comes from the ham shank. The piece tends to be about 1/2-inch thick.

What to Serve with Ham Steak?

Ham Steak Recipe

If you don’t want the fuss of roasting a whole ham, ham steaks are a great alternative.

Prep time 2 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes to 25 minutes

Serves 2

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup

    maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons

    packed dark brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon

    apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon

    Dijon mustard

  • 1/8 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon

    ground cloves

  • 1 tablespoon

    unsalted butter

  • 2

    (8-ounce) ham steaks

Instructions

  1. Place 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves in a small bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. Melt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 (8-ounce) ham steak and cook until golden-brown on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat cooking the remaining ham steak.

  3. Nestle both ham steaks back in the pan. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the ham and cook, flipping halfway through, until the ham steaks are fully coated in the sticky glaze, 2 to 4 minutes total.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.