Recipes with fresh ham are always a great choice for the whole family. But, cooking a full ham is no easy feat – and you might not need leftover ham for the following days. We’re taking a closer look at ham steaks as the perfect alternative and how you can cook this pork meat to perfection.
Why consider a ham steak for your next dish?
When you’re craving the taste of juicy and delicious cooked ham, but you don’t want to prepare a full-sized ham, then a ham steak will do just the trick! These steaks are essentially sliced ham from a whole ham roast. This is a better option when pork is an ingredient in your next main dish recipe but you want to avoid excess leftovers.
Your guide to cooking ham steak successfully
Ham steaks are not only flavorful but also versatile and easy to prepare. A ham slice is a delicious source of protein that’s the perfect touch to practically any meal — complementing anything from your breakfast eggs to a sweet potato dinner.
1. Cooking ham steak on the stove
Before getting started, add a teaspoon of cooking oil or spray to your pan. On the stove, you can cook ham steaks in your hot pan over medium heat. The result should be a juicy interior with a caramelized and perfectly crispy exterior.
Cook time: For a typical-sized option, cook your ham slice for about 3 minutes on each side. A pre-cut, thicker option will need to cook for longer — approximately 5 to 8 minutes per side.
2. Grilling ham steak
If your next ham steak recipe requires a grill, you can rest assured that this is another simple, quick way to achieve appetizing results. Heat the grill to medium heat and lay your pre-cooked ham steaks on the slats.
Cook time: Thinly sliced ham should cook for about 3 minutes per side or until heated through. Note: Thicker slices will require longer cooking times.
3. Baking ham steak
Lastly, you can always cook your ham steaks in the oven for an equally delectable result. This is a hassle-free way to prepare baked ham for the whole family. It’s common to pair these slices with a glaze to ensure your steaks have enough moisture. You can use any flavors you’d like, but a brown sugar glaze is always a popular option when it comes to cooking ham. And, don’t forget to line your baking sheet with foil if you’re using a non-stick baking sheet.
Cook time: Preheat the oven to 375 and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep in mind, you might have to cook your slices for longer depending on how thick they come.
Do you have your next ham steak recipe in mind? Head to your local grocery store to pick up your favorite Hatfield® products and start cooking!
Our favorite ham steak recipes to consider
If you don’t have a specific recipe in mind to use your sliced ham, here are a few of our favorite recipe ideas to get you started:
Recipe 1: Ham, brie and apple grilled cheese
When you’re looking for a sweet and savory lunch that you can have ready in just 25 minutes, you can’t go wrong with our recipe for ham, brie and apple grilled cheese. This mouthwatering, decadent take on a classic comfort dish is packed with flavor the whole family will love. With only seven simple ingredients including Hatfield® Uncured Ham Steak, sourdough bread, brie cheese and honey crisp apple, this ham steak recipe will quickly be a go-to meal for busy weeknights!
Recipe 2: Ham and spring pea pasta with roasted heirloom grape tomatoes
For a big, filling dinner that can minimize your time spent cooking in the kitchen for an equally delicious outcome, try our recipe for ham and spring pasta with roasted heirloom grape tomatoes. This appetizing pasta dish only requires a few main ingredients to leave you with a flavorful dish. And, you can easily double the recipe to feed all of your friends and family at your next get-together.
Recipe 3: Ham steak with grilled mango salsa
When you’re in a pinch for time, you can always go for something simple like this recipe for grilled ham steak with mango salsa. Whether you’re an experienced grill master or new to this type of cooking, this recipe is easy to follow with delicious results. Even the pickiest family members will enjoy this ham steak dish with only a few ingredients including pineapple, mangos and jalapenos! And, there’s a variety of ham steaks to consider, too — from Hatfield® Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak to a Sweet Brown Sugar Ham Steak — so you can choose your flavor preference.
Find the high-quality ham steak you’re looking for from Hatfield®
Ham steaks are a great alternative to a full ham roast that can help you avoid an overabundance of leftovers that you might end up wasting. When you’re looking for a wide range of ham steaks that are the perfect choice for any mealtime adventure, Hatfield® has what you need.
At Hatfield®, we only ever have one goal in mind: to bring you quality pork that’s simply delicious. We understand that mealtimes should be spent not only enjoying appetizing meals but also spending quality time with the whole family. With our pre-seasoned, fresh and high-quality options, you can ensure a fast and simple meal with equally delicious results.
Once you’re ready to get started on your next ham steak recipe, use our store locator to find your favorite Hatfield® products in a supermarket or grocery store near you.