Glazed Ham Steaks

As someone who is never one to throw away food, this recipe for Ham Steaks is intended to make use of the leftovers from a large holiday roast. We use a sauce that is infused with whiskey to dress up the slices, and we serve the ham with a spring vegetable sauté that is both fresh and vibrant. This helps to cut through the inherent richness and saltiness of the pork.

Because it is so simple and quick to prepare, you can enjoy this supper on any weekday, even if you do not have any leftovers. All you need to do is pick up a ham steak from the meat section of the grocery store.
Learn how to cook a traditional ham steak and relive some of the dinners you had as a youngster with this dish that brings back fond memories.

Glazed Ham Steaks
Glazed Ham Steaks

What is a ham steak? 

Pieces of sliced ham are what make up a ham steak. In addition to hams and other pork products, you can find them in the meat section of the grocery store where you shop for groceries. For individuals who are interested in consuming ham but do not want a complete roast, this cut is a great option.

Ham Steak Ingredients

To prepare this fast supper, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Olive oil: The ham slices are fried in this oil, but you may easily replace it with any type of oil, such as vegetable oil.
  • Cooked ham slices:  Purchasing fully cooked ham steaks from the grocery store is an option to consider in the event that you do not have any leftovers to use for preparing this dish.
  • Cold unsalted butter:  In order to create the foundation of the sauce for this dish, butter is useful. To help pull the sauce together and emulsify everything, adding it to the pan at the very end while it is still cold is beneficial. Be sure to give it a good stir or swirl as it melts in order to ensure that it is properly incorporated.
  • Shallot:  Although you could use the same amount of onion, shallot has a lovely, delicate onion taste that fits wonderfully in this sauce. You could use the same amount instead.
  • Garlic: The garlic, much like the shallot, contributes to the overall flavor of the pan sauce.
  • Black pepper: This recipe is not simply finished off with a dash of pepper; rather, we use a respectable amount of pepper to impart a mildly spicy flavor to the glaze that we use for the ham steak. A peppercorn mixture is another option that you can experiment with.
  • Bourbon:  This well-rounded spirit is not only for sipping, but it also contributes to the formation of the lovely pan sauce. In addition, if you are not a fan of Bourbon, you should be aware that you do not require anything of the highest quality in order to make this sauce sing well.
  • Ham juices:  This pan sauce is a great way to make use of the tasty fluids that should be used up if you are cooking this recipe from leftovers. In that case, you can use chicken stock that has not been salted.
  • Whole-grain mustard:  Not only does this component impart a delightful flavor, but it also imparts a lovely texture to the simple glaze.

Glazed Ham Steaks

The ingredients for ham steak typically include:

  1. Ham steak: This is the main ingredient, usually a thick slice of ham cut from a whole ham.
  2. Seasonings: Common seasonings include black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or any other desired herbs and spices.
  3. Optional glaze or sauce: Some recipes call for a glaze or sauce to enhance the flavor of the ham steak. This could include ingredients such as brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, mustard, pineapple juice, or other sweet and savory ingredients.
  4. Cooking oil or butter: This is often used to coat the pan or grill when cooking the ham steak to prevent sticking and add flavor.
  5. Optional side ingredients: Depending on personal preference, you might include side ingredients such as pineapple rings, cloves, or maraschino cherries to garnish the ham steak or accompany it on the plate.

Ham Steak Cooking Instructions

One of the things that makes this recipe so appealing is that it requires very little preparation.

Step 1. Brown ham steaks:  We just fry the leftover slices of ham and lay them aside after they are done.

Step 2. Make sauce:  Butter, bourbon, and mustard should be combined in the same pan that you used to cook the ham in order to create a tasty sauce. Putting it together is a breeze, and it is an excellent way to make use of leftovers after a substantial holiday feast. Ensure that the sauce is allowed to reduce for a sufficient amount of time before adding the final bit of butter. This will ensure that the sauce has the ideal consistency for coating the ham.

Glazed Ham Steaks

Here’s a simple recipe for cooking Ham Steaks:

Ingredients:
  • 1 ham steak
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: your choice of glaze or sauce (e.g., honey mustard glaze, pineapple glaze)
  • Cooking oil or butter
Instructions:
  1. Preheat your grill, skillet, or oven to medium-high heat.
  2. If desired, season both sides of the ham steak with salt and pepper.
  3. If using a glaze or sauce, prepare it according to the recipe instructions.
  4. Lightly grease the cooking surface with cooking oil or butter to prevent sticking.
  5. Place the ham steak on the grill, skillet, or baking sheet. Cook for about 3–4 minutes on each side, or until heated through and lightly browned, depending on the thickness of the steak.
  6. If using a glaze or sauce, brush it onto the ham steak during the last few minutes of cooking, allowing it to caramelize slightly.
  7. Once the ham steak is cooked to your desired level of doneness and has developed a nice crust, remove it from the heat.
  8. Let the ham steak rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
  9. With your favorite side dishes, serve the ham steak hot.

Tips for the Best Ham Steaks 

Glazed Ham Steaks

To ensure the best results when cooking ham steaks, consider the following tips:

  1. Choose a high-quality ham steak: Look for ham steaks that are well-marbled with fat and have a pinkish color. Quality ham will have a better flavor and texture.
  2. Select the right thickness: Opt for ham steaks that are around 1/2 to 1 inch thick. Thicker slices will be juicier and more flavorful.
  3. Trim excess fat: If your ham steak has a thick layer of fat around the edges, consider trimming it down slightly before cooking to prevent excessive greasiness.
  4. Season properly: Season the ham steak with salt and pepper and any other desired herbs or spices to enhance its flavor. You can also marinate the ham steak in your favorite marinade for extra flavor.
  5. Don’t overcook: Ham is already fully cooked, so you just need to heat it through. Overcooking can make the ham steak dry and tough. Cook until heated through and lightly browned on the outside.
  6. Use a glaze or sauce: Adding a glaze or sauce can enhance the flavor of the ham steak and add moisture. Popular options include honey mustard glaze, pineapple glaze, or a simple brown sugar glaze.
  7. Rest before serving: Allow the ham steak to rest for a few minutes after cooking before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful steak.
  8. Pair with complementary sides: Serve the ham steak with side dishes that complement its flavor, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.

How to Store Ham Steaks 

Ham slices that have been fully cooked should be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days, according to the recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Your ability to freeze them for up to two months will allow you to extend their shelf life.

How to Reheat Ham Steaks

Glazed Ham Steaks 

In order to reheat the ham steak in a pan for this recipe, we prefer to do so because it allows us to create a delectable sauce that can be served on top of the ham steak while also allowing us to rapidly reheat the meat without causing it to get dry. It is not possible to successfully reheat the ingredients for this dish using other means, such as the microwave or the oven.

How do you heat up a ham steak without drying it out?

Because the ham has already been cooked, it is essential to reheat the meat in the appropriate manner in order to prevent it from becoming dry. Do not forget to cook it until it is barely heated through; in other words, do not forget about it. Before constructing and serving the steaks in a sauce, this recipe briefly sears the meat over medium-high heat. This helps to guarantee that the steaks are nice and moist when they are served to the table.

What to Serve With Ham Steaks 

This recipe is so adaptable that it can be paired with a wide range of other accompaniments. The spring vegetable sauce, which is shown in the photo of the dish, is the accompaniment that we suggest serving it with; however, here are a few other possibilities that you might investigate.

Ingredients

 Here’s a recipe for glazed ham steaks:

Ingredients:

  • 2 ham steaks (about 1/2 to 1 inch thick)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter
  • Optional: cloves or pineapple rings for garnish.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill, skillet, or oven to medium-high heat.
  2. Season both sides of the ham steaks with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, Dijon mustard, honey, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil or melted butter to make the glaze.
  4. Lightly grease the cooking surface with cooking oil or butter to prevent sticking.
  5. Place the ham steaks on the grill, skillet, or baking sheet. Cook for about 3–4 minutes on each side, or until heated through and lightly browned.
  6. During the last few minutes of cooking, brush the glaze onto the ham steaks, allowing it to caramelize slightly.
  7. If desired, you can also garnish the ham steaks with cloves or pineapple rings for added flavor and presentation.
  8. Once the ham steaks are cooked to your desired level of doneness and have developed a nice glaze, remove them from the heat.
  9. Let the ham steaks rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  10. With your favorite side dishes, serve the glazed ham steaks hot.

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