Learn how to cook ham steak in the oven for busy weeknights or fancy holiday meals. How? It is one of those easy dinners for a brown sugar glazed ham steak recipe that tastes delicious and is so simple. Top the ham steaks with an easy brown sugar glaze made from simple ingredients and let the oven do all the work.
A ham steak is a slice of a whole ham. Baking an entire ham, which takes hours, a fully cooked ham steak is placed on a baking sheet and done in forty-five minutes. Find ham steaks in the meat department of your local grocery store, meat market, or when butchering a pig, ask the butcher to slice a whole ham into simple ham steaks.
For a delicious low FODMAP and gluten free ham dinner, add an easy glaze to the top of the ham slice made from simple ingredients: dijon mustard, brown sugar, and maple syrup. With minimal effort, you have found the best way to cook ham steaks in the oven!
- Ham Steaks - I recommend using a smoked ham steak versus a fresh ham steak. The hard work has already been done for you. Use either a bone-in ham steak or boneless.
- Butter - Salted butter is best.
- Brown Sugar - Adds a sweetness to compliment the smoky flavors.
- Dijon Mustard - Adds a bit of spicy mustard flavor to the glaze.
- Maple Syrup - Find a maple syrup that is 100% maple versus the imitation kind filled with ingredients like high fructose corn syrup.
- Worcestershire Sauce - Adds a salty, umami flavor to the glaze.
See the recipe card for the exact measurements and complete instructions. Selected ingredients are based on current serving sizes measured by the Monash App at the time of publishing. As always, follow your gut and modify as needed.Jump to Recipe
Defrost the frozen ham steak if needed. Take it out of the freezer the night before and have it defrost in the refrigerator. Or defrost it in a cool water bath until thawed.
Cover a baking sheet with tinfoil for easy cleanup. Place the ham steaks on the baking sheet.
In a small bowl, melt butter.
Add the brown sugar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and worcestershire sauce. Whisk until combined.
Brush the glaze equally over the ham steaks. Brush the edges, too.
Bake the ham steaks in a 350 degree F oven for up to 45 minutes or until heated to internal temperature of 165 degrees F. A smoked ham steak is fully cooked, so the internal temp is less critical than raw meat. Use it as a way to make sure the ham steak is thoroughly warmed.
Pork Products - Substitute pork tenderloin or pork chops for the ham steaks.
Alternative Cooking Methods
Stovetop - Use a large skillet, add olive oil, and fry the ham steak. The ham steak will caramelize and have great coloring. Add the brown sugar glaze.
Grill - Cook the ham steaks over medium heat on the grill. Skip adding the glaze to the grill. Instead, cook the glaze in a saucepan on the side. Pour the glaze over the grilled ham steaks once they are cooked.
Blackstone - For a hearty breakfast, cook the ham steaks using the Blackstone over medium heat until heated through. Skip the glaze if you do not want a sweet ham. Add scrambled eggs and fresh fruit for a breakfast the whole family will love.
Store any leftover ham steak in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days or cube and freeze for simple meals later. Frozen glazed ham steak will last for up to four months. Leftover ham steaks are great for a lunchtime hearty sandwich like a club sandwich. Use cubed ham steaks as the meat in breakfast casseroles. Serve a nice-sized piece on the side of Swedish pancakes or griddle pancakes as breakfast meat.
For a quick weeknight meal, create a sheet pan meal. If your ham steaks are on the large size, use two sheet pans, one for the ham steak and one for roasted tiny potatoes or roasted vegetables and green beans. For a complete meal, add mashed potatoes and corn pudding or green bean casserole. Both are delicious sides and go great with the smoky, salty ham and are perfect for holiday dinners. Add leftover cubed ham steak to scalloped potato casserole.
It depends on what has been done to the ham steak. If it has been smoked and is labeled as fully cooked, it is safe to eat cold. However, if it is a fresh ham steak that has not been smoked, it must be cooked until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
There are multiple ways to heat up a fully cooked ham steak. Not one is better than the other. Depending on the weather, grilling a ham steak outside on a grill or Blackstone may be perfect. If it is snowing outside or you do not have access to a grill, a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop or a sheet pan in the oven will work too! Cooking ham steak is flexible and has many options.
Ham Steak in the Oven with an Easy Glaze
- 2 1-pound Ham Steaks
- 2 Tablespoons Butter Salted
- 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
- ¼ cup Pure Maple Syrup
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Using tinfoil, completely cover the baking sheet.
- Place the ham steaks on the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, melt the butter, in the microwave or on the stovetop in a small saucepan.
- Once the butter melts, add brown sugar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and worcestershire sauce. Whisk until combined.
- Brush the glaze equally on the ham steaks. Don't forget the sides. Do not brush the bottom of the steaks, they will burn.
- Place in a preheated oven for 45 minutes or until heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- Remove the ham steaks and cut them with a sharp knife on the cutting board. Serve immediately.