Delicious Glazed Ham Steak: A Homemade Step-by-Step Guide

Apr 01, 2024 / MIN READ

If you've been searching for your next mealtime adventure, look no further than glazed ham steak. This main dish is a testament to the delicious simplicity that home cooking can offer, making it an ideal choice for quick and nutritious family dinners. And because a classic recipe is both versatile and easy to prepare, even those who are new to the kitchen will feel like a master by the end.

Discover the step-by-step instructions to bring a homemade glazed ham recipe to life, complete with hints for culinary success. Whether you're a seasoned chef or just starting to learn, we're diving into everything you need to know to make dinner time enjoyable and stress-free. 

Why glazed ham steak?

Glazed ham steak has remained a beloved dish through the years. Why? Flavor and flexibility. This delectable entrée offers a rich flavor profile, blending the savory taste of ham with the sweetness of its glaze. It's a harmonious balance that's sure to please any palate.

Plus, the versatility of this main dish is unparalleled. Glazed ham steaks pair great with a seemingly endless number of side dishes, from classic mashed potatoes and green beans to more adventurous options like spicy roasted sweet potatoes or a crisp apple slaw. While a grilled ham steak can be the centerpiece of countless meals, it's a great option to keep dinner exciting and new every time.

Gathering ingredients and preparing ham steak at home

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 packs Hatfield® Hickory Ham Steak.
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar.
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup.
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard.
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted.
  • ½ Tbsp. apple cider vinegar.
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce.
  • tsp. garlic powder.
  • tsp. ground cloves.

Making grilled ham steak with a brown sugar glaze

  • Step 1: In a small bowl, mix your brown sugar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and cloves to make your glaze.
  • Step 2: On a stove top, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted, swirl the pan to coat the surface.
  • Step 3: Add your ham steaks and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
  • Step 4: Spoon half of the brown sugar glaze mixture over the ham steaks, flip, then add the remaining glaze.
  • Step 5: Cook for 1-2 minutes more on each side, or until the glaze becomes thick and sticky.
  • Step 6: Serve cooked ham steak hot with your favorite sides and enjoy!
A grilled ham steak sits next to slices of apricot on a plateMaking grilled ham steak with a brown sugar glaze

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Tips for success: From preparation to presentation

Consider the following helpful hints for the best results:

  • A few best practices for preparation
  • Pat each ham slice dry to ensure even cooking and better glaze stickiness.
  • Lightly score the surface of the ham steak to enhance taste and prevent curling.
  • Marinate the ham for a few hours to infuse even more flavor.
  • Keep an eye on the stovetop and cook on medium heat to avoid burning the glaze.
  • Baste the ham with the glaze regularly for a caramelized finish.
  • Let the ham steaks rest briefly after cooking to redistribute juices — for the most flavorful bite.

How to know when ham is fully cooked

To make sure your ham steak is cooked all the way through, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature at the thickest part. Once it reaches 145°F, it's safe to eat. The meat should feel firm but tender when it's done cooking.

Helpful hints for presentation

Elevate your ham steak presentation by arranging it on a platter adorned with fresh herbs or pineapple slices for a pop of color and flavor. You might also consider glazing the steak once more before serving for an irresistible shine. Finally, garnish the dish with parsley or rosemary sprigs for a final touch of elegance.

Sides to complement this main dish

Consider pairing ham steak with:

  • Creamy mashed potatoes provide a comforting contrast to savory ham.
  • Roasted Vegetables, like carrots, Brussels sprouts or asparagus, for a flavorful and nutritious side.
  • Lightly sautéed green beans with toasted almonds to add a crunchy texture.
  • Scalloped potatoes baked in a creamy sauce for a rich accompaniment.
  • Sweet potato casserole topped with a crunchy pecan crust for a sweet and savory blend of flavors.

Answering the most frequently asked questions

Discover the answers to all of the most commonly asked questions about preparing a homemade glazed ham steak recipe:

Are there other ways to cook glazed ham steak?

Besides the traditional pan-seared method, glazed ham steak can be prepared in a few different ways — like grilling, broiling or baking. Grilling, for example, infuses a smoky flavor, while broiling creates a caramelized exterior. Experimenting with different cooking methods can allow you to tailor the cooking process to your preferences and explore new flavor profiles.

Can I prepare glazed ham steak ahead of time?

If you know you'll be in a pinch for time, you can certainly prepare this recipe ahead of time. After marinating or glazing, tightly wrap the steak in foil or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to cook, simply remove it from the fridge, let it reach room temperature then proceed with cooking as usual. This make-ahead approach not only saves time but also allows the flavors to meld for the most delicious outcome.

How can I simplify the cooking process?

You can streamline preparation with a few simple steps:

  • Use kitchen tools like a meat thermometer and a timer to keep track of cooking duration.
  • Consider using ready-made glaze mixes or simple homemade marinades with minimal ingredients if you'll be in a pinch for time.
  • Opt for pre-glazed or pre-marinated ham steaks, like Hatfield® Maple Ham Steak or Hatfield®  Hot & Spicy Ham Steak to save time and reach equally delicious results.

How long does leftover ham steak last?

Leftover ham steak typically lasts in the refrigerator for three to four days when stored in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in foil. For extended storage, you can freeze cooked ham steak for up to two months. Be sure to label the freezer bag before putting it away. To maintain quality, ensure the ham is cooled completely before refrigerating or freezing, and always reheat thoroughly before consumption.

Remember that proper storage and handling help preserve the flavor and texture of your leftover ham steak.

Hatfield®: Your trusted partner for high-quality ham steaks

A simple glazed ham steak recipe is a great way to get the whole family together for a satisfying meal, but it's important to keep in mind that the ingredients you choose matter. And when seeking excellence in pork products, Hatfield® stands as a trusted partner. We provide families with premium, pre-seasoned ham steaks and an array of high-quality pork options. Our commitment to safety and health ensures that every bite is not only delicious but also worry-free. Explore our range of pork products to discover new flavors and possibilities — and elevate your dining experience.

If you're ready to jump in, you can head to your local grocery store to pick up your favorite Hatfield® pork products today!