If you're looking for a delicious meal that you can prepare in a pinch, follow our recipe for ham steaks with a side of asparagus-wrapped bacon. The air fryer makes preparing this dish simple and fast, so you can cut down on the time you have to spend in the kitchen — helping you focus on spending quality time with loved ones at meal time instead. With one simple recipe, you can strike the right balance between sweet and savory with a ham slice and asparagus with a honey mustard glaze.
We're taking a closer look at everything you need to know to bring this asparagus and ham recipe to life.
How to cook air fryer ham steaks in no time
Prep Time: 3-5 minutes
Cook time: 6-7 minutes
- 1 pack of Hatfield® Ham steaks.
- Cooking spray.
Cooking your ham steaks to perfection
- Step 1: Place your air fryer temperature at 380°F.
- Step 2: Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
- Step 3: Open the package and place ham steak in the basket, and set a timer for 6-7 minutes. Halfway through, flip the steak. Remove and serve with your favorite sides.
Preparing a side of asparagus bundles wrapped in bacon
Prep time: 3-5 minutes
Cook time: 12-14
- 6-8 slices of Hatfield® Hardwood Smoked Bacon.
- 1 bunch of asparagus.
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
- Cracked pepper (to taste).
- ¼ cup honey.
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard.
Making your bacon-wrapped asparagus
- Step 1: Trim asparagus (woody end), and lay it out on a cooking tray. Brush with olive oil.
- Step 2: Cut each bacon slice in half.
- Step 3: Take your asparagus and wrap it in bacon. Continue to wrap all the asparagus.
- Step 4: Turn the air fryer temperature to 375°F.
- Step 5: Place wrapped asparagus in the air fryer basket in a single layer: You may need to make it in batches. Cook for 10-12 minutes until bacon is cooked through.
- Step 6: Mix the honey and Dijon mustard in a small bowl while the asparagus is cooking. Once fully cooked, place on a tray, sprinkle with cracked black pepper and drizzle with your honey mustard sauce.
Tips, tricks and a few things to remember
Tips for making your air fryer ham steak and asparagus
- Check on your cooking time: Keep in mind that air fryers come in a few different sizes which can affect your cooking time. Start with the recommended time, and you can always let your ham and asparagus air fry for longer if needed.
- Glaze your ham steaks: The simplicity of a ham slice means you can easily give it your own twist. If you have any picky eaters in your household you can keep it simple, or you can opt for a glazed ham steak for added flavor. You can never go wrong with a delicious brown sugar glaze on ham!
- Use a brush for glazing: If you plan on opting for a glazed ham steak, it's best to use a silicone basting brush to brush the glaze on the meat.
- Substitute glaze as needed: If the honey mustard topping for your bacon-wrapped asparagus isn't your preference, there are several glazes that pair well with this dish to choose from. Instead, you might use balsamic glaze, cheese, brown sugar or simply top the side with caramelized onions.
Other side dishes to consider
A delectable main dish is nothing without the perfect sides. And while our recipe already includes a side of bacon-wrapped asparagus, you can never have too many sides. Here are some of our favorite dishes to accompany these recipes:
- Carrots with a brown sugar glaze.
- Mashed potatoes.
- Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts.
- Green bean casserole.
After cooking this asparagus and ham steak recipe, you'll already have your air fryer on hand. So, check out these easy air-fryer sides you can consider:
- French fries or sweet potato fries.
- Potato wedges.
- Green beans.
- Garlic zucchini.
How do you store, freeze and reheat ham steaks properly?
- Storing: Place your leftovers in a shallow, airtight container, or wrap tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap to maximize your cooked ham's shelf life. This will last for three to four days in the fridge when properly stored for safety and quality.
- Freezing: After wrapping up your ham slices, your ham steaks can be stored for up to three months in the freezer.
- Re-heating: When air frying your ham steaks to reheat them, preheat your fryer to 320 — much lower than the original heat to avoid burning. Cook for two to three minutes or until heated through, and you can enjoy immediately.
Excited to take on your next recipe adventure? Head to your local grocery store to pick up your favorite Hatfield® pork products for a delectable result!
Using leftover ham
If you have leftover ham at the end of the night, consider yourself lucky! Your air fried ham steak can be a simply delicious addition to almost any meal. Here are just a few leftover cooked ham ideas to get you started:
- Ham and cheese sliders.
- A savory breakfast casserole.
- Ham and cheese frittata.
- Scalloped potatoes and ham.
- Split pea soup and ham.
- A ham sandwich or grilled cheese.
- Broccoli, cauliflower and ham au gratin.
Elevating your mealtime with pork products from Hatfield®
Ham steaks and bacon-wrapped asparagus are tasty dishes that are great for the whole family. And, when you're cooking for your family, you always want to use top-tier ingredients. At Hatfield®, we're dedicated to providing quality pork products while staying committed to our passion for animal care and treating our farmers, the environment and our animals with respect.
We believe mealtimes should be spent not only enjoying delicious tasting food, but also spending quality time with the whole family. That's why our branded flavorful bacon, hams and ham steaks, boldly seasoned marinated pork and variety of sausages and hot dogs make meal time simply delectable.
If you're ready to get started, use our store locator to find your favorite Hatfield® products in a supermarket or grocery store near you.