How To Cook Fresh Ham Steaks?

How To Cook Fresh Ham Steaks

How to cook fresh ham steaks? Place them in a slow cooker with some cabbage, mushrooms, and zucchini and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours – a simple and hands-off approach if I do say so myself.

Now, although this recipe might suit some, there’s a whole world of possibilities when it comes to fresh ham steaks, and lucky for you, I’m here to help you discover it. SO, get to reading since we have a lot of ground to cover!

How To Cook Fresh Ham Steaks?

Before you go on to reading this article, try thinking of what type of recipe you’re in the mood for. Would you like a classic steak right off the grill or a glazed steak in the skillet? Maybe, just maybe, you’re in the mood for an oven bake.

Whatever the case may be, all the best ham recipes are waiting below!

How To Cook Raw Ham Steaks?

To start this article, I’m going back to the beginning – an easy fresh ham steak recipe on the stove. This will be just enough to tickle your imagination and get you hooked on ham steaks for life!

  1. First things first – heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the ham steaks into the pan and sprinkle both sides with thyme.
  3. Cook each side for 5 minutes over medium-high heat or simply until golden browned.

How To Bake Fresh Ham Steaks?

I see you decided to read on – excellent! Now, we’re still not diving into the deep end with ham steaks, but we are going to try something a bit different. Don’t worry, the recipe is still going to be simple – it’s just going to require an oven this time around!

  1. Since you’re using an oven, it’s probably best to preheat it – this time to 375 degrees F.
  2. Seasoning time – combine 1 cup of water, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 of Worcestershire sauce, a hint of kosher salt, and 3 garlic cloves in a baking dish.
  3. Arrange ham steaks in the dish so that the water is covering them – if it’s not, simply add more water to the sugar coating.
  4. Bake them until the ham steaks become tender – between 35 and 45 minutes.

How To Make Fresh Ham Steaks?

Since I’ve been playing it safe for two recipes in a row, it’s time to kick it up a notch. With that said, here’s a recipe on how to cook ham steak to perfection. Once you try it, it will be on your cooking list until the end of time – promise!

There are 3 things you’ll need to do to get your steaks in top form before cooking.

  1. Trim the edges off the steaks and remove most of the fat.
  2. Make small slits at every inch of the steak.
  3. Season generously with ginger and minced dash black pepper – although I know this sounds like a weird combination, it’s the right one, as ham steaks are naturally salty and don’t require additional salt.
  4. Now that the steaks are ready, it’s time to get cooking!
  5. Preheat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. If your steaks turn out to be extra fatty, skip the olive oil altogether.
  6. Place your steaks onto the hot skillet and fry for 7-8 minutes per side while turning them over frequently – this way, the sides won’t burn, and the middle will cook through nicely.
  7. Once the meat thermometer shows an internal temperature of 160 degrees F, your ham steaks are good to go!
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How To Cook Fresh Ham Steak In Oven?

Although I’ve already given you a baken ham steak recipe, here’s is another one – you could say I’m feeling generous today. Now, even though the steps may seem similar at first glance, the glaze differs, and as you know – the seasoning is what makes the difference!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the steak in a shallow baking dish lined with baking paper.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup of mustard, 1 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, and 3 garlic cloves – this is your glaze, and you’ll need to spread it over the steaks.
  4. Place the ham steaks in the preheated oven and cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Serve them immediately, and don’t throw out any leftover ham. It makes a great midnight snack!

How To Cook Fresh Ham Steak In Crock Pot?

All the recipes so far have been relatively short. So, to keep things interesting, I’ve given you a slow-cook crockpot recipe below – you’re steaks should be ready in 6 to 8 hours tops!

  1. Vegetables first – place 1 chopped cabbage, 2 cut zucchinis, and 8 oz of sliced mushrooms into the crockpot.
  2. Season the vegetables with pepper, minced garlic, and add 1/2 cup butter.
  3. Cut the ham steaks in half and place them on top of the vegetables.
  4. Cook everything for 6-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high – either way, check the internal temperature before digging into your ham steak dinner!

How To Cook Raw Ham Steak On Stove?

Since the stovetop is my culinary method of choice, I’m giving you another one of my stovetop glazed ham recipes.

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the pink ham steaks in add cook for 3-4 minutes – just enough time for them to brown on both sides.
  3. Remove the steaks and let them rest for the time being.
  4. Time for the glaze – add 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of paprika, and 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard into the pan and cook until the sugar dissolves – let’s say 5 minutes.
  5. Put the steaks back into the skillet and cook for another 5 minutes for the glaze to caramelize.
  6. In the end, just don’t forget to enjoy (the cooking process as well as the ham steak dinner)!

How To Cook A Fresh Ham Steak On The Grill?

Now, I’ve already shown you how to cook both easy-made and pan-fried ham steak. Therefore, I feel like it’s time to level up in the stovetop-grill recipes department. With that in mind, here is a grilled ham steak recipe that will take you on a culinary adventure.

  1. The first thing you’ll need for a successful grill is the right marinade, and for a ham steak, I’d recommend a combination of pineapple juice, mustard, and brown sugar.
  2. Let the steaks marinate for a couple of hours or even overnight in the refrigerator if you’re planning enough ahead.
  3. Take the ham steak fresh out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to get its temperature up.
  4. Once it’s heated back up to room temperature, trim any additional fat.
  5. Preheat the grill to high and cook each side for 3 minutes, and flip. Once you flip, cover each side of the steak with marinade and cook for another minute per side. After this, flip again and cook each side for another 4 minutes!
  6. Let them sit for a few minutes and serve with a scalloped potatoes or vegetable mix side dish.

How Long To Cook Raw Ham Steaks?

You already know the answer I’m going to give you for this one – it depends on how you’re cooking them! However, I can tell you this much – if you’re not planning on using a slow cooker, ham steaks should be done in 30 minutes.

As with anything, the cooking times will differ, of course. You’ll need about 15 minutes on the grill and around 25 to 35 in the oven. However, don’t let yourself become preoccupied with the cooking time. Scroll back up, go through the recipes one more time and cook what feels right and sounds delicious – if you enjoy the process, nothing much else will matter in the end.

How Long To Bake Fresh Ham Steaks?

The first thing to know about oven-baked ham steaks isn’t the cooking time, although I’ll tell you that as well – it’s actually the cooking temperature. Namely, ham steaks should be cooked in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F.

If your oven is preheated, then you’re cooking time is going to be between 20 and 40 minutes, depending, of course, on the recipe. So, go back through them one more time, decide what’s sounds good and then start asking about the cooking time!

How Do You Know When Ham Steak Is Cooked?

Although all the recipes above do come with required cooking times, these are not set in stone. Thus, if you’d like to be sure of when your ham is cooked, the best way to do this would be with a meat thermometer.

Simply place the thermometer in the center of the steak and measure the internal temperatures. Offical healthcare guidelines state that ham steak should be cooked until its internal temperature is 160 degrees F – anything below this is considered to be undercooked.

Therefore, take a minute to check the meat temperature and stay on the safe side with this one!

What is Uncured Ham Steak?

Before I get into it, let’s make one thing clear – cured and uncured ham steak is the exact same cut of meat. Curing is the process of preserving meat to prevent it from spoiling and is usually done by adding acid, salt, and sugar to the meat.

When you hear someone mention uncured ham, they’re referring to fresh ham – one that hasn’t been injected with the same chemical brine, smoke, or flavorings as cured meat.

Is Uncured Ham Steak Cooked?

While prepackaged ham steak is usually cured and doesn’t require much cooking, uncured ones are a whole different ball game. Uncured or fresh steak is a piece that hasn’t been smoked or cured. This is what makes it such a tough cut that requires a little extra love and cooking.

But hey, look on the bright side – cooking also means some great new recipes for your collection!

Does Ham Steak Need To Be Cooked?

If you’re uncertain if your ham needs cooking, ask this question – is my ham steak cured or uncured?

In the case of the former, the answer is no. Your steak doesn’t need to be cooked. It’s been either cured, smoked, or baked before it ever got to you and is thus considered pre-cooked – you can eat it straight out of the refrigerator without a problem. Even though most ham nowadays is cured – you’ll find it at the deli, in the grocery store, or at the market, be sure to check the packaging before eating the entire ham in one sitting!

Now, in the case of the latter uncured ham, you’ll need to cook it. However, don’t worry a bit – the packaging usually contains both the instructions and necessary cooking time. All that’s left is to decide on a recipe and that I’ve got that part covered!


Although this was a long article, you’ve reached the end and know how to cook fresh ham steaks, so congratulations! Just place them in the slow cooker with cabbage, zucchini, and mushrooms for 6-8 hours on slow!

Just kidding! Now that you’ve read the article, you have a bunch of culinary choices in front of you – a pineapple marinade or Dijon mustard cider glaze. It’s truly hard to decide! Oh, ad whenever you get bored of this method or this specific whole grain, there’s an entire world of others to try out!

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