I don’t know about you, but it feels like Thanksgiving was just yesterday and I’m not ready to make another big dinner yet. So for Christmas, I’m making these super simple ham steaks instead of a full glazed ham. They’re so incredibly quick, I get my ham fix, and I can spend Christmas day relaxing. 😎 These glazed ham steaks are so good and so easy that they’ll probably be making their way into my normal dinner rotation, too.
Shown with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and a baked sweet potato.
What Kind of Ham to Use
I like a thick-cut (½-inch thick) sliced ham steak for this recipe because it gives it more of a main-dish type feel. There are many options for sliced ham or sliced ham quarters in the grocery store (near the refrigerated cured meats) and you can use just about any of them. If you end up with ham that is sliced more thinly, you’ll just cook for a shorter amount of time during the browning step below. And you may need to make more glaze if you’re trying to cover more pieces.
Other Glaze Options
The glaze I used here is a sweet and slightly tangy mix that reduces to a nice sticky glaze. You can’t really taste the Dijon mustard in the end, but if you don’t like Dijon or simply don’t have any on hand, you can also use a sweet-spicy-smoky rub like I used in my Glazed Pork Chops recipe.
How are the Leftovers?
I love, love, loved eating the leftovers of this ham. So much so that I think I might meal prep this on a regular basis! Glazes like this don’t stay clear and glossy after refrigeration, but they still taste great!
What to Serve with Glazed Ham Steaks
I served my glazed ham with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and a baked sweet potato, but it would also go great with classics like Homemade Mac and Cheese, Potato Salad, Three Bean Salad, Roasted Broccoli, or a Broccoli Cheese Casserole.
For something like a mini Christmas Dinner, I’d probably pair it with Potatoes Au Gratin, Balsamic Glazed Carrots, Roasted Brussels, and Apple Walnut Stuffing.
Glazed Ham Steaks
- 1/4 cup brown sugar ($0.12)
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard ($0.18)
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce ($0.02)
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar ($0.02)
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves ($0.02)
- 2 8oz. ham steaks ($5.00)
- 1 Tbsp butter ($0.10)
- Combine the brown sugar, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, and cloves in a small bowl.
- Cut the ham steaks in half to create four 4oz. portions.
- Add the butter to a skillet and heat over medium. When the butter is melted, swirl the skillet to coat the surface. Add the ham steaks and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
- Spoon half of the glaze mixture over the ham steaks, flip, then add the second half of the glaze. Cook for 1-2 minutes more on each side, or until the glaze becomes thick and sticky. Serve hot.
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How to Make Glazed Ham Steaks – Step by Step Photos
Make the glaze first. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, ⅛ tsp garlic powder, and ⅛ tsp ground cloves.
These are the ham steaks I used. You can use any type of ham steak available, but if they are thinner than ½-inch, you’ll need to reduce the cooking time from the estimates I have given.
Each of the ham steaks were 8oz., so I cut them in half to create four 4oz. portions. Portion your ham as you see fit.
Add 1 Tbsp butter to a large skillet and heat over medium. When the butter is melted, give the skillet a swirl to coat the surface. Add the ham and cook for a few minutes on each side, or until browned.
Spoon half of the glaze mixture over the ham steaks, then flip them over and add the rest.
Cook the ham for a minute or two more on each side, or until the glaze has reduced.
Serve hot with your favorite sides!
**** If I Can Do It Anyone Can ****
So first meal I’ve prepared that wasn’t on the grill, in the smoker, or in a can. For real! My 15 year old daughter said, “dad this is really good.” I about fell over and asked if she could punch me. She is a PITA when it comes to eating, very picky. Love her a lot but man it’s hard for my wife to finder meals she will eat. And actually, it was pretty easy and really good to me also. Can’t wait to make the Brown Sugar Roasted Pork Loin tomorrow and the Blackened Shrimp Tacos on Friday. Beth you are awesome!
Loved this recipe. Ham with this easy glaze was delicious. Nice change for holiday ham in my freezer! Thanks
It was just the two of us this year, snowed in, and we made this from a left over spiral ham that was in the freezer. It was an easy and delicious festive dinner (NY’s Eve). Had the same sides, v good, too. Thanks again to you, Beth, for coming up with imaginative, delicious and affordable food. Thank you so much for your terrific recipes and website!, Happy 2022!.
This is just a terrific idea! I usually make a big ham on New Years Day (with the traditional Hoppin’ John and collards) but I was dreading fussing with a ham this year – this is a perfect solution! Thank you!