Ham steak is a versatile and flavorful cut of pork that can be cooked in a variety of ways. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook ham steaks tender in 3 different ways!. Each method has its own unique pros and can be customized to suit your taste preferences.

1. Does Ham Steak Need To Be Cooked?

Yes, ham steak needs to be cooked before it is safe to eat. While ham steak is a pre-cooked product, it still needs to be heated thoroughly to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) to kill any potential bacteria or pathogens that may be present.

2. How To Cook Ham Steaks on Grill


  • 2 ham steak slices (about 1-inch thick)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil or cooking spray
  • Optional: barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or other glaze


Step 1: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (about 375-400°F) and pat the ham steak dry with paper towels

Step 2: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, and Dijon mustard then brush the mixture generously over both sides of the ham steak.

Step 3: Brush the grill grates with oil or cooking spray to prevent sticking then place the ham steak on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side

Step 4: Remove the ham steak from the grill and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy your grilled ham steak with your favorite side dishes

3. How To Cook Ham Steaks in Oven


  • 2 ham steak slices (2 pounds)
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted melted butter
  • A large plate, paper towels, & tongs


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Place ham steak on a baking sheet then brush melted butter and brown sugar on all sides of the ham steak

Step 3: Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 4 – 5 minutes for each side, depending on thickness.

Step 4: Finally, let the ham steak rest for a few minutes before cutting it so that the juices can redistribute.

4. How To Cook Ham Steaks on Stove


  • 2 ham steak slices (3½ inches thick)
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (for greasing the skillet)
  • A wide skillet, paper towels, & tongs


Step 1: Place the skillet on the stove on high heat. Grease the skillet with oil.

Step 2: Once the skillet is hot, transfer the whole steak into it. Cook ham steak for a minute on high heat, lower the heat to medium, and continue cooking for three more minutes. Now, flip the steak and do the same for the other side. Remove the cooked steak from the skillet.  Do not turn off the stove. 

Step 3: To make brown sugar glaze for ham. Add the butter to the hot skillet and let it melt. Next, add the brown sugar and stir it with the melted butter for 2-3 seconds.

Step 4: Transfer the cooked ham steak to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes on medium-low heat. Flip the steak and cook the other side for 5 minutes on low heat. Turn off the stove, remove the steak from a dish, and serve. Cut them into smaller pieces and serve along with sautéed or baked veggies.

Tips: Remember to lower the heat after flipping the steak; otherwise, the butter & sugar sauce may splatter or burn.

How To Cook Ham Steak

Now, you know how to cook ham steaks in 3 different ways. Just follow the steps that we have shared above and you will make successful.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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