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How to Brown a Ham Steak

by Irena Eaves
Pan-fry or broil ham steaks for a nicely browned crust.

Pan-fry or broil ham steaks for a nicely browned crust.

Ham steaks are a convenient way to enjoy ham without committing to an oversized piece of meat. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal for two, they can be prepared in less than 10 minutes. Browning the ham deepens the flavor and creates a nicely caramelized crust. Brown ham steaks either in the broiler or on the stove top, then serve it with a simple glaze made with brown sugar, Dijon mustard, ketchup or jelly.

Broiled

Preheat your broiler to high and arrange the rack about 3 inches below the heating element.

Pat the ham steak dry with paper towels.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the ham steak on the sheet. If you're making more than one ham steak, arrange them so that they don't overlap.

Broil the ham, flipping once during cooking, until it is nicely browned on both sides, about 4 to 5 minutes per side for a 3/4-inch thick steak.

Pan-Fried

Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Pat the ham steak dry on both sides.

Fry the steak, flipping once during cooking, until it is warmed through and nicely browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side for a 3/4-inch ham steak.

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