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Looking for a quick yet satisfying meal that won’t leave you with a mountain of leftovers? This single serving Ham Steak Recipe with brown sugar ham glaze has got you covered.

Juicy, slightly sweet, and full of savory goodness, this recipe brings together a delightful glaze and a succulent ham steak that cooks in just 10 minutes in a skillet. It’s the perfect portion for one and can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Looking to use up leftover ham? Our single serving Crustless Spinach Quiche, hearty Split Pea Soup, Ham and Cheese Sliders, and small batch Ham and Cheese Scones are perfect solutions.

Why You’ll Love This Ham Steak Recipe

  • Quick and Easy: Ready in just 10 minutes.
  • Minimal Ingredients: Requires only a handful of pantry staples.
  • Perfect for One: Scaled down to serve just one person.
  • Customizable: Easy to adapt based on your personal preferences.
  • Balanced Flavors: The homemade glaze perfectly complements the savory ham.

Ingredients

a ham steak on a white plate next to a black plate with butter on it and a bowl of brown sugar.

For complete measurements and step-by-step instructions, please scroll to the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

  • Ham steak: Opt for a fully cooked, 8-ounce ham steak, which can typically be found in the meat section of your grocery store, sometimes near breakfast meats like bacon. The packaging should clearly indicate terms like “fully cooked,” “cured,” or “hickory smoked.” Avoid uncooked versions for safety reasons. My go-to brand of ham is Smithfield Ham.
a ham steak in the packaging on a brown cutting board.
  • Butter: Use 1 tablespoon of salted butter to sear the ham steak, enhancing its flavor. If you only have unsalted butter, that works too; just consider adding a pinch of salt.
  • Cinnamon and brown sugar: These key components transform melted butter into a rich glaze for the ham. The brown sugar adds sweetness while cinnamon gives it a warm spice, making the ham irresistibly delicious.

Recipe Variations

Ham steak is incredibly versatile, and you can tailor the dish to suit your taste preferences or dietary needs. Here’s how:

  • Spicy Glaze: Swap out the brown sugar and cinnamon glaze for a spicy version. Use a mixture of hot sauce and maple syrup for a kick.
  • Mustard Glazed Ham Steak: Add a little Dijon mustard to the brown sugar and cinnamon mix.
  • Pineapple-Topped: Give your ham steak a tropical twist by cooking it with pineapple slices or rings. The sweet and tangy flavors work incredibly well with ham.
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What Is A Ham Steak?

A ham steak is essentially a thick slice cut from a whole ham. It offers all the flavors you’d expect from a ham but in a more manageable size, making it perfect for single servings or small households.

How To Cook Ham Steak

For a visual guide on how to cook a ham steak and prepare the ham glaze, check out the step-by-step photos and directions below. Ingredient quantities and complete recipe instructions can be found in the recipe box below.

  • Melt the butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.
butter melting in a cast iron skillet.
  • Sear the ham steak for about 4 minutes. Then, flip the steak over and cook for 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and cover.
ham steak cooking in a cast iron skillet.
  • Melt butter in the same skillet. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently for about 30 seconds to 1 minute – just enough time for the sugar to dissolve. Pour over ham steak and enjoy!
melted butter and brown sugar in a cast iron skillet and a ham steak with the sugar glaze poured over the top.

What To Serve With Ham

When it comes to enjoying your single serving ham steak, there are a plethora of delicious sides that make this main course a meal to remember. Here are some detailed recommendations:

  • Classic Mashed Potatoes: These are the ultimate comfort food side and a perfect match for ham steak. Go all out with a dollop of butter and a sprinkle of chives or keep it simple; either way, mashed potatoes are a must.
  • Green Beans Almondine: Fresh green beans sautéed with almonds offer a nutty crunch and vibrant color, making your meal as visually appealing as it is tasty.
  • Potato Salad: A warm and tangy German potato salad can offer a refreshing contrast to the rich, meaty ham steak.
  • Cornbread: A slice of homemade cornbread adds a Southern touch to the meal. Drizzle with a little honey for an extra burst of sweetness.

Expert Tips

  • Before you start cooking, make sure to read the entire recipe, including the Ingredient Notes section, and examine the process photos. This detailed guide will help you understand how the recipe unfolds, ensuring your ham steak turns out perfect every time. All the information you need is found within the body of this recipe post, so don’t miss a thing!
  • Bring Ham to Room Temperature: Allow the ham steak to sit out until it reaches room temperature (about 15 minutes). This ensures even cooking.
  • Preheat Your Skillet: Always start with a hot pan for a perfect sear on your ham steak.
  • Optional Brown Sugar Glaze: The ham glaze is optional; you can cook the ham steak as per the recipe and enjoy it unglazed if you prefer.
  • Stock Up and Freeze: If you come across a sale on ham steaks, go ahead and stock up. They can be frozen for up to 3 months when properly stored.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have brown sugar for the ham steak glaze?

You can substitute with honey, maple syrup, or regular granulated sugar.

How long can I store cooked ham steak?

Store this brown sugar glazed ham steak in the refrigerator, covered for 3-4 days.

Can I double this ham steak recipe?

Absolutely, just double the ingredient amounts.

Why did my brown sugar glaze harden?

Some readers have told me that their glaze hardens in the pan. This should not happen and as you can see from our video and from photos, the butter melts, and the brown sugar dissolves. This process can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the level of heat. If the glaze hardens, it is likely because the heat was too high or the sauce was cooked for too long.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Easy Ham Steak Recipe

4.94 from 32 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Enjoy a quick, delicious ham steak with brown sugar glaze ready in just 15 minutes, perfect for weeknight dinners or special occasions!

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter , divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) boneless, fully cooked ham steak
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat.
  • Place the ham steak in the pan and cook for 4 minutes. Then, flip the steak over and cook for 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and cover.
  • Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently for 30seconds to 1 minute, until the sugar disolves. Pour over ham steak and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Before you start cooking, make sure to read the entire recipe, including the Ingredient Notes section, and examine the process photos. This detailed guide will help you understand how the recipe unfolds, ensuring your ham steak turns out perfect every time. All the information you need is found within the body of this recipe post, so don’t miss a thing!
  • Bring Ham to Room Temperature: Allow the ham steak to sit out until it reaches room temperature (about 15 minutes). This ensures even cooking.
  • Preheat Your Skillet: Always start with a hot pan for a perfect sear on your ham steak.
  • Optional Brown Sugar Glaze: The ham glaze is optional; you can cook the ham steak as per the recipe and enjoy it unglazed if you prefer.
  • Stock Up and Freeze: If you come across a sale on ham steaks, go ahead and stock up. They can be frozen for up to 3 months when properly stored.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brown sugar glazed ham steak, Calories: 441kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 140mg, Sodium: 1503mg, Potassium: 23mg, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 700IU, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. love your recipes. I always double the recipe for another meal. Too much trouble for just one serving. Thanks for all you do!

  2. That was a perfect addition for dinner. I used the double and split the ham steak in 8 ounces. We had eggs and potatoes. I’m going to make that again. Thank you!
    Happy New Year!

  3. I thinly slice my ham steak, sprinkle it with seasonings, and fry it in melted butter, along with thinly sliced onions and bell pepper for about 3-4 minutes. I stack ham, onions, and peppers in the center of the fry pan, and top th stack with 2 slices of Provolone cheese, and cook for another minute, until cheese starts to melt. Then, with an appropriate spatula, I carefully lift the pile of ham, onions, peppers, and cheese, and lay it on the bottom half of a warmed hoagie bun cut in half. Top with the top half of the bun, and Voila! You have a Philly Ham Steak Sandwich! Delicious!

  4. Just made this for my Mom and myself for lunch. It was a big hit served with scalloped potatoes and cream corn. Small amounts of leftovers. Just enough for a small snack this afternoon. Thank you for easy recipes that are delicious and small amounts that don’t overwhelm.

  5. Thank you Joanie – always looking for a single serving – going to make this tonight with some Scalloped Potatoes – thank you – Happy Canada Day and Happy 1st of July (US)