How to Cook a Delicious Ham Slice *Center Cut*

By Michael Larkin

There are several ways to cook a center cut ham slice. It takes much less time to cook it sliced than it does to cook a whole ham and provides you with more options since the meat is smaller, thinner and easier to work with. Broiling the meat will give you a product closer to baked ham, while pan-broiling or pan-frying the slice will give you more of a steak-like result.

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A center cut slice of ham is usually fairly lean.

Broil

Step 1

Set your oven to "broil."

Step 2

Line a broiler pan with aluminum foil. You can omit this step, but it makes cleanup much easier.

Step 3

Place the center cut on the broiler pan rack. Put it in the oven between 4 and 5 inches from the heat.

Step 4

Broil for about four minutes, then turn.

Step 5

Broil for an additional three minutes for a 1/4-inch slice or six minutes for a 1/2-inch slice.

Step 6

Remove the meat from the oven and allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Pan-Broil

Step 1

Place a heavy skillet over medium heat and wait for it to warm up.

Step 2

Put the ham in the hot skillet. Do not cover or add oil.

Step 3

Cook for two to three minutes, then turn.

Step 4

Cook for an additional two minutes for a 1/4-inch slice or three to four minutes for a 1/2-inch slice.

Step 5

Remove the ham from the heat and allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Pan-Fry

Step 1

Pour enough vegetable oil or olive oil into a heavy skillet to lightly coat the surface.

Step 2

Place the skillet on a stove top on medium heat. Allow the oil to heat up.

Step 3

Place the ham carefully in the hot oil. It should make a sizzling sound. Be careful not to get too close to the oil, as it will pop and spit.

Step 4

Cook the ham for two to three minutes, then turn.

Step 5

Cook the ham for an additional two minutes for a 1/4-inch slice or three to four minutes for a 1/2-inch slice.

Step 6

Remove the ham from the heat. Pat down the ham with a paper towel if you wish to remove excess oil.