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 7

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

Step 8

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

Step 9

Cook for two to three minutes, then turn.

Step 10

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

Step 11

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

Pan-Fry

Step 12

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

Step 13

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

Step 14

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 15

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

Step 16

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 17

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