Ham steaks provide a simple, quick alternative for a tasty, filling meal when don’t have the time to cook an entire ham. You can cook them on the stove or in the oven with a tasty brown-sugar glaze. Add citrus juice for some tang or mustard and paprika for a savory option. Serve the ham with potatoes and vegetables for a family meal or in crusty rolls for a filling sandwich. For an elegant dinner, top the glazed ham steak with grilled pineapple slices and maraschino cherries.

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Oven-Baked Ham Steak

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a large ham steak in a glass baking dish.

Sprinkle a generous layer of brown sugar evenly over the ham. Add a dash of mustard or black pepper. Pour a little water or pineapple juice around the ham.

Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes. Halfway through baking time, carefully remove the dish from the oven and gently stir the liquid and the brown sugar to create the glaze and coat the entire piece of ham. If the liquid has cooked away, add a little more and cover the ham with aluminum foil. Return it to the oven to finish baking.

Stove-Top Preparation

Put a few tablespoons of butter or margarine in a large frying pan and heat over medium-high heat to melt the butter. Add the ham steak.

Sprinkle brown sugar over the ham. Add a dash of mustard or pepper, then pour water or pineapple juice over the seasoned meat. Stir the liquid and seasonings gently to blend.

Turn heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can cook cut carrots or yams at the same time — just add a little more liquid, arrange the cut vegetables around the ham steak, and cook until they are fork-tender.

Microwave Option

Cook a last-minute hearty meal by heating a precooked ham steak in the microwave. Put the ham in a shallow, microwave-safe dish.

Combine liquid, a little melted butter, brown sugar and desired seasonings in a small bowl and blend well. Pour the mixture over the ham, making sure to coat the entire steak.

Cover the dish and microwave on high for 10 to 12 minutes or until ham is heated through completely. Allow the ham to rest for a few minutes before serving.