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Ham steak can be used in many dishes, it is a type of steak that has been processed and shaped into a round patty a lot like meatloaf. It can be chopped into little pieces and added to salads, eaten as a sandwich or on its own. Ham steak has its own unique smoky flavour, which can be enhanced with seasonings such as sage, pepper or even sugar. This particular type of meat is best when cooked medium-well, but some prefer their ham steak to have a red-pinkish center.

What Is Ham Steak?

Ham steak is a sliced piece of ham, that is normally cut off the ham shank or leg and is convenient when you feel like eating some ham, but not enough to cook an entire roast. Most ham steaks are not cooked, and even though they appear boiled, it would be wiser to heat them thoroughly before eating them. Ham steak can be with bone and without bone, and most are heavily salted which can be significantly eliminated when soaked in water for about 10 minutes before cooking.

You can pan-fry, broil, or grill a whole ham steak, or chop and fry small pieces of ham steak for an active ingredient in fried rice. You can also cut the ham steak into thin slices, to put between two pieces of bread with cheese for a ham steak sandwich.

How Do You Cook Ham Steak?

For the crispy browned edges you’ll love, add two tablespoons of butter to a pan on medium heat and add the ham steak, cook for 3-4 minutes, on each side, or until it is cooked through. To make it a little more saucy remove the ham after cooking and add in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, followed by a squeeze of fresh orange, and let the brown sugar bubble up and begin caramelising before serving it with the ham.

What Can You Do With Ham Steak?

There are many ways to eat ham steak, you can fry it in a pan with butter and oil, grill it for a few minutes on each side brushing it with a glaze for added flavour, bake it in the oven, chop it into pieces to add to other dishes like lasagne.

What Can You Serve With Grilled Ham Steak?

You can serve grilled ham steak with roast potatoes, and a glaze that can be drizzled over the top of the steak and potatoes for that chefs kiss finish.

Desserts are a common must-have after every hearty meal, and when you’ve eaten a large ham steak, with a generous helping of roasted asparagus, creamed spinach or any other side of your choice, there’s always room for something sweet.

How about a slice of chocolate cake? Or an apple pie with ice cream? There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to satisfying ones sweet tooth.

Here are a few desserts that go good with ham steak:

  • Chocolate Bundt Cake
  • Apple Crisp
  • Fruit Salad with Cool Whip
  • Lemon Bundt Cake
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cherry Cheesecake
  • Mixed Fruit Drizzled with Honey

What Goes Good With Ham Steak?

Ham steaks are easy to cook, with a sweet and savoury flavour that allows you to enjoy them as a meal for both breakfast and dinner. You can serve ham with vegetables, roast carrots, and even fried apples.

Here is a list of sides that compliment ham steak:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Creamed Spinach
  • Creamed Corn
  • Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf
  • Coleslaw
  • Green Salad
  • Devilled Eggs

Mashed Potatoes

You can never go wrong with a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes, served alongside any meat dish, which is why we think this would pair amazingly with ham steak. The creaminess of the mashed potatoes, made with milk, boiled potatoes, cheese, salt and pepper, will contrast with the sweet, and savoury flavours from the ham steak.

First, boil the potatoes in salted water, and once their tender, drain the boiling water and wait for it to cool down, so that you can peel away the skin.

Place the peeled potatoes in a large bowl, and start to mash them, till there are no lumps but beautiful mush remaining. Add milk, grated cheese, salt, pepper and mix until its all creamy.

Serve with ham steak, and boiled peas if you wish to add a fraction of greens to your plate.

Green Bean Casserole

If you’re on the look out for a filling side then green beans are an easy way to provide a filling side while still being a light side. This side dish has a wonderful, creamy and cheesy sauce that stretches across the entire casserole. Green beans will be the base of this side, so additional ingredients can get their flavours from onions and garlic. For extra sweetness mushrooms are a perfect pick, you can even bake this side dish for a few minutes to make the top bit crispy, giving the green bean casserole some added texture.

Roasted Asparagus

Another veggie to accompany your ham steak is roasted asparagus spears. Especially when they are lightly seasoned in lemon butter with parmesan cheese to make a simple yet elegant side dish. You can experiment with asparagus as much as you want, from asparagus casserole, to roasted salmon asparagus, its such a wonderful vegetable to get creative with, you’d never find yourself losing when it comes to asparagus.

To make this you’ll need 2 bunches of asparagus, with the ends trimmed, squeeze half a lemon over the asparagus and then slice the remaining lemon into little rings.

Add a dot of butter to the asparagus spears, as this brings out a rich flavour, drizzle with olive oil, add a dash of salt and pepper, and put it in the oven to roast for 12 minutes. Take them out and sprinkle them with parmesan cheese and then return them to the oven to broil for 2 – 3 minutes, or until the cheese is gooey and golden.

Spaghetti Squash

A tremendous way to add some excitement to the table, is by serving spaghetti squash with your ham steak. You could even decide to rip your ham steak into little pieces and sprinkle them all over the spaghetti squash, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

The first thing you need to do pre-heat your oven to 400F, and start to cut your bright yellow squash in half lengthwise, followed by scooping out the seeds.

Next, drizzle the insides lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Try not to add too much oil or salt at this stage, because you don’t want the squash to get watery, so a light drizzle and a light sprinkle would do the job nicely.

Poke a few holes into the skin of the squash with a fork and place it cut side down on a baking sheet. Pop it in the oven to roast for 30 to 40 minutes.

Once they’re ready and cool enough to touch without getting burnt, use a fork to scrape out the strands, the best technique for this would be to start from the outside and work your way inwards, fluffing them up as you go along.

Now season with salt and pepper and serve alongside your ham steak, or mix little chunks of ham steak within the strands of squash spaghetti and enjoy the odd but delicious combination of flavours. A real food lover isn’t afraid to try new things!

Honey Glazed Carrots

Another way to add some veggies to your meal is with honey glazed carrot. These oven-roasted treasures are coated in the most delicious honey glaze, dotted with garlic, ginger and a pinch of cinnamon.

For this particular side you’re going to want to choose the right carrots, you can use orange or rainbow carrots, whole or baby carrots, but the carrots have to be chopped to the same size to ensure they cook evenly.

While roasted carrots bring out a delicious sweetness, the honey glaze is what takes it to the next level. The subtly sweet taste of the carrots with the salty ham steak creates a burst of scrumptious flavours with every bite.

Creamed Spinach

Wilted spinach mixed through a silky smooth white sauce, flavoured with sautéed onion and garlic, then served with parmesan cheese, is a dreamy delight, especially when paired with ham steak.

Creamed spinach is often mistaken as a bunch of spinach thrown together with some heavy cream, which makes creamed spinach. When the method is actually much more precise than that.

First cook the spinach in a pot of boiling water, for about 30 seconds. Drain and place it in a bowl of ice water, then start to squeeze out as much excess water as possible.

Set them aside, melt some butter in a large pan over medium heat, add chopped onion and cook till soft. Add garlic and cook till you can smell the garlicky aroma. Add milk, double cream, and cream cheese to a pan.

Simmer until the cream cheese has melted, season with salt and pepper along with a pinch of cayenne. Add the spinach and parmesan and stir to combine.

Serve with ham steak, and take a bite of hot, gooey, creamy spinach with it, let the flavours overwhelm your tongue in all the right ways!

Creamed Corn

If you’re a fan of corn, then this ones for you. Creamed corn is an easy to prepare side dish that goes well with chicken or ham.

All you need to do is whisk milk and flour in a bowl and set it aside for later.

Then bring out a large pan, and place it over medium heat, then combine corn, cream, salt, sugar, pepper and butter.

Stir in the whisked flour and butter into the corn mixture. Stir and cook over medium heat until the mixture has thickened, and the corn is cooked through.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in parmesan cheese until it has melted.

Serve hot with ham steak, you can break off little pieces of the ham steak and put them in the creamed corn for a scrumptious sweet, creamy taste.

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Another sublime side to pair with ham steak is rice pilaf. If you plan to feed a crowd, this is an excellent entrée to have with any type of meat. The great thing about this side dish is that the mushrooms act as a meat substitute, so vegetarians can join in the delectable deliciousness that comes with every bite of this rice pilaf.

Start by frying the mushrooms in a large pan, until they have transformed to an attractive brown shade, add your cooked rice to the mushrooms and mix together to blend the flavours of the mushrooms with the rice. For extra yumminess add pieces of ham steak to the mix and take a bite.

It may be wiser to plate it up and eat it because the combination of flavours are utterly irresistible, you’ll find yourself standing over the fast emptying pan, spooning one bite after another in your mouth till it’s all gone!

Coleslaw

Cool fresh made coleslaw is always a winning side dish to serve with any type of meat, especially on the warmer days. Which is why it would pair perfectly with your ham steak.

You can choose to buy a pack of shredded cabbage, carrots and onions, or you could shred these on your own.

You’ll need to shred white and purple cabbage, carrots, and onions in a bowl, then add finely chopped chives, and dill.

In a jug whisk mustard, mayo, and vinegar. Tip this into the bowl and mix so that all the vegetables are coated with this dressing. Sprinkle with a pinch of paprika, transfer to the fridge to make it cold, or spoon a generous amount on your plate beside your ham steak immediately.

Green Salad

Salads are undeniably a wonderful addition to any meal serving meat. When its a steak like this one, you can easily rip the thin meat into tiny pieces and add it to your green salad bowl, for a welcomed intrusion of combined flavours, putting your stomach in heaven.

A simple green salad, starts with greens like lettuce, cucumbers, avocado, green olives and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds for a sweet crunchy punch.

Devilled Eggs

This is a creative side that will surely bring a spicy kick to your meal. They taste amazing and will compliment your ham steak beautifully.

Simply boil your eggs for 10 minutes, then run them under cold water to chill. Peel the eggs and slice them in half.

Carefully scoop out the yolks and place them in a bowl, and start to add mayonnaise, smoked paprika and mustard, have a taste, then season with salt and pepper.

Place the mixture into a piping bag, and pipe back into the boiled egg whites. Decorate with a dust of smoked paprika and chopped chives.

So What Can You Serve With Ham Steak?

Whether you have a sweet tooth or want to break off pieces of ham steak to dash into a side dish. Whether you fancy some roast asparagus, or a creamed vegetable side dish, there is no denying the delectable contrasting flavours that seem to make so much sense, when they touch the tip of your tongue.

FAQ’s

What Is A Good Side Dish To Eat With Ham?

Mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, roasted asparagus, spaghetti squash, honey glazed carrots, and dinner rolls.

Do Ham Steaks Need To Be Cooked?

If the ham steak you have purchased has been cured, smoked or baked, it is considered pre-cooked, which means it can be eaten right out of the refrigerator.

How Do You Get Salt out of Ham Steak?

Ham steak is quite salty, so to eliminate the saltiness soak the ham steak in water for 10 minutes.