Brown Sugar Ham Steak

Background and History:

Ham steak, a timeless and delicious dish, has its origins in pork preservation techniques. In the past, hams were salted and smoked for long-term storage. Today, ham steak is a versatile and flavorful cut that can be prepared in a variety of ways. Coating it with brown sugar and pan-frying creates a sweet and savory delight.


  • 2 ham steaks (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter (for cooking)
  • Fresh parsley or thyme for garnish (optional)

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes


  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground cloves, and ground black pepper. This mixture is your glaze.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter.
  • Place the ham steaks in the skillet and sear them for about 3-4 minutes on each side until they are nicely browned.
  • Pour the glaze over the ham steaks and let it cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the glaze thickens and coats the ham steaks. Baste the ham steaks with the glaze as they cook.
  • Remove the ham steaks from the skillet and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Optionally, garnish with fresh parsley or thyme.

Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)

  • Calories: 350
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 1500mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 16g
  • Protein: 35g


  • Ham steak pairs wonderfully with a side of mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables.
  • Adjust the brown sugar and spices to suit your desired level of sweetness and flavor.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be cautious of any mustard or spice allergies among your diners. Adapt the recipe as needed to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.
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