Brown Sugar Ham Steak

Brown Sugar Ham Steak

Background and History:

Brown Sugar Ham Steak is a classic dish that traces its roots to the American South. It’s a simple yet flavorful preparation that combines the smoky, savory taste of ham with the sweetness of brown sugar glaze. This dish has been cherished in Southern cooking for generations and is a favorite for brunches and family gatherings.


  • 1 ham steak (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: pineapple rings or cherries for garnish

Serves: 2-4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. This will be your glaze.
  3. Place the ham steak in a shallow baking dish or on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Brush the glaze over the ham steak, ensuring it’s evenly coated.
  5. Optionally, you can add pineapple rings or cherries on top for a classic touch.
  6. Bake the ham steak in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when it’s heated through and the glaze has caramelized.
  7. Let the ham steak rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Facts:

(Per serving)

  • Calories: 250
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 14g


  • This dish is versatile and can be served for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. It pairs well with eggs, potatoes, or a fresh salad.
  • Feel free to adjust the sweetness of the glaze to your preference by adding more or less brown sugar.

Allergy Warning:

This dish may contain mustard, which can be an allergen for some individuals. Ensure there are no allergies to any of the ingredients used, and consider omitting or substituting any problematic components accordingly.

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