Don’t wait for a special occasion; this brown sugar-glazed pan-fried, ham steak recipe is perfect for dinner any night. The sweet brown sugar glaze is delicious and goes perfectly with the ham. Plus, it’s a quick meal that takes a few minutes to put together.

Other great small-batch comfort recipes include these easy southern salmon patties and this slow cooker stuffed peppers and Mom’s 1-pound meatloaf recipe or my classic mini pot roast recipe.

Pan fried hm steak with rice and green beans on white plate next to napkin and wood handled knife.

This small batch candied yam recipe is a great side dish to serve with ham. Also, these small batch homemade biscuits are pure down-home cooking!

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Main Ingredients Notes

packaged ham steak, butter, brown sugar, mustard and water measured in small bowls.
  • Ham Steak: A 6-ounce fully cooked ham steak makes this ham steak dinner quick and easy. If you can’t find the small 6-ounce packages then purchase the larger bone-in ham slice and freeze half for another meal. Tip: Buy several ham steaks when on sale and freeze.
  • Dijon Mustard: A hint of heat from the Dijon balances out the sweetness from the brown sugar.
  • Brown Sugar: Provides the sweetness for the glaze.

👩‍🍳 How to Cook Ham Steak

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Ham steak frying in a cast iron skillet.

Step One: Melt butter over medium heat in a heavy skillet; a cast iron skillet works well. Brown the ham steak on both sides, about 2-3 minutes on each side.

Small bowl of brown sugar glazed andpan fried ham steak on white plate with tongs.

Step Two: Transfer the ham steak to a small plate, cover, and keep the ham warm while you make the glaze.

Water, brown sugar and mustard mixed and cooking in small cast iron skillet.

Step Three: Add the water, dijon mustard, and brown sugar to the skillet. Stir ingredients until mixed and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until the brown sugar is dissolved.

Pan fried ham steak drizzled with brown sugar glaze.

Step Four: Serve the glaze over the ham.

Recipe Variation

Serve the ham with Southern Red Eye Gravy. To make the gravy, remove the ham from the skillet and add about a 1/3 cup of boiling black coffee. Scrape the bottom and sides of the skillet to loosen any ham that may have stuck to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes and pour over the cooked ham slice. if the gravy is too bitter, add a pinch of sugar.

If you have larger ham steak then try this slow cooker ham steak dinner complete with potatoes and sauerkraut!

Serving Suggestions

How to Store Leftovers

Wrap the leftover cooked ham steak in foil or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to two days.

To freeze cooked leftover ham, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and cover it with a layer of foil. For best quality, use the frozen ham steak within two months.

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Recipe Notes & FAQs

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Do I need a cast iron skillet?

No, You can use any heavy skillet. The cast iron does provide a nice sear to the ham slices, but it’s not required for a good recipe outcome.

Can I make the brown sugar glaze without mustard?

Yes, you can make a simple version using just brown sugar, milk, and butter.

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Pan fried hm steak with rice and green beans on white plate next to napkin and wood handled knife.

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Steak for One

Don’t wait for a special occasion, this brown sugar glazed ham is the perfect dish to serve on any night. The sweet glaze is delicious and goes perfectly with the ham. Plus, it's easy to make and only takes a few minutes to put together.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dinner for One
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 508kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • 6 ounce precooked Ham slice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a heavy skillet; a cast iron skillet works well. Brown the ham steak on both sides, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Transfer the ham steak to a small plate, cover, and keep the ham warm while you make the glaze.
  • Add the water, dijon mustard, and brown sugar to the skillet. Stir ingredients until mixed and cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until the brown sugar is dissolved.
  • Serve the ham steak drizzled with the brown sugar glaze.

Notes

Preheat the Pan: Make sure your pan is heated properly before adding the ham steak. A medium-high heat is usually ideal.
Avoid Overcrowding: If you’re cooking multiple steaks, avoid overcrowding the pan, as this can lower the temperature and cause the ham to steam rather than fry.
Pat Dry the Steak: Pat your ham steak dry before placing it in the pan. This can help achieve a nice, caramelized sear.
Watch the Cooking Time: Ham steaks cook quickly, typically needing only a few minutes per side. Avoid overcooking, as it can cause the ham to become tough and dry.
Room Temperature Ingredients: The mustard will mix better if its at room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 2085mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 23g
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