Ham steaks are coated in a sticky-sweet orange honey glaze and pan-seared to golden goodness for the perfect holiday entrée.
Pasture Raised Heirloom Pork Ham Steak
Give the oven a break and whip up this easy, one-pan recipe that you can make right on the stove top. The buttery glaze is full of orange aroma, sweet honey, and a touch of rosemary, making this a Paleo recipe ideal for the holiday season. Best of all, the ham is ready to hit the table in 30 minutes!
Ham steak is a great high-protein alternative to cured ham, and is much lower in sodium. It tastes similar to a pork chop, lending itself to rich glazes and herb infusions. Pan cooking the ham allows you to continuously baste the steak in drippings from the pan without affecting the cooking temperature.
Begin by blotting excess moisture from the ham steak using a paper towel. This will allow the pork to sear golden-brown and keep the glaze from getting too watery. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together honey, orange juice, and Dijon mustard. Dijon mustard adds a welcome tangy goodness that complements the sweeter flavors in the glaze.
Heat ghee in a cast iron skillet, then add the ham steak to the hot pan and cook for eight minutes. Flip the ham and pour the honey glaze evenly over the top. Add a sprig of rosemary (or two to three sprigs of fresh thyme) to the pan and cook an additional eight to 10 minutes. Because rosemary is quite strong, it infuses the glaze with its flavor and aroma with no chopping necessary. Occasionally spoon the glaze from the pan over the ham steak as it’s cooking. Reduce heat to medium-low for five minutes to thicken the glaze. Season with salt and pepper, and serve hot!
PHOTO CREDIT: Honey-Orange Glazed Ham Steak by Jennafer Ashley | Fresh and Fit
Tip: This glazed ham steak pairs perfectly with hearty roasted veggies or creamy mashed cauliflower.
Prep time – 5 minutes
Cook time – 25 minutes
Total time – 30 minutes
Serves – 3-4
- Small mixing bowl
- 10-inch cast iron pan
- 1½ lb ham steak
- 3 T raw honey
- 1 T fresh orange juice
- 1 T Dijon mustard
- 1 T ghee
- 1 sprig rosemary
- Sea salt and black pepper, for serving
Directions For Honey-Orange Glazed Ham Steak
- Blot excess moisture from the ham using a paper towel.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together honey, orange juice, and Dijon mustard.
- Heat ghee in a cast iron skillet over medium heat for two minutes. Add the ham and cook for eight minutes.
- Flip the ham and pour the honey glaze evenly over the top. Add a rosemary sprig to the pan and cook an additional 8-10 minutes, occasionally spooning the glaze from the pan over the ham.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and let the glaze reduce for five minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.
Meet The Chef
Jennafer Ashley is a Recipe Developer and Food Photographer. She is the girl behind the healthy recipes at Fresh and Fit, her recipe development company and blog of the same name. Jennafer loves to cook recipes that suit a variety of diet lifestyles- from Vegan to Paleo. Her philosophy on food is that it should be beautiful, affordable, and of course, delicious. When Jennafer isn’t in the kitchen, you can find her hiking with her German Shepherd or perusing the aisles of home decor stores.
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