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Air Fryer Ham Steak

Try this tasty air fryer ham steak coated with a honey-mustard glaze, for a quick and easy way to that honey baked ham taste. This is a 5-ingredient meal that’s ready in around ten minutes. Cooking a ham steak in the air fryer is a great choice for breakfast, lunch or a quick dinner!

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Air fried ham steaks with grilled pineapple on a white plate.
Air fryer ham steaks.

Ham steaks are a great option when you feel like baked ham but don’t want to deal with cooking a whole one. And, even better, you can cook ham steaks in the air fryer, making this a quick and easy dish for busy weeknights that is ready in no time at all!  

Air fryer ham steaks are also great for a holiday celebration if you are only cooking for a handful of people. Rather than roasting and glazing an entire ham, simply cook each person their very own glazed ham steak in the air fryer.

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Ingredients

Flat lay image of the ingredients for this air fryer ham steak recipe.
Air fryer ham steaks ingredients.

Fully Cooked Ham Steaks 

You can buy pre-cut ham steaks, or cut steaks from a whole precooked ham. 

You can also use frozen ham steaks for this recipe, however the cook times will be longer (see below for more details on air frying times for frozen ham steaks). 

You can also use gammon steak, though because gammon is not fully pre-cooked it is essential to ensure that it reaches the safe temperature for pork of 145°F/ 63°C, rather than the temperature for reheating cooked ham (140°F/ 60°C)

Glaze

This recipe uses a simple homemade glaze, though you can use a premade glaze, or any other glaze or seasoning you like with ham. 

Our homemade glaze is a mix of:

  • Liquid honey, which add sweetness to the ham. You can substitute maple syrup if you prefer. 
  • Dijon mustard, to add a savory tang. It is also really great with wholegrain mustard if you don’t have Dijon. 
  • Pineapple juice, which adds more sweetness and just a little tartness to cut through the fattiness of the ham. You can substitute another fruit juice (apple juice or orange juice are good options). 
  • Oil, which helps the ham to brown up more quickly. I normally use light olive oil when air frying, but you can substitute another cooking oil with a high smoke point.  

How to make the BEST air fryer grilled ham steaks

This recipe is very simple and straight-forward, but here are a few key steps and tips to get the best from the recipe: 

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F/ 175°C. It is important to preheat the air fryer for this recipe because the cook time is short. This means you don’t want to waste precious minutes of cooking time while the air fryer is heating up. 
  2. Place the ham steak in the air fryer and apply glaze to the top side. Brush the glaze on, or use a spoon and carefully spread the glaze over the steak using the back of the spoon. 
  3. Cook the ham steak in the air fryer for 3 minutes, then flip it over and glaze the other side. Air fry the ham steak a final time for 3-4 minutes until it reaches 140°F/ 60°C (see section below for more on air fryer ham cooking times).
  4. Rest the ham steak. Remove the ham steak from the air fryer to a plate and cover with aluminum foil for 5 minutes. It is important to rest any meat after cooking so that the juices can reabsorb into the meat, keeping the ham steak juicy and succulent. 
Ham steak in air fryer being brushed with glaze.
Place the ham steak in the air fryer and brush the top with glaze. Air fry for 3 minutes. Then flip the steak, and glaze the other side. Air fry for an additional 3-4 minutes.
Air fried ham steak in air fryer basket.
Air fry ham steak for around 3 minutes each side until it reaches 140F/60C in the center.

No air fryer? You can also pan-fry these ham steaks in a skillet with a little bit of oil, grill them, or bake them. 

How long to air fry ham steaks

The exact cooking times for air frying ham steaks will depend on a few factors, including the exact size and thickness of the steaks, and how powerful your air fryer is.

The only way to know if your ham steak is heated enough is to test the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer:  

  • If you are air frying ham steaks that are fully pre-cooked, then they need to be cooked in the air fryer until the internal temperature reaches 140°F/ 60°C (as recommended by the USDA). 
  • If you are air frying ham steaks from frozen, the cook times will be around 2 minutes longer. Again, the internal temperature needs to reach 140°F/ 60°C as long as they are fully pre-cooked ham steaks. 
  • If you are air frying gammon steaks (or uncooked ham steaks), the cooking time will be around 2-3 minutes longer than for pre-cooked ham steaks. Ensure that they are cooked until the internal temperature reaches 145°F/ 63°C.  
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Serving

Here are some serving ideas for these air fryer ham steaks: 

  • Serve with steamed vegetables and a cheese sauce
  • Serve with a side of grilled pineapple slices – you can cook pineapple in the air fryer too, just cook the pineapple first for 15 minutes, then cook the ham steaks, and give the pineapple another 5 minutes in the air fryer while the ham steaks are resting. 
  • Slice the ham steaks and serve in a sub with mustard, cheese, and sliced tomato for the most delicious hot ham sandwiches (you can even pop the made sandwiches in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to melt the cheese if you like!)
  • Serve with hash browns and grilled tomatoes for a hearty brunch or breakfast.

Storage and reheating

Store any leftover ham steaks in an air tight container in the refrigerator, and use within five days. 

If you want to reheat your ham steaks, you air fry them for 3-4 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 140°F/ 60°C. Alternatively, you can eat them cold, they are perfect for ham sandwiches. 

Air fried ham steaks with grilled pineapple on a white plate.
Yield: 1 serving

Air Fryer Ham Steak

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

How to cook a ham steak in the air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 8oz ham steak (fully pre-cooked) [Note 1]
  • 1 teaspoons liquid honey or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon mustard (wholegrain or Dijon)
  • 1 teaspoons pineapple juice (or apple juice, or orange juice)
  • 1 teaspoon light olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 350°F/ 175°C.
  2. Whisk the honey, mustard, juice and oil together in a small bowl.
  3. Place ham steak in air fryer basket. Brush the top of the steak with the glaze.
    Air fry ham steak for 3 minutes.
  4. Flip the steak over, and brush the top with the glaze. Air fry ham steak for 2-3 minutes more, until the internal temperature reaches at least 140°F/ 60°C.
  5. Remove the ham steak from the air fryer, cover with foil, and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  1. You can use uncooked ham steaks (gammon steaks), but they will need to be cooked until the internal temperature reaches 145°F/ 63°C.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 2247mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 50g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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