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Air Fryer Ham Steaks

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!

Air fryer ham steaks on a white plate.

Why you’ll love 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.
Glazed ham steaks in air fryer basket.

Scroll down for the printable card for this air fryer ham steak recipe, or read on for all the details. 

What do you need?

Flat lay of the ingredients.

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 – add sweetness to the ham. You can substitute maple syrup if you prefer. 
  • Dijon mustard – substitute wholegrain mustard if you don’t have Dijon. 
  • Apple cider vinegar – adds a little acid to cut through the richness of the ham. You can substitute fruit juice (pineapple juice or apple juice are good options). 
  • Brown sugar – helps the glaze to caramelize.
  • Oil – choose one with a neutral flavor and a high smoke point.
Tip

Choose a cooking oil with a high smoke point to reduce the chance of your air fryer smoking.

How to cook ham steaks in the air fryer

This recipe is very simple to prepare, but there are a few key steps getting it just right:

  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. Make the glaze by whisking the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl.
ham glaze in a glass bowl with whisk.
  1. Place the ham steak in the air fryer basket and apply glaze to the top side. Brush the glaze on, or use a spoon and carefully spread the glaze over the ham slice. 
Ham steaks in air fryer basket being glazed.
  1. 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).
Air fried ham steaks in air fryer basket.
  1. Rest the ham steaks. Place the ham steaks on a plate, cover with foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. 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. 

How long to cook ham steaks in the air fryer

The exact cooking times for ham steaks in the air fryer 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.  
Tip

Use an instant read thermometer to measure the temperature in the center of the thickest part of the meat for an accurate temperature reading.

Air fried ham steaks on a white plate.

Serving ideas

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 fryer ham steaks on a white plate.

Air Fryer Ham Steaks

4.7 from 14 votes
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.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time11 minutes
Serves4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb / 450 g ham steaks precooked [Note 1]

Glaze ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or liquid honey
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard or wholegrain or Dijon
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or apple juice

Directions

  • Preheat air fryer to 360°F/ 180°C.
  • Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Place ham steaks in air fryer basket, and brush tops of steaks with glaze.
  • Air fry ham steaks for 3 minutes then flip them over and brush with the glaze. Air fry ham steaks for 2-3 minutes more, until the glaze is caramelized and the internal temperature reaches at least 140°F/ 60°C.
  • Remove steaks 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1  Calories: 433kcal  Carbohydrates: 22g  Protein: 50g  Fat: 16g  Saturated Fat: 3g  Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g  Cholesterol: 145mg  Sodium: 2247mg  Sugar: 21g

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

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