How to Cook Pre-Sliced Ham

Pre-sliced ham can mean one of two things: ham slices or a full ham cut to aid in carving. Ham steak is individual ham slices cut to varying thicknesses. Utilizing these slices provides an economical way to enjoy ham without purchasing a whole roast. Spiral hams are pre-sliced without cutting all the way through the meat. This provides a guide and head start when it comes time to carve.

There are various ways to cook pre-sliced ham. (Image: evgenyb/iStock/Getty Images)


Step 1

Preheat a skillet at medium.

Step 2

Place the slices of ham on the bottom of the skillet and season as desired. For example, add a glaze or sprinkle on garlic powder. There is no need to use oil in the skillet when frying ham steak. As the ham heats, the juices in the meat will prevent sticking.

Step 3

Fry the slices on each side for five minutes or until the ham browns thoroughly.

Broil Slices

Step 1

Turn the broiler on and allow it to preheat.

Step 2

Lay the ham slices out on a broiler pan and season or glaze the pieces.

Step 3

Broil the slices on a rack three inches removed from the heat. Let them cook three to five minutes on each side.

Full Spiral Ham

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Place the ham into a large roasting pan. Add seasonings or a glaze to the ham surface.

Step 3

Bake the ham in the oven for 15 minutes per pound. For example, if baking a eight-pound ham, leave it in the oven for two hours.

Step 4

Stick a meat thermometer into the center of a thick area of the ham. When the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the pan from the oven and let the ham cool before finishing the carving.

Things You'll Need

  • Skillet

  • Ham glaze

  • Seasonings

  • Garlic powder

  • Broiler pan

  • Roasting pan

  • Meat thermometer

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