Southern Cola Ham Steaks are a simple dinner that reminds me of home. An easy quick-seared recipe in a sweet pan sauce is a classic in my kitchen and will be a hit in yours.
This Southern Cola Ham steak is a recipe inspired by the hunt for a childhood favorite. My family was not filled with many outstanding cooks, but they made the best of what they had, and some of these recipes live on with me as hits. This is one of those recipes….
We used to roll in sugar and butter. Who stopped us? There was no Jamie Oliver then.
First, it was boil everything. And then it was all be worried about the processed foods. So, we were all just happy to have a dinner that was homemade. Then it was totally cool to eat and McDonald’s like 5 nights a week as long as you got a sliced apple as a side occasionally.
Can’t blame anyone, food isn’t cheap and life is crazy.
Hey, it’s dinner, right?
This is something that came out of that. A meal my mom used to make that was filled with enough sugar to put hummingbirds into hyperdrive. Something we used to come running to the table excited about.
I have haven’t recreated my mother’s version perfectly, yet. But in the meantime, this is just enough sweet to savory that I could come back for seconds.
Moms sauce was almost clear, not a dark pan sauce. I am thinking that’s from a copious amount of sugar and butter, but I have yet to figure it all out just right.
This pan sauce has a better balance, it isn’t only sugar water, but darned close. And delicious too. Add some greens to round out the plate and you are sure to have a hit.
Grab some ham, feed some hummingbirds.
What are Ham Steaks?
Ham steaks are center cut slices of a ham roast. Think spiral cut hams for the holidays, portioned out into individual servings. They are usually found in the meat department individually wrapped and not pre-cooked. I can totally remember growing up with Smithfield single slices and it being a very special occasion!
For when you aren’t in need of an entire ham, the individually wrapped ones are a perfect alternative with the same bold flavor.
How to cook them
Since ham steaks are thin and already cured, they are a fast meal. They are also already cooked so essentially all you need to do is slice, dice and apply some heat (or leave whole…. as instructed below).
Simply cook them in a skillet for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until browning to serve whole. If you would like, they can also be baked in an oven. Make sure you add moisture tho to prevent them from drying out.
Looking for more hammy dinner ideas? Check out 10 ideas for Ham that you could totally use steaks for. If using them in other recipes, you can chop the ham and sautee it in hashbrowns, frittatas, stir-frys, scrambles and more!
Pretty much, anywhere you’d toss in some bacon, try tossing in chopped up ham instead.
Need more fast pork recipe inspiration? Check out my favorites!
- Maple Glazed Ham Steaks with Red-Eye Gravy
- Party Time Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Quick Thick-Cut Pan Seared Pork Chops
- Cornmeal-coated Pork Chops
- Leftover Ham and Gnocchi Skillet
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Southern Cola Ham Steak
- 10-12″ Cast Iron Skillet or other oven safe skillet
- 2 tbs butter divided
- 2 ham steaks
- 1/2 cup cola
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- Heat 1 tbs butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the ham steaks and brown on both sides, 5 – 7 minutes.
- Stir the cola, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar together in a bowl and pour over the ham steaks.
- Simmer until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and set the ham steaks aside.
- Add the remaining tablespoon butter to the cola sauce and stir until smooth.
- Serve the sauce over the ham steaks and other fixings as gravy.