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maple glazed ham steaks on plates with red eye gravy, eggs, biscuits and a bit of parsley

Maple Glazed Ham Steaks with Red-Eye Gravy

This is a quick and easy red-eye gravy that isn’t thick or heavy. It can be made with a few pantry staples in a kick-butt brunch under 20 minutes.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 305kcal


  • 2 ham steaks
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups leftover strong black coffee
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp chili powder


  • Heat a small pan over medium heat and melt the butter
  • Stir in the coffee, 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup, brown sugar and chili powder to combine.
  • Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring often, to thicken.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the ham steaks and brush them with the remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
  • Heat the ham steaks, flipping as needed, as the syrup becomes thick and sticky and coats the ham and browns.
  • Remove the steaks from the pan and place in the oven to keep warm.
  • In the same pan where you fried the ham, fry a couple of eggs to serve with the ham steaks.
  • When the eggs are fried, slice the ham steaks into portions and serve with the fried egg and drizzle the red-eye gravy over top.
  • Serve with pan-seared oven-roasted potatoes and fluffy biscuits if desired.


Tip: When making brunch, I always preheat the oven to 200 to keep things warm as I cook. Make sure any dishes you place in there are heatproof. 
You can find ham steaks in the pre-packaged meat department. They are often near bacon and those easily heated pre-made potatoes and other sides. They are individually wrapped and have extended 'best by' dates. 
If you don't have leftover coffee to use for this, fresh coffee works great too. I just can't imagine not drinking it.... 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1541mg | Potassium: 470mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 387IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg