Dinner Tonight: Broiled Ham Steaks Recipe

Jacques Pepin, distinguished private chef, poet, HoJo consultant, and author of some of the thickest tomes of culinary education, also likes to eat on time. Although he’s recently been strutting his stuff on PBS hawking his 2004 cookbook Fast Food My Way, he’s been trying to cut corners for a long time. Or so I found out when I stumbled upon his The Short-Cut Book, which was released in 1990.

Luckily, I unearthed it from the Columbus, Ohio, public library, where it hadn’t been checked out since 1996. Anyway, true to claim, there are some great quick recipes in here. What caught my eye first was the recipe for broiled ham steaks, both because it was surprisingly easy looking and because I had some ready to go in the fridge. The ham steaks I had were probably way too thin. Pepin advocates half-inch steaks, and mine were more like an eighth inch, or just a tad thicker than deli slices. Anyway, this dish is more about the sauce, which is made with relatively common ingredients.

Preparing the ham steaks could not be much simpler. Slather on some of the sauce, place under the broiler, and cook until the sauce caramelizes. Even the sauce requires virtually no time. Just whisk everything together and go.

Recipe Facts

Total: 0 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 4 ham steaks

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard


  1. Preheat the broiler. Wrap some foil around a baking sheet, and place the steaks atop so they don’t overlap.

  2. Mix the ketchup, brown sugar, hot sauce, and dry mustard until smooth. Slather on the ham steaks with a brush.

  3. Place the pan about 5 inches under the broiler. Cook until the sauce caramelizes and the ham is heated through, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
232 Calories
7g Fat
6g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 232
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 2232mg 97%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 55mg 277%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 586mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)