Overnight Sous Vide Canadian Bacon or Breakfast Ham Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Why This Recipe Works

  • Cooking ham sous vide overnight leads to extraordinarily tender results.
  • A quick sear on one side only gives you a crisp texture to contrast with the tenderness.

Like bacon, sliced Canadian bacon (a.k.a. breakfast ham) is not one of the meats you'd think would benefit from being cooked sous vide. It's such an easy meat to cook, not to mention that it's already par-cooked when you buy it. What benefit could there be?

But as it turns out, sous-vide ham is every bit as revelatory as sous vide bacon. Cooked low and slow overnight, it retains all of its juiciness, but gains an incredibly luxurious, buttery-soft tenderness as its connective tissue and muscles break down. It's also convenient: once cooked, all you have to do is sear it on a hot skillet or griddle to crisp up the outside and give it browned flavor, and it's ready to serve.

Recipe Details

Overnight Sous Vide Canadian Bacon or Breakfast Ham Recipe

Active 7 mins
Total 0 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 8 slices Canadian bacon or ham

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable or canola oil


  1. Set your sous-vide water bath to 145°F (63°C).

  2. Place ham in a heavy duty zipper-lock bag or a sous-vide bag (it's okay if the ham slices are stacked) and remove all air from bag using the water displacement method or a vacuum sealer. Add bagged ham to preheated water bath and cook for at least 6 and up to 12 hours. Cooked ham can be seared and served immediately, refrigerated for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to several months. If frozen, transfer to refrigerator and allow to thaw overnight before searing.

  3. Heat half the oil in a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add ham and cook, pressing down with a stiff spatula or griddle press, until well-seared and crisp, about 2 minutes. Do not sear second side. Transfer to a warm plate and repeat with remaining oil and ham. Serve immediately.

Special equipment

Sous vide precision cooker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
51 Calories
2g Fat
1g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 51
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 278mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 280mg 6%
*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.)