Recipe: Pineapple Glazed Ham Steaks

Dinner Recipes, Pork + Beef Recipes, Poultry Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

These pineapple glazed ham steaks are as simple and delicious as they come. Just 5 minutes of prep, and a total time of 15 minutes in the oven, and voila, a delicious ham steak dinner fit for a holiday or a weeknight dinner.  

Pineapple is paired with ham so often because when you’re making ham steaks, something sweet helps to neutralize ham’s saltiness. Pineapple will add the perfect amount of sweetness to your ham steaks. 

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    How to Make the Pineapple Glaze

    The ham steaks pineapple glaze is made up of simple, whole ingredients with just a touch of brown sugar. Below is a breakdown of the ingredients with directions and substitution ideas.

    Brown sugar 

    Most ham steak glazes call for ¼ cup or more of brown sugar. This recipe only requires one tablespoon making it much healthier. We know watching your sugar intake is important. 

    Pineapple and Pineapple Juice

    woman cutting fresh pineapple

    I love to use fresh pineapple but you can use canned. And pineapple juice is the core ingredient for the recipe. We also recommend adding orange juice to the glaze. 


    You could try adding clove to this recipe.  Clove is an intensely aromatic spice that has a subtly sweet flavor that lends plenty of warmth to any dish. Pairing well with other rich, slightly sweet flavors, cloves also have a slight note of bitterness that counterbalances the sweetness.


    Dijon mustard is an all-purpose mustard that is often used to add a flavorful kick to sauces, gravies, and salad dressings. 

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    Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

    What is ham steak made of?

    A simple yet elegant ham dinner in just 20 minutes. #easter #recipe

    If you’ve never made this recipe, you might be wondering what exactly a ham steak is. Ham steak is just a thick slice cut from a whole roast of ham, either with the bone already removed or bone-in.

    Bone-in cuts will cost less but they won’t look as neat in serving.

    Ham steak is perfect for when you don’t have enough people to justify making an entire roast of ham, but still have a craving for it.

    How do I make my ham steak less salty?

    Regardless of when and how you choose to use a ham steak, because they are cured, they may be too salty for some people.

    The simplest way to remove some of the salt is to soak the steak in water for 5 to 10 minutes to extract some of the salt from the meat.

    How much ham do I need per person?

    A good rule of thumb is to assume about ¾ lb. per person for a bone-in ham recipe, so an 8 lb. ham will feed about 10-11 people.

    What can you do with pineapple ham steaks leftovers?

    Pineapple ham steak and the leftovers can be enjoyed in next-day sandwiches, in hearty soups, or in weeknight casseroles.

    This is a great recipe to throw into your weekly meal planning for some variety and the total time investment is low.

    What is a good substitute for pineapple in this recipe?

    We realize some people are allergic to pineapple. If that’s the case, you could experiment with several different fruit alternatives in this recipe.

    For example, mango, orange, or peach pair well with ham. Many people successfully use orange or lime juice in this recipe to add a perfect touch of acidity and sweetness.

    photo of agave syrup and spoon

    Is there a substitute for brown sugar in this recipe?

    Honey or maple syrup are common swaps. Another idea is to try agave. Agave nectar or agave syrup is a healthy sweetener that can be a great substitute when making pineapple ham steaks.

    To substitute agave for brown sugar use a 3/4 ratio. Use 3/4 cup of agave nectar for every cup of brown sugar.

    Total Time: 20 minutes

    Yield: 6 serving(s)


    • 1 1/2 pounds ham steaks
    • 8 canned pineapple rings, drained
    • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice from can
    • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


    1. Preheat oven to 375.
    2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
    3. Place the ham steaks on the lined sheet and arrange pineapples rings over top.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, mustard, brown sugar and cloves. Drizzle over top of ham steaks.
    5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until ham steaks are warmed and glaze is just browned. Serve immediately.

    Nutrition Information Per Serving

    Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe

    Calories: 197

    Protein: 21 gram(s)

    Fat: 8 gram(s)

    Carbohydrates: 25 gram(s)

    Fiber: 4 gram(s)

    Sugar: 23 gram(s)

    Recipe Cuisine: American

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