How to cook gammon steaks

Learn how to cook gammon steaks in a range of ways. This delicious, salty meat is often served with pineapple rings or eggs and chips, but we've got many more ideas.

Gammon steaks and celeriac mash on a plate

Gammon steaks are generally sold in packs of two and may vary in shape from almost round to longer ones, more like a fat rasher of bacon. Gammon steaks often have a layer of fat and rind around one side which will need trimming off or 'snipping' to stop the meat curling up as it cooks. The easiest way to snip the fat is using a pair of kitchen scissors. Cut through the rind into the fat at 2cm intervals.

You can cook gammon easily in many different ways. The steaks cook well in a frying pan – use a large one if you're cooking more than one at a time. If you're making a sauce then you can pour it into the pan at the end to baste the gammon.

Gammon steaks with pineapple salsa and lettuce leaves

Grilling is another alternative but be careful not to dry the steaks out by cooking them for too long. Make sure the grill is hot and cook them quickly. The same applies to a griddle pan, which will also add char lines to the look of your gammon steaks.

Gammon steaks can also be cooked in a slow cooker. Rest each steak on a thick slice of onion in a slow cooker, add a liquid, such as stock or cider, and cook for 7-8 hours on Low.

Oven-baked gammon steaks recipe

Serves 2

  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 gammon steaks
  1. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Oil the steaks and put them on a baking sheet, season well.
  2. Cook for 7 mins and then turn over and cook for another 7 mins.

Pan-fried gammon steaks recipe

Serves 2

  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 gammon steaks
  1. Heat the oil in frying pan large enough to hold 2 gammon steaks. Season the steaks. Put them into the pan and cook on a medium heat for 5 mins – they should have started to brown slightly.
  2. Turn the steaks over and cook for another 5 mins. If they are not cooked through, cook for 1 min more on each side.

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Gammon with watercress & mustard lentils

Two gammons steaks with lentils and watercress on a plate

Mustard goes really well with gammon, as does the earthy flavour of the lentils.

Gammon with watercress & mustard lentils

Gammon & cauliflower cheese grills

Gammon and cauliflower cheese steaks on a tray

Topping gammon with cauliflower cheese adds a veg and sauce all in one.

Gammon & cauliflower cheese grills

Sticky glazed gammon

Two sticky gammon steaks on a bed of bulghar wheat salad

Brush the gammon with a glaze as it cooks to add a sweetness that enhances the flavour of the meat.

Sticky glazed gammon

Sticky gammon steaks with apple & bulghar salad

Gammon steaks with sauce and bulghar salad

Serve gammon steaks with this fresh-tasting, zingy bulghar wheat salad.

Sticky gammon steaks with apple & bulghar salad

All-in-one gammon, egg & chips

Gammon with egg, chips and a pot of tomato sauce on a tray

Cooking your gammon steaks on a tray with all the other ingredients makes this classic combination very easy.

All-in-one gammon, egg & chips

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Julie Blunt's picture
Julie Blunt
25th Nov, 2019
Layer of bubble and squeak, gammon steak, fried egg, with baked tomatoes
12th May, 2019
Just plain old simple frying with fried egg on top or pineapple ring, sorted ! Served with home made chips and peas x
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