How to Cook Gammon Steak

Gammon steak is one of the most delicious treats you can have for your dinner. Learn how to cook gammon steak and you will be able to make a delicious meal. If you have not enjoyed this juicy treat in a while you might be in the mood for it tonight, in which case read on and find out how to prepare it like a pro for juicy and succulent results.

Gammon steak cooks quickly and some people accidentally overcook it, which you will want to avoid.

What is Gammon Steak Anyway?

If you are in the UK you will probably already know what gammon is, but our friends across the Pond might not! Gammon comes from an Old Northern French word ‘gambe’ which means the hind leg.

Gammon steak is the hind leg of a pig (the ham) after it is boned and rolled or cut into individual steaks.

You usually get it vacuum-packed and it usually keeps for months because the brining process and vacuum packing preserve it and keep the flavor intact. I have some in the refrigerator right now which says “use by February 28th, 2014” which at the time of writing was a month away!

What is Gammon Steak Anyway?Gammon meat comes from a carcass after brining treatment while ham comes from the carcass before, although both gammon steak and ham are cured meats and look and taste very similar.

It can be boiled, roasted, baked or grilled, although I usually cook it in a very hot griddle on the stove. The key to successfully cooking gammon steak is keeping the cooking time short. Although some cooking times take longer than others (baking in a low oven, for example, when compared to cooking over hot coals) as soon as that meat is light pink it’s done, and it’s time to stop cooking!

How Do You Know When It’s Done?

You will see the gammon steak is a deep pink when you start cooking then it goes pale after a couple minutes. That pale pink color means it is done!

You can eat the whole gammon steak if you wish or trim off the fat and eat the rest. There are various recipes for gammon steak but today I want to show you how to griddle-cook it because that is the simplest way.

How to Cook Gammon Steak: What You Need

You will need a griddle pan which is a heavy ridged pan you put on the stove. Heat the pan and get it nice and hot (don’t add any oil or fat to it), the hotter the better.

Keep the seasonings simple (I just use a little oil to seal in the juices and give a nonstick effect and a little black pepper). If you want to serve this with pineapple have it ready. If you prefer a fried egg, start cooking that when you start cooking the gammon steak and of course keep an eye on each!

Easy Gammon Steak Recipe
Gammon steak comes from the brined leg of a pig, and this ham-like meat is delicious when cooked fast and hot. Serve it with your choice of a fried egg or pineapple for a traditional British dinner.
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Cuisine: British
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2
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Ingredients
  • 2 gammon steaks (about 4 oz or 115g each)
  • Vegetable oil or spray oil, as needed
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 2 fried eggs (optional)
  • 2 pineapple rings (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put a dry griddle pan on the stove over a high heat and leave it to heat up for a few minutes.
  2. Spritz your gammon with spray oil (or rub on some regular oil).
  3. Grind some black pepper on to it.
  4. Flick some water at the griddle.
  5. If it hisses and dances the griddle is hot enough.
  6. If not, let it warm up some more.
  7. Put the gammon steak on the griddle and cook it for 2 minutes.
  8. Flip it over and give it another 2 minutes or cook until the color is paler.
  9. If you want a crisscross effect, rotate it 90 degrees when you flip it.
  10. If you don't have a griddle pan, use a skillet (frying pan) for all this.
  11. Serve the gammon steak right away with a fried egg on top or with a pineapple ring (canned is fine) on top.

How to Cook Gammon Steak: Typical Gammon Steak Side Dishes

Typical Gammon Steak Side DishesTraditional side dishes include a fried egg or a pineapple ring on top, and you can serve anything else you like such as mashed potato, broccoli, green beans or even some salad.

I like the pineapple but my husband prefers a fried egg (well and a pineapple ring too!) Those are certainly the most common gammon steak sides served with this dish in the UK anyway. In the photo you can see I made sweet potato mash with some tomatoes on top. My husband is diabetic so he has to have ‘good’ carbs is why!

How to Cook Gammon Steak: What Else…

As for condiments, something sweet like redcurrant jelly would go well with the gammon steak, or else you might prefer mustard or even mayonnaise.

Why Snip the Fat?

Before you cook the gammon steak, snip into the fat a few times (see the picture on the right) because if you don’t, the meat will curl up when you cook it and therefore not cook as evenly.

Just a few snips will do the trick. I cooked this a few times before I discovered the snipping trick actually, but I always use it now! Some people will eat the fat while others just leave it (I fall into the latter camp, I’m not a big lover of fat unless it’s that crispy orange-colored fat on bacon and I can’t resist that). Now you know how to cook gammon steak why not have some for dinner?

 

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  • Looks really nice this recipe, i love a nice gammon steak, thanks for sharing.

    Simon

    • Victoria

      Me too, cheers for commenting! 🙂

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