How To Cook Country Ham Slices (2022)

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Salty, Smokey and the PERFECT bite with a soft southern biscuit, you’ll want to know EXACTLY how to cook country ham slices for the perfect southern comfort food!

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  • Everyone needs to know how to get the MOST out of your country ham!

Here’s How It’s Done

STEP 1. Soak your country ham slices for 30 minutes in warm water to remove a little of the salt.

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STEP 2. Drain the ham slices very well.

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STEP 3. Heat a heavy skillet to medium heat and add ½ tsp butter or oil to the pan.

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Heat oil in the pan

STEP 4. Place the slice of country ham down on the butter and cook for 2 minutes on side one. Turn and cook for 2 minutes on side two.

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(Video) Cooking Country Ham Slices

STEP 5. Serve with a hot biscuit and some gravy! You won’t be sorry!

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How to Cook Country Ham Slices

Rinse the country ham to remove some of the salty taste. Dry well, cook with a little butter in a medium temp frying pan over medium heat for 2 minutes son one side and 2 minutes on the other side.

What Do I Serve with Country Ham Slices?

You will always want to serve a great biscuit! Try either these made from scratch Southern Buttermilk Biscuits OR one of these 10x biscuits! You’ll also want some Red Eye Gravy. We also love these Pecan Waffles and Breakfast Casserole!

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Cook Country Ham Slices

Do I Have To Soak Country Ham Before I Cook It?

Actually, this depends on your own tastes. My family finds country ham too salty if we don’t soak the slices first in some warm water for 30 minutes. If you prefer the super salty taste, then by all means, simply skip that step and move forward with the recipe.

How Do I Soak Country Ham Before Cooking It?

Fill a large bowl with warm water to ¾ full. Place the ham slices into the water and allow to soak for 30 minutes. Dry the ham well before cooking.

Is It Safe to Eat Country Ham Raw?

So, country ham has been cured with salt but it hasn’t been cooked. I recommend cooking the ham first before eating it. That is also what my package of country ham says on the package material. Don’t believe me, check out the USDA.

What Do You Do With Country Ham?

Most people eat country ham slices on a biscuit or sandwich like you would a slice of city ham. Country ham can also be added to green beans, pinto beans or the like for flavoring. Country ham can be served as a meat at a meal time like bacon.

Do I Need to Cut the Fat From Country Ham Before Cooking It?

No, do not try to trim the fat from country ham before cooking it. You’ll need it to help cook the ham.

Can I Cook Country Ham in the Oven?

Yes, you can. Bake the ham slices on a baking sheet at 350 for 5 minutes per side.

Can I Cook Country Ham On The Grill?

Yes, you absolutely can. You may want to use a pan on the grill so that the skinny country ham slices don’t slip through the grates. Cook for 45 seconds per side on a 350 degree grill.

Can I Freeze Country Ham?

Yes, you can freeze your country ham either before you cook it or after. Put in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

(Video) How To Fry Virginia Country Ham Slices

How Long Does Country Ham Keep?

  • Country ham that is uncooked and in the plastic shrink wrap package lasts a long time in the fridge. Go by the date on the package.
  • Country ham that has been cooked is good for about 5 days if kept refrigerated.
  • Uncooked country ham that has been unwrapped is good for at least 5 days if kept refrigerated.
  • A whole hanging country ham is different than the slices that we are talking about in this post.

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Tips and Tricks for How to Cook Country Ham Slices

  • Choose country ham slices that are shrink wrapped and very thin sliced for this recipe.
  • Soak the ham slices for up to 30 minutes before cooking to help remove some of the salty taste.
  • Make sure the ham is very dry before you start cooking.
  • Don’t add any salt to the ham until you taste it.
  • The ham will want to curl while cooking, use your spatula to straighten it and hold it down.
  • The ham will shrink while its cooking, so start with a large piece.
  • Serve with a hot biscuit or toast, this really sets off the taste.
  • Red Eye Gravy is the classic side dish for country ham and is so easy and delicious to make, give it a try!
  • Country ham slices are so thin, make sure you have several to serve per person.

PRO TIP: We really love country ham with pimento cheese! Give it a try!

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  • ½ tsp butter
  • .25 lb Country ham slices
  • Unwrap the country ham and separate the slices.

  • Soak the slices in a bowl ¾ full of warm water for 30 minutes.

  • Remove the slices from the water and dry well.

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat until the skillet is hot.

  • Add ½ tsp of butter to the pan and immediately place the slice of country ham down on the butter. Use your spatula to hold the slice so that it doesn’t curl up. Heat slice for to 2 minutes on side one.

    (Video) Cooking Country Ham in a Skillet

  • Turn the country ham and repeat for 45 seconds - 2 minutes on side two.

  • Remove the country ham slice to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

  • Serve hot with biscuits or toast.

  • Choose country ham slices that are shrink wrapped and very thin sliced for this recipe.
  • Soak the ham slices for up to 30 minutes before cooking to help remove some of the salty taste.
  • Make sure the ham is very dry before you start cooking.
  • Don’t add any salt to the ham until you taste it.
  • The ham will want to curl while cooking, use your spatula to straighten it and hold it down.
  • The ham will shrink while its cooking, so start with a large piece.
  • Serve with a hot biscuit or toast, this really sets off the taste.
  • Red Eye Gravy is the classic side dish for country ham and is so easy and delicious to make, give it a try!
  • Country ham slices are so thin, make sure you have several to serve per person.

PRO TIP: We really love country ham with pimento cheese! Give it a try!

Nutrition Facts

How To Cook Country Ham Slices

Amount Per Serving

Calories 73Calories from Fat 45

% Daily Value*

Fat 5g8%

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Saturated Fat 2g10%

Cholesterol 19mg6%

Sodium 341mg14%

Potassium 81mg2%

Protein 6g12%

Vitamin A 16IU0%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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FAQs

How long does it take to cook country ham slices? ›

FRYING COUNTRY HAM SLICES

Do not remove the fat from the slices and do not add oil or butter to the skillet. Turn the heat down to medium, cook on one side for about 2 1/2 minutes, turn the slices over and cook 21/2 minutes on the other side. They should be brown and cooked after five minutes.

How do you cook country ham portions? ›

Place ham, skin side up, in a deep covered pan.
...
Cook slowly (about 325 degrees) and bring to a slow boil.
  1. Cook approximately 20 minutes per pound of ham.
  2. The ham will be done when it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  3. Remove skin and allow to cool in liquid in which it was cooked.

Should you soak country ham slices before cooking? ›

Uncooked Hams require soaking before cooking since these hams are dry cured. The length of soaking time should be influenced by your taste for salt (longer soaking results in a milder ham) and the type of ham (Genuine Smithfield hams are cured longer than country hams and are more salty and dry by nature).

Can you put country ham slices in the oven? ›

Can I Cook Country Ham in the Oven? Yes, you can. Bake the ham slices on a baking sheet at 350 for 5 minutes per side.

Can you eat country ham without cooking it? ›

The same regulations govern all dry-cured hams produced in the United States, whether country or prosciutto style. Dry-curing with salt helps prevent bacterial growth, making the hams safe to eat uncooked.

How long do you soak a country ham before cooking? ›

Place ham in sink or container and cover with cool water. Soak 4 – 8 hours for country hams, up to 24 hours for older, aged hams. Use a stiff brush to remove mold.

What is the best way to bake a country ham? ›

Directions
  1. Place ham in a large container; cover with cold water. ...
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degree F. ...
  3. Bake ham, covered, in the preheated oven for 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until the meat thermometer registers 160 degree F. ...
  4. For glaze, combine brown sugar and ground cloves.
Jun 14, 2011

How do you get salt out of country ham slices? ›

Soak Ham in Water

First up, the simple route: "Soak the ham in water overnight," Rose says. You can even soak it for up to 48 hours. "The longer it soaks, the more salt is eliminated." After the ham soaks, discard the water, and pat the ham dry.

How do you cook country ham slices in the microwave? ›

TO MICROWAVE: Slices can be cooked in package after puncturing 2 to 3 times with a fork or cut 1/2 inch slit in top of package. Microwave on high for 2 min. 15 seconds.

Does sliced country ham need to be refrigerated? ›

Sliced Country ham can go without refrigeration for up to two weeks. We recommend you refrigerate it upon arrival. It can stay in the refrigerator for up to a year without breaking the vacuum seals. Once the seal has been broken we recommend repackaging it and freezing it.

How long will country ham keep in refrigerator? ›

After one year, the ham is safe but the quality may suffer. An uncooked, cut country ham can be refrigerated for two to three months or frozen for one month. A cooked Country Ham should be refrigerated for seven days and or frozen for one month. Freezer storage time is for quality only.

Can you fry cooked ham slices? ›

Whatever type of ham you are going to be frying should be carved into slices 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick. Ham center slices also work well for frying. When frying use a heavy skillet with deep sides. If there is enough fat on the piece of ham being fried, oil is not needed when frying ham.

Do you need to cook ham slices? ›

The answer, in short, is if it is cured, smoked or baked, ham is considered “pre-cooked,” and would not technically need to be cooked. This includes the ham that is purchased at the deli. In fact, most ham that is sold to consumers is already cured, smoked or baked.

Can you fix country ham in the microwave? ›

Cover just the outer cut edge with a thin strip of foil (see note above) to protect it from overcooking and place the ham in a microwave safe baking dish with 1/4 cup of water. Cover with vented plastic wrap and place in the microwave on 50% power. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes per pound.

How do you cook a spiral sliced country ham? ›

If heating ham, remove foil and all bone guards, then place cut surface down in roasting pan. Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for approximately 30-45 minutes uncovered. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving. DO NOT OVERHEAT as ham is fully cooked and may dry out.

Do you have to soak a country ham? ›

Preparing a Country Ham

To remove the salt, you need to soak the ham. Consider this a reverse brining. By soaking the salted ham in water, the salt is drawn from the meat while adding moisture. Some say it's necessary to soak a country ham for about 6 to 12 hours.

Why is country ham so salty? ›

Is country ham salty? Country ham is salty to taste. The comes from the curing process, as salt is what cures the ham. Keep in mind most would recommend washing or soaking the ham prior to cooking.

What is the difference between country ham and regular ham? ›

Country ham has a deep, rich and intensely salty flavor that is dry-cured over a long period. City hams are cured in a solution of salt, water, preservatives and various sweet or savory flavors and usually are smoked over hardwoods like maple or hickory for a well-rounded, smoky flavor.

Why is my country ham tough? ›

Do not overcook the ham! — it will make the ham tough and dry. Many people who say they don't like fried country ham have simply been the victim of an overzealous cook: brown the meat, don't turn it to shoe leather. If the ham is too salty for your taste, soak the slices in milk or water for 30 minutes before cooking.

Can you boil a country ham to get the salt out? ›

Try boiling the ham.

Cut the ham into large chunks and place the meat in a pot of boiling water. Boil the ham for about ten minutes. This can help leach out any remaining salt.

How do you tenderize country ham slices? ›

Country Ham Slices

Brown both sides in skillet over low temperature. Cover for 5 minutes to tenderize.

What takes salt out of ham? ›

Add a teaspoon of distilled vinegar to a medium-sized, over-salted cooked ham before heating it. The acidity of the vinegar will counteract the saltiness and even out the flavour. Pour the vinegar over the ham slowly to cover it evenly. Avoid adding too much vinegar to the ham, which will create a sour flavor.

Can you boil salt out of meat? ›

It's possible to decrease the salt content of bacon and pancetta, but nothing can be done to remove salt from meat, such as steak or meatballs, once they are seasoned. However, you can salvage a salty meat dish by making an acidic sauce to go with it.

Can I microwave sliced ham? ›

No matter how it is sliced, cubed, diced, cut into strips or ground, smoked ham responds well to microwave cooking. It is possible to cook a whole or half ham in most microwave ovens, but the results usually are better in quality and speed if hams more than 3 or 4 pounds are sliced or carved before microwaving.

How do you fry country ham with Coke? ›

Cooking Country Ham in a Skillet with Cola - YouTube

Can you freeze country ham slices? ›

If the ham is to be sliced, we recommend storing all the slices in a freezer, wrapped 2 to 3 slices per package in freezer paper or a zip lock bag. A frozen whole country ham can be thawed, sliced or cooked, and frozen again without affecting quality or taste of the meat.

How do you cook Hobe's Country Ham slices? ›

Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes, then lower heat to 250° for 20 minutes per pound. You can add ingredients to the water with either method if you like, such as apple juice, cola, or molasses. Finish with a ham glaze.

How do you soak country ham slices? ›

If you felt like you just had to soak the slices, you can put them in some water or even a shallow bowl with some milk for a couple of hours before cooking. Remember to pat them dry really well before frying so they don't splatter and will get crispy in the pan.

Can you cook country ham slices in the microwave? ›

TO MICROWAVE: Slices can be cooked in package after puncturing 2 to 3 times with a fork or cut 1/2 inch slit in top of package. Microwave on high for 2 min. 15 seconds.

Can you fry cooked ham slices? ›

Whatever type of ham you are going to be frying should be carved into slices 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick. Ham center slices also work well for frying. When frying use a heavy skillet with deep sides. If there is enough fat on the piece of ham being fried, oil is not needed when frying ham.

Videos

1. How To Cook Sliced Ham In The Oven
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2. What do I do with my Kentucky country ham?
(UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment)
3. COUNTRY HAM AND RED EYE GRAVY
(Little NC Farmer)
4. Betty's Baked Sliced Country Ham
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5. Cooking Country Ham in a Skillet with Cola
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6. Betty's Home-Cured Country Ham Biscuits
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