what to serve with ham steak

What to Serve with Ham Steak: 13 Must-Try Side Dish Recipes

There’s greatness in simplicity, and that’s evident with ham steak. The tenderness and deliciousness of the meat come through better, and its plainness pairs well with a ton of glazes, sauces, and side dishes. Thus, you can have various glaze flavors, from brown sugar to honey mustard.

What to serve with ham steak? Choose your pick from this article. It goes well with not just one but two to three side dishes. Moreover, it’s versatile – you can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Just switch up the paired foods, so they can suit the meal you want.

1. Green Bean Casserole

Green beans, whether roasted, sauteed, or – for this recipe – cooked in a casserole, are a must-try with ham steak. They offer many nutrients, great crisp textures, fresh flavors, and, in the case of green bean casseroles, an irresistible blend of creaminess and savoriness. This recipe is usually reserved for Thanksgiving dinners, but who’s even stopping you from making this tomorrow?

2. Scalloped Potatoes

Potatoes have such great chemistry with ham steak. They taste delicious with the meat, even in their many forms: mashed, roasted, wedges, salad, au gratin, and these scalloped potatoes. They’re also a holiday classic, but you can make this even for simple family dinners. The blend of flavors and textures – cheesy, creamy, bubbly, and tender – is to die for, along with the impeccable golden color.

3. Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Don’t beg your kids to eat their veggies; instead, make them a meal of ham steak and a side of this broccoli and cheese casserole. Yes, broccoli, the vegetable that makes many veggie haters’ stomachs turn, and the nightmare of children. But with this recipe, you can change their perspective for the better because the flavors are just spectacular: creamy, cheesy, crunchy, and fresh all in one.

4. Hashbrown Casserole

Start your big day with a delicious breakfast consisting of ham steak slices, eggs, and this hashbrown casserole! It’s amazingly creamy and cheesy, which might seem too rich for the morning. However, the balance of flavors and textures is unlike any other. Moreover, even if you still find it too dense, you can serve it another time of the day – snacks, lunch, or dinner – with your ham steaks.

5. Breakfast Casserole

Besides hashbrown casserole, your ham steak breakfast would be perfect with the ultimate breakfast casserole itself! It consists of morning classics, eggs and sausage, combined with other delicious ingredients, like cheese, sour cream, milk, and spices. It’s a terrific way to greet the day, especially when you have a large crowd. If it isn’t enough, make the hashbrown casserole, too!

6. Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Pasta is a great side dish to ham steak, and you can choose to serve your favorites, like penne with pesto or simple butter noodles. But if you want a pasta recipe that’s a sure crowd favorite, make this southern-style baked mac and cheese casserole! This beloved classic will surely be adored by kids and adults, making it the best for family get-togethers and holiday parties.

7. Roasted Teriyaki Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are interesting vegetables because they look like mini-cabbages but aren’t precisely such. Like any veggie, they don’t have many fans, but once you serve ham steaks with roasted teriyaki brussels sprouts, you might convert more people to its side. After all, who wouldn’t love such a unique blend of flavors consisting of Asian umami, caramel sweetness, and a slight smokiness from the roasting?

8. Homemade Biscuits

Homemade biscuits are a great food to serve with ham steak when you want the flavors of the meat and its glaze to stand out. That’s because they have delicate buttery flavors, so they’re great for complimenting the ham steak without overpowering it. The flaky textures are also phenomenal, which you can achieve even as a novice if you follow this recipe.

9. Fried Apples (Southern Style)

Fried apples make a spectacular second side dish for ham steak. Second side dishes aren’t necessary, but they leave your taste buds with more flavor dimensions to explore. Just imagine these combinations: ham with green beans and apples, or ham with biscuits and apples. The fried apples contribute a complex mix of tartness, sweetness, and spiciness, which work well with many other sides.

10. Simple Homemade Applesauce

If you prefer your apples smooth instead of chunky, make this simple homemade sauce! It would be great on top of your ham steaks, possibly substituting the usual glaze. The tart flavors of the applesauce are intense but well-balanced with the tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and your choice of sweetener. Like the fried apples, this might be best as a second side dish rather than alone with ham steaks.

11. Roasted Garlic Parmesan Carrots

Roasted carrots are classic with holiday meats, including ham steaks. Although many recipes promise tender, tasty, and sweet carrots, this one stands out for also having an incredible balance of sweet, savory, and buttery flavors. The recipe achieves such by coating the carrots with a mixture of melted butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and then tossing in parmesan cheese.

12. Baked Sweet Potato

The puffy look of this baked sweet potato makes it an exciting addition to your ham steak dinner. But of course, flavors are more important than looks, and this dish is a winner in that aspect. It tastes sweet, earthy, and buttery, and you can keep the topping simple with butter, salt, pepper, and chives. However, try stuffing it with guacamole, greek yogurt, and other treats for creativity!

13. Creamed Spinach

Impress everyone by transforming simple greens into a decadent delicacy with this creamed spinach recipe. It’s an excellent guide for ensuring your fresh spinach leaves stay crisp amidst the three-cheese combination of parmesan, mozzarella, and cream cheese. Besides the cheeses, there’s also half-and-half and butter to make it richer. But don’t worry; it’s all well-balanced because of the tasty seasonings and spices.

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.