Last Updated on 14th September 2022 by Pauline Loughlin
Did you know that you don’t need to cook uncured ham? Unless there’s some warning label telling you otherwise on the ham, uncured ham is usually cooked all the way through. If you are freezing ham for then we have a guide for freezing cooked and uncooked ham.
Uncured meat of any kind tends to be cooked ahead of time. So, what that means for you is that all you need to prepare uncured ham to eat it is to warm it up, but even that’s not necessary.
Because uncured ham is cooked fully before it gets to you, it can be a healthy alternative to cured ham. That’s because there’s less chance of it going bad and causing food poisoning.
You also completely eliminate the risk that it’s not been cooked properly since it’s been cooked for you already. Undercooked ham can cause health issues, and you sidestep that problem by purchasing fully cooked uncured ham.
So, how to cook uncured ham? There are a few ways to prepare this meat for however you want to use it, and there are several cooking methods you can use. You want to be careful about overcooking it, since it’s already cooked.
How Long to Cook Uncured Ham?
It’s really up to you how long you want to cook uncured ham for. All you actually need to do with it is warm it up enough to make it taste good.
How long it takes to cook well depend on the cooking method you’re using.
If you’re frying up uncured ham slices in a skillet, it won’t take more than a minute or two to warm it. You may want to brown or slightly blacken the slices to give them a little more color, but that still takes no more than a few minutes cooking on each side.
How to Cook Uncured Ham Slices
When uncured ham is sliced, it cooks really fast and easy. This is a thin cut of meat that’s already cooked, so warming it up doesn’t take much time. My favorite way to cook uncured ham slices is in a frying pan on the stove.
You don’t even need to add any oil or butter. Because you are dry frying it, no liquid needs to be added. I prefer to cook this straight in a pan without any added seasoning or fat.
Simply heat up the skillet on medium heat, when it is warm, you can add your ham slices. Cook them for about a minute on each side, so that the ham slices get a little brown all over. Then, take the ham out and eat it right away while it’s still hot.
How to Cook Uncured Ham Steak
Ham steaks taste great in the oven, and these tender slices of succulent ham are really easy to prepare. I’ll show you how to cook uncured ham in oven using a simple method that is difficult to mess up.
- Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Season your ham steaks by mixing together with water, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and cloves.
- Put your ham steaks and liquid seasoning mix into a deep baking dish and coat the ham thoroughly. Make sure there’s enough water in there so that the ham is covered slightly.
- Then, bake your ham in the oven uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes.
How to Cook Spiral Sliced Uncured Ham
Spiral sliced uncured ham makes for a lovely main dish. It’s incredibly tender, juicy, and flavorful, and it doesn’t take too much to bake it in the oven. Let me break down the process for you.
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit
- Take the packaging off the spiral ham and look for a small plastic disc under the bony part of the ham. If it’s there, take it out and toss it in the trash.
- Put the ham into a roasting pan with the cut side facing down.
The ham will need to bake for 13 to 16 minutes per pound. You’re cooking until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are putting glaze on the ham, that can be added when the ham has 20 minutes left to cook. please bear in mind that if cooking a bone in ham the cooking times may vary.
Once the ham is done cooking, take It out of the oven allow it to rest for about 15 minutes before you cut it. This helps to keep the juices inside and keep the ham flavorful.
How to Cook Smoked Boneless Uncured Ham
Keep in mind that you don’t need to actually cook cured ham, as it’s already cooked all the way through. You should heat it up, though, so it tastes right.
When cooking a cured smoked ham, make sure the internal temperature reaches about 165 degrees Fahrenheit so that it’s heated all the way through.
Let me share with you a method you can use for baking a smoked boneless uncured ham in the oven. This is a really tasty and succulent piece of cured ham that’s pretty simple to prepare and bake in the oven.
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
- Prepare the glaze according to the package directions (most of these types of ham come with glaze).
- Cut diamond marks onto the fatty area of the ham, known as the fat cap. For a really flavorful ham, you can put a small whole close into each of these diamond cuts.
- Put the prepared ham into a roasting pan and cook for 14 to 16 minutes per pound.
- Partway through the cooking time, you should take the ham out briefly and baste it with glaze and then allow it to continue cooking.
- You know it’s done cooking when the ham achieves a golden brown appearance.
Cured ham is really easy to work with since it’s already cooked, but there are some preparation methods I’ve given you that will help you to get the most out of it.
You want to be careful about when you slice it open so that the juices are retained in the ham, and you have to be careful about overcooking cured ham as well, but otherwise it’s a cinch to work with.
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