How to Reheat Ham Without Drying It Out? I totally relate to having leftover ham after a big holiday feast. It can be a challenge to keep the meat moist and flavorful when you’re reheating it, but fear not! Our Test Kitchen has some tried-and-true methods that will have your ham tasting just as delicious as it did right out of the oven.
If you’re looking for a hands-off approach, using a slow cooker is a great option. Simply add your precooked ham to the pot and let it heat up slowly over a few hours, which allows the meat to retain its moisture and tenderness. Alternatively, you could reheat your ham on the stovetop by placing it in a covered pan with a bit of water, broth, or juice. This will help steam the ham and prevent it from drying out.
Another option is to repurpose your leftover ham into a whole new meal by adding it to a soup or pasta dish. The possibilities are endless! However, if you’re just craving a slice of plain ham, don’t worry – it’s still possible to achieve that juicy texture. By using one of our test kitchen methods, you’ll be able to reheat your precooked ham in the oven, stove, or slow cooker to perfection. And since it can last up to a week in the fridge, you have plenty of time to enjoy your leftovers. Happy cooking!
How to Reheat Ham in the Oven
Preheat oven to 325°F. Arrange slices in a single layer on a greased baking pan. Add a couple of tablespoons of broth or water and cover with foil. Bake for about 10 minutes or until heated through, turning slices once.
How to Reheat Ham in the Microwave
Arrange slices in a single layer on a plate. If the dish is deep enough, add 1 tablespoon of broth or water. Cover slices with a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 to 60 seconds or until heated through.
How to Reheat Ham on the Stove Top
Reheating ham via skillet is an easy way to get a few slices nice and hot in a flash. To reheat ham slices on the stove, add a few slices at a time to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add up to ½ cup of chicken broth to keep the meat moist or opt for a couple of tablespoons of butter or oil to give the ham a nice sear.
How to Reheat Ham in a Slow Cooker
The USDA doesn’t recommend reheating leftovers in a slow cooker. Though if you’re warming up pre-cooked ham, you can put it in your slow cooker to heat through with just enough water or broth to cover the bottom of the liner. Make sure the ham is kept at a minimum temperature of 140°F for safe consumption. You can also check the package for specific directions on timing and liquid amounts.
Enjoy those juicy reheated ham slices with your other leftover sides, with veggies, or fried eggs for a quick meal.