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How To Cook Country Ham Slices

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!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time34 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: country ham, how to cook country ham, how to cook country ham slices
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 73kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: $5


  • Medium Bowl
  • spatula
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Paper towel lined plate
  • Butter knife
  • stove top


  • 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.
  • 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!


Calories: 73kcal | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 81mg | Vitamin A: 16IU | Iron: 1mg