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What To Serve With Ham Steak – 45 Delicious Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your ham steak, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for ham steak.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with ham steak are scalloped potatoes, yeast rolls, green bean almondine, and mashed sweet potatoes. For lighter options, try caesar salad, roasted brussels sprouts, pea soup, or glazed carrots. You can also serve coleslaw, collard greens, or mac and cheese.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Great flavor pairings for ham steaks

Ham steaks are easy to cook and super versatile. They pair best with:

  • Creamy flavors – rich, buttery ingredients like cheese or heavy cream based sauces will help mellow out the ham’s strong, savory flavor. 
  • Sweet flavors – ingredients like brown sugar, cranberries, maple, apple, and pineapple have a delightful sweetness that perfectly balances out the ham steaks’ saltiness. 
  • Earthy flavors – earthy herbs like parsley, thyme, bay leaf, and sage also work well with the salty ham.
  • Tangy flavors – mustard and ham is a classic combination because the tartness cuts right through the rich ham. I like to mix the mustard with something sweet like honey to get that sweet-but-savory combination.


Starchy sides are an easy option to pair with ham steaks for a filling meal. 

Go the nostalgic route with everyone’s favorite mac and cheese or make it festive with a Thanksgiving-style wild rice pilaf. 

But my go-to is stuffing the ham steaks in fluffy dinner rolls for a delicious sandwich.

Scalloped potatoes

Serving ham steaks for your holiday party? 

Elevate them with a generous helping of these scalloped potatoes (and find out how to reheat scalloped potatoes here).

You get fork-tender potatoes drenched in a creamy, cheesy sauce – nobody can say no to that!

And these cheesy potatoes are made even more special with the addition of sweet caramelized onions. 

Pro Tip: when your potatoes are nearly done, add cheese on top and broil until it starts bubbling and browning on top. 

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Honey yeast rolls 

Keep it simple and serve your ham steaks with a basket of these honey yeast rolls. 

These rolls are rich and fluffy making them the perfect accompaniment for your ham steak. 

Whether you use them as a sandwich base or for mopping up the sticky glaze from your ham, you’re guaranteed a satisfying meal. 

And the best part? 

They’re incredibly easy to make – even if you’re a baking novice.

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Mashed sweet potatoes

Mashed potatoes go well with virtually any dish, including ham steaks. 

But if you’d like to shake things up, why not prepare this quintessential side dish with sweet potatoes instead? 

You get a delicious combination of sweet and savory flavors that works perfectly with the salty steaks.

Prop a slice or two of your ham steak on top of your mash, drizzle the whole thing with gravy and dig in!

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Baked mac and cheese

For the days when you’re craving a cozy meal, make this baked mac and cheese. 

It’s a no-frills recipe using basic ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. 

And if you’re wondering why baked? I always prefer baked mac and cheese because you get a deliciously crunchy top!

Pro tip: don’t cheap out on the cheese.

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Give your ham steaks a nourishing boost with a side of warm veggies!

I like keeping it simple with steamed green beans or broccoli, but you can also fire up the oven to roast your favorite veggies.

Or why not go for a piping hot bowl of lentil soup for a tasty starter?

Green bean almondine

Pressed for time?

This is an excellent side dish you can whip up at a moment’s notice to go with your ham steaks. 

But easy doesn’t mean boring. The beans are drizzled with a melted dijon butter dressing which really elevates the dish.

It’s the perfect medley of sweet, spicy, and zesty flavors. YUM.

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Roasted brussels sprouts

Looking to add a nutritious side dish to your holiday spread? 

These roasted brussels sprouts will go superbly with your ham steaks. 

Plain roasted brussels sprouts are nice enough, but the addition of a maple mustard glaze takes them to the next level. 

It’s an easy, no-fuss dish, perfect for busy holiday nights when you don’t have much energy to cook.

Warning: these are highly addictive – expect them to run out quickly. 

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Collard greens 

Take inspiration from Southern cuisine and whip up these collard greens to go with your ham steak. 

These greens are cooked in a bacon-spiked broth, giving them a delicious savory flavor like no other. 

Want an extra spicy kick? 

Follow Spicy Southern Kitchen’s lead and add a dash of red pepper flakes and hot sauce to your greens. 

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Pea soup


Nothing beats a piping hot bowl of pea soup for those cold winter nights. Or you can serve it cold in the summer!

The bright green color is extra appetizing!

You can have this as a starter before your ham steak dinner, but I like cutting my ham steak into strips and dipping it into the soup.

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Honey glazed carrots

Oven-roasted vegetables are always a safe choice for side dishes. And these glazed roasted carrots are no exception.

Ant the best thing about this this recipe – there’s hardly any prep. Simply grab a bag of baby carrots and cover them in the butter glaze.

No chopping or slicing required!

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Want to keep your ham steak meal light? Skip the carb-loaded sides and put together a salad instead. 

You can never go wrong with a bowl of leafy greens tossed in a bright lemony dressing, but a serving of crisp vinegar coleslaw is also an excellent option.

Kale Caesar salad

Add a fresh, crisp bite to your ham steaks with this caesar salad. 

What sets this salad apart from your usual caesar salads is its dressing (oh yeah, and the kale leaves!). 

The leaves are tossed in a zesty lime dressing instead of the traditional lemon, adding a different yet familiar citrus note. 

It’s a tasty spin on the classic. 

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No mayo coleslaw

Jazz up your ham steak meal with a serving of this vibrant coleslaw.

Here’s another salad with a twist in the dressing. Unlike your traditional coleslaw, this variation features a no-mayo dressing. 

Instead, the crisp vegetables are tossed in a sweet vinegar glaze. You still get that familiar sweet-tangy flavor, just with fewer calories. 

Pro tip: let the slaw rest for 20 minutes before serving so all the flavors can develop.

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Brunch items

Ham steaks aren’t just for dinner, they’re great for brunch too! 

I like pairing them with fried eggs for a quick and energizing meal, but they’re also great with French toast if you want to indulge.


Want to have ham steak for brunch? 

A humble frittata is a classic brunch dish that goes well with ham steaks.

The beauty of it lies is how customizable it is. 

You can load your frittata with any toppings you want – from bell peppers to spinach and cheddar cheese – the possibilities are endless. 

This mushroom and goat cheese frittata is loaded with irresistible tangy and savory flavors that everyone will love. 

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Zucchini cheddar waffles

These savory waffles deserve a spot in your weekend brunch spread. 

They’re loaded with over two cups of grated zucchini which make them super healthy, but don’t worry!

Even your pickiest eaters will be none the wiser because the cheddar and parmesan easily masks the zucchini’s mild flavor (my kids eat these and they are FUSSY).

Pair these golden waffles with your ham steak and some maple syrup for a delicious meal.

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Kimchi fried rice

Spice your meal up with a generous helping of kimchi fried rice. 

The spicy, sour notes of kimchi will contrast with the rich, salty ham making for a tasty flavor combination that will leave your taste buds tingling. 

Want to have this meal for breakfast?  

Prop an over-easy egg on top, and you’re good to go. 

Remember: use day-old rice to get the best kimchi fried rice.

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Pineapple French toast


You have to try pairing your ham steaks with this French toast if you love a sweet-savory combo.

It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser and will put a smile on everyones face.

It’s not healthy, but everyone deserves to indulge sometimes!

Psst.. this is my favorite side on the list. I make it way too often.

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The best side dishes for ham steak

  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Honey yeast rolls
  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Kimchi fried rice
  • Baked mac and cheese
  • Green bean almondine
  • Roasted brussels sprouts
  • Collard greens
  • Pea soup
  • Honey glazed carrots
  • Kale Caesar salad
  • No-mayo slaw
  • Frittata
  • Zucchini cheddar waffles
  • Pineapple French toast

Need to reheat your ham steak? I have a great article where I tested all the different ways to reheat ham slices.

What To Serve With Ham Steak (45 Ideas)

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your ham steak.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: All
Keyword: ham steak side dishes, what to serve with ham steak
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 122kcal


  • 1 portion scalloped potatoes
  • 1 portion green bean almondine
  • 1 portion kale caesar salad
  • 1 portion zucchini cheddar waffles
  • 1 portion baked mac and cheese
  • 1 portion collard greens … and more


  • Prepare your ham steak according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: scalloped potatoes, honey yeast rolls, mashed sweet potatoes, kimchi fried rice, baked mac and cheese, green bean almondine, roasted brussels sprouts, collard greens, lentil soup, honey glazed carrots, kale caesar salad, no-mayo slaw, frittata, zucchini cheddar waffles, and brioche french toast casserole.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 122kcal

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