Ham Steak with Fried Pineapple and Brown Sugar Glaze

This is a super easy recipe and just requires that you get a tasty ham steak from the start. A bone-in ham steak will have more flavor than one without the bone. Don’t worry too much about the size of the steak since you can cut it in half to get it to fit into your air fryer basket.

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Ham Steak with Fried Pineapple and Brown Sugar Glaze

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 20 m
  • Total Time: 30 m
  • Servings:


  • 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound ham steak 1/2 - inch thick


  1. Combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl and whisk together.
  2. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400ºF.
  3. Toss the pineapple cubes with some of the brown sugar glaze. Transfer the pineapple to the air fryer basket and air-fry at 400ºF for 8 minutes, shaking the basket a few times during the cooking process. Transfer the pineapple to a plate and cover it with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  4. If the ham steak is too large for the air fryer, cut it in half. Brush both sides of the ham steak with the brown sugar glaze and transfer it to the air fryer basket (overlap the halves slightly if necessary). Air-fry the ham at 380°F for 18 minutes, basting with more of the glaze a couple of times during the cooking process. Flip the steak over halfway through the cooking process.
  5. Place the pineapple cubes on top of the ham and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Serve the ham steak topped with the caramelized pineapple. Pour or brush more of the glaze from the bottom of the air fryer drawer over top of the ham and pineapple if desired.
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  1. Hi, Thank You for a great recipe. I want to make this for Easter. I have honey dijon mustard instead of the regular one. Would i do the recipe any different? Because its on the sweeter side. Thank you in advance.

  2. I too make this all the time! It is a quick weeknight meal. I brown the ham in a little butter then I mix a little yellow mustard with the brown sugar. I baste the ham and then flip so both sides are coated and continue cooking until it caramelizes on the ham. Yum!

  3. Is your air fryer the same as the ninja air fryer? I just want to make sure the temperature is going to be the same. Is the ham going to be moist or like leather?

    1. Hi Keri. The ham will be like leather. JUST KIDDING!! No, the reason I wrote this recipe is because cooking quickly is key to keeping foods moist, and air-frying cooks foods quickly, helping to retain their moisture rather than dry them out. I haven’t tested the Ninja air fryer, but assuming that it heats accurately, the temperature should be the same in all units.

  4. 5 stars
    This is was so delicious! I did use a bourbon barrel syrup instead of regular maple syrup but other than that, the recipe was fantastic and will be put in our recipe rotation.

  5. Thank you for the recipe I made it through the instructions it was very good the glazed is blended taste it was fantastic I would make it again.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. Quick, easy and delicious! A little too sweet for him and I won’t make it often (I’m not supposed to have the sodium). But it’s definitely a keeper and good for something different.

  7. Happy 7th Birthday to Little Ham Steak. I also had a birthday this week. I am going to try this recipe for Christmas since it will be only me. It looks so good. Thank you for sharing and Mery Christmas to you and your family. God Bless.

    1. You can make this dish in a skillet as well. Just heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a little oil and pan-fry the ham steak for about 5 minutes on each side. Add the pineapple chunks and the brown sugar glaze to the pan, and simmer over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes until everything is heated through and the brown sugar glaze has thickened.

  8. 5 stars
    I might make this for Easter this year. I really don’t like maple syrup as I grew up eating cane syrup. I assume I could use that as well? Maybe not add so much brown sugar? It looks delish! Love my Cook’s Essentials air fryer!

  9. Are there alternative instructions for step 3 when using the BJC air fryer oven? I can’t envision the pineapple chunks and the brown sugar mixture in the wire basket without the sauce dripping away into the bottom pan. Thanks!

    1. Yes the sauce will drip into the bottom pan. The last step in the directions is to pour or brush the glaze in the bottom pan on the ham before serving. You could always use another oven-safe dish or even foil if you like, but the sauce that drips in the pan will continue to cook and thicken into a nice glaze that you can use to finish the dish, so it is not really necessary.

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