Ham steaks with seared pineapple

I just love ham steaks with seared pineapple on a hot summers day, preferably close to the beach! This recipe is a delicious, summery way to finish off the Christmas ham.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Main
Servings 4
Dairy Free, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly


  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup sweet chilli sauce or relish check label if eating gluten free
  • ½ red chilli finely sliced
  • olive oil for cooking
  • 4 thick slices ham from the bone

To serve

  • 2 limes halved


  • Peel pineapple and slice off four pristine circles.
  • Mix the sweet chilli sauce with the sliced chilli in a small serving bowl.
  • Heat a frying pan or barbeque hotplate, add a drizzle of olive oil and sear the ham and pineapple slices for 1-2 minutes on each side, until hot and caramelised.
  • Top each ham steak with a slice of seared pineapple. Drizzle with sweet chilli sauce and add half a lime for squeezing.


  • Store the remaining peeled pineapple in a plastic container in the fridge; it will keep for several days.


You can buy thickly cut ham steaks at the supermarket, so you can enjoy this taste of summer year-round. Kids especially love this recipe, though you may want to omit the extra chilli in the sauce!
This recipe is a great casual lunch or dinner when served with a potato salad (or new potatoes tossed in mint and butter…yum!), and a leafy salad. It’s the kind of thing I can imagine eating while sitting outside at a bach, with the sound of waves crashing in the distance!
For a great Christmas ham recipe, try this Sticky Christmas Glazed Ham.