How to Reheat Ham Without Drying It Out

Have a lot of ham leftovers from a holiday feast? To avoid any dry meat, our Test Kitchen likes to reheat precooked ham in the slow cooker or on the stove top.

So you just finished eating a holiday feast complete with a juicy oven-roasted ham as the main course but ended up with a few extra pounds of ham leftover. Since it lasts up to a week in the fridge, you can easily makeover the juicy ham by adding it to a pot of soup or pasta, but sometimes you want another plain slice the next day that isn't dry or tough. Not to worry, reheating ham that's just as tasty as it was right out of the oven is possible. Use one of our Test Kitchen's methods to reheat cooked ham on the stove, oven, or slow cooker that's still super juicy and flavorful.

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Andy Lyons

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 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.

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