Ham steak with red eye gravy, cheesy cauliflower mash and green beans.

Ham Steak with Red Eye Gravy

Ham steak with red eye gravy is an easy comfort food classic that takes mere minutes to make. The slightly bitter coffee gravy a great accompaniment to the rich salty-sweet taste of ham.
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword ham steak, red eye gravy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 417kcal


  • 1 1/4 pound Ham steak
  • 2 tsp Bacon grease
  • 1/4 cup Strong black coffee
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp Ketchup (I use reduced sugar)


  • Let ham steak come to temperature for 20 minutes. Blot it with a dry paper towel so it browns and doesn't steam in the pan.
  • Place a large frying pan over medium heat. When completely hot, add 2 teaspoons of oil and tilt pan to distribute the oil. 
  • Put the ham in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until browned and warmed through. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
  • Turn the heat down to med-low and add the coffee and water, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits. Let it reduce slightly, then add the butter and ketchup (see post for other ideas). Stir until the butter melts and is slightly emulsified in the gravy.
  • Spoon over the ham at service. Serves 4.


Nutrition Facts
Ham Steak with Red Eye Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 1730mg75%
Carbohydrates 0.26g0%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 31g62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.26g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1730mg | Sugar: 0.2g