How To Cook Your Turkey Ham In The Most Versatile Of Ways

One of the more versatile members of the ham family, turkey ham is also generally more preferred than pork ham. And for good reason: the former is approximately 95 percent fat-free while the latter offers less flexibility. But the glory of that thigh-high meat goes to oblivion if you don't know how to cook your turkey ham.

From a turkey ham aficionado myself to your kitchen that is probably filled with turkey ambitions at your humble abode, allow me to share the true well-roundedness of this celebrated, flavorful meat. You might be surprised that as we go on, your turkey ham can go more adaptable from your sandwiches all the way to your homemade salads!


But First, A Rundown On What A Turkey Ham Is

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Turkey ham is a meat product made from a turkey's thigh meat. All turkey hams are cured and smoke. These qualities allow turkey hams to be eaten straight from the package. But let's transcend from that and not behave like a common man!

Meanwhile, the turkey ham's size and shape would depend on how the meat is processed. Its availability only comprises from half or full options.Turkeys hams are generally dished out in hot or cold servings. Also, they can be sliced thick or thin, depending on the direction of the recipe or your preference.

My Favorite Ham Recipes: Turkey Ham Recipes 101

The information that you are about to read below are essentially the things and collated recipes you need if you want to expand your turkey ham prowess. And by the end of this, I hope that these personal favorites of mine would soon visit the confines of your turkey ham business.

Now, ham your way down and enjoy!

1.) The Turkey Ham With Marmalade Glaze Recipe

The Turkey Ham With Marmalade Glaze Recipe


If you like your turkey ham being topped with extra sweetness and an added spiciness, then this Jennie-O coat-centric recipe might be right for you. Also, this can be done on the grill using the indirect heat method.Note: This recipe is good for six servings and it's size is US-based.

You will need:

  • 20 oz. pineapple chunks, drained and juice reserved
  • 1 cup reserved pineapple juice (you can add water if needed to equal 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 ½ tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • ½ cup orange marmalade
  • 4 lbs turkey ham


1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.

2. Prepare your glaze by adding pineapple and cornstarch in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir them constantly until their mixture becomes thick. Next, stir in your spicy custard and marmalade then remove it from heat.

3. Prepare your turkey ham by scoring it and placing in prepared baking dish. Next, glaze the ham with your prepared marmalade. This step lightly covers the exposed sides of the ham.

4. Bake the turkey ham 15 minutes per pound and uncovered. While baking, baste once or twice more using a total of ¼ of the glaze on the turkey ham.

5. Now, place the pineapple chunks in ¼ of marmalade in oven proof dish. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

6. Serve with ham.

Tip: Glaze the remaining marmalade over turkey ham slices.

Small Turkey Ham In A Crock-Pot Recipe

If you fancy a delicious omelette or just going for a casserole ingredient, this recipe might be right for you. With a slow cooker such as the Crock-Pot, this procedure absorbs the flavors of a light and sweet glaze.

You will need:

  • Half a turkey ham (from 2 to 2.5 pounds)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pineapple juice


1.) Rub the ¼ cup of brown sugar over the flat rear portion of the turkey ham.

2.) In the slow cooker, place the turkey ham flat side down. Afterwhich, pour the ¼ cup pineapple juice over it.

3.) Make a paste by stirring the remaining brown sugar and pineapple juice. Rub the paste on the turkey ham's top and sides.

4.) On low heat, cover the slow cooker and wait for the ham to be cooked for four to six hours.

5.) Slice and serve

Sweet Pineapple Turkey Ham Recipe


Easily my most frequented recipe at home, this one may work right for your family if they are wanting an extra kick in their turkey ham's coating. Also, it has the shortest time to prepare while its procedure is likewise easy to follow.

You will need:

  • Turkey ham, 1 lb., sliced
  • Brown sugar, .5 cup, packed
  • Pineapple, canned. .75 and crushed
  • Butter, salted, 2 tablespoons


1.) In a greased baking dish, arrange your turkey ham slices.

2.) Dot each slice with butter.

3.) Pour pineapple on top then sprinkle it with brown sugar.

4.) Bake at 45 degrees for 45 minutes.

Turkey Ham Frisbees Recipe


Created to keep your kids at bay, this Bernard Matthews recipe might really make your children's pizza even tastier. Apart from that, it is probably the easiest and quickest one to make on this list.

You will need:

  • 200g Bernard Matthews Wafer Thin Turkey Ham. Cut ham into ribbons.
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 4 ready-made individual pizza bases (14.5cm bases)
  • 1 - 2 X 125g mozzarella cheese, drained and sliced


  • 75g fresh or canned pineapple, drained
  • Fresh basil leaves


1.) In a pan, heat the oil and fry the onion gently until it is softened. Add the chopped tomatoes and take off the heat.

2.) Preheat oven to 200°C (equivalent 400°F or Gas Mark 6). Next, put the pizza bases onto oven trays. Spread the tomato sauce over the bases (within 1cm of the edge).

3.) Scatter the turkey ham over and top it with mozzarella. For an optional topping, you can use the pineapple.

4.) Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted. On plates, scatter the basil leaves.


For an even cheesier result, use 2 packs of cheese. I only use 1 pack as most of us are watching our calorie intake!

Turkey Ham And Fish Grills Recipe

For someone like me who looks for fun in contrasting flavors, the union of turkey ham and grilled fish couldn't be tastier!

You will need:

  • 200g Wafer Thin Turkey Ham
  • 4 cod fillets, unbreaded
  • 100g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 spring onions (sliced at an angle)
  • Salt and ground black pepper


1.) Preheat the grill to high. Lightly oil a large shallow ovenproof dish.

2.) In the dish, arrange the fish in slight spacing.

3.) Brush it with a little oil then grill for approximately 5-10 minutes. The time of the grilling will depend on how thick your fish is.

4.) Turn the fish over and top it with turkey ham. Divide between the four fillets.

5.) Mix the cheese and onions and scatter them over the turkey ham. Season and return to the grill until the ham and cheese turn slightly brown.

Optional: Serve with a crispy salad, potatoes or vegetables.

6.) Italian Turkey Ham 'Wich

For your husbands and relatives who couldn't wait to sink their teeth into a sandwich while watching football, this one might just be their next favorite. With sautéed onions and melted cheese combined, the contrasting flavors are worth snacking on.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1 onion, thinly slices
  • 2 KRAFT Big Slice Colby Jack Cheese Slices
  • 2 Italian style submarine rolls (7-inch) sliced in half horizontally
  • 2 tablespoons Kraft Mayo With Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 ½ oz OSCAR MAYER CARVING BOARD Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • 1 ½ oz OSCAR MAYER CARVING BOARD Slow Cooked Ham


1.) Heat dressing in a medium skillet on medium heat.

2.) Add onions.

3.) Cook for 5 minutes until the onions soften. Stir occasionally.

4.) Divide the onions into two portions then top them with cheese. Cook on low heat until melted.

5.) Spread rolls with mayo. Next, fill them with spinach, turkey and ham. Embellish on top the onion-cheese mixture.

You can watch the easy steps from this recipe via this video. 

So What's Your Favorite Turkey Ham Recipe?

So What's Your Favorite Turkey Ham Recipe?

Did you have fun reading through the numerous ways to cook your prized turkey ham? I know I did when I was doing all of them!

In truth, there is still a lot of ways on how to push your turkey ham prowess. But this streamlined list of recipes is probably going to be all that you need to optimize your turkey ham potential. More importantly, I hope that at this point, you have also realized the true versatility of a turkey ham. As such, turkey hams may also be your healthier choice as they contain lower fats.

If you've tried cooking your turkey ham more distinctly than these, please share them as you comment below!

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