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country ham slices in a cast iron skillet

How to Fry Country Ham

Salty, crispy and just right for a southern meal, learn how to fry country ham the classic way.
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 134kcal
Author Rachel Ballard


  • 6 ounces country ham thinly sliced (1/4" thick or less)
  • 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil or other cooking fat of your choice


  • In a 10" cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet, heat half the coconut oil over high heat until just melted.
  • Add the ham slices, and reduce heat to medium. The ham will release some liquid initially and look soft and floppy like bacon. Continue cooking on medium, turning occasionally (every couple of minutes) until golden and crispy on both sides and any fat has rendered--about 10 minutes total. If the skillet starts to look too dry while the ham is frying, add the remaining coconut oil if needed.


Calories: 134kcal | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 122mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg