Ham with Red Eye Gravy


The way the bitter coffee marries with the sweet, smoky fat is far from unpleasant, and infinitely better than simply pouring the pan drippings over your food.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup chopped fatty ham scraps

  • 4 (1/4 inch thick) slices ham

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

  • cup brewed coffee


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir ham scraps until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate, reserving the grease in the pan.

  2. Place ham slices in the pan and cook over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes on each side. Season both sides with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Remove ham and reserve on a plate.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and sprinkle flour over the pan drippings. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and pour in coffee into the pan. Cook and stir until combined and thickened. Season to taste. Return ham to the pan to warm through.

    close up view of Ham with Red Eye Gravy served with pasta and snap peas
    Chef John

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
17g Fat
1g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 984mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 26mg 129%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 249mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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