This delicious air fryer gammon is juicy, tender, and packed with flavor. It's really easy to make a perfect ham roast in your air fryer, and the result is fantastic every single time.
If you're looking for a simple, affordable, and tasty roast dinner, then look no further! This air fried gammon is absolutely delicious and requires very minimal effort to make.
Gammon, or cured ham, is a very popular joint of meat in the UK and is often served at a traditional Sunday roast dinner, or even for Easter or Christmas. This flavorful gammon recipe is perfect for any occasion and is even easier to make than it looks.
Why you'll love it
- Cooking your gammon in the air fryer will free up your oven and other appliances so you can prepare your favorite side dishes.
- Gammon is always a popular choice for a roast dinner.
- You can use your favorite glaze, or change the recipe to suit your preferences.
- Easy, hands-off method for cooking gammon.
- Juicy, but flavorful meat.
- You can use this method for cooking gammon joints with or without a rind.
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Gammon: You will of course need a gammon joint or a ham joint. Make sure to buy one that will fit in your air fryer basket! You can use a gammon joint with or without a rind.
Mustard: This is used for the optional glaze. I use Dijon mustard, but you can also use wholegrain mustard, American mustard, or English mustard. You can also omit the mustard altogether if you want.
Cranberry sauce: Used in the optional glaze. You can substitute this for redcurrant jelly, or omit it if you prefer.
You can find full instructions + ingredient measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this page
Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 170 C / 340 F. Wrap your gammon in foil, and air fry for about 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature measures 65 C / 150 F. I like to use a meat thermometer inserted into the middle of the joint to ensure that it's cooked perfectly.
Step 2: Combine the cranberry sauce, mustard and maple syrup to make the glaze, if using. Carefully remove the gammon from the air fryer, unwrap it, and remove any kitchen strings and rind. Score the fat on top of the gammon, and use a spoon or pastry brush to coat the top of the gammon with the glaze. Then place the gammon back into the air fryer, glaze side up, and wrap it back up. Air fry for another 5 minutes.
Step 3: Unwrap the top of the gammon, and turn the temperature up to 200 C / 390 F. Air fry for another 5 minutes, or until the top of the gammon is starting to look charred. Keep an eye on it, as the fat can quickly get burned at this point.
Step 4: Allow the gammon joint to rest for at least 15 minutes to allow the juices to settle, then carve it and serve.
- Do you want juicy, tender ham? Make sure to allow the meat to rest before you carve it up! This allows the juices to settle within the meat and makes it taste so much better.
- Using a glaze is completely optional, but does add a lot of flavor to the meat. Feel free to experiment with using different ingredients in the glaze.
- The exact cooking time will change if your gammon is smaller or larger than what's suggested in the recipe. If you use a meat thermometer, you can simply cook your joint until it reaches the suggested temperature, and you don't have to worry about under or over-cooking it regardless of the size.
My favorite way to serve this is with a roast gammon joint dinner. Complete with all the traditional side dishes like honey roasted parsnips and carrots, Swede Mash, Crispy Roast Potatoes, Instant Pot Broccoli and gravy, this is a great option for a Sunday dinner, or even Christmas dinner.
You can also serve it with chips and eggs, or use the air fried ham in a variety of dishes like sandwiches, soups, stews or pies.
Glaze alternatives: You can omit the gammon glaze altogether, or change it to suit your preferences. Try using honey and mustard, BBQ sauce, ketchup and mustard, orange preserves, plum jam, or even teriyaki sauce. You can also add spices or herbs to your glaze, like cinnamon, cumin, and garlic.
No glaze: You can also make an air fryer ham without glaze if you prefer. Follow the recipe as described, and simply omit the steps of adding the glaze.
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To make this recipe, you will need an air fryer. Make sure that your air fryer is large enough to fit the gammon joint that you want to cook.
I use an air fryer with a basket, but you can also use an oven-style air fryer. They will both work the same!
I also highly recommend using a meat thermometer, as this makes it a lot easier to know when the gammon joint is cooked.
Leftover cooked gammon stores really well. You can store it in a sealed container in a fridge for up to 5 days, or alternatively freeze the gammon for up to 2 months.
You can serve the leftover ham as a main with side dishes, or use it as an ingredient in other meals, for example in an omelet, pie, sandwich, or stew. Instant Pot Ham and Beans and Gammon Fried Rice are some of my favorite recipes to use leftover gammon ham in.
Frequently asked questions
Absolutely! It's really easy to cook gammon in an air fryer, and the result is very similar to oven roasted gammon.
I recommend wrapping the gammon in aluminium foil to allow it to heat up more evenly. This also prevents the surface of the gammon from burning before it's cooked through.
A medium sized gammon joint takes about one hour to cook in an air fryer.
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Air Fryer Gammon
- 2 pound gammon ham (see notes for smaller or larger gammon joints)
- Combine the cranberry sauce, mustard and maple syrup to make the glaze, if using. Carefully remove the gammon from the air fryer, unwrap it, and remove any kitchen strings and rind. Score the fat on top of the gammon, and use a spoon or pastry brush to coat the top of the gammon with the glaze. Then place the gammon back into the air fryer, glaze side up, and wrap it back up. Air fry for another 5 minutes.1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
- Unwrap the top of the gammon, and turn the temperature up to 200 C / 390 F. Air fry for another 5 minutes, or until the top of the gammon is starting to look charred. Keep an eye on it, as the fat can quickly get burned at this point.
- Allow the gammon joint to rest for at least 15 minutes to allow the juices to settle, then carve it and serve.
- Glaze: the glaze is completely optional, and you can choose to omit it if you want. You can also adjust the ingredients to suit your personal preferences.
- Different sized roasts: The cooking times will vary depending on the size of your gammon. I recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure the best results.
- Store any leftovers in a fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 2 months.
Food safety tips
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended