Slow Cooker Gammon In Water

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Slow Cooker Gammon In Water. A simple way to cook gammon in the slow cooker with water. Perfect for serving for your Sunday roast, gammon sandwiches and so much more.

If you have not tried cooking gammon in water, then it is a must try and tastes amazing and you will wonder why you haven’t made gammon like this before.

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Slow Cooker Gammon in Water Recipe

Gammon In Water

If you have followed Recipe This for a while, you will know that we are HUGE gammon fans. We have been buying gammon for years and then cooking it in our favourite kitchen gadgets.

We love to use the rotisserie of the air fryer oven to make air fryer ham, we love air fryer ham steaks using gammon, but best of all we love to cook it slow in the slow cooker.

It amazes me how tender gammon is when cooked in the slow cooker and how flavoursome it is too. I simply couldn’t go back to cooking gammon in the oven now.

The most popular way for slow cooker gammon is either slow cooker gammon with Fanta, or slow cooker gammon in coke. This is because it reduces the salt in the gammon and gives it an amazing flavour.

But what if you don’t have a big bottle of Fanta or coke to hand? Well, that is when slow cooker gammon in water becomes your new best friend and today, I wanted to show you how it is done.


Can You Slow Cook Gammon In Water?

Yes, you can. Gammon is much better when cooked in water in the slow cooker compared to cooking on its own. It makes the gammon even more tender and reduces the high salt at the same time.

What Is Gammon?

If you’re an American reading this, you are probably wondering what an earth gammon is and what your alternative is.

Well, gammon is simply salty cured raw ham that has been prepared in a similar way to bacon. Once it has been cooked it becomes ham.

It is also very similar in the US to Virginia ham.

Why Soak Gammon In Water?

Because gammon has a high salt content, you can end up with very salty gammon if you don’t soak it in water as it cooks.

Many recipes for gammon, especially when you roast the gammon, will ask you to soak the gammon first in water overnight.

This gets rid of the high salt taste.

Gammon In Slow Cooker With Water

But instead of an overnight soak of your gammon in water, you can simply cook gammon in the slow cooker with water instead. Then the high salt content, will reduce as it cooks.

Then you will have gammon that will be perfectly tender thanks to the slow cooker and not taste like it has been prepped with too much salt.

Do I Need To Put Water In Slow Cooker With Gammon?

No, you don’t. A slow cooker gammon joint in water is just one way that you can cook gammon. It is my favourite and the easiest, but its not the only method.

The point of the water is to reduce the salt (no soaking needed) and to make the gammon even more tender.

But you could cook slow cooker gammon without water like you do when you make slow cooker Asian pulled pork.

The water element for me, is just producing the best ever slow cooker gammon.

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Slow Cooker Gammon In Water Ingredients

Gammon In Slow Cooker With Water

Gammon – We used a 1.2kg gammon joint in this recipe. You could go smaller or bigger and use unsmoked or smoked gammon.

Water – For gammon in water, you will need enough water to cover the gammon to ¾ covered. We found that with a 1.2kg gammon joint in our Crockpot that it worked out at just over 1 Litre (just over 4 cups)

Stock – You will also want to add in some vegetables to be cooked with your gammon. This will become your vegetable stock and make your gammon more flavoursome. You can also recycle this as vegetable stock for another meal.

Seasoning – I love my gammon with parsley and oregano. You can use the same or mix and match.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this slow cooker gammon, it has just been our Crockpot. We have this one and it does an amazing job and is also ideal for sauteing too.

Also note, this slow cooker gammon in water recipe was made exclusively with Aldi produce. I wanted to challenge myself to eat cheap, but good with Aldi products and if you shop at Aldi, note that this recipe is perfect for a cheap roast dinner.

How Much Water To Cook Gammon In Slow Cooker?

I recommend that you add enough water so that your gammon is ¾ submerged. You don’t want it to become too full because otherwise as the gammon produces its own liquid you could end up with too much in the slow cooker.

Typically, expect to be adding in a litre (1000ml/just over 4 cups) of water for a medium sized gammon.

How To Cook Gammon In A Slow Cooker With Water?

slow cooker gammon in water step by step
  • Prep. The first step is to peel and dice your vegetables, toss in half the seasoning and load into the slow cooker.  
  • Score. Next score the gammon and sprinkle over the rest of the seasoning. Add to the slow cooker and have the gammon sitting on the vegetables.
  • Pour. Add the water to the sides of the gammon (not over it), taking it to approximately ¾ covered in water.
  • Cook. Then slow cook on high for 4 hours or 7 hours on low. Allow to rest for about 5 minutes before slicing for a roast dinner.

How Long To Cook A Gammon Joint In A Slow Cooker With Water?

This depends on how you would like your slow cooker gammon once it is cooked.

If you want gammon like a roast dinner that you can easily slice, then I recommend 4 hours.

However, if you would like gammon that is like pulled pork, then I recommend increasing the cook time to 6 hours.

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Slow Cooker Gammon In Water

Slow Cooker Gammon In Water. A simple way to cook gammon in the slow cooker with water. Perfect for serving for your Sunday roast, gammon sandwiches and so much more.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 263kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Slow Cooker Gammon In Water Ingredients:

  • 1.2 Kg Gammon Joint
  • 1 L Warm Water
  • 2 Celery Sticks
  • 2 Medium Carrots
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley


  • On a clean chopping board peel and dice your onion and carrots and clean and dice your celery.
    Can You Slow Cook Gammon In Water?
  • Load the veggies into the slow cooker with half the seasoning and mix.
    Can You Slow Cook Gammon In Water?
  • Score the top of your gammon, add the rest of the seasoning and load over the veggies.
    Can You Slow Cook Gammon In Water?
  • Pour the water down the sides. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on high.
    Can You Slow Cook Gammon In Water?
  • When its done allow to rest for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
    Can You Slow Cook Gammon In Water?


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Warm. I recommend using warm water from the tap when filling up the slow cooker. This will help speed up the process of cooking the gammon and cold water can add extra cook time.
Ahead. You can also make your slow cooker gammon ahead of time, then slice it ready for later.
Thanks for reading our slow cooker gammon in water recipe on Recipe This. We have many more slow cooker recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more slow cooker classics, I recommend you try our slow cooker stuffing for turkey recipe next.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 873mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3612IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg
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