Are smoked ham hocks cooked?
Cooking with smoked ham hocks is not complicated, but, if you don’t understand the smoked hock you may not be getting the most out of the cut.
The sliced type need to be cooked just as long because it’s not about getting the meat done, it’s about extracting flavor.
Do you have to soak ham hocks?
Most ham hocks are smoked and cured and taste very salty. To reduce the salt level and to remove any impurities, a long washing or soaking is needed before using the ham hock in cooking. Rinse the ham hock completely after washing. Place the ham hocks into the pot and add water until they are completely submerged.
Are smoked ham hocks healthy?
Smoked ham hocks are a good source of protein, providing 17 g per serving. Protein serves a secondary source of fuel for your body and it also plays other critical roles in keeping your body functioning well.
How do you use a ham hock?
We generally use ham hocks in braises, soups, and other liquid-based dishes. The meat braises slowly while releasing its flavor. When the dish is done, you can pull off the bits of meat and put them back in the dish. Or you can do what we do: hide them from everyone else and eat them ourselves!