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In France, the Jambon-Beurre Sandwich is the epitome of simplicity and wildly popular, with over 3 million sold each day. Quality ingredients are a must when assembling this French sandwich as there are only three: a long, crusty baguette, lightly salted European style butter and thinly sliced ham, ideally Jambon de Paris.

Brown paper parchment wrapped Jambon Beurre sandwich on a wooden board.

Once you’ve procured your ingredients, you’ll be just 5 minutes away from enjoying a Parisian bistro worthy lunch.

Ingredients You Need to Make Jambon Beurre

Jambon Beurre Sandwich Ingredients on a white marble board.
  • Baguette: ~26-inches long French baguette or 2 shorter baguettes.
  • Butter: Salted European style butter – if you use unsalted butter, add a sprinkle of salt, Fleur de Sel if you have it on hand.
  • Ham: Thinly sliced, unsmoked ham of excellent quality, ideally Jambon de Paris.


Who invented Jambon-Beurre?

French for “ham butter”, the origins of this classic sandwich can be traced back to 19th century France where it began as a portable and nutritious meal for the working class.

How do you prepare a jambon-béurre?

Slice a long, fresh baguette in half crosswise and again lengthwise (leaving a hinge if you like), slather it with soft butter and layer on thin slices of ham. Lunch time!

What is Jambon de Paris? Is there a substitute?

Jambon de Paris (Parisian ham / French style ham) is a traditional wet-cured ham, used in Paris for making Jambon-beurre, Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame (same sandwich with a fried egg). It has a tender texture, is subtly spiced (typically coriander, cloves, juniper and a bouquet garni), unsmoked and is less salty than many hams. Your local butcher or deli counter likely carries it or has something similar. 

Classic French Recipes to Serve Alongside

Jambon-Beurre Sandwich

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Calories: 577
Servings: 4 people
The iconic, simple sandwich that you'll find at bistros all over Paris.


  • 1 French baguette ~26-inches long
  • 8 tablespoons European style butter or more at room temperature
  • 12 ounces best quality thinly sliced ham ideally Jambon de Paris


  • Cut baguette crosswise into 4 equal lengths and then halve lengthwise, leaving one edge uncut to create a hinge if you like. Slather the cut sides of both top and bottom of each with 2 tablespoons or more of the softened butter. Divide ham slices equally, gently layering them into the center of each sandwich, and serve.


Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 1593mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Lance says:

    5 stars
    Adding it to my picnic basket!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I love to hear that, Lance!

  2. Liz says:

    Oh, how I remember walking the streets of Provence and grabbing one of these to share with the family. So simple, yet special! Now I need to pick up some fixings!!

  3. Valentina says:

    The simplicity of this is fantastic. And delicious. Reminds me of a bocadillo de jamon in Spain, sold on the streets. Although it’s missing the butter, which makes sounds absolutely delectable! Love it. 🙂 ~Valentina

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thank you, Valentina! We love Spanish ham, so I’m sure we’d love those too.