Warm spices like cinnamon and ginger combined with honey, brown sugar, pineapple juice and dijon mustard create an irresistibly flavourful and succulent honey baked ham. Perfect for the holidays, whether it be Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or any time of the year.
This recipe is one of my favourite ways to cook ham not only because it's super delicious, but it's also crazy simple to make… and did I mention, the leftovers are great for using in other recipes too!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! ❤️ If you give it a try, please let me know how it turned out for you in the comments section at the bottom of the page or share a pic of your om noms on Instagram and tag @dishesanddustbunnies! ❤️
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What Kind of Ham Should I Buy for a Honey Baked Ham?
It's essential to buy a bone-in spiral cut ham to create the most succulently delicious and flavourful baked ham. The bone in the ham will help to keep the ham moist and succulent as it cooks and prevents it from drying out, while the thin spiral slices allow for the honey glaze and flavourings to sink right down and absorb into the meat.
The precut slices on the ham also make carving and server easy! Carve lengthwise close to the bone, and the deliciously glazed ham slices will easily come off for serving.
Another great reason to use a spiral but ham is that they are most often found in stores pre-cooked, so all you have to do is flavour it and heat it! Easy and delicious!
How Much Ham Should I Buy?
An 8 lb ham should be enough for about 8-10 servings. It would be best if you estimated that each person would have roughly 3/4 lb each.
I always recommend having extra, though, just in case… but also for the delicious leftovers! 😋
How Long Should I Cook or Heat a Precooked Ham?
A precooked 8-10 lb ham should be cooked for about 2 hours 30 minutes in a 350°F oven – this is long enough to allow the meat to soak up the flavours of the glaze, to be heated through and become extra yummy!
How to Cook a Ham
In the recipe at the bottom of the page, I go into detail about exactly how to cook a honey ham so it runs out absolutely amazing at home but here's a little preview of what's involved.
Making a baked honey ham is super simple really! If you haven't cooked one before, you'll wonder why you waited all this time! 😂
Delicious doesn't have to mean complicated! Basically, all you have to do is heat up the ingredients for the brown sugar honey glaze in a saucepan and combine using a whisk. Once the glaze has thickened up a little and the spices and other ingredients are well combined, it's ready to pour over your ham. 😋
Before cooking your ham, be sure to pat it dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture on the surface – this will also help the glaze stick better to it. Place the ham in a roasting pan or other similar cooking vessel, pour about 3/4 of the glaze over top, cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for about 2 1/2 hours. In the last 20 minutes or so of cooking, pour the remaining honey glaze over the ham. Turn on the broiler for a few minutes to make the top nice and irresistibly golden.
– Honey Baked Ham –
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How to use Leftover Ham
Below are some super easy ways to use up leftover ham.
- Add to scrambled eggs or omelettes
- Simple ham and cheese sandwiches with mustard (sharp cheddar is oooh so yummy in this!)
- Add to fried rice
- Use leftover ham in place of chicken in Chicken Pot Pie – this is such a delicious way to use leftovers! 😋
- Add leftover ham and sharp cheddar cheese to homemade biscuits!
- Use as a topping for pizza
- Use as a topping for loaded potatoes
- Add to soup
ex. leftover ham works great in place of chicken in my recipe for Chunky Chicken & Corn Chowder with Bacon
How Long is Leftover Ham Good for?
Leftover baked ham, when stored in the refrigerator, should be good for 3-4 days. If you'd like to use it after that, I recommend freezing it.
Can I freeze leftover Ham?
Yes, leftover ham stores well in the freezer! 👍
Please be sure to place any leftover ham in a well-sealed and airtight container or baggie for best results before freezing. When properly stored, cooked frozen ham should keep for 3 – 4 months.
What to Serve with Baked Honey Ham
There are so many different and delicious side dish options that go well with honey baked ham. You can find a few of my favourite options below:
- Old Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes – This is my favourite! 😋
- Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes – nice and crispy
- Corn Fritters
- Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon
- Classic Coleslaw
- Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic
- Baked Pub Style Potato Wedges
- Creamy Cucumber Dill Greek Yogurt Salad
- Country Cornbread
- Homemade rolls – you can use my homemade bread recipe and form them into rolls
- Steamed green beans, broccoli or asparagus
- Baked homemade mac and cheese OR try my recipe for
Bacon Jalapeño Macaroni and Cheese
- Green Bean Casserole – I'm working on a recipe for this so please stay tuned! 😊
- Mashed potatoes
- Baked beans
- Rissoto or another “sticky” rice dish
- 8 to 10lb bone-in spiral-sliced ham
- 1 cup brown sugar – I used golden brown sugar, but any variety will be great
- 1/2 cup pineapple or orange juice
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tbsps dijon mustard
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
Prepare the Honey Brown Sugar Glaze
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients for the glaze using a whisk. As the glaze heats, stir consistently to ensure spices are well incorporated. Continue heating and stirring until the glaze thickens up a bit and to your liking.
- Once the glaze is ready, remove from heat and set aside until ready to use with your ham. If the mixture thickens up a bit before you get a chance to put it on the ham, you can gently heat it back up over low heat.
How to Prepare Baked Honey Glazed Ham
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Remove any excess moisture from the ham by patting it with paper towel. This will allow the glaze to stick better to the ham! 😊
- Place the ham in a roasting pan or similar oven-proof pan. For this recipe, I used my large heavy-bottomed stainless steel frying pan – it works just as well as a roasting pan. 😊
- Evenly pour about 3/4 worth of the prepared honey glaze over the ham and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
- Bake the ham for about 2 1/2 hours. In the last 20 minutes of cooking, remove the ham from the oven and coat with the remaining reserved glaze.
Raise the heat to 425°F and return the ham to the oven uncovered to cook for the last 20 minutes.
- Allow the ham to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
If you'd like the top crisper and more golden, be sure to spoon some of the glaze from the bottom of the dish over the top of your ham, and then turn on the broiler setting of your oven for a few minutes. Make sure to keep a close eye on your ham and remove it once it's browned to your liking.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours 30 min
- Category: Main
- Method: Oven