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Ham Glaze Recipe

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This easy ham glaze recipe comes together with just five ingredients to make a sweet ham glaze.
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  1. Ham Glaze Recipe Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Ham Glaze Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This mouthwatering ham glaze recipe couldn’t be easier and more irresistible. Nothing makes a ham more succulent than a good old-fashioned sticky and sweet ham glaze to go on top. All this one takes is five ingredients and one simple step to make.

close up shot of a cooked ham coated in a homemade ham glaze

Ham Glaze Recipe Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • ½ cup apricot jam
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

TANGY: You could also add Dijon mustard and garlic cloves if you’d like to give this a little tangier of a flavor.

SWEET: You could add pineapple juice and brown sugar or maple syrup to this recipe instead of apricot jam and honey if you’d like another sweet option.

How To Make This Ham Glaze Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can also make a double batch of this glaze so guests can add more to their serving.

STEP ONE: Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan until well incorporated and bring to a boil.

ham glaze ingredients placed in a skillet

STEP TWO: Once it’s boiling, it is done.

PRO TIP:

Don’t overboil or your glaze will become more like a caramel instead of a glaze!

ham glaze cooked until it starts to carmelize

STEP THREE: Pour over ham and cook until it’s bubbling.

PRO TIP:

You can also make slow cooker ham using this ham glaze recipe.

ham glaze poured over the ham

How To Serve

This holiday ham glaze recipe will give your ham so much flavor and sweetness. Enjoy your cooked ham with our green bean casserole, creamy mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls for a lovely meal.

Psst, if you’re serving this for Easter, you should also bake this Easter bunny cake or these bunny butt cupcakes for the perfect finish to your holiday dinner!

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: If you have leftover ham, you can safely store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

IN THE FREEZER: If you have leftover baked ham, you can store it in the freezer for up to three months. Slice ham and put portions in airtight freezer bags. If you plan to use the ham in soups and casseroles, you can cut it into small pieces before freezing.

overhead shot of slices of cooked ham on a plate

Sweet, delicious and so easy to make, this simple, homemade glaze recipe will become a family favorite for years to come and give you a juicy ham that the whole family will enjoy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I cut a ham?

To cut your ham, begin by creating a flat surface on the ham by cutting off some of the ham from the widest part of the meat. Stick a large fork into the meat as far as you can to stabilize the ham on your chopping board and using a sharp knife, start cutting the shank end (more pointed than the butt end).

Cut thin, vertical slices across the ham all the way down to the bone. When you have cut all your slices, make one horizontal cut that is parallel to the bone to release the ham slices you’ve made.

How long do I cook a ham for?

The cooking time largely depends on the size of the ham. You don’t want a dry piece of overcooked ham, so knowing exactly how long to bake it for is crucial. The following is a guide for ham joints with the whole bone-in weighing 10 to 14 pounds.

Smoked ham, uncooked – 18 to 20 minutes per pound
Smoked ham, cooked – 15 to 18 minutes per pound
Fresh ham, uncooked – 22 to 26 minutes per pound

How do I cook a ham?

You first need to soak the ham to remove excess salt from the meat. Soak a very small joint of ham for 8 hours and up to 24 hours for a large one. Make sure the ham is kept cold during the soaking and the water needs to be changed every 6 to 8 hours.

Place ham in a large pan on the stovetop, cover with water and bring to a boil. Skim away any impurities and leave the ham to simmer. You should allow 20 minutes per pound. Once the ham has boiled, remove it from the pan and leave it to stand for 10 to 15 minutes before peeling away the skin.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Score the ham with deep cuts to create a diamond pattern and brush the outside of the ham with your ham glaze.
Bake ham for 30 to 40 minutes taking care to baste the ham with juices and the caramelized sugar. When the ham is golden, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 to 30 minutes before carving and serving.

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Ham Glaze Recipe

5 from 71 votes
This easy ham glaze recipe comes together with just five ingredients to make a sweet ham glaze.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup apricot jam
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in a saucepan until well incorporated and bring to a boil.
  • Once it's boiling, it is done.
  • Pour over ham and cook until it's bubbling.

Notes

  • You can also make a double batch of this glaze so guests can add more to their serving.
  • Don’t overboil or your glaze will become more like a caramel instead of a glaze!
  • You can also make slow cooker ham using this ham glaze recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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