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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. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Ham Glaze Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. 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.

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Ham Glaze Recipe Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • ½ cup of apricot jam
  • ½ cup of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of 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 six to eight 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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  1. Rae says

    5 stars
    I have used apricot jam to glaze my ham for years. Adding cloves and honey is excellent idea. Bourbon is also a great idea. I would use 1/4 cup bourbon.

  2. Karen says

    5 stars
    I like to serve sweet potatoes as a side with ham.
    the only reason I gave a four instead of 5 was the cloves(I hate cloves) I did not use it and it still tasted fine!

  3. Carroll says

    5 stars
    I would do a combination of honey and brown sugar to add to the glaze. I am curious if coriander would add a nice flavor with the cloves
    Love the recipe

  4. Victoria Cole says

    Easter is a must on out table!!! We do it a little different, my family we add sazon, garlic powder pineapple juice honey lime and smoked chipotle yummy

  5. Amy Felcan says

    5 stars
    I have never tried a homemade glaze before. I love having ham for Easter especially with pineapples added 2 it. I always make a broccoli casserole to go with it. My favorite memories are spending time with my family and making new traditions every year. I love thus time of year it’s special to my heart. Just the whole thing about what Easter is about how Jesus laid his life down to save us and being with family loving one another and enjoying the simple things in life taking nothing for granted

  6. Linda says

    5 stars
    I love to serve ham at Easter. I usually do a brown sugar mustard glaze, or beer but I will try this glaze. My favorite side is green beans, not casserole and corn casserole.

  7. Charlotte says

    5 stars
    Hi
    Thanks for the ham glaze recipe. I always serve ham for Easter as it is a family favorite. My favorite side dish is baked corn casserole.

  8. Joanne Lowe says

    My favorite Easter memory was of my daddy. He would get so excited when I’d give him by black jellybeans! We didn’t get to spend his last Easter together he was working out of state. He was killed in and accident coming home to move us to Utah. When I got older (I’m now 54) I realized my mom put them in my basket because she knew how excited I was to give them to him.

    • Heather says

      I just had to reply to this comment. Very sad about your dad. Happy that you made good memories with him. Sorry for your loss.

  9. Joyce Timby says

    5 stars
    This glaze sounds easy and wonderful. Can you use peach jam in place of the apricot jam?

    Answer to a question: when my children were younger I always made a brown sugar glaze and put pineapple slices and cherries on the ham prior to baking. My children (4) made sure that they each got a pineapple slice.

  10. Vicki LeFort says

    5 stars
    Sounds delicious!! I would have this ham with a side of cheesy scalloped potatoes and roasted brussell sprouts. For Easter I’m making your Chocolate poke cake!!

  11. Mark Schile says

    i guess the memory I remember is that of my sisters all deck out in their Easter dresses and of course that included their Easter bonnet. They looked fantastic and were all smiles and giggles.

  12. Heather says

    5 stars
    I will definitely have to try this ham glaze! We always serve ham for Easter, but usually with a brown sugar glaze. This year, I we may have to try this recipe instead!

  13. Kelly S says

    5 stars
    I do cook ham every Easter Sunday. I normally cook with pineapple and brown sugar but this year I think I will try this glaze instead!

  14. Kelly S says

    5 stars
    I always cook ham on Easter Sunday. I normally cook with pineapple/brown sugar but this year I think I will try this glaze instead!

  15. Amber says

    5 stars
    Yes, I serve ham on Easter with a honey glaze. I usually make scalloped potatoes and rolls with homeade honey butter but this year I think I might make homeade creamed corn as a side. ❤

  16. Nelly Groenewold says

    5 stars
    Yes we do serve ham at Easter. That ham glaze recipe looks yummy! I may have to try it sometime. My favorite Easter memories are going to Easter Services at Church and getting together with family and friends for dinner.

  17. Bobette Larsen says

    5 stars
    We love ham for Easter. Always make 5 pounds of potatoes that are scalloped. Lov e pastels for spring and I hope to make a layered pastel jello salad.

  18. Christine Doughty says

    5 stars
    My favorite Easter memory was my mom always would take me to buy a new dress with shoes and a beautiful hat. She made me feel like a princess.

  19. robin e sinnott says

    5 stars
    sounds absolutely delish!!!…I usually use brown sugar and pineapple, but I’m trying this this year!! I always have sweet potatoes with brown sugar/pineapple and pecans too!

  20. Valinda Knighten says

    5 stars
    We usually have ham with brown sugar/pineapple glaze. This year, we’ve decided to cook Tri Tip on the grill for something different.

  21. Robin K Kelley says

    5 stars
    Recipe sounds delicious will be trying it this easter !! Thanks love ypur recipes and i do prefer brown sugar ham

  22. Jan says

    5 stars
    I use honey and orange juice for my glaze as well as use cloves and pineapple while it’s being baked. I’m going to try this glaze recipe.

  23. Cynthia Brown says

    5 stars
    Yes I make your ham glaze. Instead of apricot I use pineapple. Yes I do serve ham for Easter dinner.My memory for Easter is when you get getting all dressed up in our Easter outfit for church.

  24. Rhonda P says

    5 stars
    I love ham and yes I put pineapple on it like my mother did and each pineapple has a marachino cherry in the middle.

  25. Francisco says

    5 stars
    Hello. I make this recipe frequently, I add slices of pineapple and in the mix I add chipotle chili, I can’t leave my Mexican roots.
    Thank you for the recipe.
    Happy Easter.

  26. Debby Zeigler says

    I have never made a ham glaze. Last Christmas I received a ham and I had no clue how to cook the ham. I’m thankful that you put the instructions on how to cook the ham and make the glaze. I’ll try to cook the ham and make the glaze for Easter. I hope it turns out great.

  27. Elizabeth McLeod says

    5 stars
    My favorite memory of our Easter growing up, dressing up with our Easter dresses and my father would always try to get one of girls to eat horseradish with our ham. Not one of us (there were 6 of us) wanted to sit by dad. Miss him every Easter and we all remember that for Easter. Great times.

  28. Sharlon Maral says

    5 stars
    I always have Ham on Easter! Looking forward to trying a new glaze! Looks very simple! My hubby loves Apricot Anything!

  29. Kathy says

    We will be having ham for Easter with pineapple and brown sugar. Green beans, potato salad and yeast rolls will also ben made, Finish the meal with a german chocolate cake with coconut pecan icing.

  30. Lori Trueman says

    5 stars
    My favorite Easter memory was spending the whole day at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house! My Uncle, Aunt and cousins were always late!! 😊. Uncle Eddie Sr. and Uncle Eddie JR. Would always stop by for dessert. My grandma always made a Lamby-Pie butter molds, homemade babka bread (made by grandma) and the whole kit and caboodle Easter dinner! Ham, glaze, potatoes, many vegetables, applesauce, Easter eggs with or without horseradish.
    The day before Easter, as we celebrated Easter and Russian Orthodox Easter, the Russian Priest came to bless some of the food the day before Easter.

    After dinner, Grandpa would give us wheelbarrow rides through the yard. He must have been super tired after giving all 7 grandchildren a ride! It was the absolute best. Bless the both, now in Heaven. Forever a memory in my lifetime. Now 58, I miss my loving Grandma and Grandpa.

    Have a fabulous Easter with your family and friends. Hippity-Hop. 🐰🧡

    Lori Trueman

  31. Nadine says

    5 stars
    My favorite memory of Glazed Ham is what we called the skin or crackling. My dad used to sneak into the kitchen just before the ham went to the table to sneak?? (ya right) a big piece of it just to tick my mother off. He was just as bad as us kids when it came to holidays and having fun. How I miss him and remember those days with fondness.

  32. Paula Hynes says

    5 stars
    I sometimes serve ham at Easter. I just put it in a large pot with two liters of ginger ale and some pineapple juice and whole cloves and cook for a couple of hours. It is very moist and tender done this way. DELICIOUS !!!!!

  33. Stephanie Bradley-Rouse says

    5 stars
    I frequent make recipe and I don’t add pineapple but I would try. I love add glaze brown sugar on ham. Yes we make ham for Easter. I have many memory so I can’t actually pick one.
    Happy Easter

  34. Diane Robinson says

    5 stars
    My memories of Easter is when my children were very young. I had dressed them up very nice. They loved their filled Easter baskets. We went outside to or for hidden eggs filled with candy or money. Such a happy time.

  35. Carolyn Proctor says

    5 stars
    Baked Easter ham is served at our home. I make a very easy glaze, using maple syrup, and pineapple slices.Homemade preserves, like pickled beets, mustard pickles , spiced crabapples and chow are served with potatoes, and two- three vegetables, compliment my ham.
    ——Carolyn

    An entree and dessert are also served.

  36. Carolyn Proctor says

    5 stars
    Baked Easter ham is served at our home. I make a very easy glaze, using maple syrup, and pineapple slices.Homemade preserves, like pickled beets, mustard pickles , spiced crabapples and chow are served with potatoes, and two- three vegetables, compliment my ham.
    ——Carolyn( Nova Scotia, Canada)

    An entree and dessert are also served.

  37. Arlene says

    I love spiral ham, especially for Easter and other holidays. Prefer the honey, brown sugar glaze, but this year, I’m going to try your glaze recipe.

  38. Barb says

    5 stars
    Yes! I always add pineapple!🍍
    I baked a ham last wkd and made my glaze w pineapple, marmalade, brown sugar and grainy mustard. Turned out so moist & yummy. Next time, I’ll try this glaze recipe.😉

  39. Jenny says

    What’s your favorite side to serve with ham?
    I love fresh spring sides with Easter dinner. Grilled asparagus, salad with mixed greens, and fruit. It feels like holiday meal without the heaviness that we all love about Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  40. Becky M says

    I love a great ham for Easter. I’ve only ever made ham glazes with brown sugar. I’m excited to try one with honey instead!

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