Honey Glazed Ham (Easy Honey Ham Recipe)

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  • This Honey Glazed Ham will be the sweet and savory star of your dining table! A classic holiday favorite, you’re going to wow your friends and family with this Easy Honey Ham Recipe.

    honey glazed ham garnished on a platter

    I love serving a honey glazed ham at holidays for Christmas dinner, Easter, and Thanksgiving. It’s a timeless, traditional centerpiece for a festive meal. This easy honey ham recipe produces a juicy, succulent ham. Bursting with flavor and fragrance, your holiday ham is sure to be the star of the show!  

    Honey Glaze Sauce Recipe

    Since most of the hams we have available at our grocery stores are fully cooked, our job is to simply add to the flavor, fragrance and beauty of the ham. While the visual appeal and presentation is certainly part of the fun, the flavor is so important! 

    honey glaze sauce

    For this honey glaze sauce recipe, I used dark corn syrup, honey, butter and brown sugar. This combination creates a sweet, sticky glaze that you’re allowing to seep into the ham as it warms. It’s so delicious and flavorful, my family can’t get enough!

    How To Cook Honey Baked Ham

    This honey baked ham recipe is so easy, and it makes the best leftovers! You’re going to crave it well beyond the holidays. 

    honey baked ham with cloves

    Start with a spiral sliced ham. A common suggestion for warming a ham is to set your oven temperature at a lower heat and cook for approximately 10 minutes per pound. Of course that will vary based on a lot of factors, including your oven settings. My best suggestion? Don’t overthink this! It’s already cooked, you’re just adding a little extra flavor, fragrance and personality.

    For this recipe, I only needed an hour for a 9 pound ham at 325 degrees. Just check it regularly as you brush more glaze on top! 

    how to make honey glazed ham sauce in a double broiler

    • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a roasting pan with foil.
    • Stud the ham with cloves and place in pan.
    • Create a double broiler using a pot of water and a small saucepan that rests on top. Bring water to a boil over medium high.
    • Combine corn syrup, honey, butter and brown sugar. Stir until smooth. Reduce heat to medium low.
    • Optional: add a tablespoon of orange zest to your glaze for a citrust twist to your honey baked ham.
    • Brush glaze over the top of the ham (don’t worry about cloves moving). Bake uncovered 1 hour, brushing more glaze over the top every 15 minutes.

    honey baked ham on a platter

    Tips For The Best Honeybaked Ham

    Want to kick it up a notch or try something different? Consider these ideas for changing up your baked ham game this year! 

    honey baked ham | spiral ham on a platter with cloves

    • Yes, you can cook this ham in your slow cooker. Simply set it on low and remember to deglaze it throughout the hours leading up to serving. Moisture is key, nobody likes a dried ham! 
    • If you crave that crusty, caramelized finish to the edges of your ham, consider broiling the ham for a couple minutes at the end of your bake time! (Watch closely to avoid burning of course.) It creates a crust that is simply out of this world!
    • When you pull your ham from the oven, cover it with a loose tent of foil. This holds the heat and juices into the meat, allowing the flavor to seep into every corner of your ham! 

    honey baked ham with glaze

    How to Garnish Ham for Easter

    Personally, I think one of the best parts of serving a ham is the opportunities for garnishing. It’s a fun way to customize the centerpiece of your Easter meal! 

    While you can always go a classic, vintage-inspired route and use cherries and pineapples (glazed in pineapple juice), it’s so easy to mix things up! For Easter, I garnished this honey glazed ham with pansies and a touch of greenery. What a beautiful, charming presentation for spring! 

    garnish a ham

    How to Garnish Ham for Christmas and Thanksgiving

    Because this easy honey ham can be prepared any time of the year, you can add seasonal elements in the fall and winter for garnishment. 

    I love rosemary or thyme both for flavor and their fresh green look and fragrance. Mandarin oranges are also a colorful and delicious citrus addition to your ham! 

    What To Serve With Ham

    ham garnish

    There are so many delicious sides to serve with your honey baked ham! I’m getting hungry just thinking about the options! 

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    I hope you and your family enjoy this honey glazed ham recipe! If you try this easy honey ham recipe, please come back and rate using my five star review system. 

    honey ham

    Making This Easy Honey Ham Recipe

    This Honey Glazed Ham will be the sweet and savory star of your dining table! A classic holiday favorite, you're going to wow your friends and family with this Easy Honey Ham Recipe.

    Course Entree, Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Keyword christmas, easter, thanksgiving
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
    Servings 18
    Calories 650 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 9 lb ham spiral cut
    • 1/8 c whole cloves
    • 1/4 c dark corn syrup
    • 2 c honey
    • 2/3 c butter
    • 1/2 c brown sugar packed

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a pan with foil.

    2. Stud the ham with cloves and place on pan.

    3. Create a double broiler using a pot of water and a pot that rests on top. Bring water to a boil over medium high.

    4. Combine corn syrup, honey, butter and brown sugar. Stir until smooth. Reduce heat to medium low.

    5. Brush glaze over the top of the ham (don't worry about cloves moving). Bake 1 hour, brushing more glaze over the top every 15 minutes.

    Recipe Notes

    Optional: add 1 Tbsp orange zest for a citrus twist.

    Nutrition Facts
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 650 Calories from Fat 396
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 44g 68%
    Saturated Fat 17g 85%
    Cholesterol 158mg 53%
    Sodium 2762mg 115%
    Potassium 680mg 19%
    Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
    Sugars 40g
    Protein 49g 98%
    Vitamin A 4.2%
    Vitamin C 0.2%
    Calcium 2.6%
    Iron 12.2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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