Honey Glazed Ham

LAST UPDATED: Apr 18, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Mar 24, 2021 | By:

This Honey Glazed Ham will be the sweet and savory star of your dining table for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and beyond! It’s made with just five ingredients and 10 minutes hands on time, making it perfect for even a weeknight dinner!

Learn the secrets to the easiest honey glazed ham you can imagine!

honey glazed ham garnished with fresh pansies on a white 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!  

Since most of the hams we have available at our grocery stores are fully cooked, our job is simply to 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! 

This honey ham is a forgiving recipe that can be adjusted a bit to suit your tastes. You can leave the glaze sticky or cook until it’s crunchy – it’s entirely up to you! Either way, the ham itself will be tender and juicy.

Do you want to make it a meal? This honey ham would be great with my Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Firehouse Green Beans with Bacon, Irresistible Veggie Dip, and 30 Minute Dinner Rolls.

Originally published April 2019. Updated with additional details March 2021.

Why You’ll Love this Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

  • So easy
  • Crave-able flavors
  • Comes together quickly
  • Makes amazing leftovers
  • Feels special for the holidays but simple enough for a weeknight

Honey Glaze Sauce Ingredients

  • Dark Corn Syrup – You can substitute molasses.
  • Honey – Use your favorite honey to create an amazing glaze.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your preference.
  • Brown Sugar – Gives it rich molasses flavor while sweetening the ham.

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!

Ham on a white platter, garnished and sliced

Variations

  • Orange – Add a hint of orange juice. Add the juice of 1 fresh squeezed orange or 2 tablespoons orange juice or a tablespoon of orange zest for a hint of bright flavor.
  • Mustard – Try adding a tablespoon of Dijon mustard for a tangy flavor.
  • Spices – Add a pinch of your favorite spice. Try cinnamon and nutmeg together or pumpkin pie spice on its own.

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. 

Cloves studded in the uncooked ham

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 nine pound ham at 325 degrees. Just check it regularly as you brush more glaze on top! 

The honey glaze for ham in a saucepan on top of the stove
  1. Prep – Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a roasting pan with foil.
  2. Add Cloves – Stud the ham with cloves and place in pan.
  3. Make the Sauce – 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 heat. Combine corn syrup, honey, butter and brown sugar. Stir until smooth. Reduce heat to medium low.
  4. Cover with Glaze and Bake – 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.

How to Make Honey Ham in a Slow Cooker

  1. Make the glaze as instructed.
  2. Set slow cooker on low and re-glaze frequently. Moisture is key, nobody likes dry ham! 
honey baked ham on a platter

Serving Suggestions

There are so many delicious sides to serve with your honey baked ham! I’m getting hungry just thinking about the options! All of these side dishes make perfect accompaniments!

Tips For The Best Honey Baked Ham

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

  • 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! 
  • Make this easy glazed ham even easier by buying a spiral cut ham. Having it pre-sliced will make serving so much easier, plus the ham will look so pretty!
  • Also, don’t forget to line your pan with aluminum foil. The glaze can get deliciously sticky, and a foil liner makes clean up quick and easy later on.
honey baked ham | spiral ham on a platter with cloves

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! 

P.S. You can find a comprehensive list of all my Easter Recipes here – there are over 125 memorable recipes to choose from!

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! 

honey baked ham with glaze

It’s so easy and simple to elevate a store bought ham and turn it into something wonderful! It takes just 10 minutes to prep the ham and glaze it and into the oven it goes, leaving you time to be able to prep the rest of the meal.

How to Store Ham

  • Room Temperature – This ham can sit out at room temperature for up to two hours while serving. That’s the joy of serving honey baked ham – it’s so good either warm, room temperature or even cold!
  • Refrigerate – Store in airtight container or cover in foil or plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 3 – 4 days.
  • Freeze – Separate layers with freezer paper and place in freezer bags, or wrap with airtight heavy duty foil or plastic wrap. Store in freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in refrigerator or using your microwave’s defrost setting.
A sliced honey baked ham garnished with fresh flowers and cloves dotted throughout crust.

What To Do With Leftover Ham

This glazed ham makes for the best leftovers! Leftover ham is perfect to use in salads, or add to sandwiches and soups.

A sliced honey ham on a white platter, garnished with fresh flowers

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More Easy Ham Recipes

A honey ham studded with cloves on a white platter, garnished with fresh flowers for Easter

Honey Glazed Ham

Author: Julie Blanner
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.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 650 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 9 pound ham spiral cut
  • cup whole cloves
  • ¼ cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 cups honey
  • cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a pan with foil.
  • Stud the ham with cloves and place on pan.
  • Create a double broiler using a pot of water and a pot 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.
  • 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.

Notes

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

Slow Cooker Instructions

Set on low and remember to deglaze it throughout the hours leading up to serving. 

Tips

  • 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! 

Nutrition

Calories:650kcalCarbohydrates:40gProtein:49gFat:44gSaturated Fat:17gCholesterol:158mgSodium:2762mgPotassium:680mgSugar:40gVitamin A:210IUVitamin C:0.2mgCalcium:26mgIron:2.2mg
5 from 3 votes
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