Honey Glazed Ham (Easy Honey Ham Recipe)

  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Pin
  • Email
  • 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!  

    What You Will Need To Make This 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! 

    For this honey glaze sauce recipe, I used:

    • Dark corn syrup
    • Honey
    • Butter
    • 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!

    Ham on a plate and sliced

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

    The glaze on top of the stove

    • 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

    What to Serve With Honey Baked Ham

    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! 

    • 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 | 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! 

    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

    Easy Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

    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.

    What To Do With Leftover Ham

    This glazed ham makes for the best leftovers! Keep any covered in the fridge and wit will last well for about 5 days, you can also freeze it, just separate the layers with parchment and place in freezer bags.

    Leftover ham is perfect to use in salads, or add to sandwiches and soups. It’s perfect to add to these Ham and Cheese Sliders.

    garnish a ham

    Be Sure To Check Out These Other Easy Recipes Perfect For A Crowd

    ham garnish

    If you try this honey glazed ham recipe, please come back to share using my 5 star rating in the comments below! Not only do I appreciate it, but I know readers do, too! For more easy recipes and simple living ideas, subscribe to my newsletter!

    LET’S CONNECT! instagram newsletter facebook pinterest

    Honey Glazed 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 ham recipe, easter ham recipe, easy glazed ham, glazed ham recipe
    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.
    • 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! 
    Nutrition Facts
    Honey Glazed Ham Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 650 Calories from Fat 396
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 44g68%
    Saturated Fat 17g85%
    Cholesterol 158mg53%
    Sodium 2762mg115%
    Potassium 680mg19%
    Carbohydrates 40g13%
    Sugar 40g44%
    Protein 49g98%
    Vitamin A 210IU4%
    Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
    Calcium 26mg3%
    Iron 2.2mg12%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Pin
  • Email
  • Disclosure