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Easy Honey Baked Ham Recipe

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When you think of the Holidays, a Honey-Baked Ham will surely come to mind. Its irresistible, sweet, and smoky flavors make it truly special and worthy of a holiday offering. And it’s easy to make at home. Here’s how I love to transform my spiral ham into something even more utterly delicious!

Close up view of spiral Honey Baked Ham on a platter with fresh herbs.

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Honey Baked Ham Recipe Overview

An easy to make, delightful ham recipe we love!

  • Recipe Time: 10-15 minutes per pound of ham
  • Kitchen Tools: Roasting pan and basting brush
  • Servings: Plan on 1/4-1/3 lb of boneless ham per person or 1/3-1/2 lb of bone-in ham per person.

How to Cook Honey Baked Ham

It only takes 3 steps to cook a honey baked ham!

  1. Coat a spiral-sliced ham with a honey topping.
  2. Cover with foil and heat.
  3. Brush honey glaze over the top and roast until caramelized and crusted.

How Long Will it Take to Reheat a Fully Cooked Ham?

The beauty of this dish begins with a fully cooked ham. This means all you have to do is reheat the ham, apply a glaze, and roast in a hot oven to caramelize the topping.

The length of time will depend on the size of your spiral ham. So, let’s do a little math! Generally speaking, you will need to calculate the weight of your ham and multiply it by 10 to 15 minutes per pound to reach the USDA-suggested internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

For an 8-pound, fully cooked, bone-in spiral ham, plan on about 1 hour and 45 minutes, plus 15 minutes to caramelize the honey glaze. So, all in, it should take about 2 hours, plus a few minutes of resting the ham before serving.

Honey Glaze for Ham

This recipe reheats a spiral ham basted with a honey glaze before baking. Then, it finishes with a sugar-spiced ham glaze that caramelizes into a crispy and shiny topping that’s utterly delicious. The flavors and unbeatable.

My favorite spices for a honey glaze ham are onion powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. When combined with butter and honey, these spices give the flavor of a honey-baked ham that we all love.

Can You Cook Ham in the Slow Cooker?

Absolutely! It’s a great way to free up the oven for the other side dishes you may be serving. See my Slow Cooker Holiday Ham recipe for simple instructions, but essentially, you place the ham in the crockpot and add water to the bottom. Brush the butter and honey mixture over the top and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until the ham is heated through.

What Side Dishes to Serve for a Ham Dinner?

There are so many options for side dishes to serve with ham. Take cues from the season. For Easter, I love to serve mashed potatoes, fruited rice pilaf, roasted carrots, and asparagus.

See my post for more than 60 ideas on Easter Dinner recipes.

For Christmas, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes are a must, along with green beans or a green bean casserole. Sweet potatoes are a welcome addition, and corn pudding is often a favorite!

See Festive Christmas Dinner Recipes for more ideas!

Recipe Ideas for Leftover Ham

If you have leftover ham, and I’m always hoping we do, here are a few favorite recipes I love to make. And don’t forget to save the ham bone because there is nothing better than White Bean Ham Bone Soup Recipe!

Ingredients for Honey-Glazed Ham

You’ll need just five ingredients for this top-rated honey-glazed ham recipe:

  • Ham: This recipe calls for a fully cooked spiral ham weighing 8-10 pounds. If your ham is significantly larger, just double the honey basting sauce and perhaps the glaze.
  • Honey Basting Sauce: Melted butter and honey.
  • Honey Glaze: Melted butter, brown sugar, onion powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

How to Cook a Honey Baked Ham

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here’s what you can expect when you make this honey-glazed ham recipe.

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Then add 1/2 cup water into the bottom of a shallow roasting pan.

1

Place ham in a roasting pan

Place ham, cut side down, into the roasting pan. Combine 2 tablespoons of melted butter and the honey; coat the outside of the ham. Then add 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the pan.

Top view of spiral ham in a roasting pan being brushed with honey glaze prior to cooking.
2

Cook the ham

Cover the ham with foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes per pound until it reaches an internal temperature of 135°F.

3

Glaze the ham

Make the glaze, and once the ham reaches temperature, remove it from the oven and increase oven temperature to 425°F. Brush the ham generously with the glaze.
Return to the oven and roast uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until ham reaches 140°F and the glaze is golden brown.

Top view of brushing sugar spiced glaze over ham to roast in a hot oven for a few minutes.
3

Let the ham rest

Remove the ham from the oven and rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Spoon juices over the ham before serving if desired.

Side view of honey glazed spiral ham on a platter with fresh herbs and a crispy sugar spiced glaze.

Honey Baked Ham Frequently Asked Questions

How should I store leftover ham?

To maintain freshness, refrigerate ham in an airtight container for up to four days. You can eat it cold or reheat it in the oven or microwave.

Can I freeze leftover ham?

Absolutely! Freezing leftover ham is a great way to extend its shelf life. Simply wrap the ham tightly in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. It can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

What are some tips for reheating leftover ham?

When reheating leftover ham, it’s best to do so slowly to prevent it from drying out. You can gently warm slices of ham in the microwave, oven, or on the stovetop. If using the oven, cover the ham with foil to help retain moisture. For an extra touch of flavor, brush the ham with a bit of honey glaze or mustard before reheating.

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Honey Baked Ham Recipe

Create a delectable holiday centerpiece with a honey baked ham recipe. Learn how to add irresistible sweet and smoky flavors to your ham at home.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 8-10 lb spiral ham fully cooked
  • 1/4 cup melted butter divided
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Ham Glaze

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves

Instructions

For the Honey Baked Ham

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Remove the packaging and discard the plastic disk from the bottom of the ham. Add 1/2 cup water into the bottom of a shallow roasting pan, and place the ham cut side down.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of melted butter and the honey; coat the outside of the ham. I like to use a basting brush.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes per pound until it reaches an internal temperature of 135°F.

For the Glaze

  • Just before the ham finishes baking, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter, brown sugar, onion powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a small bowl.
  • Once the ham reaches 135°F, remove it from the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 425°F and brush the ham generously with the glaze.
  • Return to the oven and roast uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until ham reaches 140°F and the glaze is golden brown.
  • Remove the ham from the oven and rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Spoon juices over the ham before serving if desired.

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Honey Baked Ham Recipe, Honey Glazed Ham

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