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My Honey Glazed Ham recipe will be your new favorite holiday ham! It is so easy and turns out so moist and flavorful! My family can’t get enough of this ham. It is requested over and over for every holiday meal!
Honey Glaze for Ham
I have tried making ham many ways and always return to this ham glaze recipe. Combining brown sugar, ham, and green onions is the secret to the perfect ham recipe.
This simple honey glaze for ham is similar to the costly Honey Baked Ham recipe, only so much cheaper. Once you try it, you will want to make this holiday ham glaze recipe every year. It’s so easy!
Each slice is brushed with our honey ham glaze recipe, making every bite moist and flavorful. The glaze sets this recipe apart and makes it the best you will ever taste!
I will never make a ham any other way! This is hands down the best recipe I have ever made and it is super easy too.Georgia
Honey Ham Glaze Ingredients
- bone-in ham, whole or spiral ham
- unsalted butter
- brown sugar
- garlic powder
- black pepper
Ham Glaze Recipe
- Melt the butter for glaze in 30-second intervals in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop until fully melted.
- Add all glaze ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Add the butter and thoroughly mix until fully combined.
Honey Glazed Ham Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place ham cut-side down on a roasting pan and tent with foil. Bake for 1 hour.
- Prepare your glaze while it bakes.
- Carefully remove the roasting pan from the oven after baking an hour. Leave the oven on. Remove foil. Brush the ham with a honey-brown sugar glaze.
- Separate slices and brush the inside of each slice with honey ham glaze.
- Pour chicken broth into the bottom of the roasting pan. This will keep it moist and allow you to baste if necessary. Return the roasting pan back to the oven. Do not cover it.
- Bake for an additional 30 minutes. Serve, and enjoy!
This ham is perfect when served with my amazingly delicious and super easy recipe for Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes. Bacon Macaroni and Cheese, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, and Creamy Corn Bread are great pairing.
Honey Ham Glaze Recipe Tips
- I like to use a bone-in spiral-cut ham. It is perfect for a holiday buffet, as peeling off a slice of ham is easy.
- I prefer dark brown sugar and local honey for the glaze. It is up to you, you can use your favorite honey variety.
- You can substitute maple syrup for honey.
- Always prepare the glaze just before you use it. The glaze will harden if scheduled ahead of time.
- If your glaze thickens, you can always microwave it for 30 seconds to soften it.
- The chicken broth under the rack of ham will help keep the ham moist.
- Brushing the outside of the ham and in between each slice is the key to the most delicious recipe.
This unique glaze is also delicious on Honey Glazed Pork Chops.
How to Glaze a Ham
The trick to glazing is to spread the honey glaze on the inside AND outside! Glazing the outside and inside of each slice guarantees you a moist honey-glazed ham recipe with so much flavor in every bite.
Separate the slices, and brush more glaze on both sides of each slice. Then, bake again.
Honey Glazed Ham FAQs
The best way to keep it moist is to heat it under foil. Place cut-side down on the rack, then loosely cover with aluminum foil on a roasting pan.
We use bone-in, spiral-sliced, and fully-cooked ham. You can use our glaze to prepare a boneless ham, too. This recipe is very adaptable to any ham you prefer. The secret is in the amazing ham glaze.
How Much Ham Per Person
For a bone-in ham, ¾ lbs. per person.
|4-6 people||3-5 lbs.|
|8-12 people||8-10 lbs.|
|14-18 people||12-15 lbs.|
For a boneless ham, ½ lbs. per person.
|4-6 people||2-3 lbs.|
|8-12 people||5-6 lbs.|
|15-20 people||8-10 lbs.|
How to Store Glazed Ham
Following these directions, you can safely store ham in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
- Slicing: Before refrigerating the honey-glazed ham, consider slicing it into smaller portions. This makes storing and reheating only the amount you need easier, preventing unnecessary reheating of the entire ham.
- Wrap Individual Slices: Wrap each slice of ham individually with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This way, you can take out and reheat only the portions you plan to use, preserving the quality of the remaining ham.
- Airtight Container: If you prefer not to slice the ham, place the whole ham or the remaining portion in an airtight container. Ensure the container is large enough to accommodate the ham without squeezing it.
- Cover with Foil: If you’re storing a whole ham in a roasting pan, cover it tightly with aluminum foil. Ensure the foil is sealed around the edges of the pan to prevent air from entering.
- Refrigerate: Place the wrapped slices or the container in the refrigerator. Store it on a lower shelf to maintain a consistent temperature.
Freezing a Honey Baked Ham
- Cooling: Allow the ham to cool to room temperature before freezing. This prevents condensation from forming inside the packaging, which can lead to freezer burn.
- Wrap: Wrap the ham tightly in several layers of plastic wrap or aluminum foil to create an airtight seal. Make sure there are no exposed areas.
- Freezer Bag or Container: Place the wrapped ham in a heavy-duty resealable freezer bag or an airtight freezer-safe container.
- Label: Label the container or bag with the freezing date and any other relevant information.
- Freeze: Place the wrapped ham in the freezer. It’s best to store it in a part of the freezer where it won’t be subject to temperature fluctuations.
Reheating a Frozen Honey Glazed Ham
- Thawing: Ideally, you should thaw the ham in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. For a quicker thaw, you can use the cold water thawing method by placing the sealed ham in a large bowl of cold water and changing the water every 30 minutes. This method may take a few hours.
- Preheat: Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).
- Baking: Place the ham in an oven-safe dish or on a roasting pan. If you want to preserve the glaze, cover it with aluminum foil. Otherwise, you can apply a fresh coat of honey glaze or another desired glaze.
- Reheat: Bake the ham until it reaches an internal temperature of 140°F (60°C). Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. Reheating time will vary depending on the size of the ham but can take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes per pound. Basting the ham with juices or additional glaze during reheating can help keep it moist.
- Resting: Allow the ham to rest for a few minutes before carving to let the juices redistribute.
Glazes for Ham
Honey Glazed Ham
- Roasting pan
- 10 lb. Bone-in spiral sliced ham or whole ham fully cooked
For Baking Ham
- 1 cup chicken broth for basting; see notes
See our Cooking Conversions Chart for help converting measurements!
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Place ham cut-side down on a roasting pan and tent with foil. Bake for 1 hour. Prepare your glaze while it bakes.
- Melt butter for glaze in 30 second intervals in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop until fully melted. Add all glaze ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Add the melted butter and thoroughly mix until fully combined.
- Carefully remove roasting pan from oven after baking an hour. Leave the oven on. Remove foil. Brush the outside of the ham with honey brown sugar glaze.
- Separate slices and brush the inside of each slice with the honey ham glaze.
- Pour 1 cup of chicken broth into the bottom of the roasting pan. This will keep it moist and allows you to baste if necessary.
- Return roasting pan back to oven. Do not cover it. Bake for an additional 30 minutes. Serve, and enjoy!
- The chicken broth: Adding chicken broth to the pan while baking after glazing keeps the ham moist and allows you to baste as needed.
- Add more glaze for flavor: After baking, you can add another coat of glaze for extra flavor. Yum!
- Important note about nutrition: Please note, the nutrition values are for the glaze and do not include nutrition for the ham. Please check the nutrition values on the packaging if needed!