Baked ham is a timeless classic at any time of the year. Like most other holiday roasts, baking a ham is easy and requires a really good recipe to pull it off. My Honey Baked Ham recipe is flavorful and is made with honey, different sugars, cinnamon, and seasoning. The entire ham is brushed in a glossy sweet honey glaze and it includes directions that yield a crunchy sugar crust on the outside.
How to Make Honey Baked Ham Recipe at Home
- Place ham cut side down in roasting pan with water.
- Mix together honey ham glaze.
- Rub a little honey ham glaze over ham and cover with foil.
- Bake ham at 325°F for 10-13 minutes per pound (ham pounds X 13 minutes) or until the center reaches 105°F.
- Brush ham with honey ham glaze.
- Bake in 400°F until ham reaches 130°F (10-30 minutes) and honey ham topping hardens.
- Tint with foil 15 minutes. Serve.
From Scratch Honey Ham Recipe Ingredients
- HAM: Buy a spiral cut ham with the bone-in at the grocery store or a local butcher shop. Plan for ½ lb ham per person. Ham comes completely cooked, so don’t worry about finding a label that says whether it’s cooked or not.
- HONEY: I highly suggest using clover honey. This honey is typically light and golden in color.
- SUGARS: Light brown sugar, granulated sugar, and light corn syrup are all used for the honey ham glaze. Each provides a unique sweetness and texture to the glaze.
- CINNAMON: Cinnamon is a key ingredient in honey ham. The best honey hams always use this ingredient in combination with a honey topping.
- SEASONING: A little mustard, onion, and garlic powder add to the flavor of the ham.
What Food to Serve with Ham
Baking a ham for a family dinner or holidays like Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day, or Thanksgiving is my preferred method while serving it with a honey glaze flavor.
VEGETABLE SIDE DISHES: Serve sliced ham with this classic oven-roasted broccoli recipe with ranch and lemon flavor. It’s always a hit with the family. Another vegetable I like to make is this elevated Crack Brussels Sprouts recipe with crispy tips. Step basic green beans up a notch and make these Green Bean Bundles with Bacon. Make a batch of Creamed Corn to serve as a vegetable dish. Potato dishes are the most popular dish to serve with ham. Opt to make Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole, or a Loaded Potato Salad recipe during the summer months.
FRUIT SIDE DISHES: During the spring and summer months, ham pairs perfectly with this Brown Sugar and Orange Juice Glazed Fruit Salad. For a quick and easy creamy fruit salad, make this Cherry Fluff Salad. It features cherry pie filling tossed with whipped cream and marshmallows. Another timeless classic is this Creamy Ambrosia Salad.
FALL/WINTER HOLIDAY SIDE DISHES: Ham typically served for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day pairs great with Cranberry Relish, Cranberry Sauce, and Cranberry Fluff Salad. The fluff salad is made with fresh cranberries, pineapple, marshmallows, and whipped cream. Sweet Cornbread is another one of my favorites as well as this Ruth’s Chris Sweet Potato Casserole.
Honey Baked Ham Recipe Tips & Questions
HAM CALCULATOR: How much ham do I need to feed xx guests for our holiday dinner? When serving a bone-in ham, plan for guests to eat ½ lb ham per person. That’s: number of guests X 0.5 = number of pounds of ham.
Where can I find a spiral cut ham and can I use one that is not cut? Spiral cut hams are typically sold by the meats that you may find on the outer sides of the grocery store. Read the label to see if it’s spiral cut.
Do you have a slow cooker ham recipe? Yes, for a slow cooker version, use this Crock Pot Glazed Ham Recipe.
What should I do with the seasoning packet? Taste it. If you like it, you can always incorporate it and serve with the ham in a small bowl. Otherwise, pitch the packet.
I can’t find an uncooked ham. They all say fully cooked. Can I still make this recipe? Yes. Today, ham that’s served in the grocery store and at most butcher shops IS fully cooked. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an uncooked ham. Because hams are fully cooked, the recipes online and in cookbooks are for cooked hams. Since the ham is fully cooked and may be eaten cold right out of the package, most recipes like mine work to incorporate flavor and directions to heat the ham since it’s typically served warm for holidays.
Leftover Ham Recipes
LEFTOVER HAM RECIPES: Use any leftover ham in my real Red Beans and Rice recipe. This classic southern recipe features ham as an ingredient. Combine ham and cheese with puff pastry in these Baked Ham Sandwiches. For breakfast, make my Hashbrown and Egg Casserole.
Honey Baked Ham Recipe
- 11½ lb bone-in spiral cut ham
- 1 cup water, for roasting
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 12 oz (1 cup) clover honey
- 1½ tbsp light corn syrup
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp yellow mustard powder
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a large roasting pan, rimmed baking dish, or aluminum roasting pan, pour in 1 cup water.
- Place ham cut side down in pan.
- Mix remaining honey glaze ingredients. Spread 1/3 of the glaze on ham, concentrating on getting between the slices.
- Cover pan with ham well with foil.
- Bake ham at 325°F for 10-13 minutes per pound (ham pounds X 13 minutes) or until the center reaches 105°F. I baked my 11½ honey ham for about 2½ hours. NOTE: While the ham is fully cooked to begin with and can be eaten cold, warm until the center of the ham reaches 105°F.
- Remove ham from the oven. Remove foil top. Spoon juices over ham and in between slices.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Remove 3 tbsp glaze mixture and set aside for use later. Heat remaining honey sugar glaze in a small saucepan on the stovetop just until it's easier to spread.
- Brush ham generously in numerous coats of the honey glaze. Return to oven, uncovered.
- Bake 10-30 minutes, or until the center of the ham reaches 130°F. TIP: For extra honey sugar crunch, apply the remaining 3 tbsp glaze over the top of the slices. Broil on high until sugar crystallizes and looks crunchy.
- Loosely cover ham with foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.
Nutritional information is only an estimate and it’s accuracy is not guaranteed to be exact.
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