Tangy Honey-Glazed Ham


Honey-glazed ham is perfect for holiday dinners or other special occasions. An easy, homemade glaze is brushed onto the ham during the last half hour of baking, adding incredible flavor and creating a sweet, sticky, caramelized coating your guests will love. I came up with the glaze for this ham using ingredients on hand and it's the best I've ever tasted.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins

Succulent, slow-cooked ham glazed with a zesty blend of brown sugar, honey, pineapple juice, and Dijon mustard makes an impressive display for a holiday spread or special weeknight dinner. Hundreds of home cooks agree — this tantalizing honey-glazed ham recipe has what it takes to be your new favorite dish. Learn how to make this delicious bone-in ham, plus get tips on how to make honey glaze for ham (and how to store leftovers).

glazed ham

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How to Make Honey-Glazed Ham

This honey-glazed ham recipe makes it easy to create a showstopping entree without the fuss. You'll find the full recipe below with step-by-step instructions, but here's what you can expect when you make this top-rated recipe:

Start by placing an uncovered ham in a roasting pan. Cook the ham at 325 degrees F for two hours. Remove ham from the oven for glazing.

How to Make Honey Glaze for Ham

Combine honey, clove, pineapple juice, and Dijon mustard, whisking ingredients over high heat. Once the glaze comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer the mixture for 5-10 minutes.

Allow the glaze to cool slightly before tasting and adjusting seasonings — add more lemon juice or honey for elevated sweetness and acidity. Brush the baked ham every 10 minutes for 30-45 minutes before serving.

What to Serve with Honey-Glazed Ham

Pineapple- and honey-glazed ham works well with a host of different dishes. Try Cajun-spiced asparagus or braised collard greens for garden-fresh accompaniments. Garlicky mashed potatoes and pasta salad also complement the bold flavor of glazed ham well.

How to Store Honey-Glazed Ham

Leftover ham can be stored in an airtight container (or in tightly wrapped aluminum foil) and refrigerated for up to five days. Reheat at 325 degrees F for best results.

Can I Freeze Honey-Glazed Ham?

Place fully cooled, sliced ham in an airtight freezer bag or container. Leftover ham will last 3-4 months if stored properly.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I personalize this by adding some smoky chili powder, hot paprika, and a bit of garlic," shares home cook jlpeace2. "It came out sweet, smoky with a touch of heat."

"I come back to this recipe every year!" says Yosely. "It's easy, quick & delicious. My family loves it!"

"This was a delicious glaze," raves reviewer Chef Helen. "Instead of brushing on the glaze last, I dumped the entire glaze mixture onto the ham and into a baking bag with the ham. I tossed in some pineapple slices too."

Editorial contributions by Rai Mincey


  • 1 (10 pound) fully-cooked, bone-in ham

  • 1 ? cups packed dark brown sugar

  • ? cup pineapple juice

  • ? cup honey, or more to taste

  • ? large orange

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • ? teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 ? teaspoons lemon juice, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place ham on a rack set in a roasting pan.

    ham in roasting pan

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  2. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 2 hours.

  3. While the ham is baking, combine brown sugar, pineapple juice, and 1/3 cup honey in a saucepan. Zest orange into the saucepan, then squeeze in the juice. Add Dijon mustard and ground cloves; whisk mixture over medium-high heat as it comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until glaze thickens slightly, 5 to 10 minutes.

    brown sugar glaze for ham

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  4. Taste glaze and adjust seasonings. Add lemon juice for more tang, or honey to make it sweeter. Set aside.

  5. Remove ham from the oven after it has baked for 2 hours. Brush with glaze. Bake for an additional 30 to 45 minutes, brushing ham with glaze every 10 minutes.

    brushing glazed ham

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Add leftover glaze to the pan drippings along with a little flour or cornstarch to make a nice sauce to accompany the meat. Use the ham bone and any trimmings to make soup afterward.

Editor's Note:

The magazine version of this recipe may be slightly different than the online version. Please follow directions carefully for whichever version you are using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

511 Calories
30g Fat
19g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 511
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 2172mg 94%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 546mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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