Classic Glazed Ham
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Classic Glazed Ham

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 55 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
Holiday ham, Easter ham, reunion ham, potluck ham: This easy baked ham recipe is exactly what you need to wow a crowd without spending a fortune or cooking all day. What’s the secret? A simple preparation that lets the meat’s natural flavors shine through. We’ll show you how to bake the ham with little more than fragrant cloves, then choose from one of four super-simple homemade glazes for irresistible flavor and aroma: apple-maple, mustard-orange, hoisin-spice or pineapple-apricot. It’s picture perfect, ridiculously easy and bound to be the hit of the party.


For the Ham:

For the Apple-Maple Glaze:

For the Mustard-Orange Glaze:

For the Hoisin-Spice Glaze:

For the Pineapple-Apricot Glaze:


  1. Remove the ham from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare the glaze of your choosing.
  3. For the Apple-Maple Glaze: Boil the apple cider in a saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low; stir in the apple jelly, maple syrup, mustard, allspice and nutmeg.
  4. For the Mustard-Orange Glaze: Mix the brown sugar, mustard and orange zest and juice in a bowl.
  5. For the Hoisin-Spice Glaze: Toast the five-spice powder in a small saucepan over medium heat with the peanut oil, about 1 minute. Add the hoisin sauce, honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce and 1 cup water. Boil and reduce to 1 1/2 cups, about 5 minutes.
  6. For the Pineapple-Apricot Glaze: Put the lime juice in a saucepan; add the ginger and pineapple juice. Boil until reduced to 1/2 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Strain, then add the lime zest, apricot preserves and mustard.
  7. Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Trim off any skin from the ham. Use a sharp paring knife to score through the fat in a diagonal crosshatch pattern without cutting through to the meat. Insert the cloves into the ham (if using), placing them at the intersections of the cuts.
  8. Put the ham, flat-side down, on a rack in a roasting pan. Pour 1/4 inch water into the bottom of the pan. Transfer to the oven and roast until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham registers 130˚F, about 2 hours 30 minutes (about 15 minutes per pound).
  9. Increase the oven temperature to 425˚F. Pour half of the glaze over the ham and brush to coat. If the water in the bottom of the pan has evaporated, add more.
  10. Return the ham to the oven and roast, basting every 10 minutes with the remaining glaze, until glossy and well browned, about 45 more minutes.