Honey Glazed Ham is a must at all our holiday parties and this recipe cannot be beat! If you love honey baked ham it doesn’t get easier or more delicious than this, everyone will be asking for the recipe!
Honey glazed ham has been a staple at our Christmas Eve dinner for as long as I can remember! At first we used to buy the honey baked ham, but once we figured out how easy it was to glaze a pre-cooked ham ourselves we have never looked back. Oh and guess what? Everybody likes this recipe better than the original!
If you need ideas for what to serve with your ham, try our easy crock-pot mashed potatoes or our pomegranate apple salad! Oh, and don’t forget our fan favorite Christmas punch!
Honey Glazed Ham
Honey glazed ham is actually made using a pre-cooked ham you can buy at the grocery store. It is great because if you’re cooking for two you can use a small part of a ham and it still works great! For this recipe I used a 5lb. ham.
Okay before we get started let’s answer a few frequently asked questions when it comes to Honey Baked Ham!
How Do You Score a Ham?
Scoring a ham is so easy! Basically all it is is making small cuts in the skin of your meat allowing your glaze to sink in deeper and flavor the ham. See this image below.
I like to criss cross my cuts as pictured above, but you can also just cut smooth shallow grooves in one direction.
Best Ham Glaze Recipe
There are lots of different glaze recipes out there for honey glazed ham but in my opinion this is the BEST.
What Goes in a Ham Glaze?
Here are the ingredients you need to make this easy glaze!
- Dark Corn Syrup
- Brown Sugar
Simply heat all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until all of the sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Then use during baking to brush over the ham.
Adding this sugar rub is optional, but it takes this recipe over the top.
Here is what you need to make it:
- 1/2 Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Sugar
Once your honey glazed ham is baked until warm through, remove ham from oven and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
As soon as ham is cool enough to handle (or you can do this using heat resistant gloves) rub the sugar mixture all over the exterior of the ham. Return the ham to the oven and let it broil for about five minutes allowing the outer skin to caramelize.
I guarantee you this sugar rub will take your ham over the top and wow your guests.
How do you cook a pre-cooked ham?
The general rule of thumb is to bake your ham in the oven for about 15 minutes per pound of meet. So for a five pound ham you are looking at around an hour and 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Because the ham is pre cooked it doesn’t need to reach that temperature to be safe to eat, that is just about the temperature when the ham will be warmed through!
Honey Baked Ham Recipe
You ready for the easy recipe? Let’s do this!
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Honey Glazed Ham
- 1 5 lb pre cooked ham
- 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and adjust your oven rack to accommodate a large roasting pan. If using a roasting pan with a rack, pour two cups of water into the bottom of the pan under the rack.
- Score ham (if you need instruction on how to do this see above in post), Place ham on rack (or on a foil lined pan).
- In a small saucepan, heat the corn syrup, honey, brown sugar and butter. Stir until mixture is smooth and sugar is completely dissolved. Keep glaze warm while baking ham. Brush glaze over ham, and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Baste or brush ham every 20-30 minutes with the honey glaze.
- Remove ham from oven and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. As soon as ham is cool enough to handle (or you can do this using heat resistant gloves) rub the sugar mixture all over the exterior of the ham. return the ham to the oven and let it broil for about five minutes allowing the outer skin to caramelize. Remove from oven, and let sit for at least 15 minutes before slicing.
- Return the ham to the oven and let it broil for about five minutes allowing the outer skin to caramelize. Remove from oven, and let sit for at least 15 minutes before slicing.
- Since ham is pre cooked you do not need to heat to a certain temperature for food safety, but if you are using a thermometer 140 degrees is typically warmed through.
- Leftover ham can be eaten cold and is great on sandwiches or in salads.
- Store leftovers in the fridge.
Well, there you have it! Will you be giving honey glazed ham a go this holiday season? If so, try making it with one of these yummy sides.
What to Serve with Honey Glazed Ham
Here are a few of our favorite things to serve with this Ham for special occasions!
- Green Bean Casserole
- Best Broccoli Seasoning Ever
- Balsamic Glazed Carrots
- Tuscan Pasta Salad
- Funeral Potatoes
- Skillet Baked Potatoes
- Grandma’s Famous Homemade Rolls
- Creamsicle Fluff
Hope your dinner party is top notch!
That looks delicious! What kind of ham did you use? The spiral hams I’ve gotten are more fatty then the one pictured, which I don’t really like.
I just bought this one at the deli counter of the grocery store, and because it was smaller it didn’t even have a bone in! This recipe is great because it will literally work with any cut of pre cooked ham!
Thank you. I’m going to try it. :)
Delicious and easy! Love it!