Glazed Ham with Mix & Match Ham Glazes

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 25m
Ready In

"Try one of the Ham Glazes below or choose one of the Mix & Match choices from the list. They are all great for your special Glazed Ham dinner. Good any time but great for the holidays too!"

Original is 10-12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (14 g)
  • Calories 22.7
  • Total Fat - 1.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 7.4 mg
  • Sodium - 178.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 0.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0 g
  • Sugars - 0 g
  • Protein - 2.6 g
  • Calcium - 1 mg
  • Iron - 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Rinse the ham, and remove any tough outer skin; remove the fat down to 1/2 inch depth (less if you like, but you’ll lose flavor).

Step 2

Score the remaining fat and put into a large, heavy pan. (Line pan with foil for easiest clean-up if using a sweet glaze.)

Step 3

Rub or and add glaze. Heat on 325 degrees until glaze looks good and ham is heated through, about 1 hour for smaller hams and up to 2 hours for large hams. Meat thermometer should register 140 degrees, but it’s not crucial if you’re using a fully-cooked ham. Ham might still be pink inside, but this is not hazardous.

Step 4

Ham Glazes: Maple And Brown Sugar Glaze(pineapple optional):

Step 5

Score ham into diamond pattern. Rub completely with brown sugar, working the sugar into the crevices of the scoring. Stud the center of each diamond with a whole clove. Cover ham with pineapple rings, if desired, using toothpicks. Drizzle maple syrup over all(pure maple syrup, don’t use the cheap corn syrup stuff).

Step 6

Orange Juice Glaze: Rub scored ham with brown sugar and stud with whole cloves. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Pour 1 small can of thawed orange juice concentrate over all.

Step 7

Marmalade – Peach, Orange or Plum Glaze: Melt a small jar of marmalade or whole-fruit jam in small saucepan with 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese Five-Spice powder. Add 1 tablespoon mustard, optional. Pour over scored ham.

Step 8

Coca Cola, Dr Pepper or Root Beer Glaze: Score ham and put on large sheet of aluminum foil. Use enough to wrap ham. Mix in a small bowl 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1-1/2 cups regular (not diet) Coke or Dr Pepper or Root Beer. Add 1 tablespoon prepared mustard, optional.

Step 9

Pour the glaze over the scored ham and pull aluminum foil up over ham. Bake for about 15 minutes per pound, at 325 degrees. Uncover top of ham in last 10 minutes of cooking to brown glaze slightly. Spoon juices over ham.

Step 10

Honey Mustard: Mix in a small bowl 1/4 cup spicy mustard with 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Rub into ham.

Step 11

Molasses and Apples: Try to find pomegranate molasses, available at some ethnic food stores, for this. Use 1/2 cup molasses. Dice 2 green peeled apples fine. Stir into molasses with 1/4 cup golden raisins and 1 teaspoon allspice.

Step 12

Put ham on large square of aluminum foil to cover. Spread with molasses mixture. Close aluminum foil around ham and bake. Uncover top of ham during last 10 minutes of baking.

Step 13

Cranberry Sauce: Score ham. Use 1 can whole-berry cranberry sauce, mixed with 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon cloves. Add 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper. Spread over ham.

Step 14

Spicy Mango Chutney: Mix jar of Mango (or Peach) Chutney with 1/3 cup golden or dark raisins. Add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard. Mix to combine and spread over ham.

Step 15

Ham Glaze Ingredients - Mix & Match Any number of ingredients can be combined to make a glaze for ham. Fruits and sweets work well, to counteract the saltiness of the ham.

Step 16

Here’s a list to Mix & Match - Be creative. Brown sugar, Maple syrup, Honey, Pomegranate molasses, Marmalade or preserves, Fruit juices, especially acidic ones, Soft drinks, Pineapple, canned or fresh, Apples - diced, Spiced apple rings, Cranberries, Plums, Peaches, Cherries, Apricots, Figs, Dates, Raisins, Brandy or fruit liqueurs, Vanilla, Bourbon, Rum, Mustard, Horseradish, Cinnamon, Allspice, Chinese Five-Spice powder, Cloves, Cayenne pepper, Garlic, Dry mustard


No special items needed.

16 Reviews


I opted for the orange juice glaze this year for Easter. I omited the whole cloves and used ground cloves instead, and just mixed it in with with the OJ. Very tasty ham indeed!


review by:
(12 Apr 2021)


I did the Coca Cola Glaze on my spiral ham this time and it was delicious! The whole family loved it!


review by:
(30 Nov 2020)


I wanted something easy but delicious, and I got exactly that using the Orange Juice Glaze option. We loved the glaze and even the leftovers made good sandwiches!


review by:
(23 Apr 2019)


I used a mix of brown sugar, pineapple juice (from the options listed), and then added a sprinkling of cayenne in with the juice, to make my ham glaze. I cooked it a little while, to thicken it up a bit, and It was delicious! Thank you for sharing these wonderful variations for our ham! Linda


(22 Apr 2019)


I decided to make ham to bring to my sisters yesterday. I made the Spicy Mango Chutney option, with great results. I used homemade peach chutney instead of the mango (personal preference) and it was awesome! Love it, because you can control the heat. A real keeper! Can't wait to try the others too!!


review by:
(20 Apr 2019)


Excellent ham! I especially loved the coating it made on the ham. I did the Orange Marmalade Glaze with the Chinese Five-Spice Powder. We inhaled just about the whole ham in one sitting!


review by:
(26 Apr 2014)

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