Amazing Ham Glaze Recipe
The best ham glaze recipe!
This ham glaze recipe is gently spiced with cinnamon and cloves, and sweetened with brown sugar and honey. But it doesn’t taste too spiced or too sweet. And browned butter, people. Browned butter makes almost anything better! Dijon mustard and garlic round out the amazing flavor. Definitely my favorite ham glaze recipe yet and perfect for any ham, any time!
I’ve personally used this recipe with delicious results on a huge pit ham and smaller 5-pound boneless hams. The 5-pound boneless Applewood Smoked Ham in the photos came from Zaycon Fresh! So easy and tasty, and a great size for about 10 servings.
Halve the glaze recipe for a small 5-pound ham, if you want to. I often just use the full ham glaze recipe for the small hams too though, because the glaze is awesome.
The butter is browned sufficiently when it turns a golden-brown color and you smell the nutty aroma. It can go from browned to burnt pretty fast though, so keep an eye on it!
Don’t simmer the glaze for long or it will be too thick and harden. As soon as it comes to a gentle simmer, remove it from the heat. As it cools, it will become the consistency of a thick honey.
I will definitely be using this ham glaze recipe again for Easter and Christmas, and maybe Thanksgiving too. It is always a big hit with all the family and extended fam. My brother-in-law said it is the best ham he’s had in a while and maybe even ever!
Timetable for Cooking Ham
To get a good idea about how long you might need to cook your ham, you can refer to this Timetable for Cooking Ham from the USDA. A meat thermometer is super handy too. My 5-pound boneless ham baked for about 90 to 100 minutes, then another 30 minutes with the glaze.
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Amazing Ham Glaze Recipe
- Ham, at room temperature
- water, enough to cover bottom of pan but no more than 1/4-inch deep
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking dish or roasting pan with foil.
- Use a knife to score a 1-inch diamond pattern over the whole ham, allowing more surface area for the glaze. Place ham in baking dish with some water to cover bottom of pan, no more than 1/4-inch of water.
- Cover ham with foil and plan to bake until ham reaches 140 degrees F with thermometer inserted into thickest part, about 15-20 minutes per pound, depending on the type and size of ham. (See Timetable for Cooking Ham for detailed cooking time estimates.) Glazing will happen during the last 30 minutes or so of baking time.
- As the last 30 minutes of baking time approaches, brown the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, until it begins to turn golden brown and aromatic. Swirl it around in the pan occasionally to help it brown evenly. Stir in the brown sugar, honey, mustard, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add the garlic. Cook for a minute or two until it becomes fragrant and just begins to simmer. Right as it begins to simmer, remove from heat and set aside. As it cools, it will become the consistency of a thick honey.
- Remove ham from oven about 30 minutes before done and increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Brush or spoon 1/3 of the glaze over the ham. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Brush or spoon another 1/3 of the glaze and some pan juices, then bake another 10 minutes. Repeat with pan juices, remaining glaze, and bake.
- Ham is done when internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F. Broil for 2-5 minutes if you want more of a glaze crust, but don't let it burn. Let ham rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Recipe Adapted From: Cafe Delites