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This semi-homemade honey glazed ham is the perfect way to get a flavorful, crowd-pleasing ham on your table with minimal effort.
It’s the first half of HAM SEASON!! I think most people call it Spring? The 2nd half of ham season rolls in around Christmas …right when we’re ready to dig into the flavorful protein once again.
I’ve wanted to bring you a simple honey baked ham recipe for years. I’ve tried this recipe countless different ways (even using a fresh ham), finally landing on a method that yields the most flavor with the least amount of effort. Honey Glazed Hams are all the dinner party rage around Easter and then at Christmas (or sometimes Thanksgiving!). They’re simple to prepare and can feed a crowd. I modeled this recipe after the Honey Glazed Hams you can grab at the store, only ours has a homemade touch.
What kind of ham should I buy?
This yummy recipe starts with a pre-brined and smoked bone-in ham (ask your butcher). When choosing a smoked ham, read the ingredients. I suggest opting for the ham with the least amount of ingredients listed, paying special attention to anything that contains soy or wheat (good to avoid if you’re sensitive). If you can find a low-ingredient ham that’s pre-sliced, choose that one, and if you can’t, don’t worry, slicing it is really easy.
Honey Glazed Ham Ingredients
Just a few simple ingredients really transform a simple, store-bought ham! You’ll need:
- Smoked Ham – to start, you’ll (of course) need 1 smoked ham sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces. If your ham isn’t already pre-sliced, that’s okay! Just use a nice, sharp knife to slice down to the bone as best you can into even, 1/2-inch thick pieces.
- Honey – what would a honey glazed ham be without honey?! You’ll need a 1/2 cup honey here, and we always recommend grabbing local honey when possible! We opted for honey here (rather than brown sugar) because we love the benefits that come with honey, and the taste is unbeatable.
- Butter – in addition to the honey, you’ll also need a 1/4 cup of butter (YUM!) and…
- Sea Salt – …about 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt.
How to cook a ham?
Y’all, it’s REALLY easy. Here’s how you’ll take a store-bought ham from boring to holiday-worthy:
- Prep – first, place the ham in a roasting pan (or a large pot), and preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Whisk Together the Honey, Butter, and Salt – to get this recipe going, you’ll need to melt your butter in a small bowl, and then whisk it with the honey and sea salt.
- Pour Some of the Glaze Over the Ham – next, pour half of the honey glaze over the ham (using a brush or your fingers, make sure the honey glaze gets into all the nooks and crevices).
- Bake – once you’ve glazed your ham, it’s time to pop it in the oven for 45 minutes. The ham will actually hang out in the oven twice, the first time is just to bring it up to a nice warm temperature and the 2nd time is to help secure the honey glaze. If you notice that your ham is starting to brown too deeply on top, simply tent it loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.
- Pour the Rest of the Honey Glaze Over the Ham – after the 45 minutes is up, pull your ham from the oven, and pour the 2nd half of the honey mixture over the ham.
- Bake – return your ham to the oven for 15 more minutes.
- Rest + Serve – let your ham cool for a bit, drizzle with additional honey (if you like), and serve!
What to do with Leftover Ham
Leftover ham is not a bad problem to have! We love using leftover honey glazed spiral cut ham slices to make ham sandwiches (ham + Dijon mustard is a match made in foodie heaven, y’all!) and Spiced Ham & Potato Soup, but there are TONS of other uses for the leftovers too! Throw some diced ham into your morning egg scramble, use it to make a quiche or breakfast casserole, or dice it for quesadillas!
We hope you love this honey glazed ham recipe! It is DELICIOUS and will truly feed an army. Happy Ham Season!
- 1 smoked ham sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces to the bone (if not already spiral sliced)
- 1/2 cup honey additional for garnish (optional)
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Place the sliced ham on a roasting sheet or in a large pot.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, butter, and sea salt. Pour half of the mixture over the ham, massaging it into all available surfaces.
- Bake the ham at 350 for 45 minutes, or until the top is starting to look golden brown. Pour the 2nd half of the honey mixture over the ham and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
- Note: if the top of your ham starts to darken too quickly, place a piece of aluminum foil loosely over the top.
- Let the ham rest for about 5 minutes before serving and drizzle with additional honey, if desired.
Amy Szpindor says
I made this for Easter with ghee instead of butter and it was amazing!
I’m so glad you liked it, Amy!!
Dr Martin Huang says
Oh yea. That is what I am talking about. A crowd pleaser for sure.
Not to mention that the ham taste as good by itself to begin with!
Thanks for sharing!
What size ham?
This is my favorite ham recipe! Can’t wait to make it again this year.
Brandi Schilhab says
So glad you love this one, Jessica!!
I’ve been making this recipe for years and love it. Unfortunately, I just found out one of my guests is dairy free. Have you ever tried this with oil instead of butter? I know it changes the recipe a lot- just thought I’d ask!
Brandi Schilhab says
I haven’t, Amy! Could you use ghee? Many dairy-free people tolerate ghee just fine!