Honey Glazed Ham is a beautiful, fully-cooked ham, basted with a sweet ham glaze made with honey, brown sugar, and orange zest. The perfect addition to Easter or Christmas dinner!

A table set with side dishes and a beautiful honey glazed hamHoney Glazed Ham is one of those traditional holiday meals that you find on every Easter dinner menu or Christmas dinner menu, sometimes we even make one on the night before Thanksgiving!

You start with a fully-cooked ham to make Honey Glazed Ham. A lot of them come with a package of glaze but throw that out and make your own amazing ham glaze instead! Sweet honey and brown sugar, mixed with a little ginger and orange zest, make a sticky, sweet ham glaze that perfectly compliments the salty, smokey, ham.

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How to Prepare a Baked Ham:

A homemade Honey Glazed Ham will make a really impressive addition to any dinner table. You can use a spiral cut ham to keep things simple, or you can buy an whole ham and make it extra special with a few simple cuts and whole cloves.

Using a sharp knife create diagonal cuts, about 1/4 inch deep, from one side of the ham to the other, spacing them approximately 1 inch apart. Then do the same thing going the opposite direction. This creates a diamond pattern over the ham.

It may be a little difficult to see the shallow cuts but as they ham bakes they will pull apart and let that delicious glaze soak into the ham and give it amazing flavor.

At the crossing point of each diamond press a whole clove into the ham. The end look is guaranteed to impress your guests!

How Do You Make Ham Glaze?

Making a homemade ham glaze is simple. In a small, microwave-safe bowl mix together honey, brown sugar, ginger, and orange zest. Place it in the microwave and heat for 15-30 seconds (depending on the strength of your microwave) and then remove and stir. Heating the mixture will make the honey runnier so it will be easier to glaze the ham with it.

Use a basting brush to spread the ham glaze all over the ham and then begin baking. In the last hour baste every 15 minutes, heating the ham glaze up as needed.

A beautiful honey glazed ham studded with cloves and glistening with a baked on glaze

What Temperature Do I Cook a Fully-Cooked Ham?

Since the ham is already fully-cooked you only need to heat the ham up. We do that low and slow and bake the ham at 300 degrees F.

How Long Do I Heat a Fully-Cooked Ham?

You bake a fully-cooked ham for 15 minutes per pound.

Honey glazes ham on a plate with sides

When the honey glazed ham finishes baking it’s ready to eat. Before serving remove the cloves from the ham and slice it. The smokey, salty, sweet flavors blend together into an amazing main dish for any holiday meal.

Make sure you save the ham bone for a big pot of Instant Pot Navy bean soup! You can wrap the bone up and place it in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer until you are ready to use it.

What to Serve with Honey Glazed Ham:

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Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Honey Glazed Ham

Honey Glazed Ham is a beautiful, fully-cooked ham, basted with a sweet ham glaze made with honey, brown sugar, and orange zest. The perfect addition to Easter or Christmas dinner!
Honey glazes ham on a table with sides
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  • 7 pound Ham, bone-in
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon Ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. 
  • Prepare fully-cooked ham by scoring the surface with diagonal cut, about 1/4 inch deep, going one way, and then repeat in the opposite direction to create a diamond pattern. Place a whole clovest where the line cross. 
  • In a bowl combine honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and orange zest.
  • Place bowl in microwave and cook for 15-30 seconds, depending on the strength of your microwave. When the honey is less thick and more liquid it is ready.
  • Place ham cut side down in a baking dish with just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. 
  • Brush the ham glaze over your prepared ham and then cover ham with foil and place in the oven to bake. 
  • In the last 45 minutes of baking open the oven and remove the foil from the ham. Continue to cook the ham basting it with ham glaze every 15 minutes (heating glaze as necessary to make it easier to brush over ham).
  • When ham is warmed through it is ready to serve. Remove whole cloves before slicing. 
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 459kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 165mg, Sodium: 2623mg, Potassium: 664mg, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin C: 53.2mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 2.1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas ham recipe, easter ham recipe, glazed ham recipe, ham glaze recipe