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Easy Baked Ham Recipe

This oven baked ham is so easy to make and is great for beginners. You only need 5 simple ingredients and about 5 minutes to prep. It’s the perfect dish for the holidays! 

sliced ham on plate

Baking Ham in the Oven

If you’re new to cooking a whole ham, don’t be intimidated! It’s actually really simple and hardly requires any prep work. You can bake it in the oven, or make crockpot spiral ham if you prefer. Both ways taste super delicious!

I’m going to be honest, I actually prefer ham over roasted turkey. I always go for it first when fixing my plate at a big holiday dinner. It’s just so good!

This baked ham recipe is the perfect easy main dish to make during the hectic holiday season. It only takes 5 minutes of prep and just 5 simple ingredients. We love serving it for Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving dinner.

The best part about this recipe is the delicious glaze on top. It makes the meat extra juicy and flavorful. The outside gets nice and caramelized, while the inside stays moist and tender.

basting baked ham

Baked Ham Glaze

This glaze is deliciously sweet and tangy, which compliments the ham perfectly. It caramelizes as it bakes in the oven, which adds a super delicious flavor.

  • Honey: The honey adds to the sweetness of the glaze. You can substitute honey for maple syrup if you prefer maple flavor.
  • Brown sugar: Light or dark brown sugar will both work. For a more subtle flavor, use light brown sugar. For a richer flavor, use dark brown sugar.
  • Dijon mustard: The mustard helps balance out the sweetness with it’s tangy flavor. I like using dijon instead of yellow because it has a little less vinegar and adds some spice.
sliced ham in red pot

How to Bake a Ham

  1. POUR. Place the ham in a roasting pan or dutch oven cut side down. Then pour the pineapple juice (or orange juice) on top and cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
  2. GLAZE. While it cooks, whisk together the glaze ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. BAKE. After 30 minutes has passed, remove from the oven and brush the glaze on top. Place back in oven for 30 minutes, then baste the ham with the juices. Baste every 15 to 20 minutes, for about 90 to 100 minutes total. It will be done when the internal temperature reaches 140°F.
  4. SLICE. Remove from oven and let rest in pan for about 10 minutes. Then slice and enjoy!
baked ham with fork in it

Cooking Tips

  • I’ve had the best luck with purchasing a whole ham at Costco.
  • Baste the ham several times while baking to ensure the meat doesn’t dry out.
  • Bump up the heat during the last 10 minutes of cooking if you’d like to crisp the outer edges.
  • Let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing to keep it moist and juicy.

Using Leftovers

One of my favorite things about making a big baked ham for the holidays is having leftovers. Fill up another plate with your favorite leftover sides, make a big ham sandwich or use it to make any of the recipes below. You can repurpose your leftovers to make breakfast, lunch or dinner!

sliced baked ham on plate

Favorite Sides for Serving:

sliced baked ham on plate

Oven Baked Ham

5 from 2 votes
This oven baked ham is so easy to make and is great for beginners. You only need 5 simple ingredients and about 5 minutes to prep. It's the perfect dish for the holidays! 
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

  • 7-10 pound bone-in spiral ham
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice (or orange juice)

Glaze

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the ham from the wrapper and discard glaze packet. Then spray a non stick spray into shallow roasting pan or dutch oven and place the ham in cut side down.
    ham placed face down in red pan
  • Pour the juice over top of the ham and then cover tightly with foil. Bake for 30 minutes.
    pouring pineapple over ham
  • Meanwhile, combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined. After 30 minutes cooking, brush over the top of the ham.
    brushing glaze onto ham
  • Bake again for 30 minutes and then baste the ham with the juices. Repeat every 15-20 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. Plan for about 90-100 minutes cook time. The last 10 minutes the ham is cooking you can turn the heat to 425°F if you'd like to caramelize it a little more.
    sliced ham in red pot
  • Remove from the oven and let set 10 minutes. Slice off the bone and serve warm.
    baked ham with fork in it

Notes

To make in the slow cooker, check out my crockpot spiral ham recipe. 

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1588mg | Potassium: 432mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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