Easy ham recipes! Maple glazed ham is a 5-ingredient glazed ham recipe that makes delicious baked ham for Christmas or Easter dinner! So easy and so tasty!
Ham is probably my favorite of all of the holiday meats. We have turkey for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and we have ham for Christmas and Easter.
We have pretty much the same meal every time – ham, scalloped potatoes or funeral potatoes, vegetables like green beans or asparagus, and Hawaiian sweet rolls or dinner rolls.
I make this maple glazed ham recipe the way my mom taught me to make it. Over the years, I tweaked it a little by adding maple syrup to the simple glaze for a little extra sweetness.
For this ham, you’ll need the ham plus 4 simple ingredients to make the maple glaze.
- Ham – I like to use a butt or shank portion.
- Real maple syrup
- Brown sugar – Light or dark brown sugar will work.
- Dijon mustard – Stoneground mustard would also work.
- Cider vinegar
How to make glazed ham
Rinse ham in cold water, and pat dry. Place fat side up in a shallow baking dish or roasting pan.
Bake ham for half the baking time (75 minutes).
Whisk maple syrup, brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar together.
Brush ham with maple syrup mixture. Baste ham with juices regularly throughout remaining baking time.
>>TOP TIP: If ham begins to caramelize too much, tent loosely with aluminum foil.
Let ham continue to bake until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 F. Let ham rest for 10 minutes. Then slice and serve.
- If you taste the glaze before you add it to the ham, you’ll notice that it’s a mix of sweet with just a little tang to it.
- I baste the ham every 15 minutes or so during the last half of the baking time.
- Resist the urge to add more salt! The juices from the ham add some needed salt to the mix, and the resulting ham is incredibly tasty.
Leftovers and storage
The cooked ham will keep for about 4 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Leftover ham also freezes well, and you can store leftover ham in freezer-safe containers for about 3-4 months.
If you find that you want to use the leftover ham in a new way, there are a number of recipes, like baked ham and cheese sliders, slow cooker scalloped potatoes with ham, and crock pot red beans and rice, that use ham.
Recipes that go well with ham
Maple Glazed Ham Recipe
- 10 pound bone-in butt or shank portion ham
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Place baking rack in the lower third of oven.
- Rinse ham in cold water, and pat dry.
- Place fat side up in a shallow baking dish.
- Bake ham for half the baking time (75 minutes).
- Stir maple syrup, brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar together.
- Brush ham with maple syrup mixture.
- Baste ham with juices regularly throughout remaining baking time. If ham begins to caramelize too much, tent loosely with foil.
- Let ham continue to bake until it reaches a temperature of 140 F.
- Let ham rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving.
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Originally published 12/4/17. Updated 4/8/19 with tips. Updated again on 12/17/21 with additional photos and information.
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Comments & Reviews
Sandra S says
Can I use the glaze recipe on a pre cooked ham 2.5kg and how long would I need to cook for and at what temperature. Much appreciate your response
Hi! What type of ham is it?
Can be used for all kinds of meat (poultry included)
Hony is good too, when you do not have maple syrup. But only at the end of cooking.
Thank you! And thank you for the tip! =)
Do you use a cooked ham or raw? I’m cooking this tomarrow
I use an uncooked (raw) ham in this recipe. Happy Thanksgiving! =)
Cannot wait to try this for Easter
Yay!! This is my go-to ham recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! =)
Great for any family gathering. Simply delicious and tasty
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