We are going to show you how to cook spiral ham that has the absolute best glaze. This ham is tender and delicious and will be the star of any holiday dinner!
How to cook spiral ham
Our family loves ham and it is extra special at the holidays. If it is missing, people wonder if something is wrong. We all love spiral ham and over the years I have perfected the recipe for the best glaze and tender meat.
The entire recipe is very simple and you will love it! We even have a slow cooker option if you want to try this 4 Ingredient Crock Pot Ham Recipe.
Oh and the leftovers are delicious too. We love to make Ham and Bean Soup Crockpot Recipe with some of the leftover ham. Yum!
Let’s get started and learn how to cook spiral ham!
Are spiral hams already cooked?
Spiral hams are generally precooked making this process even easier. The entire recipe is a breeze and makes your holiday dinner simple.
Ingredients for the best spiral ham recipe:
- 8-10 pound spiral ham
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
½ cup honey
½ cup orange juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
How to cook a spiral sliced ham:
Remove the ham from the refrigerator at least 2 hours before cooking to come to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium saucepan, whisk together ingredients for glaze. This is what makes the ham so delicious.
Bring to simmer and cook for 1-2 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
Unwrap ham and place in large roasting pan cut side down. Brush about ½ of the glaze over the ham.
Wrap tightly with foil.
How long to cook spiral ham?
Bake for 12-15 minutes per pound or until ham reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Remove from oven and remove the foil. Brush remaining glaze over ham and be sure to get in between slices.
Return to the oven and continue cooking 10 minutes longer. Remove from oven and loosely wrap with foil and let rest 15 minutes before serving
If glaze hardens, return to heat to loosen.
Now you know how to bake a spiral ham!
Isn’t it so easy? Your family will love this delicious ham recipe. It is perfect for any occasion.
We love this for Sunday dinner or holiday such as Easter, Christmas and more. It’s so easy and delicious!
What to serve with spiral ham:
- Easy Twiced Baked Potatoes in only 4 steps!
- The BEST Cheesy potato casserole
- Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
- “Baked” Potatoes in the Microwave
- An Easy & Delicious Recipe – Grilled Zucchini Spears
We also like to use the leftover ham for sandwiches, omelets and breakfast casseroles. It is perfect for leftovers! Ham biscuits are also a favorite around here.
The ideas are endless and just about everything goes with ham. Sometimes we change up the side dishes depending on what holiday we are serving the ham for.
Just make what your family likes. You can’t go wrong with this amazing recipe! Once you see how easy this is, you will want to make a ham all the time.
It really is simple enough for Sunday dinner. No need to wait for the holidays or a special occasion.
We love to make a ham to enjoy for dinner and then turn it into lots more delicious meals during the week. We also freeze some of the ham. It’s very budget friendly.
You know I like to cook once and eat twice….or more. 🙂
Try this delicious spiral ham today.
The brown sugar glaze is so delicious and everyone always raves about this amazing ham recipe. Spiral sliced ham is very simple to prepare and sure makes the holidays easier. You can enjoy more time with your family and less time in the kitchen!
I love serving my family delicious food while not spending a ton of time or money in the kitchen. This is an all around great recipe!
Give it a try and let us know how you like it. It is a holiday staple around here. We all love it. 🙂
Print the best spiral ham recipe below:
We are going to show you how to cook spiral ham that has the absolute best glaze. This ham is tender and delicious for a great meal idea!
- 8-10 pound spiral ham
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
Remove ham from refrigerator at least 2 hours before cooking to come to room temperature
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
In a medium saucepan, whisk together ingredients for glaze
Bring to simmer and cook for 1-2 minutes or until sugar dissolves
Unwrap ham and place in large roasting pan cut side down
Brush about ½ of the glaze over the ham
Wrap tightly with foil
Bake for 12-15 minutes per pound or until ham reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F
Remove from oven and remove foil
Brush remaining glaze over ham, be sure to get in between slices ** see notes
Return to the oven and continue cooking 10 minutes longer.
Remove from oven and loosely wrap with foil and let rest 15 minutes before serving
If glaze hardens, return to heat to loosen
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