Baked Ham with an Apricot Honey Glaze is a show-stopping roast that is simple to prepare, tender and so juicy. Watch the video tutorial and make this baked ham recipe for your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter dinner.

We love serving beautiful roasts for the holidays that make people’s eyes light up such as Prime Rib, juicy Roast Turkey, our top-rated Beef Tenderloin, and of course this glazed baked ham. Here is everything you need to know about buying and baking an impressive ham (It’s easier than you think).

Glazed baked ham on a platter spiral sliced and ready to serve with apricot honey glaze

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Baked Ham Recipe:

The glaze makes this ham! The glaze is simple and the flavors just work with apricot preserves, honey, brown sugar, dijon mustard, and butter. It comes together fast and creates a beautifully caramelized exterior. It also makes the pan drippings taste incredible which we pour over the ham slices when serving.

Ingredients for baked ham recipe with the best glaze

How to Buy a Ham:

The ham we purchased was an 11 1/2 lb, bone-in, cut from the shank end, spiral-cut ham. When shopping for a ham, consider the following questions:

Bone-In or Boneless? Bone-in will give you better flavor and nicer texture. Boneless can be a little spongy because it’s reshaped after the bone is removed to keep it from falling apart and look more appealing.

Shank end or Butt End? Ham is the back leg of pork. A full ham sliced in half will result in the shank end and the butt end. The butt end is the upper part of the ham and tends to be more tender and flavorful, but the bone also includes the hip bone, making it difficult to carve around. The shank end is the lower part of the ham and has a straight bone, making it much easier to carve.

Smoked, Cured or Fresh Ham? Most hams will come fully cooked and just require reheating and an added glaze. Smoked versus cured is based on personal preference.

  • Smoked ham is cured and then smoked and will have a smoky flavor.
  • Cured ham is fully cooked without smoking.
  • Fresh ham (raw/ uncooked) is difficult to find, needs to be special ordered, and requires a longer baking time and higher internal temperature. This tutorial is written for a fully cooked ham.

Whole or Spiral Cut? This is based on personal preference and your ham source. Our local source only sells them as a spiral cut which makes it much easier to serve, but un-sliced ham can be juicier.

How Much Ham Per Person? As a general rule of thumb, if the ham is the primary meat in your dinner, plan on 3/4 lb of ham per person from a bone-in ham or 1/2 lb per person from a boneless ham. The 11 1/2 lb bone-in baked ham shown here will serve 15-20 people.

What kind of ham to buy showing two hams side by side

Where to Buy a Ham?

We have not had good success buying ham in big-box grocery stores. They tend to be overly salty with added water and you generally get what you pay. Our advice: buy the best you can afford. It’s absolutely worthwhile for the holidays and special occasions.

Locally, we purchased one at the Boise Bistro Market and paid about $9.50 per pound. If you don’t have a great local source for ham, look to the national chains such as Honey Baked Ham and they will even ship it to you if you don’t have a pickup nearby.

Pro Tip: Order your ham in advance to reserve one and ensure you’ll have the best ham for your holiday dinner. If you wait until the last minute, you run the risk of your ham supplier running out, especially during the busy Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays.

The perfect baked ham spiral sliced on a platter

How Long to Bake a Ham?

If baking a fully cooked ham (whole or spiral cut) it just needs to be reheated. The USDA recommends heating to 140˚F after a 3-minute rest.

A ham that is “partially cooked” or labeled “cook before eating” needs to be cooked to a safe 160°F to ensure that it is fully cooked through. If you aren’t sure, always ask the butcher or deli department where you are purchasing your ham for specific heating instructions.

Pro Tip: Most hams are sold fully precooked and can easily be overcooked. Since not all ovens or hams are created equal, we highly recommend using an oven-safe meat thermometer.

Oven baked ham with glaze sliced

How to Reheat Ham in a Slow Cooker:

We love to reheat ham in the slow cooker and leftover ham (or a smaller 5-6 lb ham) will easily fit the width and length of a larger crockpot while still being able to fully close the lid. To reheat ham in the slow cooker, place cut-side down and pour over all of your glaze or pan drippings. Place on low heat for about 30 minutes per pound of ham (about 3 hours for a 6 lb ham) or until the internal temperature reaches 140˚F.

Baked Ham Menu:

Baked ham pairs really well with these holiday-worthy sides for a truly memorable feast. We love pouring the pan drippings over the ham so it really doesn’t need gravy.

Watch How to Bake a Ham:

Watch Natasha’s video tutorial for how to bake a ham and you’ll see how easy this is. Make sure you use an oven-safe meat thermometer for perfect results every time.

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Baked Ham Cooking Chart:

Here’s a quick summary to reference for this glazed baked ham.

  1. Glaze and Bake at 325˚F for 10-11 min per pound (2 hrs for 11.5 lb ham), until internal temp is 110˚F
  2. Glaze and Bake at 425˚F for 10 min
  3. Glaze and Bake at 425˚F for 10 min or until internal temp is 130-135˚F.
  4. Transfer, tent with foil and rest (should get to 140˚F after resting 3 min).

Baked Ham with the Best Glaze

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Baked Ham with apricot brown sugar honey glaze on platter
Baked Ham with an Apricot Honey Glaze is a show-stopping roast that is simple to prepare, tender and so juicy. Watch the video tutorial and make this baked ham recipe for your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter dinner.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 20 people

Instructions

  • Let ham sit covered at room temperature 2 hours (or 1 hr for a 6-7 lb ham) before roasting, then remove packaging.
  • While ham is coming to room temperature, make the sauce. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine apricot preserves, honey, brown sugar, dijon, and butter. Bring to a simmer and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly then remove from heat. The sauce should be the consistency of loose honey.
  • Heat oven to 325˚F with the oven rack in the lower third of the oven. Line your roasting pan with foil for easier cleanup. Place ham in a roasting pan cut-side down. Brush on 1/3 of the glaze and cover tightly with foil. Bake at 325 for 10-11 minutes per pound (about 2 hours for an 11.5 lb ham). Keep in mind ham is already cooked, and you just want to heat it up to about 110˚F. Use an oven-safe, internal temperature probe to test for doneness.
  • Increase oven to 425˚F. Remove ham from the oven and brush with 1/3 of glaze. Return to oven and bake uncovered 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush with remaining 1/3 glaze and roast uncovered another 10 minutes until a brown crust has formed and the internal temperature reaches 130-135˚F. Keep in mind once the ham is removed from the oven, the temperature will rise another 5-10 degrees to bring it to the recommended 140˚F.
  • Transfer ham to a serving dish and rest ham 15-20 minutes before serving. Strain pan juices through a sieve, skim off the fat that floats to the top. Spoon pan juices over ham slices when serving.

Nutrition Per Serving

430kcal Calories7g Carbs49g Protein22g Fat6g Saturated Fat195mg Cholesterol3049mg Sodium743mg Potassium1g Fiber6g Sugar52IU Vitamin A61mg Vitamin C20mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Baked Ham with the Best Glaze
Amount per Serving
Calories
430
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
22
g
34
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Cholesterol
 
195
mg
65
%
Sodium
 
3049
mg
133
%
Potassium
 
743
mg
21
%
Carbohydrates
 
7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
49
g
98
%
Vitamin A
 
52
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
61
mg
74
%
Calcium
 
20
mg
2
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked ham
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$$
Calories: 430
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  • GED
    April 6, 2024

    Thank you for this recipe. It is informative, all inclusive, easy to follow, and detailed (which I like details). I especially liked the information: where to buy, types of ham to buy, how much to buy, various methods how to cook, and the apricot glaze. I’ll certainly try this recipe before the summer comes. I’ve received your emails for several years and saved all. Don’t stop sending recipes.

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  • Jeanette DeGuglielmo
    April 5, 2024

    I made your ham glaze on Easter for my ham and it was delicious. Everybody raved about it. I followed your recipe and didn’t change a thing. Thank you for such a delicious recipe.

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  • Shannon
    April 2, 2024

    I made this and followed the instructions exactly. It came out absolutely perfect! My family loved it and it was super easy to do. I’ll be using this recipe every time I bake ham from now on!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 2, 2024

      I’m so happy you all enjoyed this Ham, Shannon. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Ana Ieremciuc
    April 1, 2024

    Made this for Easter and everyone couldn’t get enough, not to mention all the compliments on how good it looked. Was super easy and very convenient. Left it in during church service and by the time I was home it was heated up and ready to go. Thank you so much Natasha!!

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  • Lynn Fischer
    April 1, 2024

    This was a great recipe and everyone enjoyed the ham at Easter lunch. I had an 11-1/2 pound ham like you did in the recipe. I like to make sure we always have more than enough when we have guests and this recipe was well-written and easy to make. I like prep ahead meals and when the ham was resting after baking, I used the 425 oven to re-heat some small stuffed potatoes and everything was on the table at the same time. The glaze is really tasty and I’ll make this recipe next time I make a ham for a crowd – easy and stress free if you follow the directions.

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  • Tina
    March 31, 2024

    First time trying this glaze, multiple people said it was the best ham they ever had. Used a bone in spiral ham. Absolutely will be my go to ham glaze!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 31, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Tina!

      Reply

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