Easy Honey Baked Ham Recipe
I’ll be the first to admit that I was never crazy for ham. During the holidays, I’d traditionally inhale turkey over ham. However, nearly two decades ago, my friend Janice showed up at a holiday party with a standout Honey Baked Ham that got everyone’s attention. It was and continues to be the ONLY homemade honey baked ham recipe I’ve ever liked.
This Honey Baked Ham Recipe never fails to impress, and requests for the recipe always come calling. This is the easy honey ham recipe you’ll return to over an over again…
Homemade Honey Baked Ham that shines
Just look at the golden brown goodness. Courtesy of brown sugar, country style mustard, all dripping with honey. Do be sure to use the coarse ground or country style mustard, with visible mustard seeds within. You can see the texture in the ham images here. It makes a big difference in flavor.
Non-ham eaters may think twice, with this one on the table.
I’m convinced one reason for ham’s popularity is that it’s super easy to prepare and can feed a crowd.
This Honey Baked Ham tastes like you’ve spent much more time on it than you really did.
Final Pro Tips
- Be sure to get the spiral sliced ham if you want ease of slicing; plus, the juices really sink in with the pre-sliced ham cooking in the oven.
- If you’d like to serve the ham with slices arranged in a dish for easy serving, simply arrange the slices in your choice of serving dish and brush the sauce in between slices and on top. This ensures that every slice will be juicy and flavorful.
For ease of slicing and basting, we recommend using a spiral-sliced ham. However, you thinly slice your own ham prior to cooking.
For a 4-5 pound ham, bake at 350F for 60-70 minutes or until edges are nicely browned.
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Honey Baked Ham
This is a homestyle Honey Baked Ham, rich with savory sweetness of ham mixed with honey. The sauce is more of an au jus, rather than a gravy. See notes if you want a thick sauce. Spoon plenty of it over the slices of ham, and watch it disappear! Great for holidays.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 60 min
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: 20 1x
- Fully cooked, spiral-sliced ham (4-5 lbs)
- 1 cup good apple cider
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup whole grain mustard (prepared mustard jar with whole mustard seeds)
- 1/4 cup honey
- Preheat: Heat oven to 350F with rack on lower position.
- Make Sauce: Mix together apple cider, brown sugar, mustard, and honey in a bowl. Mix well to fully incorporate basting sauce.
- Bake: Place ham in a 13×9 baking dish. Coat ham with a generous amount of sauce. Bake for 60-70 minutes, basting thoroughly every 15 minutes.
- Serve: To serve pre-cut slices of ham, arrange slices neatly on a serving dish and brush leftover sauce all over ham slices and serve. (If serving ham whole, be sure to have leftover sauce available for drizzling. The sauce is what makes this ham so great!)
This sauce is more of a saucy au jus consistency, rather than a thicker gravy texture. If you prefer your sauce thicker, simply thicken it by bringing leftover sauce to a low boil. Dissolve a bit of cornstarch (start with 1-2 tsp) in a little bit of water (about 1-2 tsp) and add dissolved cornstarch to the boiling sauce. Add more dissolved cornstarch as needed. Stir constantly until sauce is thickened to your liking. (Never add undissolved cornstarch directly to any boiling sauce, or it will become clumpy.) This ham is amazing with Cheesy Scalloped Potatoesor Garlic-Butter Potatoes!
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- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 32
- Sugar: 6 g
- Sodium: 15.5 mg
- Fat: 0.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 6.1 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 0.6 g
- Cholesterol: 11.9 mg
- Category: main dish
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: honey baked ham, easy honey ham