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5-Ingredient Honey Baked Ham Recipe

No need to spend a lot of money or time on your favorite holiday ham; this year, make your own version with this 5-Ingredient Honey Baked Ham Recipe. It’s ridiculously easy and always a hit.

honey baked ham on a plate with sauce
Honey Baked Ham is unbelievably easy to make at home; the sauce is a winner!

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Easy Honey Baked Ham Recipe

Decades ago, a friend 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.

Not only is this honey baked ham unbelievably easy to make, it’s restaurant-quality ham for a fraction of the price. Perfect for Christmas, Easter, or anytime your family craves a simple yet amazing ham.

This Honey Baked Ham tastes like you’ve spent much more time on it than you really did; expect requests for the recipe. This is the easy honey ham recipe you’ll return to over an over again. We love it paired with this Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes or this Garlic-Butter Roasted Potatoes! ✨

Homemade Honey Baked Ham Ingredients

Just look at the golden brown goodness. You’ll need just 5 simple ingredients:

  • Brown Sugar provides a warm molasses sweetness to the sauce. Be sure to pack it down tight when measuring.
  • Whole Grain Mustard, sometimes known as country style mustard, is key to the delectable honey mustard sauce. It’s not your average yellow mustard.
  • Honey works together with the brown sugar to bring a tantalizing sweetness to the salty ham. This honey is my favorite, as it’s raw, unfiltered, organic, and affordable.
  • Apple Cider or Juice brings a sweet acidity to the basting sauce. Be sure you’re getting juice and not vinegar.
  • Spiral-Sliced Ham
  • Here’s a tidbit about coarse ground or country style mustard, with visible mustard seeds within. It makes a notable difference in flavor. We use it for this Honey Mustard Chicken with Curry, which tastes amazing.

How to Make Honey Baked Ham: Key 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.
  • Basting sauce can be made several days ahead of time and reheated when ready to use.
  • Don’t skimp on the basting sessions – baste ham every 15 minutes during baking, for juicy results.
  • 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.
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Use spiral sliced ham and baste often, for juicy results.

Honey Baked Ham
Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use an unsliced ham instead of a spiral-sliced ham?

For ease of slicing and basting, we do recommend using a spiral-sliced ham. However, you can also thinly slice your own ham prior to cooking.

How long do you bake ham for?

For a 4-5 pound ham, bake at 350F for 60-70 minutes or until edges are nicely browned.

What should you serve ham with?

A few favorite side dishes to serve with ham include Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes and Best Broccoli Apple Salad.

What can I do with leftover ham?

We love using leftover diced ham in Chinese Fried Rice or making use of the ham bone and ham meat in this Ham Potato Vegetable Soup.

More to Cook and Eat

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Honey Baked Ham

4.88 from 87 ratings
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 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Servings: 20



  • 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.
    Honey Baked Ham Sauce Ingredients
  • 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.
    Honey Baked Ham with Basting Sauce
  • Serve: To serve pre-cut slices of ham, arrange slices neatly on a serving dish and brush more sauce all over ham slices. Serve with leftover sauce.
    If serving ham whole, be sure to have sauce available for drizzling. The sauce is what makes this ham so great!
    Use spiral sliced ham



  • Honey mustard sauce is more of a saucy au jus consistency, rather than a thicker gravy texture.
  • If you prefer your sauce thicker: place sauce in a saucepan and bring to a low boil. In a small bowl, stir and dissolve 1 TB cornstarch in 2 TB cool water to make a cornstarch slurry. Stir in slurry a little at a time to the boiling sauce, adding only as much as needed until sauce is thickened to your liking. 
  • This ham is amazing with Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes or Garlic-Butter Potatoes!
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


Serving: 1g | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: Bake

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Recipe Rating


    • Nate
    • 5 stars

    A great and easy recipe, I am going to try the apple juice like you recommended!

    • Abdul Waheed

    I will forward this to my wife, looks easy to prepare. Even the images are making me hungry.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Renata Feyen

    We actually never have ham for dinner but we mostly eat it cold on a sandwich – but your ham looks really hard to resist 🙂

    • Tina Basu

    This looks delicious, I will try this out in the coming weeks and let you know. Loved your blog here.

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you so much, Tina 🙂

    • Olya Amanova

    All one need for a beautiful holiday table can be found on this portal) every recipe is great but this one is my favcame out so good.

      • chewoutloud

      So so happy you liked this dish, Olya 🙂

    • Ann

    I have cooked a spiral ham in the crock pot and it was delicious. Just be sure to purchase a ham small enough so the lid fits tightly on your crock pot.

    • Sushmita

    This looks like an easy recipe to replicate. I am one of those non-ham eaters, so yes, I am going to replace the ham with chicken! 😀

      • chewoutloud

      The honey mustard sauce would be delicious with chicken as well 🙂

    • Yeah Lifestyle
    • 5 stars

    Your post is making me hungry! I am gonna cook this honey baked ham for the family this weekend, I know they will love it

    • Rikki Ridgeway

    This looks positively delicious, and I’m adding it to my Holiday recipe board.

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you’re adding it! Yay! 🙂

    • Ashley Rollins

    My mom used to always make ham for us when we were kids. I love this recipe! So delicious.

    • Luna S

    Mmm I haven’t made a good ham in a while, this looks so good! Makes me want to make a ham sometime soon.

    • Ann

    Last year I cooked my half ham in the crock pot and it was delicious….moist and tender. Would you recommend cooking a spiral-cut ham in the crock pot?

    • Heather

    I used this recipe every year for the holidays and friends and family rave over how delicious it is!! And for me it’s so simple to make. I deff recommend it!!

      • chewoutloud

      So glad to hear it, Heather! Thanks for coming over today and Happy Holidays 🙂

    • Debra

    I was wondering what the ingredients would be for a 33 pound, bone in ham? We have the chance to purchase a 32 pound “raw” ham.

      • chewoutloud

      Debra, you should be able to simply adjust the ingredients proportionately to the amount of ham you have. This recipe is written for a “prebaked” ham typically found in grocery stores; I’m not sure how it would turn out for a raw ham. I’m assuming there would be a need to adjust bake time as well. Hope it turns out wonderfully for you! Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂

    • Larry

    Dear Chewoutloud, I just came across your website and this recipe. I have a question — is the ham you are talking about from the Honey Baked Ham company? I ask because I bought a 7lb ham from Honey Baked Ham company and it was delivered yesterday in preparation for Easter Sunday. I really want to try your recipe but the Honey Baked Ham website says not to heat the ham but to serve it right out of the refrigerator. They say heating it in the oven will dry it out. Can you give me your thoughts? Thanks !!


      • chewoutloud

      Larry, this recipe is not a Honey Baked Ham company ham. It’s a homemade version 🙂 For your HB Ham, you should definitely go with whatever the instructions are. If you want to try my recipe in the future, you can get a spiral sliced ham from any grocery store 🙂 Enjoy and Happy Easter!

    • Stacy A

    This was VERY GOOD! I will DEFINATELY make this again, thanks for sharing!!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, Stacy! Soo happy you guys liked it 🙂 Thanks for coming over to let us know! Happy holidays!

    • karina

    Do you put the ham in flat side down in the baking dish, or round side down? Thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      Karina, I always do it right-side-up. It makes the top nicely browned. Enjoy! 🙂

    • myra

    What if I smoke the ham? Would the sauce still be a success?

      • chewoutloud

      The sauce is great on its own, and you can always thicken it with a bit of dissolved cornstarch (couple TB cornstarch dissolved in bit of water)… but the basting really makes a difference in the flavor of the ham, and not sure if you can baste while the ham is smoking. If you do prefer to just make the sauce on the side to drizzle over your smoked ham, that would be an option. Thanks for checking in, Myra! 🙂

    • Cori

    When cooking the ham did you lay it on the side or flat side down?

      • chewoutloud

      Cori, I just do it right-side-up. And baste it often. Enjoy! 🙂

        • Cori

        Thank you and have a happy Thanksgiving!!

          • chewoutloud

          You too, Cori! Thanks for coming over today 🙂

    • Robin

    I would love to use this recipe, but would actually need it for a larger ham. 13-15lbs. What adjustments would I need to make in the recipe (measurements, temperature, and how long would it need to be cooked)? Thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      If it’s a spiral cut ham, the cook time will be roughly the same; you can give it an addition 10-15 min or so, checking frequently for desired color. Hams are typically pre-cooked already, so we don’t worry about it being undercooked. We are mainly looking for that nice browned color. You can double the sauce; it should be plenty. I always have leftover sauce, which we love using as a drizzle next to the finished ham. Enjoy! 🙂

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