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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 88 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!
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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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    • Bonnie

    Do you think I can use apple juice instead ? Thanks

    • Dee
    • 5 stars

    This ham has the most beautiful golden color and I can’t believe it is so easy and simple to make!

    • Leslie
    • 5 stars

    I love this honey-baked ham recipe! It’s everything you could want in a perfect ham recipe!

    • Stine Mari
    • 5 stars

    I can’t wait to make this again during Christmas. I love the sweetness from the honey with the ham, such a mouthwatering combination!

    • Emily

    I made this for a Friendsgiving this past weekend and everyone went nuts for it! For the first ham I’ve ever made this was a nice easy recipe that was so delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      That’s the BEST kind of news around here, Emily!

    • Gutters Tyler TX

    Oh man this looks so good! Sending to my wife RIGHT now 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, hope you guys love this!

    • Adkins Digital

    That looks amaaaazing, I love ham so this will be saved to break out for the holidays!

      • Jere Cassidy
      • 5 stars

      I just can’t bring myself to buy a honey-baked ham so thanks for posting this recipe so I can make this at home. So glad it has simple ingredients. Your ham looks amazing.

    • hillary

    Hi there…I’m hoping to make this for Easter. Do you use bone in or boneless ham?

      • chewoutloud

      I’ve used both! Spiral sliced works well for sauce to get in between slices, too. Hope you love it, and happy Easter 🙂

    • Jodie
    • 5 stars

    Just made a 12 lb. ham for a Christmas potluck. I doubled the sauce ingredients and basted every 20 minutes 4 times. It was really delicious. I saved the bone with a lot of attached meat to make soup, I bet that will be yummy with the sweet flavor. This will be my go to ham recipe now. Thank you very much!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay!! So so happy you all loved it, Jodie 🙂 I do the same with bone…ham soup afterwards 🙂 Happy continued cooking!

    • Nina
    • 5 stars

    oh my god, pics are making my mouth water. I love honey & ham, a good combo.

      • chewoutloud

      Sooo good 🙂 Thanks, Nina!

    • Kiwi

    I am pescatarian so I cant have ham. One of my friend is a pork lover I am sending this to him.

    • rachel

    This looks SO good ! I LOVE ham!

    • tweenselmom

    This can be a sellable item if you learn to do it properly. Thank you!

    • Melanie Frost
    • 5 stars

    I love that you spilled the secret to Honey Baked Ham at home. This will cost half of what it does to buy from the retailer.

    • Hannah Healy
    • 5 stars

    Wow, this looks amazing! This would be the perfect recipe for the holiday table!

    • Bree
    • 5 stars

    You make this look so easy to make! It looks delicious and I’m in the mood for ham so I’m definitely making this!

    • Crystal

    My mouth is WATERING looking at these pictures and reading the ingredients. I think I’ll attempt this for christmas dinner. Thank you!!

    • King

    OMG… I’m fun of ham… Always yummy…

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