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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.

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Honey Baked Ham is unbelievably easy to make at home; the sauce is a winner!

Honey Baked Ham, IN Action

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.

These days, I’ll happily serve up a sweet ‘n savory ham for gatherings.  Perfect for Easter, coming right up. Especially when paired with Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes or Garlic-Butter Roasted Potatoes! ✨

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…

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Homemade honey baked ham is affordable, accessible, and delicious.

Homemade Honey Baked Ham Ingredients

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.

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Use spiral sliced ham and baste often, for juicy results.

Pro Tips for the Best Honey Baked Ham

  • 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.

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 recommend using a spiral-sliced ham. However, you 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.

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Honey Baked Ham

4.96 from 74 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


  • 4-5 lbs ham, spiral-sliced, fully cooked
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ¼ cup whole grain mustard, prepared mustard jar with whole mustard seeds
  • ¼ 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!
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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Sides to Pair with Your Ham…

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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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