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Holiday Ham Glazes: Make your Christmas Entre Delicious and pretty as a Picture

There are many different Holiday traditions when it comes to food. One family may be serving a glazed ham, next door the Christmas Feast includes roast turkey or goose, across the street they are serving up a standing rib roast, and the people on the corner are sitting down to a dinner of pasta and fish. Whatever is being served you can be sure it is special and the recipe has probably been handed down from generation to generation.

Glazed ham is a favorite dish that will feed an army of visitors and still have some left over for sandwiches. A ham can be garnished beautifully and the glaze can make it glisten in the low lights of the dining room.

There are several different ways to glaze a ham for the holidays and several different hams you can use. A boneless ham is probably the easiest ham to work with as it is ready to eat and won’t have to be in the oven for a long time. A boneless ham should be baked 12 minutes per pound so if you have a boneless pre-cooked ham it should be in the oven for 1 hour and 12 minutes.

A bone in uncooked ham will take about 20 minutes per pound, so your 6 pound ham will take about 2 hours to cook and the internal temperature should be about 155 to 160 degrees. There are canned hams too, but they tend to be salty and the flavor isn’t quite as good. All the recipes for glazes below are for a 6 pound boneless fully cooked ham. If you have an uncooked ham you can still use these glazes. Just adjust the cooking time.

Orange Glaze

  • 1 – 6 ounce can of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup steak sauce


  1. Score the ham in a criss cross pattern across the top. Make cuts about ¼ inch deep.
  2. Place enough foil in the roasting pan to come up and cover ham.
  3. Place ham in pan fat side down, score side up.
  4. Wrap foil loosely about ham and place in 325 degree oven for about 45 minutes.
  5. In a bowl combine the above glaze ingredients.
  6. Remove the ham and unwrap.
  7. Brush glaze over scoring on ham. Use about half of the glaze.
  8. Increase the temperature of the oven to 400 degrees and put the ham in uncovered.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes then pour the rest of the glaze over top and cook 15 more minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let sit for at least 10 minutes before carving.

Apricot Glaze

  • ½ cup Apricot preserves
  • ½ cup Honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Do the same as above with these ingredients.

Brown Sugar Honey Glaze

  • 1/8 cup prepared brown mustard
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • whole cloves


  1. Do the same as above except for the following:
  2. After scoring the ham insert the whole cloves, pointy side first, into each diamond that has been created by the scoring. Do the top of the ham and part of the sides.
  3. This glaze will be thick. You may need to use a spatula to press the glaze to the ham and it will be almost impossible to get it to stick to the sides. Just pile it on the top and press down to pack the sugar.
  4. When you carve the ham some the glaze may crack or fall off. Don’t worry, just scoop it up with the slices and serve.

Pineapple Glaze

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 – 8 – ½ ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon prepared brown mustard


  1. In a sauce pan combine brown sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Add crushed pineapple with juice, lemon juice, and mustard and cook over medium heat until thickened.
  3. Boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  4. Continue as in above recipes. This will make a good amount of sauce so you may want to keep some in a bowl to be served with the ham if desired. Also you can garnish this ham with whole pineapple slices and cherries. Put them on at before the first glazing.

Cranberry Glazed Ham

  • 1 – 16 ounce can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice


  • In a sauce pan combine all the ingredients and whisk until smooth and thick. Let the mixture come just to a boil and remove from heat.
  • Continue as in above recipes.
  • You can garnish this ham with whole cranberries.

Enjoy your Christmas Ham however you wish to glaze it. It will be a treat for the whole family.