Easy Maple Glazed Ham

A few ingredients create this easy Maple Glazed Ham. This recipe is great for the holidays or even just for dinner during the week.

a cooked maple glazed ham sitting on a white serving platter with pineapple around the edges

Baked ham is a classic dish that is great for the holidays or any time. This recipe combines a few simple ingredients to create a flavorful maple glazed ham. The maple brown sugar glaze enhances the flavor of the ham and adds a caramelized texture to the edges.

Steps to Make Maple Glazed Ham

Before you start, gather your ingredients. A few notes are below.

  • Ham: Use a 8 to 10 pound bone-in ham for this recipe. You can use a boneless ham, but you will need to adjust the cooking time as boneless hams don’t require as much time to cook.
  • Pineapple Juice: This adds flavor. You can substitute with water, if desired.
  • Pure Maple Syrup: This helps adhere the sugar to create the glaze.
  • Brown Sugar: You can reduce the amount of brown sugar, if desired.
  • Spices: You can omit the spices, if desired, but it’s not recommended as the spices help enhance the flavor.
adding ingredients to roasting pan with ham
  • Step 1: Place the ham in a roasting pan, leaving the fatty side up.
  • Step 2: Use a knife to lightly cut criss cross patterns, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches, in the ham. This helps the ham absorb the juices and create the crispy edges.
  • Step 3: Pour the water and pineapple juice into the bottom of the roasting pan.
  • Step 4: Cover the pan with foil and cook in the oven for 75 to 90 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
adding glaze and brown sugar to ham
  • Step 5: Combine 1/2 cup of brown sugar, ground cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Step 6: Remove the ham from the oven and use a pastry brush to coat the entire ham with the syrup.
  • Step 7: Pour the brown sugar mixture over the syrup, patting it all over the ham. Use up to 1/4 cup of the reserved brown sugar to top the ham, covering in missed sections.
  • Step 8: Cook the ham in the oven for an additional 30 to 35 minutes. Check the ham while cooking a few times to make sure it’s not burning. If it begins to burn from the glaze, cover with foil.

FAQs

When should I glaze my ham?

Glaze the ham towards the end of baking, about 20 to 30 minutes before the end of baking. This helps the glaze caramelize without burning.

What is the best way to cook a fully cooked ham?

Bake a fully cooked ham in the oven at 325 degrees until heated through. A bone-in ham requires about 12 to 15 minutes per pound at 325 degrees F. A boneless ham requires about 8 to 10 minutes per pound.

How long does it take to heat fully cooked ham?

An 8 to 10 pound ham takes about 2 hours to be fully cooked at 325 degrees. You can also bake at 350 degrees for less time. The internal temperature of the cooked ham should be 135 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer.

Can you glaze a ham the night before?

You can cook the ham with the glaze the night before and reheat as needed.

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Complete the meal by serving this easy maple glazed ham with a few of our favorite side dishes.

a cooked maple glazed ham sitting on a white serving platter with pineapple around the edges

Easy Maple Glazed Ham

Yield: 25 servings
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
A few easy ingredients create this recipe that is great for the holidays or even just for dinner during the week.
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients 

  • 1 (8 to 10 pound) bone-in ham
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • To prepare the ham, place it in a roasting pan, leaving the fatty side up. Be sure to remove all plastic packaging on the ham. Use a knife to lightly cut criss cross patterns, about1- 1 ½ inches, in the ham.
  • Pour the water and pineapple juice into the bottom of the roasting pan, then cover the pan with foil. Place the covered ham in the oven, on the lowest rack, and cook for about 75 to 90 minutes, basting as needed. (A 10 pound ham takes about 90 minutes.)
  • While the ham is cooking, prepare the glaze. Set the syrup and 1/4 cup brown sugar aside. Combine the remaining brown sugar and all other ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to completely mix them together.
  • Once the ham has been cooking for 90 minutes, remove it from the oven, leaving the oven on. Using a pastry brush, coat the entire ham with the syrup. Pour the brown sugar mixture over the syrup, patting it all over the ham. Use the reserved brown sugar to top the ham, covering any missed sections. (You may not use the entire ¼ cup of brown sugar.)
  • Place the ham back in the oven, uncovered, for an an additional 30 to 35 minutes. Return the foil if the ham begins to burn from the glaze.
  • Baste the ham well with juices just before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

TEMPERATURE: The ham should be cooked to an internal temperature of 135 to 140 degrees on a meat thermometer. 
SUBSTITUTIONS
  • Ham: Use a 8 to 10 pound bone-in ham for this recipe. You can use a boneless ham, but you will need to adjust the cooking time as boneless hams don’t require as much time to cook.
  • Pineapple Juice: This adds flavor. You can substitute with water, if desired.
  • Brown Sugar: You can reduce the amount of brown sugar, if desired.
  • Spices: You can omit the spices, if desired, but it’s not recommended as the spices help enhance the flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 119mg, Sodium: 1889mg, Potassium: 485mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin C: 38mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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2 comments on “Easy Maple Glazed Ham”

  1. We usually have turkey for thanksgiving so I made this ham for dinner tonight! SO SO good! Definitely “special occasion” worthy.

  2. I’ve never added pineapple to baked ham before but it was fabulous – genius idea.

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