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How to make the best ham glaze recipe

This is the best ham glaze recipe I have ever tasted. With just a touch of heat and a bit of bite from the mustard to balance the sweetness of the honey, this glaze hits all the right notes. Sweet, sticky, caramelized edges give way to juicy slices of ham packed with flavor. This ham will be the star of your holiday dinner and the best side to go with it is everyone’s favorite 5 ingredient easy corn casserole

Spiral sliced hams are fully cooked, making them ideal for large gatherings. All you have to do is layer on a flavorful glaze and heat it in the oven. Five minutes of hands on time is all you need for a juicy, flavorful holiday ham.

Sliced, glazed ham on a white platter.
Best Ham Glaze Recipe

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Honey mustard glazed ham

These six ingredients are all you need to make the most ham glaze recipe you’ve ever had.

Ingredients for honey mustard chipotle glaze for ham.

Most of the glazes I’ve had are a bit too sweet, but this one gets just a little bit of smoky heat from the chipotle sauce, while the garlic and whole grain mustard give this glaze lots of flavor.

How do I cook a 10 pound spiral sliced ham?

Spiral hams are fully cooked. They only need to be heated through. Mine was in the oven for 90 minutes, but could have used another 30 minutes to get it piping hot.

Mustard glazed ham on white platter.

For a 9 or 10 pound ham, give it about two hours in the oven to fully heat through.

How to cook a spiral sliced ham without drying it out

Does that glazed ham look dried out? It most certainly doesn’t not.

This is how you do it – first, place your ham face down in the roasting pan and add a little water to the pan.

Best ham glaze recipe for spiral ham in vintage Pyrex dish.

Then cover tightly with foil and put in the oven to heat. The water will create steam, which will help to keep the ham nice and juicy. Heating the ham up without covering it will result in a dried out, tough ham.

How to make glaze for ham

Just look at that ham. This glaze is good to begin with, but once it goes into the oven, you are in for something special.

Sweet, sticky and just a little bit of smoky heat make this chipotle honey mustard combination truly the best ham glaze recipe I’ve ever made.

Overhead photo of the best glazed ham with honey and mustard.

To make this ham glaze, all you need to do is put everything in a small pot and let it come to a boil, then shut it off. It is the easiest glaze for spiral sliced ham that also tastes amazing.

Mustard and ham are good friends and everyone who’s ever been to a deli counter knows that honey and brown sugar go with ham.

The saltiness of the ham balances the sweetness of the glaze. Once you let the glaze caramelize in the oven for a bit, it takes it to the stratosphere.

The best ham glaze recipe

Look at that thing in all its glory. You can see the bits of garlic and mustard coating the outside of this ham, but make sure you get a little inside the slices too!

Spiral ham glazed with honey mustard and chipotle in roasting pan.

After your ham is heated through, remove the foil and crank up your oven. You can see from the photo that my ham was pretty tall, so I had to lower my oven rack. Mine was set in the lower third to give my ham plenty of space.

The ham glaze recipe contains honey and brown sugar, which could burn if too close to the heating element for an extended time. Keep an eye on your ham once you’ve glazed it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

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How many people does a 10 pound glazed ham serve?

If you are serving ham as your main meat for dinner, a 10 pound ham will serve about twelve people.

How do I cut a spiral ham?

The easiest way to slice your ham is to stand it up on the bottom, with the flat side facing up. You can see natural breaks in the ham slices and you’ll cut along those. Cut down along the center bone to slice the ham away from the bone and then cut it into slices.

If you prefer to take your bronzed beauty to the table and slice it there, you can do that too.

Slicing ham on white platter.

Because the ham is spiral-sliced, the ham pulls away pretty easily, which makes quick work of getting it sliced off of the bone.

Glazed ham on platter with parsley.

Reserve that ham bone for a pot of beans or for my favorite Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham. It’s the perfect use for your ham bone and some of that leftover ham!

Make it a meal

Try a few of these recipes to make it a complete holiday meal:

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sliced, glazed ham on platter

Chipotle Honey Mustard Glazed Ham

Cheryl Bennett
Sweet, salty and just a little spicy, this is the best ham glaze recipe.
4.55 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 10 pounds
Calories 636 kcal


  • 10 pound spiral ham

For Glaze:

  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. sauce from chipotles in adobo
  • 2 tbsp. whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic


  • Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C.
  • Place ham, flat side down, on a rack inside of a roasting pan and add ½ cup water to the pan. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until heated through.

Make Glaze:

  • In a small sauce pot, combine 4 tbsp. butter, ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup honey, 2 tbsp. sauce from chipotles, 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard and 2 tsp garlic. Whisk to combine.
  • Heat until bubbling and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • When ham is heated through, remove it from the oven, take off the foil and raise oven temperature to 400°F.
    best ham glaze recipe in roasting pan
  • Brush half of the glaze on the ham and bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Brush remaining glaze on the ham and bake for another 10 minutes until glaze is caramelized. Let rest for 8 – 10 minutes before serving.
    glazed spiral sliced ham ron platter


Serving: 1/2 lb.Calories: 636kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 84gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 252mgSodium: 3782mgSugar: 23g
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