A super easy and tasty ham isn't too far away. With this minimal effort recipe, you can have more time to relax while dinner slowly cooks in the oven.
Ham is such a huge part of holiday meals. Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas or even Easter, ham seems to find a way onto the table.
With this low effort ham recipe, you can enjoy a sweet and tasty crusted ham without all of the stress and effort. Holidays are stressful enough, am I right?
When you've finished your meal, make sure to save the ham bone for Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup.
Why This Recipe Works
- It's a low effort recipe perfect for high stress holidays. With this honey orange ham glaze, you only need a few simple ingredients and a combined total of about 5 minutes of actual effort to pull this juicy orange honey glazed ham together.
- It's delicious. Get a fabulously juicy ham with a sweetened glazed crust and enjoy every last bite.
- The prep work is easy. Slice some lines into the crust, Bake, glaze, and bake some more. This recipe is simple and perfect for first time chefs.
Orange juice- Use orange juice for the base of this delicious glaze.
Orange zest- For a stronger flavor of orange, adding in some orange zest will give us a fresher flavor.
Cinnamon- For added warm spice, you'll need some ground cinnamon.
Ground cloves- Adding in ground cloves will help to give more spice and a nicer flavor profile.
Honey- You will want to use some honey to help thicken the glaze. This helps to make it stick to the ham better and helps to give a nicer caramelized crust.
Ham- You will need a large bone in ham. I do not recommend using a spiral cut ham as they tend to dry out too easily.
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make Honey orange glazed ham with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Let your ham rest on the counter for 30 minutes and preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
Using a paring knife score the top of the ham.
Place your ham flat side down on a rack inside a roasting pan. Fill the pan with about ¼ inch of water at the bottom.
Cook the ham for about 2 hours until the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees F.
In a bowl, mix together the honey, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon, and cloves.
Pour your glaze over the ham and continue baking until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F in the thickest part.
Let ham rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving.
🍴 Recipe Tips
If you like a darker crust on your ham, after adding the glaze, crank the heat up to 425 degrees F instead of maintaining a constant 325 degrees F. This will brown it and cook it much faster (saves roughly 30 minutes).
If you want it to cook faster without becoming too dark, tent it with foil and turn the heat up to 425F after the glaze is added.
Basting the ham with the glaze and juices if optional and not required.
Make sure to allow the ham to rest before carving so that it stays nice and juicy!
The glaze on a ham should be added within the last hour or half hour of baking so that it doesn't become too caramelized. This helps the flavor to adhere while keeping the ham from getting too dark in color..
Ham should be cooked to 145 degrees F before being eaten to make sure that it has been cooked properly and is safe to consume.
Absolutely! After your ham has cooled down, cut off all meat from the bone and store them in an airtight freezer container. Freeze for up to 4 months, and reheat or use as desired within that timeframe.
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Honey Orange Glazed Ham
- 1 cup Honey ($2.24)
- ¼ cup Orange Juice ($0.25)
- 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest ($0.04)
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon ($0.01)
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cloves ($0.01)
- 10-12 pounds Bone-In Ham ($15.44)
- Remove ham from fridge and allow to sit on the counter for 30 minutes while the oven preheats to 325 degrees F.
- Using a sharp paring knife, score the top of the ham.
- Place ham, flat side down on a rack inside a roasting pan. Add about ¼ inch of water to bottom of pan.
- Cook in the oven until temperature reaches 130 degrees F, (this is about 2 hours~ 15 minutes per pound on estimate).
- Mix the glaze ingredients together in a bowl. (honey, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon, and cloves).
- Pour the glaze over the ham and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F in the thickest part. (about 1 hour).
- Let ham rest for 10 minutes before carving.