20+ Of The Best Holiday Ham Recipes (2024)



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Want to make the perfect holiday ham for the holidays? From slow cooker ham recipes to baked ham with raspberry glaze, these amazing ham recipes are perfect for your holiday dinner!

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Holiday Hams

I love the holidays! With Easter rolling around, we’ll be doing everything from Easter egg decorating to making delicious Easter cakes! Sometimes we even combine the eggs and treats into one, like we did with these Rice Krispie Easter Eggs.

There’s also the holiday dinner, which is so much fun to plan. While I love trying different side dishes, one of our traditions is that we always have a holiday ham. Luckily there are so many amazing ham recipes to choose from, we can still keep our tradition but change it up a little every year.

The hard part is choosing a favorite! I’m kind of torn on what to make this year. From honey glazed ham recipes to a pineapple ham that’s almost too pretty to eat, there are so many awesome holiday ham recipes to choose from. I want to try them all!

The Best Holiday Hams

It may be hard to choose a favorite holiday ham from all these awesome recipes! From honey glazed ham to a pineapple ham that's almost too pretty to eat, I want to try them all!


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Roasted Raspberry Ham Recipe

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Why did I never think to combine ham with raspberries? This sounds delish and I can't wait to try this Roasted Raspberry Ham!


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Bourbon Honey Mustard Glazed Ham

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Honey mustard and ham are always a great combination. Throw in some bourbon and it's even better!


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Instant Pot Apple Pie Ham

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Am I the only one that still doesn't have an instant pot? I may have to get one just so I can try this Apple Pie Ham!


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Instant Pot Honey Ham in 10 Minutes!

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In a hurry? This honey ham recipe takes just 10 minutes to make.


Maple Spice Glazed Ham

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to smoke a ham, it's all spelled out in this delicious recipe


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Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham

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If you have a slow cooker, make the holidays easy by using it to make this Honey Glazed Ham for the holidays.


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Slow Cooker Ham with Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze

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Here's another delicious slow cooker recipe for the holidays. You can't go wrong with brown sugar pineapple ham, right?


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Easter Ham - Easy Like Sunday Morning

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This four ingredient Easter ham really is easy like Sunday morning!


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Weight Watchers Citrus and Cranberry Ham

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Want a healthy ham recipe for the holidays? This Citrus and Cranberry Ham is Weight Watchers approved.


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Orange Dijon Glazed Ham

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Want a twist on the traditional honey glazed ham? Why not try an Orange Dijon Glazed Ham this year.


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The Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze

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Get out the crock pot and try this ham recipe with beer and chutney glaze


Apple Spice Glazed Ham with Baked Apples

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This awesome ham recipe even comes with baked apples on the side...how delish does that sound?!


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Jalapeno Pineapple Ham Recipe

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Jalapenos on ham? I've never tried it but if you like your food spicy, you may want to try it


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Baked Ham With Citrus Glaze

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This ham with citrus glaze makes a great choice for the holidays.


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Glazed Easter Ham

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You know if the Pioneer Woman makes an Easter ham, it's gonna be good!


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Baked Ham with Apple Cider Maple Glaze

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I love drinking apple cider but I may have to save a little for my ham next time.


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Orange Marmalade Ginger Ham Glaze

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I'm still deciding which ham I want to try this year but this Orange Marmalade Ginger Ham is at the top of the list.


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Baked Ham Recipe with Honey Mustard & Apples

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This ham recipe combines honey mustard with apples which sounds like it makes for a delicious holiday ham


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Perfect Holiday Ham

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This holiday ham recipe has a little bit of everything but sounds like it's totally worth the work.


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Bourbon Molasses Glazed Ham

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Who knew that so many people made hams with bourbon? Now they've got me curious and this is another one that's on my list of ham recipes to try.


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Dr. Pepper Glazed Easter Ham

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I don't drink a lot of Dr. Pepper but I do want to try this Dr. Pepper Glazed Ham!


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Ham with Pineapple and Cherries

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This pineapple ham recipe with cherries looks almost too pretty to eat!


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Easy Orange Honey Ham

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Orange and Honey make for a pretty sweet ham recipe!

Are you totally craving ham now? Which one of these holiday hams would you make for the holidays?

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20+ Of The Best Holiday Ham Recipes (2024)


What is the best ham to serve at Christmas? ›

Shank or Butt

Shank: Ham from the shank end is the picturesque ham profile that pops into most people's heads when they think of a Christmas ham. The pork comes from the leg portion of the pig and tends to be a bit leaner. Bone-in ham from the shank has one long bone, which can make carving a breeze.

How does Gordon Ramsay cook ham? ›

Put the gammon into a large saucepan and pour on enough cold water to cover. Add the carrots, leek, onion, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cinnamon stick and bay leaves. Bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer and cook for 3 hours, topping up with more boiling water if necessary.

Should I soak my ham before cooking? ›

These days, it's generally not necessary to soak gammon (uncooked ham) to make it less salty before cooking.

What is the best ham in the world? ›

In the world of cured hams, Jamón Ibérico de bellota reigns supreme. Its strict designation of origin standards, the uniqueness of the animals used, the quality, tradition, and expert hand-carving techniques make it stand above even the best Italian prosciutto.

How does Martha Stewart bake a ham? ›

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Wrap ham completely with parchment-lined foil and place on a rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan. Transfer ham to oven and bake 1 1/2 hours. Unwrap ham; discard parchment and foil.

What makes ham taste better? ›

Peach preserves, hot pepper jelly, and maple syrup work as sweet bases for glazes that add sheen as well as distinct flavor. Tasty additions such as aromatics, herbs, and spices switch up a traditional ham and make it truly memorable.

Does cooking a ham longer make it more tender? ›

Editor's Tip: For a fall-apart tender ham, let it cook longer; 10 to 12 hours on low. This method is perfect for families who prefer a more casual dinner of shredded hot ham and roll sandwiches. It's also the best for making any leftover ham recipes.

Do you cook ham skin side up or down? ›

Remove all packaging materials and place ham on its side, fat side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan; cover loosely with aluminum foil. 2. Heat approximately 15 to 20 minutes per pound until heated through.

Why do you soak ham? ›

If necessary, soak the gammon (ham) in cold water to reduce saltiness, according to butcher or packet instructions (most do not need this anymore as curing methods have changed). Weigh to calculate the cooking time. Place in a large pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil.

How do you prepare Christmas ham? ›

You can remove the rind and score the ham up to three days before using it. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. You can also prepare the ham, glaze and bake it completely. Allow it to cool, and cover with a layer of baking paper then a layer of foil.

Should I put anything on my ham before cooking? ›

Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a shallow roasting pan with foil. Between the slices of one 8- to 10-pound spiral-sliced ham insert half a thinly sliced orange; four garlic cloves, slivered; and sprigs of fresh rosemary and/or thyme all the way around the ham. Transfer ham flat side down to the prepared pan.

What is the best way to prepare a precooked ham? ›

Cut the ham free from the package, cover it in foil and reheat it to a good serving temperature. Cooking it at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes per pound should do the trick, depending on the type of ham (whole or half, bone-in or no bone ― these specifics are outlined here).

How do you make a precooked ham taste better? ›

Add 1/2-3/4 of a cup of wine or stock to the pan (you don't want the ham swimming in liquid) and throw some aromatics in there—a few whole cloves, some star anise, and cinnamon sticks are all good options. Cover the ham with foil and place in a 250-degree oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 100℉.

What is the most popular type of ham? ›

The most popular ham is cured ham, which has been brined before cooking. The brine is a liquid of water and salt, and seasonings are sometimes added to the brine. Hams are soaked in brine for a few days or weeks before it is smoked.

Is spiral or boneless ham better? ›

It really depends on what you like and how many people you're serving! We liked both whole and spiral-cut hams and didn't have a preference for bone-in or boneless.

What is the difference between a spiral ham and a regular ham? ›

Spiral ham can be made boneless, but butchers typically create a spiral ham cut by slicing a bone-in ham into one big spiral shape. Not only does spiral bone-in ham have a natural and preserved fresh flavor—it's also a lot easier to cut, because of the extra work done at the butcher's block.

Is turkey or ham better for Christmas dinner? ›

Overall, turkey is recommended over ham for nutrition. However, this is based on sodium content. Ham is very high in sodium, but it is rich in zinc, potassium, and iron. Ham has been used for generations to add salt and flavor to other dishes.

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