Slather this sweet and gingery glaze over ham before baking for an effortless, elegant holiday main course that your guests will love.
If you’re hosting family for the holidays, you can’t go wrong serving this Orange and Ginger Glazed Ham. It’s so easy to make — you only need five minutes to make the glaze, and the oven does the rest. For large gatherings, you could even grill this ham following the directions further down and use the oven to roast a perfect, juicy turkey, too.
Orange and Ginger Glazed Ham Recipe
Hams get steeply discounted after major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter. They keep for several months in the freezer, so it’s smart to stock up when they’re on sale. Defrost them in the refrigerator overnight (around 4-6 hours per pound), and any day can feel like a holiday.
You Need a Roasting Pan
For this recipe, you’ll want to use a roasting pan without inserting the rack. It’s important that the pan is deep enough to handle the water you’ll add to keep the ham from drying out, so a cookie sheet won’t work. (I use this two-pan stainless steel roasting pan set so I’ve got one for the turkey and one for the ham.)
Boneless or Bone-In?
I prefer buying hams with the bone still in them. Pound for pound, they’re cheaper and come out juicier. Plus, you wind up with a ham bone you can use to make pork stock or add to a pot of beans or greens to give them a delicious flavor.
Once cooked, ham stays good in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Be sure to slice any leftover ham off the bone the same day that you cook it, though. Wrap the leftovers tightly in plastic wrap, then again in foil — or vacuum seal and freeze them for up to 5 months. Freeze the bone or use it right away.
The delicious leftovers from this Orange and Ginger Glazed Ham Recipe are excellent in sandwiches, mini-quiches, omelets, and wraps. Add them along with some sauteed bell peppers and onions to this Easy Baked Omelet for a Crowd, and you can feed holiday guests a delicious, affordable breakfast.
You can also swap the ham for the bacon in this easy Smoky Bacon and Bean Casserole, or add it to this Summer Squash and Smoked Sausage 15-Minute Skillet Meal.
Easy Orange and Ginger Glazed Ham
- Roasting pan
- 1 4 lb. bone-in ham - fully cooked
- Whole cloves - optional
- 1 cup light brown sugar - packed
- ½ cup grainy mustard
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
- 2 Tsp. grated orange zest
- 1 Tsp. ground ginger
- To bake: Preheat the oven to 325° F / 165° C / gas mark 3. Line a shallow roasting pan with foil. To grill: Preheat the grill. Lightly grease the bottom of a foil pan.
- Place the ham in the pan cut-side down. Using a paring knife, score the ham's fat in a diamond-shaped pattern, taking care not to cut into the meat. (Optional: insert cloves into the center of the diamonds.)
- In a small saucepan, combine the glaze ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Add 1/2 cup of water to the roasting pan with the ham in it. Cover the pan with foil and tightly crimp it at the edges. Bake or grill over indirect heat for 30 minutes.
- Remove the foil and generously baste the ham with the glaze. Resume baking or grilling. Baste with more glaze every 10 minutes until the ham has reached an internal temperature of 140°F / 60°C (approximately 30 minutes).
- Allow the ham to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. Remove cloves before serving.
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