How to Make an Easy Ham Glaze to Make Cheap Ham Taste Amazing

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If you want to know the secret to make an easy ham glaze that will make your taste buds sing, then you’re in for an exciting treat. It’s the best secret.

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This easy ham glaze recipe is fast, fun and makes a cheap ham taste amazing.

Easy Ham Glaze Recipe

We’ve all been there – prices are climbing insanely on the cost of meats and the holidays always seem to come at the worst time.

You cut corners by buying cheap ham instead of expensive ham because you think it’s going to be just you, the spouse, and the kids this year.

But then you find out that the whole family plans to show up on your doorstep – and the store is out of ham now. NOOOO!

Just kidding – you don’t need to panic at all.

With this easy recipe for an easy ham glaze – no one will know you were cutting corners with that cheap ham!

This is seriously one of my favorite recipes, and I hope it becomes one of yours too!

Not only will this easy glaze save you money (because you’ll never have to buy a super expensive ham again) but it tastes AMAZING and with so few ingredients, it’s nuts.

Before this recipe, I honestly wasn’t a big fan of ham, but I’ve found that when it’s combined with the right glaze recipe, it can be downright delicious.

So, whether you’re making ham for Easter, Christmas or Thanksgiving, this easy-to-make recipe is great for feeding your family or hosting guests.

It’s also perfect if you’re looking to save money on the holiday season.

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When Should I Add the Ham Glaze to the Ham?

Some recipes call for the glaze to be applied during the last few minutes of cooking a baked ham so that it will char before the ham cools.

But, I feel like that’s only applicable if you’re working with an uncooked ham.

Most of the spiral cut hams you buy in the grocery stores are pre-cooked, though, and as a result, they don’t have to be cooked for hours in the oven – just a little while to get the meat hot and ready for the table.

So, in order to get the optimal flavor from your ham, I recommend that you brush on a thick layer of this ham glaze recipe prior to baking.

This will seal the surface and keep it from drying out or burning through.

Our YouTube Video Shows You How We Made Our Cheap Ham Taste Amazing

Take a look at our YouTube Video, and you can see exactly how we made our cheap ham taste amazing. This glaze is so simple, you’ll wonder why you never thought of it before! While you’re checking out the video, please take a moment to subscribe to the NerdyMamma channel.

Can You Glaze a Ham the Day Before?

You CAN, but should you? No, not really. Generally, it’s best to only glaze the ham about an hour before cooking.

That way the glaze doesn’t have time to soak into the ham and no longer be a glaze.

But! You can MAKE the glaze the day before, placing it in the fridge overnight. When you’re about ready to heat the ham in the oven, just glaze it up!

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How Do You Make a Brown Sugar Glaze for Ham?

Keep scrolling. It’s so super easy and you’ll love it – that’s the recipe I’ve included below. It’s fast and makes any ham (cheap or expensive) taste amazing.

How Do You Make a Pineapple Glaze for Ham?

Easy! Instead of using peaches as I detailed in the below recipe, you can swap that with crushed pineapple. The pineapple will be a much stronger flavor, though, than the peaches.

So, if you choose to use pineapple, don’t be surprised if you taste the pineapple when enjoying your ham.

You can also just add about 1/4 cup of pineapple juice to the bottom of your baking pan, for a less-strong flavor if you still want a little pineapple sweetness without a pineapple overtone in every bite.

How Do You Make a Maple Glaze for Ham?

One of the most popular ham glaze recipes is a maple ham glaze. This is an easy one to do.

You can add 1/4 cup of maple syrup to the recipe below for a stronger maple flavor, but this isn’t strictly required.

The brown sugar in the recipe will create the rich maple flavor without being overpowering.

So, you have options to let the glaze be on its own or add the syrup for a decidedly stronger flavor.

How Do You Make a Honey Ham Glaze?

Some cooks also like to dip their ham in honey before cooking (but who has that much freaking honey to dip the whole thing?!).

If you want that added sweet touch, you can just brush about 1/2 cup of honey over the ham using a silicone brush (paid link).

You can brush the honey on after you add the glaze recipe below or mix the honey into the glaze.

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How Do You Make a Mustard Ham Glaze?

For a different flavor you can make the ham really pop by adding 1/4 cup mustard to the recipe below.

There’s a completely different flavor that’s just waiting for you when you add that mustard, though, so be ready! LOL!

You can use regular yellow mustard or dijon mustard. It all depends on the ham experience you’re looking for.

What Spices Do You Use to Make a Ham Glaze?

For a more spicy experience (just with spices, not with like jalapenos or anything), you can even add spices like ginger, nutmeg, or allspice or even cloves (whole cloves or ground cloves, this is not a science).

Those spices will add tangy flavors but you may want to use them sparingly because they can easily overwhelm the ham’s natural flavor.

How Do You Make a Glazed Ham Steak?

This idea is not so different from a glazed spiral-cut ham. The biggest difference is that the typical ham steak (the thick, single slice of ham) isn’t necessarily pre-cooked.

If it’s not fully cooked, you’ll need to follow the directions on the packaging to cook it. So just look out for that.

Once your ham steak is cooked, to glaze the ham steak, use the recipe below and, instead of placing the ham steak into the oven, place it in a pan with about a half inch of the glaze.

Over medium-high heat, let the ham sit for 2-3 minutes, then flip it. Once the ham his coated and hot, remove and enjoy!

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Tips for Cooking a Glazed Ham

Whether you’re cooking a large spiral-sliced bone-in ham or a ham steak, I know that the idea of cooking your first ham or your 30th ham can be daunting, especially if you’re only cooking it once or twice a year.

So, I gathered my favorite tips for cooking a glazed ham.

  • Low and slow cooking is the key to keeping your ham from burning or drying out. Particularly if you’re not in a hurry, if you can keep the temperature in your oven low (about 250) and let the ham bake for a bit, you’ll be much happier than if you try to heat it up fast.
  • Add water or broth (bone broth is good for this, if you have some) to the bottom of the pan if baking in the oven. This is a must if your ham is not juicy – and it will help turn what might start out as a dry, boring ham into a moist one.
  • Cover the roasting pan with foil or put the ham in a baking bag (paid link). You want to keep that juicy moistness inside the ham and the easiest way to do that is to cover it with foil or a baking bag. For a crisper surface, you can take the foil off in the last ten minutes of cooking.
  • Glaze the ham. Do not forget to glaze the ham. That’s why you’re here, after all! The glaze is going to get you a more complex flavor that you’ll really enjoy.

What Should You Serve with a Brown Sugar Glazed Ham?

Though the majority of folks go for a stuffing, green bean casserole and the other classic side combinations, there’s always room for less intense sides, too, no matter if you’re cooking for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Some of my favorite sides for a ham dinner (holiday or not) are:

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Ways to Use Ham Leftovers

Regardless how much ham you buy or the number of people you have at your table, there will either be someone picking the meat from the bone or you’ll have a ton leftover.

There’s just no middle-ground. So, assuming you have some leftover ham, you’ll want to DO something with that, am I right?!

Here are my favorite leftover ham recipes:

Now, on to the delicious brown sugar ham glaze recipe. Be sure to pin it to your favorite Thanksgiving or Christmas recipes board on Pinterest so you can find it again fast when the time comes around again!

Easy Ham Glaze Recipe

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Yield: 8-10 Servings of Glazed Ham

Easy Ham Glaze Recipe

Fast and absolutely delicious, this easy ham glaze recipe is a fantastic way to dress-up a cheap ham!


  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Diced Peaches (without juice)
  • 2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp Butter

Cook With:

  • 1 6 lb Spiral-Cut Ham
  • 2 cups Carrots


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place your spiral-cut ham in the center of your baking dish and surround it with the carrots.
  3. Cover the ham and carrots in the brown sugar.
  4. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the ham.
  5. Spread the diced peaches over the carrots and ham.
  6. Cut the butter into pats and place over the carrots and ham.
  7. Cover the ham and bake for 30-45 minutes or until the center reaches 140 degrees.
  8. Allow the ham to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 636Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 233mgSodium: 3399mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 29gProtein: 76g

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