It isn’t Christmas without a gorgeous glazed ham and this Christmas Glazed Ham is perfect! Orange zest, pomegranate seeds and parsley give this ham it’s festive colors.
There is nothing I love more during the holidays than a perfectly glazed ham! This Christmas Glazed Ham is sure to impress all your guests with a perfectly sweet and sticky glaze made with all your favorite winter flavors. Pomegranate seeds and parsley give this ham it’s festive colors. From the pretty colors to the shiny glaze this ham will be the star of any holiday table.
This is also an easy ham to make, the oven does most of the work for you. You just pour a simple glaze over it while it bakes and right before it is ready to come out of the oven you create the most luscious, sticky glaze on the stovetop that you drizzle all over the ham which gives it that irresistible shiny, glazy look.
This Christmas Glazed Ham is such a show stopper there will be no need to serve turkey or anything else. Forget about the roast beef or lasagna or anything else you were planning on making because this is all anyone will want on the Christmas dinner table year after year.
Of course, how could I share this recipe without talking about how delicious it is! The flavors in this ham just invoke the holiday season. Orange juice and pomegranate, honey, brown sugar and warm spices all come together to create an exceptionally flavored ham. Did I mention that your house will smell heavenly while this is cooking? You will want to make it just for the smell alone lol!
This ham is tender and always cooks perfectly. It is fabulous the day of cooking but of course the leftovers make amazing sandwiches and then don’t forget to save that ham bone to make the most incredible bean soup later on. I love using leftover ham to make these Ham and Swiss Croissants.
I can’t wait for the holidays so I can make this ham and can’t wait for you to try it, I know it will soon become a Christmas tradition in your family too, it is just too perfect for the holiday season.
Can I make this in the slow cooker?
Of course!! You just follow the steps but instead of putting it in the stove just put it in your slow cooker with a 1/4 cup of water or orange juice. Then just let it cook on low for about 4 hours. Then remove it and glaze it with the glaze before serving.
Can I use pineapple juice instead?
Sure you can! You can substitute pineapple or even apple juice and it will still be so delicious.
Can I use a boneless ham?
Yes, you can certainly use a boneless ham for this. Just be sure to follow the cooking times listed for the size boneless ham you purchase.
Can I make this ahead of time?
You can make this ahead of time. I love making a ham ahead of time because it tastes just as good cold as it does warm. You can fully cook ham a day ahead of time and them just glaze it before serving.
What I used to make this ham
Christmas Glazed Ham
- Preheat your oven.
- Combine the orange juice, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon
- Pour half of this mixture all over the ham, reserving the other half.
- Bake the ham.
- Prepare your glaze on the stove top.
- Remove ham from oven and pour over glaze.
- Garnish with pomegranate seeds and parsley.
- Carve and serve!
Want more delicious ham recipes? Check these out!
- Cola Cranberry Glazed Ham
- Pineapple Baked Ham
- Apricot Glazed Ham
- 1 spiral sliced bone in ham (9-12 pounds)
- 2 cups orange juice
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
2. Remove your ham from the package and discard most of the liquid from the
packaging, saving about a cup.
3. Place your ham cut side down in a large baking dish or roasting pan. Add the cup
of reserved liquid to the dish too.
4. In a large bowl or measuring cup combine the orange juice, brown sugar, honey
5. Pour half of this mixture all over the ham, reserving the other half.
6. Place the ham into the oven to cook for 2 to 2 ½ hours (20 minutes per pound)
7. During the last hour of baking, prepare your glaze.
8. In a large pot or deep pan pour the remaining orange juice mixture.
9. Over medium heat bring this mixture up to a boil and reduce to medium low.
10. Whisk this mixture constantly making sure it does not bubble over.
11. You want this to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
12. Set aside to cool slightly.
13. When your ham is cooked through, remove from the oven and transfer the ham
to a serving dish.
14. Pour the thickened glaze all over the ham.
15. Sprinkle the ham with the orange zest, pomegranate seeds and parsley.
16. Carve and serve!
Tips and Tricks
● Before cooking make sure there is no plastic cap on the bone on the cut side of the ham.
● Store leftovers in airtight container for up to 3-5 days.
● You can also store your leftover ham in the freezer for up to 2 months.
● You can also glaze your ham within the last 30 minutes of cooking and
place it back in the oven for a more caramelized flavor.
● You can also cook this in your slow cooker, just cook on low for 4 hours, remove and glaze as above.