A Simple Ham Glaze

You probably have the basic glaze ingredients in your kitchen. 

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard

To add a little extra you can add these optional ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon spice, such as cinnamon, cloves, or baking spice mix
How to Glaze and SRF Ham

Here are the steps to glazing your ham

  1. Heat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Heat all glaze ingredients in a saucepan over medium until the sugar dissolves and the glaze thickens (about 15 minutes).
  3. To glaze, start with a fully thawed ham. It’s fine to leave the ham as is, but for a more attractive ham you can score the ham, or in other words, cut lines in it. This traps the glaze and creates a classic appearance.
  4. To score, make cuts in the ham about ¼” deep in lines about 1” apart. Score in one direction, then cut diagonally across the cuts to form diamond shapes. 
  5. Set the ham, fat side up, in a roasting pan. If you’re using a half ham, place the flat side down. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 130°F. 
  6. Remove from the oven. Brush the glaze over all sides. Return to the oven and bake until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. 
  7. Remove ham from the oven and let rest 15 to 30 minutes, then slice and serve. 

Our favorite Glazed Ham Recipes

If you want to try some other ham glazes, take a look at these recipes: