This Baked Ham with Maple Dijon Glaze is one of the easiest baked ham recipes you’ll ever make! A boneless spiral ham recipe is baked in the oven and glazed with a mixture of brown sugar, maple syrup and honey for a moist and delicious dish.
Serve this baked ham for special occasions – like Easter (with Hot Cross Buns!) and Christmas dinner, or for Sunday dinner! There is always a time for this beautiful ham as the main course!
There is always a time for this beautiful ham as the main course! The next time that you’re craving a big baked ham, I urge you to make this whole ham recipe. It’s the perfect meal for a family gathering and literally is the perfect centerpiece for any holiday meal. Pair this ham with some homemade rolls and you’ve got the best ham plate in town. The detailed instructions below prove that this ham recipe is a breeze to make!
(Learn more about how to cook spiral ham.)
How To Bake A Ham
In case baking a ham gives you a little anxiety, I’m here to put your mind at ease. This traditional Easter and Christmas dish couldn’t be easier to make!
Whether you’re using a bone-in ham or a boneless ham (like this recipe calls for) you just need to do a little math for your baking time. But don’t worry – it’s super easy to do!
Just follow my simple steps, and you’ll have a perfectly baked ham every time. The outside of the ham is loaded with flavor and topped with the best glaze, ever. It’s one of those dishes that the end result is literally perfection every single time.
Scroll down to the recipe card below to get the full measurements and directions.
- spiral ham – as long as it’s fully cooked, boneless, and between 4 to 7 pounds, it’ll work with this recipe. Any kind of ham is fine.
- brown sugar – dark brown sugar will provide a richer, sweeter flavor than light brown sugar.
- dijon mustard – any store bought brand will work. You can also use yellow mustard in a pinch.
- maple syrup – real maple syrup provides the best flavor. This gives that sweet glaze we all love.
Notice how this list of ingredients is short, simple, and inexpensive! Making a perfect homemade ham shouldn’t break the bank.
How To Make the BEST Baked Ham
The best part about this easy recipe is that the cooking directions are simple. You’ll never have to worry about missing up Thanksgiving dinner or Easter dinner again.
Step 1: Prepare
First things first – preheat the oven to 350 degrees! Then, place the ham in a shallow roasting pan or baking dish.
Step 2: Create the glaze
Combine the brown sugar, dijon mustard, and maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until combined, and continue stirring over medium heat until the mixture comes to a bubble. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Step 3: Bake
Spoon half of the glaze over the ham. Then, bake uncovered for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
Step 4: Re-glaze
Spoon the remaining glaze over the ham and bake for another 15 minutes.
HOW TO KNOW WHEN THE HAM IS FULLY COOKED
When making spiral baked ham, you want to make sure you don’t over or under cook the meat. Here’s how to make sure it’s fully cooked:
- After letting the ham rest for about 3 minutes, use a meat thermometer to read the internal temperature of the meat. If the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees, it’s heated through and safe to eat.
- You can also check the doneness of the ham by looking at the color of the meat once it’s cut. The middle should be a deep pink color that fades to a lighter pink or even white color at the edges.
HOW TO PREVENT THE SPIRAL HAM FROM DRYING OUT
Most importantly, don’t over bake the ham! Cooking the meat for too long is a surefire way to dry it out.
The glaze will also greatly help the ham from drying out while baking. The glaze isn’t just delicious – it’s also very helpful at keeping the texture of the meat perfect.
Lastly, if you don’t plan on serving the ham immediately, cover it with foil until you’re ready to serve. When covered with foil, the ham will stay warm, rich with flavor, and won’t dry out.
HAM STORAGE TIPS
- In an airtight container in the refrigerator, spiral cut baked ham will stay fresh for up to 4 days. Make sure the container is secure, so the sliced ham doesn’t dry out in the fridge!
- If you have any leftovers, you’ll be very happy! The cold leftover slices of ham are perfect for using in ham sandwiches. They can also be easily reheated in the microwave.
- Want to freeze it? This baked ham with dijon maple glaze will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to serve it, let it thaw for a few hours before reheating it in the over at a low temperature.
If you’re a novice ham baker, hopefully this simple recipe was able to ease some of your anxiety! Trust me, there’s nothing more deliciously satisfying than a perfectly baked spiral ham with sweet homemade glaze – and this recipe simplifies it like never before.
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Baked Ham with Maple Dijon Glaze
- 1 fully cooked boneless spiral ham 4 to 7 pounds
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place ham in a shallow roasting pan or baking dish.
- In a saucepan over medium heat combine the brown sugar, dijon mustard and maple syrup.
- Stir until combined.
- Continue to stirring over medium heat until the mixture comes to a bubble. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Spoon half of the glaze over the ham.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 1 hour.
- Spoon the remaining glaze over the ham and bake another 15 minutes longer until ham is heated through.