17 Showstopping Christmas Ham Recipes

Holiday Entree Worthy of a Celebration


 The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Ham is a traditional dish on Christmas menus. Get inspired to prepare this sweet and salty meat in new ways with our best Christmas ham recipes. We've included our favorite ways to prepare a holiday ham with recipes that are suitable for all manner of celebrations, whether you are feeding a crowd, or hosting a smaller family gathering.

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    Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham

    Glazed Spiral Ham

    The Spruce Eats

    A spiral ham is a popular cut that comes pre-sliced and cooked with a packaged glaze. Add a second one to take spiral sliced ham up a level, cooking it cut-side down as directed in this recipe, to keep meat moist and tender as it roasts. 

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    French Baked Ham With Spiced Apples and Pears

    Baked ham slices recipe

    The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

    Holiday guests will love the combination of sweet, smoky, and spicy in this French-style baked ham with apples and pears. The gorgeous maple syrup glaze will fill your home with an irresistible aroma as the ham bakes and browns.

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    Jack Daniels Glazed Ham

    Jack Daniels glazed ham recipe

    The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

    Combine Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey with brown sugar, orange zest, cloves, and allspice to create the flavorful glaze for a fully cooked smoked ham half. Serve garnished with orange slices for a festive presentation.

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    Dr. Pepper Ham

    Dr. Pepper Ham

    The Spruce Eats-Leah Maroney

    Dr. Pepper is the starring ingredient in the sweet, syrupy glaze for this finger-licking holiday ham. Make it easily by cooking down the Southern soda with some orange juice and mixing in brown sugar and mustard. Use to coat a spiral-sliced ham and bake in the oven until the exterior is caramelized and glistening.

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    Baked Ham With Cola and Maple Glaze

    Baked Ham With Cola and Maple Glaze

    Diana Rattray

    Glistening baked ham with a glaze that includes canned cola is a holiday-worthy Southern tradition. Create a sweet and savory glaze with cola, maple syrup, brown sugar, and mustard, plus a little ground cinnamon and ginger for just the right amount of spice.

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    Brown Sugar Glazed Baked Ham

    Brown Sugar Glazed Baked Ham

    Claire Cohen

    Add cloves to a fully cooked ham and pop the dish into the oven. In the last 20 minutes of cooking, baste the meat with a glaze made from brown sugar, apple juice, maple syrup, and mustard, for an easy holiday centerpiece bursting with autumnal flavors.

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    Broiled Ham Steak With Sweet Mustard Glaze

    Broiled Ham Steak With Sweet Mustard Glaze

    The Spruce-Katarina Zunic

    Broiled ham steak with a simple mustard glaze makes an easy Christmas day dinner for smaller families. Use a pre-cooked ham steak for this recipe that takes only 15 minutes to prepare under your oven's broiler.

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    Instant Pot Baked Ham

    Instant Pot Baked Ham

    Diana Rattray

    Instant Pot baked ham is a great time-saving recipe when you're hosting a smaller holiday crowd. Start with a fully cooked, bone-in ham for an entree that ready in only 30 minutes. Pineapple, brown sugar, and honey combine to create the sweet and tangy glaze.

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    Orange Glazed Ham

    Orange Glazed Ham

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    Orange glazed ham is an excellent special occasion centerpiece that looks fantastic on your Christmas dinner table, especially served on a platter surrounded by vibrant citrus fruits. It is easy to prepare, by glazing a fully-cooked ham with a tasty mixture of orange juice, marmalade, mustard, and spices.

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    Baked Ham With Pineapple

    Baked Ham With Pineapple

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    Baked ham decorated with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries makes a festive and beautiful centerpiece for your Christmas feast. Use a smoked picnic ham (a cured shoulder cut) for this recipe. Honey adds sweetness to the glaze, which nicely offsets the smoky flavor of the meat.

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    Slow Cooker Honey and Ginger Ale Ham

    Slow Cooker Honey and Ginger Ale Ham

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    Ginger ale is used as the cooking liquid for a fully cooked ham and vegetables in this easy one-pot holiday meal that uses your slow cooker. Cook the meat low and slow all day in the appliance along with potatoes and carrots, adding a simple spiced honey glaze for the last hour of cooking.

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    Baked Ham With Sweet Bourbon-Mustard Glaze

    Baked Ham With Sweet Bourbon-Mustard Glaze

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    Use a mixture of Kentucky bourbon, molasses, orange juice, and Dijon mustard to baste a fully cooked ham while it bakes, for tender, ultra-flavorful meat. Boil the liquid separately to reduce it, once the meat is finished cooking, for using as a syrupy finishing glaze.

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    Baked Ham With Fruit Preserves Glaze

    Baked Ham With Fruit Preserves Glaze

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    Baste a fully cooked ham with apricot, peach, or pineapple preserves to make this delicious ham dinner. Serve it on a festive platter with fruit slices and sprigs of fresh herbs to garnish.

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    Honey Glazed Ham

    Honey Glazed Ham

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    Honey, cardamom, and orange juice add rich flavor to this ham. Go ahead and slice it to serve with the whole cloves still attached for a pretty presentation at the table, but remember to tell your guests not to eat the cloves.

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    Peach Glazed Ham

    Ham With Peach Mustard Glaze

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Fruity preserves and spicy hot mustard add marvelous flavor to peach-glazed ham. This is an excellent recipe to use on plain hams or spiral sliced hams.

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    Honey Butter Ham

    Baked honey glazed ham

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    This honey butter ham of your childhood us boosted with some Dijon mustard, for a welcome spicy note. Place the glaze from the roasting pan in a gravy boat and pass it with the ham, for the perfect finishing touch.

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    Marmalade Glazed Ham

    Marmalade Glazed Boiled Ham
    Marmalade Glazed Boiled Ham.

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    Garlic, orange, cloves, and Dijon mustard combine to make a spectacular glaze for this delicious marmalade glazed ham.