Easy Baked Ham With Pineapple

Easy Baked Ham With Pineapple

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 12 mins
Cook: 95 mins
Total: 107 mins
Servings: 8 to 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
399 Calories
30g Fat
15g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 399
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 1765mg 77%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 547mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Canned ham is a versatile and convenient ingredient to use when in need of an easy meal that can feed many. The fully cooked vacuum-sealed ham can later be seasoned and baked again with all sorts of spices and add-on ingredients like veggies, root vegetables, or fruits. Our classic combination of savory and smokey ham and sweet pineapple rings makes a beautiful center dish that is delicious, budget-friendly, and easy to make.

Although canned ham has less flavor and texture compared to fresh ham, it offers a major advantage in its shelf stability. Having a canned ham in your pantry can allow you to cook a filling last-minute meal. In general, a large canned ham, in the familiar pear shape, can be stored in the pantry for up to two years. But, read labels carefully as some brands must be stored in the refrigerator. Note that canned ham is not the same as canned SPAM, a type of processed pork meat that also comes in a can, although in a smaller size than regular canned ham.

Serve the pineapple ham with roasted or mashed potatoes and a salad for and incredibly filling and hearty meal that you can sit down to and enjoy without breaking a sweat in the kitchen. Before you start, be sure to have kitchen twine and toothpicks at hand.

Ingredients

  • 1 3-pound canned ham

  • 1 20-ounce can canned pineapple, pineapple rings in syrup

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water, cold

Steps to Make It

Prepare and Bake the Ham

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    ham ingredients

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  2. Preheat oven to 325 F,  With help of a very sharp knife, cut ham into 1/2-inch-thick slices, cutting almost to the bottom, but not all the way through.

    ham cut into pieces

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  3. Tie ham around outside perimeter with a piece of kitchen twine to keep slices in place.

    ham cut into pieces, kitchen twine

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  4. Drain can of pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup of syrup.

    drained pineapple on a plate

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  5. In a bowl, combine pineapple syrup with chili sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and chili powder. Reserve.

    pineapple syrup with chili sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and chili powder in a bowl

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  6. Place ham on a rack in a roasting or baking pan.

    Place ham on a rack in a roasting pan

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  7. Arrange pineapple slices around ham, securing them with toothpicks.

    Arrange pineapple slices around ham, securing them with toothpicks

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  8. Pour reserved sweet-savory sauce over all ham.

    sauce on top of the ham in the roasting pan

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  9. Bake ham in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours, frequently basting with sauce.

    ham cooking in a roasting pan

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  10. Once cooking time has ended, place ham on a serving platter, remove twine, and rearrange pineapple slices around it.

    ham and pineapple slices on a platter

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  11. Cover ham loosely with foil to keep warm.

    ham covered with aluminum foil

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Make the Sauce

  1. Pour pan juices into a 2-cup measuring cup and add enough hot water, if necessary, to make 1 1/4 cups total of liquid. Transfer to a small saucepan.

    sauce ingredients in a pan

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  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water, blending it until smooth.

     combine cornstarch and cold water in a bowl

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  3. Add cornstarch mixture to saucepan with pan juices and cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened and bubbly.

    cornstarch combined with the sauce in the pan

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  4. Drizzle some of the sauce over ham and pineapple.

    Easy Baked Ham With Pineapple and sauce on a platter

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  5. Serve remaining sauce on the side.

    Easy Baked Ham With Pineapple, sauce served on the side

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How Can I Repurpose Leftover Ham?

Store leftover ham covered in the refrigerator and enjoy it over the next three to five days. If you don't have the opportunity to consume right away, freeze it for up to two months. Here are a few ideas on how to use the leftover ham in other tasty dishes:

Quick Pineapple Ham

If you're pressed for time, follow one of our suggestions to serve a tasty ham in less than 45 minutes:

  • Cut the ham into thin slices
  • Spray a baking pan with olive oil and arrange the ham slices in a single layer
  • Top with the pineapples and sauce and bake in a 375 F oven until hot and glazed, approximately 45 minutes

Alternatively:

  • Grill or pan-fry the ham slices until hot and crispy
  • Make the sauce in a separate pan
  • Drizzle with the sauce and top with chopped pineapple rings