Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham

Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham

The Spruce / Loren Runion

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 70 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
617 Calories
24g Fat
46g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 617
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 192mg 64%
Sodium 3432mg 149%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 53g
Calcium 90mg 7%
*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.)

Spiral sliced hams are a great invention. Conveniently pre-sliced, these hams are easy to carve and serve. Perfect for Easter and Christmas dinners, they usually come with their own glaze packet, but making the glaze at home greatly improves the end result. Our recipe for the glaze perfectly complements the salty-sweet flavor of the ham. Taste is important but so often, foods like spiral, pre-sliced hams so easily get dried out when you reheat them. This method, however, will keep your ham succulent and moist.

Serve this ham with scalloped potatoes, steamed green beans, dinner rolls, or other tasty sides appropriate for a ham dinner. If you happen to have leftovers, that just means you've got new ways to approach ​leftover ham recipes. Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days or portion the ham into freezer containers and freeze for up to 6 months.

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Ingredients

  • 1 (6- to 7-pound) ham (fully cooked, spiral-sliced)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves (ground)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Glazes spiral sliced ham ingredients

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  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place the ham in a heavy roasting pan, cut side down. Cover the ham snugly with heavy duty foil. Roast the ham for 10 to 14 minutes per pound. For a 6-pound ham, that's about 60 to 84 minutes. When tested with a reliable meat thermometer at the thickest of the meat, the ham should read at least 145 F, the minimum for safe pork consumption.

    Place ham in roasting pan and cover in tin foil

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  3. While the ham is in the oven, combine the brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, and cloves. Mix well.

    Mustard and spices in a bowl

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  4. Remove the ham from the oven and remove the foil. Be careful with the trapped steam. Turn the oven to 400 F.

    Spiral ham in a large oval dish

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  5. Spoon and spread glaze on the ham. Be careful because the ham is hot and the liquid can splatter onto your arms or face. Use the back of a spoon to uniformly spread the glaze.

    Spiral ham covered with glaze

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  6. Return the ham to a 400 F oven and roast for another 10 to 20 minutes, or until the ham is fully glazed and a thick and sticky coating is visible. Remove from the oven and place onto a serving plate. Let rest for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

    Spiral ham completely cooked and glazed

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Can You Eat a Fully Cooked Ham Without Heating It?

A pre-cooked ham such as a spiral ham is absolutely safe to eat without reheating it. In fact, many people enjoy it this way, served cold or at room temperature, or sliced for hearty sandwiches, as part of a fancy grilled cheese, stuffed into a biscuit, or eaten with a fried egg.

A Spiral Ham Dinner

It's as easy to roast and glaze your spiral ham as it is to make a whole dinner around this centerpiece in just a few minutes. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Clean and roughly chop 3 large turnips, 3 large carrots, 2 medium-sized sweet onions, and 6 medium yellow potatoes. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Roast in the oven while you cook the ham, for about 45 to 55 minutes.
  • Steam some rice while the ham is glazing, or steam some cauliflower rice instead.
  • To finish this hearty meal, offer a sweet affogato. Make a very strong pot of fresh coffee. Pour 1/2 cup of it on top of 1 big scoop of vanilla ice cream per guest.

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