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A honey glazed ham on a platter.

Honey Glazed Ham

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Honey Glazed Ham – an absolutely delicious honey bourbon glazed ham recipe that is perfect for any holiday meal! So easy!




  • Approx. 7lb ham
  • water
  • 23 whole cloves
  • 12 star anise


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon (more if desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. Add glaze ingredients to a small bowl; whisk to combine. Set aside.* 
  3. Pour 4-6 cups of water in the bottom of a roasting pan. Add cloves and star anise. Place roasting rack inside.
  4. Unwrap your ham and place it cut side down on the roasting rack. Use a paring knife to score the outer skin crisscross (be careful not to cut all the way down to the meat).
  5. Place in oven, middle rack, and let cook 20 minutes. 
  6. Remove and brush lightly with glaze.  Cover tightly with foil and return to oven. 
  7. Bake approximately 18-22 minutes per pound (include the 20 minutes from Step 5 in this total cook time) or until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.  
  8. When there is approximately 10-20 minutes of cook time left, remove from oven and brush with glaze all over (feel free to layer it on pretty thick) – ensuring you get it in every nook and cranny.  Turn oven up to 400 degrees. 
  9. Return to oven, uncovered, and let finish cooking. The glaze should get tacky and caramelized and turn a bit brown. 
  10. Remove from oven and let rest 10-15 minutes. 
  11. (optional) You can use a kitchen torch to caramelize the glaze after cooking if you want a crispier/browner skin – that is what I did in the photos shown). 
  12. Carve and serve. 


  • *you can place the glaze in a small saucepan and put on low heat on the stove – this will thin it out. I didn’t do this during testing and I liked the way the glaze was thicker so it went on nice and thick on the ham. But, if you are used to heating up your glaze first – please don’t let me stop you! 
  • Water to thin: if you feel the glaze is a little too thick you can add water (a tablespoon at a time) to it and whisk to combine.
  • Bourbon: feel free to omit if you want OR you can add more too!
  • Dairy-Free: feel free to use a plant-based butter in the glaze. 
  • Double it: you can easily double the ham glaze recipe, if needed.