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How to Cook a Glazed Ham

This Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is delicious! Simple glazes like this make a ham so flavourful…you’ll never make a ham without glaze again! Perfect for Easter or any special occasion.

Baked ham is one of the easiest dishes to prepare for dinner. With just a little effort, you can have a delicious and tender ham on your table in less than 3 hours. My favourite hams to make are bone-in hams, the flavour and texture of these hams the best. They’re also easy to cook, they’re meaty and big enough to serve a crowd. And because of this, they are perfect for special occasions like Easter, Christmas dinner or for Sunday Suppers. I also love that I will have leftovers for sandwiches the next day, and possibly even dinner for one more night. Win-win.

How to Cook a Glazed Ham

Adding glaze to a bone-in ham:

I also like that with bone-in hams you have options to dress them up. You can add fruit like pineapple, or experiment with delicious glazes. But one of my favourite ways to make a bone-in ham is to score the surface then drizzle all the nooks and crannies with a delicious brown sugar and mustard glaze. After the roasting time, the ham comes out deliciously tender and with a sticky and sweet brown sugar mustard crust. The sweetness of the glaze combined with the saltiness of the ham is perfection. You’ll be fighting over the outside pieces.

Scoring a Ham for Roasting

Scoring ham for glaze:

Scoring a ham is really easy. It’s just a matter of cutting slightly into the surface of the ham with a sharp knife, making diagonal cuts (a diamond pattern). You can score the ham slightly, or make deeper cuts, it really depends on what you like. I may have scored this particular ham a little too deep, but it turned out great and was delicious!

How to Cook a Glazed Ham

Glaze glaze glaze!

About a half hour before the ham is done cooking, take it out of the oven and pour the brown sugar and mustard glaze all over the ham, making sure to get the glaze into all the nooks and crannies! Return to the oven to finish the baking.

How to Cook a Glazed Ham

Put the ham back in the oven for about 30 minutes more, allowing the glaze to caramelize. Are you dreaming of a glazed ham yet?

How to Cook a Glazed Ham

And done. Such a simple way to make a ham. This Brown Sugar Glazed Ham would be perfect for Easter!

Tips for glazing ham:

  • Ham: Use a 10 – 12 lb bone-in ham. This glaze also works well with spiral cut hams.
  • Mustard: We prefer prepared mustard, buy you can also use dijon mustard.
  • Brown Sugar: Use 1/4 cup brown sugar. I have also used 1/4 cup maple syrup instead. You could also use 1/4 cup honey and make a honey baked ham. Yum.
  • Liquid: This recipe just calls for 1/4 cup water, but you can use pineapple juice or orange juice instead.
  • Leftovers: Store any cooked ham leftovers with the glaze, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

How to Cook a Glazed Ham

A glazed ham for Easter dinner.

This Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is delicious! Simple glazes like this make a ham so flavourful…you’ll never make a ham without glaze again! Perfect for Easter or any special occasion.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Resting Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Oven


Units Scale
  • 1 (10 to 12 lb) bone-in ham

Honey Mustard Glaze:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Baking the Ham:

  1. Place the bone-in ham in a roasting pan.
  2. Using a sharp knife, score the the top of the ham diagonally, with the lines about 1 inch apart (don’t score too deep…the lines should really only be a 1/4 inch deep). See pictures.
  3. Add about 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the roasting pan.
  4. Cover the ham with tin foil and bake for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Making the Glaze:

  1. While the ham is baking make the glaze. In a saucepan over low-medium heat, combine the glaze ingredients and cook until the sugar dissolves. Do not boil.

Adding the Glaze:

  1. After the 1 1/2 hours, take the ham out of the oven, and drizzle the glaze all over the top of the ham, and in all the crevices.
  2. Remove the tin foil, and continue baking for about 30 minutes.
  3. Continue to brush the ham with glaze that has dripped to the bottom of the pan.
  4. When the ham is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes before carving.

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