About Tangy Pineapple Glazed Ham
If there’s any dish that embodies everything to love about the holidays, it’s a glazed ham.
It’s the ultimate dinner to fit any occasion, and it only gets better when you jazz it up and make it a pineapple glazed ham.
What type of ham should you use?
When it comes to picking a ham, you’ll typically find two types of options:
- Bone-in hams are more flavorful, but may pose more of a challenge to carve (especially the closer you get to the bone). And for this recipe, you’ll also need to score the top of the ham to ensure the pineapple glaze flavor can penetrate into the meat. But for many, the extra work is more than worth it since you’ll also have the ham bone at the ned, which is great to have for making soups or broths.
- Spiral cut hams are very convenient, but can run the risk of drying out while reheating. This is because they usually come already fully cooked (be sure to check the package, it should tell you). However, you can still use a spiral ham for this recipe; just be sure to heat it at a low temperature so the outside doesn’t dry out before the outsids is cooked.
If you’d like to read more about different cuts of hams and the differences in preparing them, check out this Better Homes and Gardens article.
How much ham do you need?
When planning your dinner, use these measurements as a general guide for how much ham you’ll need:
- Bone-in ham: About 1/3 pound per person
- Boneless: About 1/3 pound per person
How long does ham last?
Once prepared, ham leftovers should last anywhere from three to five days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze ham leftovers?
Yes, you totally can!
To freeze, store the ham in an airtight container or freezer bag. Once frozen, glazed ham will remain good for up to one to two months. If possible, save any juices from baking the ham; these will help add moisture when reheating the ham.
How do you heat up a ham?
If frozen, let the ham thaw in the refrigerator for one to two days. NOTE: Never thaw a ham on the counter; the outer layer of the ham will be at room temperature for too long, posting a food safety risk.
Once thawed, place the ham in a roasting pan (but if you saved the juices, you can remove the grate, place the ham directly in the baking dish, and add the juices around the ham.). Cover the ham with aluminum foil.
Heat at 325 degrees F for 15 minutes per every one pound of ham.
What to serve with pineapple honey glazed ham
- Colcannon (Irish mashed potatoes)
- Bacon Beer Cheese Stuffing
- Buttermilk Cornbread
- Parmesan Asparagus
- Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
- Cheesy Herb Stuffing
- Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Waldorf Salad
- Creamy White Mac and Cheese
- Sweet Creamed Corn
Notes & tips for this pineapple glazed ham
- I used a brand of fam I like (Hickory Farms) which comes with glaze and a baking bag, but for this particular recipe, I did not use them. If you’d still like to use the baking bag, just follow the baking instructions included with the packaging and use the below pineapple glaze instead.
- This ham can be baked in any type of pan, but I highly recommend a roasting pan. It’s amazing how much you’ll use it once you have one!
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How to make glazed ham
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 2 – Bake for about an hour and a half.
Step 3 – While the ham bakes, start preparing the glaze by adding brown sugar, salt, and cornstarch to a small saucepan, then whisk the ingredients together.
Step 4 – Add the honey mustard, lemon juice, and crushed pineapple to the saucepan. Turn heat up to medium and cook the sauce, whisking constantly, until it begins to bubble. Allow it to simmer for one full minute (while continuing to whisk), then remove from heat.
Step 5 – When ready, remove the ham from the oven and pour the pineapple glaze on top. Be sure to push the glaze in between slices or cuts so that the flavor can penetrate the meat.
Step 6 – Cook ham for another 30 minutes.
Step 7 – Serve and enjoy!
Tangy Pineapple Glazed Ham
Tender spiral sliced ham baked with a tangy pineapple glaze flavored with brown sugar, crushed pineapple, and honey mustard. Perfect for any holiday dinner!
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Bake ham for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Add honey mustard, lemon juice, and crush pineapple to saucepan. Begin to warm over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until glaze begins to boil. Cook for 1 additional minute, then remove from heat. If desired, transfer to another bowl for easier handling.
Remove ham from oven and spoon on glaze, making sure to press glaze between the slices. Once you’ve finished glazing, if any outside slices have fallen or become loose, you can use toothpicks to reattach the slices (just make sure to spear the toothpicks downward so that they stay in place).
Return ham to oven and bake for another 30 minutes. If using a thermometer, ensure that inside temp is at least 145 degrees F.
Cut and serve ham immediately.