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My Brown Sugar Ham Glaze recipe makes the best glaze for ham! You and your family are going to love this easy, delicious brown sugar glaze. It's packed with flavor and simple to make using 3 ingredients in less than 5 minutes.
Best Glaze for Ham
My maple syrup and brown sugar ham glaze is the best glaze for ham I have ever tried, hands-down. I make it at least once every year for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas, and it is always a hit with my family and friends.
I have cooked a lot of ham over the years, and have tried plenty of different ham glaze recipes. Nothing can beat how easy this one is. It uses only 3 ingredients and comes together in as many minutes. All you have to do is add the ingredients to a bowl, and mix!
So, the secret ingredient to the perfect ham glaze… the green onions! It adds an unexpected mild flavor of onions combined with the sweetness of the sugar. It is an amazing combination!
The trick to glazing ham is more than just the glaze itself. I'll give you my tips on how to glaze a ham - you will be amazed what a difference they make!
Brown sugar glaze uses maple syrup, brown sugar, and green onions. Additionally, I cook the ham with orange juice and plenty of butter for amazing flavor.
Whether you glaze a ham covered or uncovered depends on the cooking method you are using. If you are cooking ham in the Instant Pot, it requires no cover. If you are cooking it in the air fryer, cover it with foil, then uncover it halfway through the cook time to add more glaze. If cooking ham in the oven, glaze it uncovered.
Glaze ham the day of for best results, not beforehand. However, ham glaze can be made up to 5 days ahead of time. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Glaze oven-baked ham within the last 30 minutes of cooking the ham. Cook for an hour in the oven, then remove and glaze the outside of the ham and between each slice, before cooking for an additional 30 minutes. If cooking in the Instant Pot or Air Fryer, the ham can be glazed immediately.
Brown sugar ham glaze is completely gluten free.
- Replace maple syrup with honey for a honey ham glaze!
- Instead of maple syrup and brown sugar, try using honey and sriracha!
Recipe tip: For best results, cook your ham with 1 cup orange juice at the bottom of the pan, and reverse sear it with a half a stick of butter.
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Brown Sugar Ham Glaze with Maple Syrup
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 green onions sliced
- Combine 1 cup maple syrup, 1 cup brown sugar, and 3 sliced green onions to a mixing bowl. Mix well.
- Use to glaze your ham and enjoy!
- For best results, cook your ham with 1 cup orange juice at the bottom of the pan, and reverse sear it with a half a stick of butter.