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If you've ever cooked a ham before, you know it's all about the glaze! I love changing things up with different Ham Glazes every year, and there are so many delicious kinds to fit every meal. Plus, even the most decadent glaze for ham is ready in minutes! With these ham glaze recipes, you'll never have a dry, bland ham again!
Ham Glaze Recipes
There's nothing better than a holiday ham dripping with sticky, sweet Brown Sugar Glaze. Unless, of course, it's a fall-flavored Maple Bourbon Glaze - or maybe it's spicy and tangy with a delicious Sriracha Ham Glaze?
That's the secret of ham glazes! Knowing the basics will make all ham glaze recipes easy and quick to whip up for a showstopping supper. Featured here are some of my favorites, gathered together from years of perfecting the best ham glaze.
And as it turns out- the best glaze is all of them! I know you're going to love each and every glaze here, so ask your family what sounds best and dig in!
Best Ham Glazes
Sriracha Ham Glaze
Sweet, spicy, sticky and oh-so-delicious, this glaze is made from sriracha and honey to add tons of crave-worthy flavor to your next ham. Using chicken broth at the bottom of the pan for moisture only flavors the ham more, making this a must-try!
For the recipe, scroll on to the recipe card at the end of this post!
Ham Glaze Recipe FAQs
Ham glazes always have the same base ingredients: fat and sugar! The fat melts with heat and gives the sugar something to melt into, which then beautifully seeps into the meat and flavors it while leaving a bit of sugar on top to caramelize it into a crunchy, sticky coating.
While ham can technically be cooked without using a glaze, you'd be shocked at the difference a glaze makes! Glazes coat the surface of the ham to lock in the moisture and infuse the meat with flavor. Without a glaze, ham runs the risk of being dry and bland.
Ham glaze should be applied in the last 30 minutes of cooking, as glazes are sugar-based, and heating them too much can cause the sugars to burn. For some recipes (like Instant Pot ham!), the cooking time is so short that the ham can be glazed immediately.
Ham Glaze Tips
- To add extra oomph to your favorite ham glaze, try changing up what liquid you pour into the bottom of the pan! My favorites are chicken broth and orange juice!
- Because they're made from melted butter, glazes thicken quickly. Make them right before you need them so they don't have time to cool down and harden.
- Different cuts of ham need to be glazed differently, too! For bone-in and boneless ham, make crisscrossing cuts across the top of the ham, then add the glaze- these lines help the glaze soak in. For spiral-cut, glaze the top of the ham and then between every slice.
- Once you're comfortable with the ratio of butter to sugar, try making your own glazes with your favorite flavors! Mustard, soy sauce and fruits of all sorts make fantastic flavorings, so have fun experimenting!
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Best Ham Glazes - Honey Sriracha Glaze
- Mixing bowl
- ⅓ cup Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Sriracha
- ½ stick Butter
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 2 Green onions sliced
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave in 30 second intervals.½ stick Butter
- Add in the honey, sriracha, garlic powder and sliced green onions, and mix well.⅓ cup Honey, 2 Tablespoons Sriracha, 1 teaspoon Garlic powder, 2 Green onions
- Set aside until ready to brush on to the ham!