If you're wondering how to cook spiral ham, let this easy-to-follow recipe be your guide. We bake an 8-pound bone-in ham for two hours to heat through, and baste it with a sweet-savory glaze of honey, ginger, orange zest, and cloves. It couldn't be simpler to make—or more delicious to eat—and makes a stunning centerpiece for your holiday menu.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2021


Credit: Chris Simpson

Recipe Summary

10 mins
2 hrs 5 mins
Serves 10 to 12


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325°F with a rack in lower third. Stir together honey, orange zest and juice, ginger, cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Wrap ham, fat-cap-side up, tightly in parchment-lined foil. Place on a rimmed baking sheet or in a small roasting pan.

  • Bake 1 hour. Unwrap, leaving foil under ham to catch juices. Brush with some of the glaze; continue baking, uncovered, basting with more glaze every 15 minutes, until heated through, 45 minutes to 1 hour more. Brush with remaining glaze; let cool slightly. Serve warm.

Cook's Notes

To store leftovers, remove the bone (reserve it for soup) and place the meat and baking juices in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to five days, or freeze for up to three months.