Our Best Baked and Glazed Ham Recipes for Easter
A baked ham is the Easter cook's greatest ally. More than just a fond holiday tradition, the dish has become a staple worldwide for a number of celebrations, but it's most clearly associated with the Easter meal. While the prospect of whipping up a baked ham can feel overwhelming—and you might suddenly find the idea of roasting a leg of lamb tempting—nothing beats the tried-and-true flavors that come with this classic holiday entrée.
Despite what the name suggests, there's no real baking or roasting involved in creating one of the many versions of the scrumptious dish. Just heat your ham heat through in the oven and serve it as-is or top it with one of our many tasty coatings. If you're thinking about the latter option, know that you have our full support—glazes transform a classic baked ham into a symphony of flavors. For a citrus-infused option, try our Marmalade-Glazed Ham, pictured here, which pairs well with Scalloped Potatoes with Leeks and fresh Roasted Asparagus for a flawless Easter menu. If you prefer something more traditional, go with a classic honey glaze, which forms a caramel-like coat after a little time in the oven. Should you and your guests favor entrées with a little kick, opt for a sweet-and-savory Glazed Ham with Horseradish Cream. The fresh horseradish is mild enough to enjoy, but strong enough to be an ideal foil to the otherwise sweet glaze.
No matter how you prepare it, the meat is sure to be the focal point of the Easter meal. Ahead, explore mouthwatering baked ham recipes and a number of complementary glazes to take your dinner to the next level.
Apricot-Bourbon Glazed Ham
This tangy glaze caramelizes into a gorgeous burnished amber coat for a bone-in presentation ham that's sure to impress.
Brown Sugar Glaze
Sugar and spice certainly makes this three-ingredient glaze extra nice. To make a simple yet delicious brown sugar glaze for your Easter ham, mix together 1/2 cup brown sugar, one tablespoon of lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder.
Fresh Ham with Green Herb Paste
An aromatic paste of fresh herbs and garlic scents this fresh ham, an impressive main course that easily feeds up to 20.
A sweet pineapple compote balanced with tangy mustard cooks into an irresistible, candy-like coat.
The sugars in honey caramelize at high temperatures, which forms the addictive coat of this glazed ham, while garlic and lemon temper the sweetness. This mixture uses 1/4 cup of honey, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic.
Glazed Ham with Horseradish Cream
Freshly grated horseradish has less bite than the prepared variety, but the freshness remains and enhances each bite of this sweet and savory baked ham.
Baked Country Ham with Honey Mustard and Lingonberry Jam
Intensely salty, country hams are a Southern specialty that are salt-cured before being smoked. Special care is taken to bring out the best flavor of these regional gems, which are traditionally served sliced paper-thin and eaten with a biscuit.
The deep, caramel-like notes of maple syrup are a natural fit for the Easter classic. This maple glaze calls for 1/4 cup of maple syrup, one tablespoon of Dijon mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon of chopped thyme for a savory boost.
Glazed Ham with Apricot-Mustard Sauce
A big batch of this two-ingredient glaze gets prepared, as the majority of it is set aside and heated through as a complementary sauce.
Ham with Currant-Rosemary Glaze
The jewel-like tone of currant jelly turns out a deep, burnished coat that’s as pleasing to taste as it is to the eye.
Grated ginger adds warmth and a fresh twist to this simple jam glaze. Mix together 1/2 cup of apricot jam, one tablespoon of orange liqueur, and 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger to make this rendition of a baked ham.
Pomegranate-Glazed Ham with Jammy Cipollinis
Pomegranate molasses, honey, Dijon mustard, and allspice come together in this aromatic glaze. The meat is roasted with cipollini onions, which caramelize creating a burst of flavor when served with this delicious ham.
Virginia Ham with Honey-Mustard Glaze
This delectable creation only involves five ingredients. Ground cloves, honey, light brown sugar, and Dijon mustard make the glaze, while the Virginia honey ham brings its signature sweet taste.