Honey Glazed Ham


This ham tastes very much like the famous honey baked ham but costs much less, and there's no need to fight the crowds at holiday time. You can even buy the ham presliced to make it easier and more like the original. It is very good. I make this while preparing the rest of the meal in the kitchen so that I don't forget to baste!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins

Whether you're cooking for a special occasion or you just want to treat yourself to a delicious dinner, you can't go wrong with a honey-glazed ham. This simple recipe is easy to make the day-of and will impress everyone at your table.

high angle, looking into a few sliced off a honey glazed ham
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Honey-Glazed Ham Ingredients

You'll need just five ingredients for this top-rated honey-glazed ham recipe:

This recipe calls for one 5-pound ready-to-eat ham. If your ham is larger or smaller, you'll need to adjust the recipe.

Aromatic whole cloves add warm, spicy-sweet flavor.

Of course, you'll need honey. Pro-tip: Spray your measuring cup with cooking spray so the honey slides out easily.

Corn Syrup
Dark corn syrup adds more flavor and contributes to caramelization. Some reviewers suggest substituting brown sugar or using a combination of corn syrup and brown sugar.

Butter adds and helps retain moisture, resulting in a juicy honey-baked ham that's impossible to resist.

How to Make Honey-Glazed Ham

close up view of Honey Glazed Ham recipe studded with cloves

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's what you can expect when you make this honey-glazed ham recipe:

Use a sharp knife to score the ham (in other words, make criss-cross slashes). Stud the ham evenly with cloves. Heat the honey, corn syrup, and butter in a double boiler to make the glaze. Brush the glaze over the ham and bake in a foil-lined pan for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, brushing every 15 minutes or so with the glaze. Broil the ham for a few minutes before removing it from the oven.

What to Serve With Honey-Glazed Ham

Honey-glazed ham pairs perfectly with traditional side dishes like mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. But you could serve it with anything you like! Looking for delicious inspiration? Check out our collections of 19 Best Side Dishes to Serve With Ham All Year Long and 30 Side Dishes for Your Holiday Ham Dinner.

How to Store Honey-Glazed Ham

Store leftover honey-glazed ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can eat it cold or reheat it in the oven or microwave.

Can You Freeze Honey-Glazed Ham?

Yes, you can freeze homemade honey-glazed ham. Wrap leftovers (in serving-sized portions) tightly in foil. Freeze for up to six weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I've made this ham every year for the last three years," says NICKNOCK01. "I highly recommend this recipe, as it is always a success in my home."

"THE best ham recipe," raves Mandy Jo. "I made this last year and it was a huge hit. I will use this for all of the holidays. I did use brown sugar instead of corn syrup and I also used a small amount of ground cloves to save time. I can't wait to have it again!"

"I am not usually a person to review recipes, but this was so good I just had to," according to Healthnut. "I made it for a family dinner and all I got were heaps of compliments. I did substitute the same amount of brown sugar for the dark corn syrup, just because I didn't have any on hand."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 (5 pound) ready-to-eat ham

  • ¼ cup whole cloves

  • ¼ cup dark corn syrup

  • 2 cups honey

  • cup butter


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Score ham, and stud with the whole cloves. Place ham in foil lined pan.

  3. In the top half of a double boiler, heat the corn syrup, honey and butter. Keep glaze warm while baking ham.

  4. Brush glaze over ham, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Baste ham every 10 to 15 minutes with the honey glaze. During the last 4 to 5 minutes of baking, turn on broiler to caramelize the glaze. Remove from oven, and let sit a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

521 Calories
28g Fat
42g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 521
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 1492mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 370mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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