This super easy apricot glazed ham recipe takes just minutes to prep, then roast it in the oven until its bubbly hot. The apricot glaze for ham adds a great sweet and savory component to the smoked ham that’s SO delicious and has an extra ingredient that will have your guests wondering what it is Serve this glazed ham with apricot jam with simple sides like haricot verts, honey glazed carrots, and cheesy potato casserole for a full Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter meal.
One bite and I think you’ll agree, it’s the best apricot ham glaze recipe! And I’m sharing a whole list of ideas for leftovers below, but be sure to try my ham and cheese sliders, ham fried rice, and mini frittatas first!
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Table of Contents
- What You’ll Love About Apricot Jam Glazed Ham Recipe
- Apricot Glaze for Ham Ingredients
- How to Make Apricot Glazed Ham
- Ham Cooking Times
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Storage Instructions
- What to Serve with Glazed Ham with Apricot Jam
- What to do With Leftover Ham
- Helpful Tools to Make Apricot and Ginger Glazed Ham
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What You’ll Love About Apricot Jam Glazed Ham Recipe
- Sweet, savory and super flavorful
- Made with just 5 basic ingredients
- Takes just a few minutes to prep
- Great main dish for holidays
- So many ways to use yummy leftovers
Apricot Glaze for Ham Ingredients
There are just 2 ingredients needed to make this sauce for glazed ham:
- Ham – I prefer spiral-cut ham for looks and easy slicing, but you can use your favorite type of ham. If you don’t go with a spiral-cut, you can cut some score marks in the top of the ham to help glaze soak into ham.
- Apricot preserves – Use a high quality apricot preserves for best results.
- Dijon mustard – This helps give a savory flavor that offsets the sweetness.
- Brown sugar – Adds a deep dose of sweet flavor that goes well with ham.
- Minced ginger – This (unexpected) ingredient isn’t overpowering, but will have people wondering what that “extra” flavor is.
How to Make Apricot Glazed Ham
You won’t believe how easy this spicy apricot glazed ham is:
- Mix glaze. In a small bowl, stir together the apricot preserves, dijon mustard, brown sugar, and minced ginger.
- Glaze ham. Brush ham with apricot mustard glaze and place ham (flat side down) in the baking dish or shallow roasting pan. Pour 1 cup of water at the bottom of baking dish. Brush glaze and cooking juices over ham every 30 minutes.
- Bake ham. Bake ham in a preheated oven until heated throughout until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F.
- Carve ham. Use a sharp knife to slice ham. If you cook a spiral cut ham, you can simply cut around the center bone and the slices will fall on their own.
Ham Cooking Times
The time your ham takes to cook will vary based on size, but it takes about 15 minutes per pound. Most hams sold in the US are fully cooked, but do need to be warmed through and are better after heating.
My 10 pound ham took about 2 1/2 hours, but here’s a table to estimate how long it will take for you to cook your baked ham:
|Ham Weight||Ham Cooking Time|
|5 pounds||75 minutes (1 hour + 15 minutes)|
|6 pounds||90 minutes (1 hour + 30 minutes)|
|7 pounds||105 minutes (1 hour + 45 minutes)|
|8 pounds||120 minutes (2 hours)|
|9 pounds||135 minutes (2 hours + 15 minutes)|
|10 pounds||150 minutes (2 hours + 30 minutes)|
|11 pounds||165 minutes (2 hours + 45 minutes)|
|12 pounds||180 minutes (3 hours)|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is apricot glaze made of?
This apricot dijon mustard glaze for ham is made up of 4 simple ingredients: apricot preserves, dijon mustard, brown sugar, and ginger.
What does glazing a ham do?
Ham has salty and smoky flavor on its own, so adding a glaze helps to balance out those flavors with a sticky, sweet glaze. It tastes great on ham.
How do you keep ham moist?
Because hams are already cooked and we’re essentially reheating them, you want to make sure you aren’t drying it out or the ham will be tough and dry. To keep it moist, add water or vegetable broth to bottom of baking dish and be sure you don’t over cook it.
Do you cover a ham while baking?
Yes, covering the ham while baking it is another way to make sure it stays nice and moist. Cover the ham with aluminum foil and half way through cooking, brush the ham glaze with apricot preserves and bake without foil.
Does ham cook flat side down?
Yes, cooking the ham flat side down, also helps lock in the moisture. lf you have a half or quarter ham, place the flat (cut) side down before baking.
Do you rinse ham before baking?
No, no need to wash a ham before you bake it.
How much ham per person?
The general rule of thumb, is to plan for about 1/3 pound of ham per person. Ham makes great leftovers (lots of ideas below), so don’t worry if you’ve got extras!
Store leftover Easter ham with apricot glaze in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
How to reheat
Reheat ham in a hot skillet for best results. You can also microwave gently until heated through.
Can you freeze apricot jam glazed ham?
Yes, you can absolutely freeze apricot glazed ham. Store in an airtight container (like a stasher bag or glass storage containers) for 2-3 months.
What to Serve with Glazed Ham with Apricot Jam
All this apricot jam glazed ham recipe needs is a few sides:
- Cheesy Potato Casserole
- Haricots Verts
- Sauteed Asparagus
- Napa Cabbage Slaw
- Lemon Arugula Salad
- Honey Butter Roasted Carrots
What to do With Leftover Ham
If you’ve got leftover apricot glazed spiral ham, here are some ideas on how to use it:
- Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Egg Bake Recipe with Ham
- Ham and Cheese Quesadillas
- Ham Fried Rice
- Ham and Cheese Lunchbox Ideas
- Split Pea Soup
- Ham and White Bean Soup
- Chef Salad
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Ham Salad
- Denver Omelette or Scramble
- Ham and Cheese Quiche
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Helpful Tools to Make Apricot and Ginger Glazed Ham
- Baking Dish – Use a shallow baking dish like this one. These are sturdy and clean up shockingly easily.
- Instant Read Meat Thermometer – This is the easiest way to tell when your glazed ham with apricot jam is done cooking.
- Chef Knife – Use a sharp knife to carve this apricot jam glazed ham recipe. It should be nice and tender and if you’re using a spiral cut ham, cut around the bone and the slices will fall on their own.
Make this EASY apricot glazed ham recipe with just 5 simple ingredients! It’s sweet, savory, + smoky all at the same time. YUM.
- 5–10 lb. smoked ham
- 3/4 cup apricot preserves
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. minced ginger
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, stir together apricot preserves, dijon mustard, brown sugar, and minced ginger.
- Brush apricot glaze over ham and roast ham for 15 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F.
- Slice ham and serve.
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