The easiest way to bake a delicious glazed ham! It’s easier than you think with a delicious homemade honey, thyme glaze. We’re giving you all the details to bake your own for your next celebration. Ham 101!
In my house, we bake a ham for special occasions. Usually Easter and Christmas. Even though it’s a tradition for these special celebrations, ham is actually very easy to make if you follow our tips. It’s great for the main course and works for brunch or dinner.
It also looks so pretty on the plate when served with greens and a delicious honey glaze!
How to Bake a Ham
Tools you’ll need to bake a honey glazed ham:
- Roasting pan and rack
- Tin foil
- Basting brush
- Small mixing bowl
- Carving knife
- Large serving platter
That’s it! Let us know if you make this ham for a celebration by leaving a comment and review! We love to see what you all make!
Since we’re all about easy over here, a fully cooked, boneless ham is the best option. You can also get the fully cooked ham pre-sliced if you prefer that. Remember, a fully cooked ham doesn’t mean that you don’t bake it.
You still bake a “cooked” ham in the oven before you serve. Just to be clear on that!
- Ham should be room temperature for 1 hour.
- Score the ham in a cross stitch pattern and place it on a roasting rack with the pan under to catch the juice. How to score a ham.
- Cover the ham in tin foil and bake it in a 350 degree oven, lower third rack for 45 minutes.
- After 45 minutes, add 1 cup water to the roasting pan and brush the glaze over the ham, discard the foil and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.
- Brush again with glaze and bake a few more minutes until the ham is a nice golden brown!
How Long to Bake a Ham
A pre-cooked 8 pound ham will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to cook in 350 degree oven. It’s about 10 minutes per pound of ham. For this 8 pound ham we did about an hour and 15 minutes. It turned out really good!
Ham Glaze Recipe
Personally, I think the glaze is the best part! This recipe is a favorite and adds so much flavor to the ham. It’s truly the best!!
It’s made with vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, honey, cayenne, thyme, and butter. You just whisk all of those ingredients together and let it sit in a bowl until the ham has cooked for 45 minutes. Then brush it on the ham and bake a little longer for a golden brown ham.
The juice at the bottom of the pan after the ham is glazed and cooked is delicious. It’s worth pouring in a little bowl to pour over the ham slices when serving.
How do you reheat a ham in the oven?
If you have extra ham left over, you can wrap it in foil and place it in the fridge to be reheated the next day. To reheat the ham, just place the wrapped ham in a 325 degree oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 135 to 140 degrees. If it’s sliced, it won’t take too long to warm in the oven.
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Honey Glazed Ham
- 8 pound boneless cooked ham
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp chopped thyme
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp Santa Maria Seasoning
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- In a small bowl, melt the butter and thyme and set it off to the side.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Position the middle rack lower to fit a roasting pan and ham.
- Score the top of the ham in a crosshatch pattern, but don't cut fully into the meat.
- Place the ham on a rack sitting in a roasting pan.
- Cover the ham with tin foil and bake for 45 minutes.
- In a small bowl whisk together honey, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and the thyme butter you made earlier.
- The glaze can sit until the ham is finsihed cooking.
- Open the oven and remove the foil. Brush half of the glaze on the ham and bake again uncovered for 15 minutes.
- If there is no liquid at the bottom of the pan, add 1 cup water so the glaze doesn't burn.
- After 15 minutes, brush the rest of the glaze on the ham and bake again for another 15 minutes until it's golden brown.