A ham cooked with orange glaze and decorated with pineapple rings.
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Sweet and tangy orange glaze for ham

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This orange glaze for ham with a hint of bourbon is the perfect flavor combination for a sweet and tangy roast ham. This sweet and tangy orange glaze contains just four flavor-packed ingredients (marmalade, honey, Dijon mustard and Bourbon).

A ham cooked with orange glaze and decorated with pineapple rings.
An Easter ham

Making the glaze is super easy. You simply combine all the ingredients into a small sauce pan and cook it for about 5 minutes until it begins to bubble and everything is well incorporated. Then it’s ready to brush all over your ham before roasting. I think roasting a ham is one of the easier cuts of meat to serve for a family gathering. It’s a great main course choice for Easter or Christmas. And I find its quite easy to use up any left overs. Left over ham is great in sandwiches, omelettes, fritattas or left over ham and potato soup.

Ingredients for orange glaze.
Combine these four ingredients for a tasty orange glaze

How to apply orange glaze for ham

  • Before applying the glaze, score the ham all over in a diamond pattern. This helps the glaze sink into the ham.
  • Secure whole pineapple rings and whole cloves in the scored areas of the ham for additional flavor. Push them in like pins. The cloves are a great complement to the citrusy glaze. This part is optional.
  • Don’t be skimpy. Brush the glaze all over the ham.
A jar of orange glaze for ham.

How long do I roast a ham for?

If the ham is uncooked, it should cook in the oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 F. If the ham is already cooked an internal temperature of 140 F is recommended. I generally cook ham on a lower oven temperature of about 350 F and always add some water in the bottom of the roasting pan. This helps it from burning and drying out. For best results, use a digital thermometer inserted at the thickest part of the ham. The amount of time this takes will depend on the size of the ham. Obviously the larger the ham, the longer it will take. A general rule of thumb is about 15 minutes per pound of ham. However, I always defer to the thermometer to be safe. Cover the ham with foil and allow it to rest a few minutes on the cutting board prior to slicing it.

A platter of sliced ham decorated with pineapple rings and orange slices.

Great side dishes for ham

Ham easily pairs with many different side dishes. Scalloped potatoes are a family favorite or a simple healthy garden salad with a bright vinaigrette dressing. You may like these dishes as accompaniments:

Potato and green bean salad
Champagne vinaigrette dressing
Classic red wine vinaigrette
Root vegetable saute

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you enjoy this recipe for sweet and tangy orange glaze for ham.

Happy cooking!

Michelle

Orange glaze for ham

This orange glaze for ham with a hint of bourbon is the perfect flavor combination for a sweet and tangy roast ham.

  • 1/2 cup marmalade
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp Bourbon ((optional))
  1. Combine all the ingredients into a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring frequently, just until the glaze is well incorporated.
  2. Generously brush the glaze over a ham that has been scored all over in a diamond pattern prior to roasting.
  3. Roasting times will vary depending on the size of your ham. A general rule of thumb is 15 minutes per pound of ham. Roast in a 350 F oven in a roasting pan with a little water in the bottom of it.
  4. If the ham is uncooked, it should cook in the oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 F. If the ham is already cooked an internal temperature of 140 F is recommended.
  5. The orange glaze can be made ahead of time and stored in a jar in the fridge for several days.

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6 Comments

  1. This sounds absolutely delicious and very easy to make!

     
  2. So refreshing to see someone else recommend a meat thermometer for roasting meats, it really is the most reliable way of cooking stuff like this… Which incidentally looks superb, that glaze is glorious!

     
  3. I love baked ham with a sweet glaze. This looks delicious and so easy too!

     

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