WATCH: These Ham Glazes Will Make Your Christmas Ham Extra Delicious

Make the most flavorful ham this Christmas!
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These three kinds of ham glazes can transform even the most boring-tasting Christmas ham dish into one so delicious that you will ask for seconds!

Christmas is not complete without ham! These three easy ham glaze recipes are what you need to make the most flavorful baked ham you could ever make. Pick your favorite according to what you want your ham to taste like: classic and tangy, citrusy sweet, or complex with a touch of savory. 

If you’re in the mood for something that tastes like the Christmas ham your grandmother used to make, go with the Pineapple Sauce. It’s the pineapples that give you a tangy sweetness you’re looking for while the cloves give it a little warmth that makes the aromas wafting from the oven smell incredibly warm and cozy. 

If you like your ham with citrus and tangy flavors, take a chance on the Orange, Clove, and Honey Glaze. It’s got the warmth from the cloves, the sweetness from the honey, and the citrus tang from the orange juice and the zest. 

If you want the glaze to be both sweet and savory at the same time, the Cola Glaze has the complexity to warrant a second or third serving! Choose your favorite dark cola and let it be the flavor base. A little honey sweetness and some more savory ingredients create a sweet-savory combo that will make it memorable.   

Choose from these three glaze recipes below, and this year’s Christmas ham will be the best ham you’ve ever tasted

Pineapple Sauce Recipe

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Enjoy the flavor of pineapple on your holiday ham with this chunky glaze recipe.
Photo by Bianca Laxamana
  • Takes 20 minutes
  • Makes 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup canned pineapple, drained, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup apricot jam
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How To Make Pineapple Sauce 

  • 1 Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes or until syrupy. Reserve 1/4 cup for brushing onto the ham for 15 minutes.  
  • 2 Serve ham with the rest of the compote on the side.

Orange, Clove and Honey Glaze Recipe 

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This glaze is a delicious combination of oranges, clove, and honey.
Photo by Bianca Laxamana
  • Takes 10 minutes
  • Makes 1 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Zest from 2 oranges
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup orange marmalade

How To Make Orange, Clove and Honey Glaze

  • 1 In a saucepan, heat orange juice, cloves, honey, marmalade, and orange zest until marmalade has melted. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve half the glaze to serve and the rest for basting the ham, if desired.

Cola Glaze Recipe 

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This glaze is sweet and tangy with a great taste of your favorite cola!
Photo by Riell Santos
  • Takes 10 minutes plus simmering
  • Makes 1/2 cup glaze
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cola
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in water, or as needed

How To Make Cola Glaze

  • 1 Mix all ingredients, except salt and cornstarch, in a saucepan. Place over medium heat, and bring the liquid to a boil. Lower heat to a gentle simmer. Season with salt, and adjust accordingly to taste.
  • 2 Whisk in a mixture of cold water and cornstarch to thicken glaze if needed. Carve ham into thin slices before serving with glaze on the side or double the recipe to use for basting the ham. 

Need more inspiration? Here are more Christmas ham tips for this season: 


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