You just need 3 ingredients to create the most delightful ham! 3-Ingredient Brown Sugar Glazed Ham uses dijon mustard and dark brown sugar to create an irresistible glaze that complements the ham perfectly.
Toss that glaze packet that came with your ham—THIS is the glaze that you want to use!
Brown sugar and dijon mustard team up to create a sticky, sweet, tangy, flavorful glaze for this 3-Ingredient Brown Sugar Glazed Ham.
I love how easy this recipe is. Warm the ham, stir the glaze together, brush on the ham, finish in the oven. That’s it!
It’s so easy, that you’ll have plenty of time to prepare sides like Scalloped Potatoes and Ham or Creamed Corn Casserole while it bakes.
I used a spiral sliced half ham, but you can use this recipe for a unsliced ham or a whole ham (see the notes in the recipe card for increasing the amounts for a whole ham).
If you want something a little fancier, don’t miss my Fire Glazed Ham recipe!
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- Roast the ham cut-side down in a roasting pan. This will ensure the slices don’t try out.
- When serving the ham, run your knife around the bone in a circular motion to release the slices easily.
- You can serve the ham warm from the oven, at room temperature, or cold.
- I used a spiral sliced half ham. You can also use a whole ham or an unsliced ham. Discard the glaze packet (if it comes with the ham).
- Dark brown sugar lends the perfect amount of sweetness. Light brown sugar is fine, too.
- Dijon mustard adds tanginess and some zip!
How to make a 3-ingredient glazed ham with brown sugar
Start by placing a spiral sliced half ham, cut side down, in a 13×9 inch pan. Cover with foil and bake at 325°F for one hour.
While the ham is warming up in the oven, stir the brown sugar and dijon mustard together in a medium bowl.
Brush the glaze all over the ham. You can turn the ham on its side and separate the slices slightly to flavor the ham even more.
(If your ham is not spiral sliced, score the ham in a diagonal pattern, ½ inch deep, before brushing the ham with the glaze.)
Turn the ham cut-side down again, then return to the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 350°F.
Cook for an additional 30 minutes, or until the ham is warmed through and the glaze is sticky to the touch.
That’s it! Your 3-Ingredient Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is ready to serve.
Tips for carving spiral sliced hams
Since the ham is sliced already, you aren’t technically carving it, but you do need to get the pieces out!
The easiest way to loosen the pieces is to run a small, sharp knife all the way around the circular bone in the center.
You may need to run the knife around, remove some slices, run the knife around again, etc.
I usually save the end that’s not sliced and cube that for other dishes like Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, split pea soup, Asparagus & Ham Quiche, etc.
Variations for glazed ham
There are a variety of ways to change up this recipe. Here are a few:
- Add a few tablespoons of pineapple juice or orange juice to the glaze.
- Substitute half of the brown sugar with honey or maple syrup.
- Stir ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg , and a pinch of ground cloves into the glaze (these are the spices that Honey Baked Ham uses).
- Add some heat by sprinkling some cayenne pepper into the glaze.
- Double the glaze recipe and use this for a whole ham.
Make ahead instructions
Glazed ham can be served warm, at room temperature, or even cold.
So you can easily make this ahead, and refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve it. The ham can sit out at room temperature for up to 4 hours. After that, it should be refrigerated.
Leftovers and freezing
Leftover ham can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days.
You can also freeze ham for up to 3 months in an airtight bag or tightly sealed dish. Either keep slices whole or dice ham before freezing.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can make the ham glaze several days ahead. Store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to glaze the ham.
The ham should be baked most of the way, then add the glaze and bake until the glaze is sticky. Otherwise you risk the glaze burning if it cooks too long.
This ham glaze (and many others) are gluten free. As always, check the labels on any ingredients that you use.
Scalloped Potatoes are a classic side for glazed ham. Creamed Corn Casserole also pairs really nicely with it. Pistachio Salad will add a pop of color to your table, and what’s a meal without bread? I love these Super Flaky Biscuits.
Uses for leftover ham
Here are a few ideas for leftovers!
- Make Hawaiian Roll Sliders (my favorite party sandwich!)
- Create sandwiches with homemade flaky biscuits and mustard
- Make an Asparagus & Ham Quiche or a frittata
- Whip up a simple split pea soup
- Add it to scrambled eggs, an omelette, or a breakfast hash
- Put on a pizza
- Add to an old fashioned potato soup
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3-Ingredient Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
- 1 (8–10 lb) spiral sliced half ham
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- ½ cup dijon mustard
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Place the ham, cut side down, in a 13×9 inch baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake for 1 hour.
- While the ham is baking, stir together the brown sugar and dijon mustard.
- Remove the ham from the oven and remove the foil. Increase the oven temperature to 350°F.
- Brush the brown sugar mixture over the ham.
- Place back in the oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until the glaze is sticky and the ham is warmed through.
- Turn the ham on its side and run a knife along the circular bone in the middle. This will help release the slices from the ham nicely.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
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