Christmas Ham Recipe - The Cookie Rookie® (2024)

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By: Laurel Perry

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This Christmas Ham recipe is the perfect dish for your holiday feast! It’s covered with a deliciously sweet and savory glaze, made with brown sugar, oranges, garlic, and a range of herbs and spices. Just cook this spiral-cut ham in the oven for the best Christmas dinner!

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Why We Love This Christmas Ham Recipe

  • Easy. Bone-in spiral-cut ham comes pre-cooked, so all you have to do is heat, brush with the glaze, and enjoy!
  • Flavorful. Dark brown sugar, blood oranges, mustard, apple cider vinegar, rosemary, spices, and garlic create a sweet and tangy glaze.
  • Beautiful. This ham has a gorgeous color and a crispy, shiny crust.

Boneless Ham for Christmas

You can easily swap out the bone-in ham for a boneless one. Simply cook the ham for 10 minutes per pound, or until it reaches 140°F internally. Plan for ½ pound of meat per person. For example, a 9-pound boneless ham will feed 18 people!

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How to Store and Reheat

The easiest way to store leftover Christmas ham is to fully carve the ham into slices. Place the slices in a resealable bag, or stack them and wrap them tightly in aluminum foil to store for up to 4 days. Reheat in a 325°F oven until warmed through.

How to Freeze

To freeze, carve Christmas ham into slices. Wrap stacks of slices in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in a Ziplock bag to store for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Serving Suggestions

Kick off Christmas dinner with this glazed Christmas ham! It pairs so well with starches like crockpot mashed potatoes, twice baked potatoes, or candied sweet potatoes, and veggies like crockpot glazed carrots, creamed green beans, or asparagus almondine. Don’t forget the ham gravy!

Heat up leftovers and serve slices ondinner rollsor Hawaiian rolls to make sliders, or make any of these leftover ham recipes. These are great for lunches!

Which ham is best for Christmas?

Personally, I prefer a bone-in ham, as it is much more flavorful than a boneless one. Opt for spiral cut if it’s available to both save you time and help the glaze penetrate the meat.

When should I buy my Christmas ham?

Plan to buy your ham a week before Christmas to ensure you get the perfect size and cut! A sealed spiral-cut ham will keep for about a week in the refrigerator!

Is Christmas ham fully cooked?

Yes! The majority of hams you buy at the store have already been cooked and simply need to be reheated. We’re adding a glaze to amp up the flavor!

How long does it take to cook spiral ham?

Because spiral ham is pre-cooked, we just need to heat it up! Plan for 15 minutes per pound at 325°F.

Do you serve hot or cold ham for Christmas?

This ham can be served both ways! I love it fresh from the oven on Christmas Eve and cold on sandwiches for a Christmas Day lunch!

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More Holiday Ham Recipes To Try

  • Pineapple Ham
  • Marmalade Glazed Ham
  • Honey Baked Ham
  • Orange Honey Glazed Ham
  • Pecan Bourbon Glazed Ham
  • Apple Ginger Glazed Ham
  • Honey Mustard Maple Glazed Ham
  • Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Recipe

Christmas Ham Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Author: Laurel Perry

Prep: 30 minutes minutes

Cook: 2 hours hours

Total: 2 hours hours 30 minutes minutes

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A tasty brown sugar and orange glaze coats this spiral ham, before roasting it in the oven.

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Ingredients

  • 9 pound cooked bone-in spiral-cut ham
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 blood oranges zested and juiced
  • ¼ cup coarse ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

Optional Garnishes

Recommended Equipment

  • Roasting Pan

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.

  • Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of a roasting pan.

  • Place the ham cut side down on the rack of the roasting pan.

    9 pound cooked bone-in spiral-cut ham

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  • In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, orange juice and zest, mustard, apple cider vinegar, rosemary, cinnamon, paprika, chili powder, and garlic. Simmer for 10 minutes.

    1 cup dark brown sugar, 3 blood oranges, ¼ cup coarse ground mustard, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground paprika, ½ teaspoon chili powder, 2 cloves garlic

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  • Brush half the glaze over the ham, getting it into the cuts as much as possible.

  • Cover loosely with foil and bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the ham reaches 140°F.

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  • Remove the ham from the oven and increase the oven to 375°F.

  • Discard the foil and brush the ham with half of the remaining glaze.

  • Bake the ham for 15 minutes.

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  • Brush the ham with the remaining glaze and bake for 15 minutes.

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  • Garnish and serve.

    Pomegranate arils, Rosemary sprigs, Blood orange wedges

Last step! Don’t forget to show me a pic of what you made! Upload an image or tag me @thecookierookie on Instagram!

Becky’s tips

  • With a bone-in ham, plan for about ¾ pound per person. This will yield appox. ½ pound of meat per person.
  • If using a different-sized ham, cook for 15 minutes per pound.
  • Regular oranges can be used in place of the blood oranges.
  • You can use regular brown sugar in place of the dark brown sugar.

Storage:Store Christmas ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5pound Calories: 597kcal (30%) Carbohydrates: 22g (7%) Protein: 65g (130%) Fat: 26g (40%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0.001g Cholesterol: 248mg (83%) Sodium: 3993mg (174%) Potassium: 1055mg (30%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 21g (23%) Vitamin A: 144IU (3%) Vitamin C: 97mg (118%) Calcium: 54mg (5%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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How to Make Christmas Ham Step by Step

Prep the Ham: Preheat your oven to 325°F. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of a roasting pan, and place a 9-pound cooked bone-in spiral-cut ham cut side down on the rack of the roasting pan.

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Make the Glaze: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of dark brown sugar, 3 zested and juiced blood oranges, ¼ cup of coarse ground mustard, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of finely chopped rosemary, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of ground paprika, ½ teaspoon of chili powder, and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Simmer for 10 minutes.

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Bake the Ham: Brush half the glaze over the ham, getting it into the cuts as much as possible. Cover loosely with foil and bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the ham reaches 140°F.

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Increase the Temperature: Remove the ham from the oven and increase the oven to 375°F. Discard the foil and brush the ham with half of the remaining glaze. Bake the ham for 15 minutes.

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Garnish the Ham: Brush the ham with the remaining glaze and bake for 15 more minutes. Garnish with pomegranate arils, rosemary sprigs, and blood orange wedges if desired, and serve.

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