Apricot glazed ham is full of juicy flavor and turns out perfectly every time! This baked ham recipe is very simple so even if you have never baked a ham before you’ll be golden. You only need a spiral cut ham and a handful of other ingredients and you are good to go!
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What You Need for Apricot Glazed Ham
- Roasting pan: If you don’t have a roasting pan you can also use a large baking pan if you have one big enough. In a pinch you can use a large baking sheet. This recipe has you add 2 cups of water to the bottom of the pan to help prevent the ham from drying out. If you use a baking sheet you won’t be able to add very much water, but you can use it as a last resort.
- Oven-safe wire rack: This will be placed inside your roasting pan. Spray it lightly with non-stick spray to prevent the ham from sticking to it.
- Foil: To cover the ham. This will help trap the moisture and juices so they don’t escape.
Ingredients for Apricot Glazed Ham
- Spiral cut ham: These come pre-cooked. All you will be doing is reheating the ham and giving it some yummy flavor! Most spiral cut hams are between 8 and 11 pounds.
- Apricot preserves: You’ll find this right next to the jams and jellies. Apricot preserves gives ham the BEST flavor.
- Brown sugar: I recommend light brown sugar as it’s not as sweet. The apricot preserves and pineapple juice already add a lot of sweetness!
- Pineapple juice: I buy the pack of 6 oz cans. You’ll need one can of pineapple juice for the ham glaze. You’ll love the flavor of the apricot and pineapple together. It’s so good!
- White vinegar: This helps cut down on the sweetness from the apricot preserves, brown sugar, and pineapple juice.
- Dijon mustard: Dijon mustard also helps to cut down on the sweetness while providing a wonderful tangy flavor.
- Spices: Cinnamon and cloves.
How to Bake Apricot Glazed Ham
I used to be quite intimidated by baking a ham but it’s really not difficult! The hardest part is making sure that it doesn’t get dried out in the process. But with this method of baking a spiral cut ham you won’t have to worry about that! This baked ham recipe will turn out juicy every time!
- Bake: Place the ham cut side down in a large roasting pan or baking pan. Cover with foil and bake at 300 degrees for one hour.
- Glaze: While the ham is in the oven, make the glaze on the stove top. After the ham has been in the oven for 1 hour, remove it, and use a basting brush to cover the entire ham with 1/2 of the apricot glaze. Cover the ham back up with foil and return to the oven for 15 minutes.
- Glaze again: After 15 minutes, remove the ham again and baste with the rest of the glaze. Cover it again and return to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes more of baking or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees.
- Rest: Let the ham rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
How to Prevent Ham From Drying Out While Baking
- Add water: Add 2 cups of water to the bottom of your roasting pan. Place an oven-safe wire rack in roasting pan with the water and then place the ham on top of the rack. This will help keep moisture in your pan during the baking process so your ham will steam without over drying.
- Use foil: Cover the whole ham and the top of the roasting pan with foil. This will trap all that moisture and all those juices inside!
- Low temperature: Cook your ham at 300 degrees rather than 350 degrees or higher. You don’t want the outside of the ham overcooking and getting dry before the inside has had a chance to finish heating.
- Let it rest! The secret to juicy meat, like this Citrus Glazed Turkey, is to let it rest before cutting and serving. The juices need a chance to redistribute evenly through the meat so they aren’t all lost when you slice it.
What to Serve with Baked Ham
Whether this is your Easter ham, Christmas ham, or just a normal Sunday dinner ham, any of these side dishes will pair perfectly with your meal!
- Mashed potatoes
- Roasted and Seasoned Red Potatoes
- Garlic Roasted Asparagus
- Steamed green beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Baked potatoes
- Honey Cornbread
- Cucumber Avocado and Tomato Salad
If you are serving this apricot glazed ham for Easter then I suggest Carrot Cake for dessert! It’s so good! For all other occasions, my apple pie is simply perfect.
How to Use Leftover Ham
Chances are you’ll have some leftover ham. Here are some great ways to use it up!
- Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
- Baked potatoes: Top with broccoli, ham, and cheese sauce. Use the dairy-free cheese sauce from my Macaroni and Cheese recipe.
- Homemade lunchables: Ham, sweet potato crackers, veggies, and guacamole or vegan ranch dressing for dipping.
- Ham sandwich: On gluten-free bread if necessary.
- Ham and pineapple pizza: I use my Gluten-free Pretzel recipe dough for the crust and it turns out great! Go cheeseless or use vegan cheese if necessary.
- Ham and bean soup
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Easy Apricot Glazed Ham with Pineapple
This apricot glazed ham is simple and easy to make! It has tons of juicy flavor and is perfect for Easter, Christmas, or Sunday family gatherings.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 90 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 1 Spiral cut ham
- 10 oz jar apricot preserves
- 6 oz can pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- Place an oven-safe wire rack in a large roasting dish or baking pan. Add 2 cups of water to the pan and then place the spiral cut ham cut side down on top of the wire rack. Cover completely with foil and bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, combine apricot preserves, pineapple juice, brown sugar, white vinegar, Dijon mustard, cinnamon, and cloves to a small sauce pot over the stove. Cook over medium heat, while stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
- Remove ham from the oven after 1 hour. Using a basting brush, cover the ham with 1/2 of the pineapple apricot glaze. Cover the ham with the foil and return to the oven for 15 more minutes.
- Repeat the previous process by basting the ham with the remaining glaze, covering with foil, and returning to the oven for 15 to 20 more minutes, or until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees.e5
- Let the ham rest 15 minutes before serving.
- Serving Size: 1/12th
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