Feasting With FARE: Maple Glazed Ham
By Lori Dziuba
Baked ham makes a simple, low maintenance main dish. It is an excellent choice to add to any holiday menu. The maple glaze turns a basic ham into a deliciously sticky and sweet delight. I have yet to find anyone who doesn’t love this ham recipe – both adults and kids. I have included oven and Instant Pot instructions. Using the Instant Pot allows the oven to be used for other dishes if you are making a holiday feast!
- 1 spiral sliced fully cooked ham
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Note: This makes enough glaze for a 3-5 pound ham. Double the ingredients to make more glaze for a larger sized ham. You can never have too much glaze!
- Preheat oven to 300°. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Cover and bake for 10 minutes per pound or until a thermometer reads 130°.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until slightly thickened, 2-3 minutes.
- Remove ham from oven. Pour glaze over ham. Bake ham, uncovered, until a thermometer reads 140°, about 15-30 minutes longer.
Instant Pot Instructions
- Place trivet inside the inner pot of instant pot, pour in 1 cup of water.
- Place ham on a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil; fold up the sides to shape around the ham.
- Gently separate slices of spiral ham, so glaze can penetrate the ham slices.
- Pour maple syrup over ham, then sprinkle with the brown sugar and ground cloves.
- Securely wrap foil around the ham, and place into prepared instant pot.
- Set Instant pot to pressure cook on high for 2 minutes per pound; quick release when done.
Note: 10 minutes of extra cooking time is needed to account for heating through heavy-duty tin foil. So, cook time will be 10 minutes plus 2 minutes per pound.
Optional: Reduce liquid to thicken into glaze:
- Place foil packed ham on heat safe surface. Gently open foil, remove ham to a large platter.
- Remove trivet and discard water.
- Place inner pot back onto Instant Pot, set to “sauté”. Carefully pour rendered liquid into pot.
- Create slurry by combining 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water.
- Add slurry to rendered liquid, whisk well, and cook until the glaze is reduced by half, about 3-4 minutes.
- Pour the thickened glaze over the ham.