Beautiful Boiled Ham Recipe

Beautiful Boiled Ham Recipe

A delicious boiled ham recipe that breaks down and melts in your mouth; perfect for special occasions like holidays or when you’re feeding a large group of people because it’s easy, requires minimal effort, and always turns out well.

Ham is one of our family’s favourites and most popular recipes because it tastes so darn good; plus it’s as simple as boiling a ham hock for an hour or two, then simmering it down until tender.

It’s simple enough to serve to a large group of people but tastes so good that it’s the perfect choice for special events.

When I cook boiled ham dinner, it’s one of my family’s most popular recipes. So I often prepare it when we have company, too. It’s so easy and delicious! Everyone loves it!

When making meals for our family, I always choose a large ham regardless of how many guests we have during dinner.

A dinner that’s both easy to entertain and makes my life easier during weekdays is worth trying.

Why Boil A Ham?

Boiling is suitable for heating your ham before serving because it helps keep the meat moist during cooking. You can also use this method to add additional flavours to the ham by adding aromatics to the boiling water.

Tools You Need

  • Kick Ass Stockpot – this is a fantastic stockpot which will be your go-to when boiling ham, making soup, and so much more!
  • A slightly smaller enamel stockpot will do the job just fine!
  • A Roasting Tin – Great for keeping all to together while resting etc
  • Tongs – A necessity for removing your boiled ham from the pot

Best Ham to Buy for Boiled Ham

You can use several different types of cuts, but the main thing you need is to boil a hame (or picnic) with the bones in. Country hams, dry-cured hams, or any dry-aged cuts will work.

You could also use a fresh ham if you wanted to, but you don’t usually see them. So I’d recommend using the same technique.

Don’t try to cook a ham without a bone; I’ve never done it, but I don’t think you will succeed.

Is the Ham Already Cooked?

Most ham you buy has been previously cured (or “smoke”), so yes, it’s essentially cooked, but you need to heat it before consuming it. Boiling is a suitable method for doing that.

Cooking the Ham

It is quite an easy recipe. All you need to do is:

  • Put your ham into a large pot or large pan
  • Add your vegetables, herbs, and seasonings to the stockpot. Fill it with cold water, cooking liquid, or cooking liquor (such as broth).
  • Cover with cold water and slowly bring to the boil.
  • Simmered ham takes about an hour per kilogram or about 15 minutes per pound
  • Every so often, skim any foam from the surface of the soup. This is normal.

Tips to Make it Perfect

  • If you don’t want to use stock, you can use any kind of liquid you’d like. I usually use chicken stock, but you can use anything from beef bouillon cubes to orange juice.
  • Just barely dip the ham into the sauce. Don’t submerge it completely or use too much liquid.
  • Just simmer the ham gently. Do not boil it at high heat.
  • If you have the patience, let the meat sit in the liquid for at least an hour after cooking.

How long do you boil a ham?

To cook a boiled ham, start by calculating the cooking time needed for each kilogram. Check the ham after 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes,

You can also use an instant-read thermometer to measure the internal temperature. When the meat has reached 135°F (57°C), it’s ready.

To be safe, if you’re using the temperature test, wiggling the bones a bit will help ensure they’re tender before pulling them out.

Can You Overcook a Ham?

You can boil a ham if you want to, but it’s easier to overcook one when you’re boiling it.

Should You Let Ham Rest?

Yes! Always allow any type of cooked meat to sit before cutting into it. This allows the proteins to relax and gives the meat a chance to absorb moisture. The juices won’t all rush out when you slice into the meat. Allow your ham to sit for about 20 minutes after removing it from the pan.

This boiled pork recipe always turns out so moist and tender when cooked. It doesn’t require any special sauces, but honey mustard, applesauce, or applesauce would be delicious.

Don’t forget to take the bones out of the freezer and let them thaw before cooking. After they’re cooked, put them in a large pot and cover them with water. Let them simmer until the liquid reduces and thickens. Strain the stock and discard the bones. Use the stock for cooking any type of soup you’d like. I recommend making chicken soup or vegetable soup.

Honey baked ham glaze recipe

This honey-glazed boneless ham recipe is straightforward to prepare – the glazing takes less than a few minutes and tastes amazing. A classic combo of honey, brown butter, and Dijon gives this dish its unique flavour.

Biscuit with boiled ham with a honey mustard glaze

This must be the simplest and most effective way to prepare a ham for Christmas dinner.

You could substitute maple syrup for regular granulated sugar if you wanted to create a maple-glazed pork belly recipe.

If you make the boiled and baked ham recipe, please tell us how you got on in the comment section below.

1. Pre heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

2. Drain and leave to cool slightly when the baked ham is cooked. Remove the outer layer of the skin, leaving a thin layer of fat behind. Score the skin with a small sharp knife, cutting diagonal lines to make a diamond pattern but not entirely cutting through the fat. Brush the baked ham with the glaze of your choice (a mixture of runny honey glaze and mustard is good) and stud it with cloves. Place the ham on a rack on a tin foil-covered baking tray. That way, the glaze will fall through onto the tin foil. Use the drips to baste the ham throughout cooking.

3. Bake the ham until golden and caramelised – this will take between 20-30 minutes.

What to serve with your boiled ham dinner:

  • Easy Celeriac Soup – the perfect accompaniment for a Boiled Hams Dinner. As a starter, or just serves with the hams themselves.
  • Scallops – A “must-have with Ham” in our family.
  • Our favourite layered salad – is a must at every holiday table!
  • Broccoli Salad – Sooooo Good! Even Non-Broccoli Lovers Will Love It!
  • Grilled Caesar Salad – Unique and Delicious Salads for Company!
  • Parsley Sauce – It just works try it
  • Potatoes or Mash and onions

Sauces and Seasoning to Try

Salt – Salty Ham…what! I hear you say, But yes, a few sprinkles of salt on the skin will bring out the flavour of the honey-glazed ham

Pineapple Juice – I love the taste of cold pineapple on hot ham. The sweetness developed the salty flavour

Bay Leaf – not to meany but a couple sprinkled in the mix does add a nice flavour to the ham

If you’ve made this baked pork loin before, please share your experience by rating the recipe and letting us know how it went in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Fall Apart Boiled Ham Recipe


  • A picnic or “picnic” (or “pig”) (US) or “bacon” (UK) is a cured pork leg from which most of the fat has been
  • Cut two large red or white onion into quarters.
  • Celery quartered into three pieces
  • 2 large apples chopped into quarters
  • 5 – 8 crushed garlic cloves but not peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • a few peppercorns
  • 1 tbspsalt
  • Water or a mixture of water and fruit juices is fine.


  • Rinse the pork well and place it in a large saucepan. Cover the pan with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 1 hour. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue cooking for another 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before serving.
  • After bringing it to a boil, turn down the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 20 minutes per pound or until a meat thermometer registers 155°F (68°C).
  • Remove the ham from the oven, cover it and leave it alone for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the fat and cut the meat from the bone. Slather some butter or oil on top and serve it up. It tastes so good!