Christmas Ham Recipe

A Perfectly Glazed Christmas Ham for Your Festive Feast
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Imagine your holiday table adorned with a glistening Christmas ham, the centerpiece of your festive feast. This unique Christmas Ham recipe combines the perfect blend of sweetness and spice to create a mouth-watering delight that will surely impress your family and friends. This Christmas ham promises to be a highlight of your holiday celebrations.


Did you know that the tradition of serving ham at Christmas dates back to ancient Germanic tribes? They celebrated the winter solstice with a feast featuring wild boar, which symbolized fertility and prosperity. Over time, this tradition evolved into the cherished custom of enjoying ham during Christmas feasts in many cultures around the world.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve your Christmas ham with classic holiday sides like creamy mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and a tangy cranberry sauce. For an added touch of elegance, garnish the ham with fresh sprigs of rosemary and slices of orange. Complement the meal with a crisp green salad and warm dinner rolls to round out the feast.

Storing Instructions:

To store leftovers, wrap the ham tightly in aluminum foil or place it in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to five days. For longer storage, slice the ham and place the slices in freezer-safe bags or containers. The ham can be frozen for up to two months.

Reheating Instructions:

To reheat, preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F). Place the ham slices in an oven-safe dish, adding a splash of water or broth to keep them moist. Cover with aluminum foil and heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through. For a quicker option, microwave the slices on a microwave-safe plate, covered with a damp paper towel, in 30-second intervals until hot.


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How to Make Christmas Ham

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Christmas Ham Recipe

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 2 hrs Rest Time 15 mins Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cooking Temp: 180  °C Servings: 12 Calories: 250 kcal per 100g serving


This delightful Christmas ham is the perfect centerpiece for your holiday table. Glazed with a rich blend of brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard, orange juice, and aromatic spices, it boasts a beautiful, caramelized finish. Garnished with fresh rosemary and orange slices, this festive dish promises to bring joy and flavor to your celebrations. Perfectly paired with classic holiday sides, it’s sure to impress your family and friends.




Preheat the Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven

    Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F).

Prepare the Ham:

  1. Prepare the ham

    Place the ham in a large roasting pan. Using a sharp knife, score the top of the ham in a diamond pattern, making cuts about 1 cm deep. Pour the ginger ale or water into the bottom of the roasting pan.

Make the Glaze:

  1. Make the glaze

    In a medium saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard, orange juice, crushed garlic, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves and the mixture becomes slightly thickened. Do not let it boil.

Glaze the Ham:

  1. Glaze the ham

    Brush half of the glaze over the ham, making sure to get it into the scored cuts. Cover the ham loosely with aluminum foil.

Bake the Ham:

  1. Bake the ham

    Place the ham in the oven and bake for 1.5 hours. Remove the foil and brush the remaining glaze over the ham. Increase the oven temperature to 180°C (350°F) and bake for an additional 30-45 minutes, basting every 10 minutes with the pan juices, until the ham is caramelized and golden brown.

Rest the Ham:

  1. Rest the ham

    Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 250kcal
Calories from Fat 117kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 900mg38%
Potassium 300mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 15g5%
Sugars 14g
Protein 18g36%

Vitamin A 50 IU
Vitamin C 1 mg
Calcium 20 mg
Iron 1 mg
Vitamin E 0.3 IU

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Ensure the ham is fully thawed before cooking for even heat distribution.
  • For a deeper flavour, marinate the ham with the glaze overnight.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the ham reaches 70°C (160°F) before serving.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use a boneless ham for this recipe?

Yes, you can use a boneless ham. However, bone-in hams tend to have more flavour and are juicier. If you opt for a boneless ham, adjust the cooking time accordingly, as it may cook faster.

What can I use instead of ginger ale?

If you prefer not to use ginger ale, you can substitute it with water, apple juice, or a light beer for a different flavour profile.

How do I prevent the ham from drying out?

To keep the ham moist, baste it regularly with the pan juices and cover it loosely with foil during most of the cooking time. Adding a liquid like ginger ale or water to the roasting pan also helps to keep the ham from drying out.

Can I prepare the glaze ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the glaze a day in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and gently reheat it on the stove before applying it to the ham.

Is this ham suitable for a gluten-free diet?

This recipe is naturally gluten-free. However, always check the labels of your ingredients, especially the Dijon mustard and ginger ale, to ensure they are gluten-free.

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Fiona O'Sullivan is the passionate editor of Great Food Ireland, a popular blog dedicated to celebrating traditional Irish cuisine and culinary heritage. With a rich background in food writing and a deep love for Ireland's gastronomic culture, Fiona brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her role. She curates authentic recipes, shares culinary stories, and explores the vibrant food scene across Ireland. Fiona's dedication to promoting Irish food traditions has made Great Food Ireland a beloved resource for food enthusiasts around the world.

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