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3 Ingredient Baked Ham Glaze

Baked ham glaze recipe with orange juice or pineapple juice is really simple and makes your ham taste amazing!! Just 3 ingredients, you’ve got to try this ham glaze next time.

baked ham glaze

Ok so it’s Easter, or Christmas and you’re ready to make a big meal including a ham for everyone. I don’t know about you but I’m not interested in spending more time than I have to on anything. This baked 3 ingredient ham glaze is simple but delicious. (affiliate links present)

3 Ingredient Ham Glaze with Honey

Easy is key in my opinion when it comes to cooking delicious food and this easy ham glaze is just that! Three ingredients is all you need, seriously! Some hams come with the mysterious “packet” to pour on top after mixed with water.

I have tried that and quite frankly it tastes like sugar poured on top and doesn’t give it a lot of other flavors. Whether you’re slicing it yourself or following our How to Cook a Spiral Ham in the Oven, this will work!


Baked Ham Glaze Ingredients

Granted this easy baked ham glaze does have sugar in it but the juice cuts the sweetness and gives it an added flavor that just makes the most amazingly juicy ham that is packed with flavor.

  1. I think orange juice is great (any brand will do, pulp free is best) or pineapple juice works too
  2. 1 c. brown sugar
  3. Use honey for sweetness
  4. bowl and spoon

If you’ve never cooked a ham before it is super easy, just read the best way to bake a ham right here to get you started. For a pineapple ham glaze and/or way to cook it in your slow cooker here’s a crockpot ham recipe with pineapple you can follow too.

how to cook a ham

How to Make Baked Ham Glaze with Orange Juice

Just mix these 3 ingredients together in a bowl so it can drip into your roasting pan as it bakes. 30-45 minutes before done you will want to pour over the top, baste continuously, and to pour over the top of your baked ham servings once it’s done and ready to be served.

Can I glaze an already cooked ham?

Absolutely. Most hams are pre-cooked / smoked when you buy them at the store. Whether you are baking, air frying or Smoking a Cooked Ham you will likely expect to have some sort of sweet and tangy sauce over the top. You will want to baste throughout the heating process for best results.

Even without more poured on top of your cut slices the orange juice and sweetness makes it’s way into your meat and permeates it to taste amazing. Some like a bit more added on top and you should have plenty. Mine was 2.5 lb. so if you cook a really large one you might want to double the recipe but it’s really easy to make and I’ve been doing it for years.

3 ingredient ham glaze with honey

What can I do to remedy a ham glaze that got to thick?

Gently reheating it can help to thin it out especially if there is sugar or honey in it. Gradually add a liquid while stirring to reach the desired consistency or warm in a pan over low heat. Choices include; water, juice or apple cider vinegar can add a pop of flavor.

Do you glaze a ham before or after baking?

Most people will add it about 45 minutes before it is done. Baste with additional glaze every 10-15 minutes until it’s done. This helps build up a nice, sticky, flavorful crust. If you want an extra caramelized finish, you can briefly broil for a few minutes at the end.

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Baked Ham Glaze

Baked ham glaze recipe with orange juice and honey is really simple and makes your ham taste amazing!! Just 3 ingredients, you've got to try this ham glaze next time.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword glaze, ham, orange juice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 234kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1/2 c orange juice pulp free is best, or pineapple juice works
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c honey or agave nectar


  • Whisk your 3 ingredients together and pour on top of your ham, bake as you like in the oven or crockpot.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Ham Glaze
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 234
% Daily Value*
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Sugar 60g67%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 10.5mg13%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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