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How Long to Cook Instant Pot Ham

This is the most amazing Instant Pot ham done in just 20 minutes! If you want an easy honey ham recipe you’ve gotta’ try it in your pressure cooker or as Ninja Foodi ham for Easter or Christmas time. A family friendly cheap dinner we all love.

Instant Pot Ham

I’m back with an addition to our long list of easy Instant Pot recipes! If it’s around Easter or Christmas you might be looking for an easy Instant Pot ham recipe but let me tell you that you shouldn’t wait for the holidays to make this!! My family says I can only make ham in the Instant Pot now. lol (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham

A few years ago after Christmas they had smoked hams clearanced out at the grocery store. I couldn’t pass up a $5 hunk of amazing meat. So I bought one. Ever since then I’ve made ham throughout the year.

You can use a Crockpot Express to make this or even a Ninja Foodi pot. All of these have the high pressure function which is what you want so the name doesn’t matter. I did make a specific post regarding the Ninja Foodi ham that just has a bit different honey glaze if you want to follow that one.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Ham in Instant Pot

One piece of meat can last us a few night typically which saves a lot of money and the taste is amazing. This shouldn’t just be made once a year though. Typically after the holidays the stores want these out of there so they will mark them way down. Believe it or not they freeze really well!

Do what I do often which is to pick up a few of them. I throw them into my deep freezer so we can make this every few months, enjoy that night, and then make a bunch of leftover ham recipes witch what is remaining.

Below is a video showing you how I did this as well as directions if you don’t want to use tinfoil at all. The glaze keeps it nice and moist but is optional as well.

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Instant Pot Ham

You just need 3 ingredients and with the time it takes to reach pressure and naturally release the pressure it is done in about 20 minutes flat!

  1. Quarter of a ham – Near the holidays you typically find bone in ham cut in half. In my 6 quart Instant Pot that wouldn’t fit.
    1. But a quarter ham fit perfect, same as with our air fryer ham.
    2. If you can only buy a half then cut it in half and you’ll have 2 dinners to make. Or you could ask your butcher if you can buy just half. Many times that is possible if you just ask. 

A spiral cut ham is best. I had to slice ours myself.

  1. Brown sugar
  2. Pineapple tidbits and juice – I just used one of these snack packs you see above
    1. could substitute apple cider instead if you wanted
  3. Honey – optional
  4. Tinfoil
  5. Trivet – I like one with handles

If you want to thicken the ham glaze then you’ll need some cornstarch too, that is up to you.

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How Long to Cook Ham in Pressure Cooker

Why would you cook ham in an Instant Pot rather than the oven?

  • Frees up your oven to be used for side dishes
  • Doesn’t heat up your house (especially if it’s 100 degrees outside during the summertime I never turn on my oven)

Cook time is much faster! Finishing in a fraction of the time

  • No baking sheet is required
  • You only have to clean one pot, even ham glaze can be made right inside your pressure cooker
  • You’ll get the juiciest ham you’ve ever tasted this way

This is what it will look like before you lower it on to your trivet, the foil creates a sort of bowl to hold in the juices etc..

easy honey ham

Pre Cooked Ham in Pressure Cooker

A few people ask how to make this pressure cooker ham without using foil. I have done this with my Ninja Foodi ham recipe so you can follow that if you’d like.

  • Put 1.5 c. of water into the bottom of your Instant Pot
  • Put your trivet inside – I like this one with handles
  • Place your ham on to your trivet directly
  • Follow steps 9 for timing on high pressure
  • Remove ham when done, and take out trivet
  • Add all the pineapple juice listed into pot on sauce function

Sprinkle in brown sugar, allow to bubble and dissolve sugar

  • Add a bit of cold pineapple juice or water with cornstarch and whisk together
  • Empty contents into Instant Pot while bubbling and whisk in
  • Once ham glaze begins to thicken then add your pineapple tidbits
  • Turn off once it is the desired thickness and remove inner pot, pour into separate container so it doesn’t overcook/burn

Pour over ham and serve!

Instant Pot Ham 2

Frozen Ham in Pressure Cooker

If frozen you’re going to need to use 35 minutes for the timing. I mean give or take depending on how large yours is but that is usually dead on. So…you literally don’t need anything else and I will tell you it is so good! My husband even said that he’d rather have it this way for Christmas rather than putting it in the oven.

It steams nicely leaving all the juices in tact and absorbing some of that sweetness while it cooks in your pressure cooker in just 12 minutes! I wish you could taste just how moist this turns out. It’s the best way to cook ham hands down.

  • If you have an 8 qt. Instant Pot you may be able to fit more than a quarter ham. If so I might increase the time by 5 minutes or so.

If you want a crockpot ham recipe or oven baked ham we have that as well as a dutch oven ham recipe. Or if you prefer turkey here’s instructions on making a pressure cooker turkey for the holidays.

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Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

I mean there are SO SO many things you can make in this thing. Save the room in your oven and give a few of these a try this season. I think you’ll fall in love too.

Here is a HUGE list of more Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes too

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You’ll want to slice your ham if it isn’t already, ours wasn’t, and then put it in a large piece of foil that will kinda’ act like a bowl holding the pineapple, sugar and juices.

  • Typically pre-cooked hams you buy in the store are smoked, like ours. So it will come with some of that flavor as is but adding the fruit, juices, and sugar gives it a sweetness that is great.

I made the glaze with the juices that were at the bottom of the pot. Just set to saute and added a bit more brown sugar. Add cornstarch to thicken it up while whisking it up as it bubbled.

How long to cook your ham in a pressure cooker?

This depends on the size you have, 12 minutes worked well for ours. If yours is a bit larger 15 minutes might be better to pressure cook. With pressure release time it will take 30 minutes total.

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How do you heat a fully cooked ham in a pressure cooker?

Whether you’re making it for Christmas dinner, or for dinner throughout the year, it’s a great way to get it done quickly. Even though you may have to use a smaller piece it will free up your oven for other items.

This is VERY helpful during the holidays. If you’re still apprehensive watch the video I made. I wouldn’t share anything that didn’t work well for me.

Can you heat up a ham in a pressure cooker?

YES! Even if you have a chunk of leftover ham you could use this same method to reheat it. With a trivet to keep it out of the liquid below, it will come out tender and not as dried out as if you were to put it into the oven.

Just pop it in and walk away. Come back when time is up and spoon on some glaze for lunch the next day. Enjoy friends!

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leftover ham recipe

How do you store leftover ham?

Wrap it tightly and store in your fridge for up to 3 days. I suggest not slicing what is left over and waiting until you’re ready to use it. It will stay moister that way.

Then make all sorts of things in the next few days with it like Crockpot ham and potato soup, Instant Pot ham and bean soup, or sandwiches of course.

Instant Pot Ham
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Instant Pot Ham

This is the most amazing Instant Pot ham done in just 20 minutes! If you want an easy honey ham recipe you’ve gotta’ try it in your pressure cooker. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, ham, honey, instant pot, pressure cooker, smoked
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 57kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Put trivet and water into Instant Pot.
  • Slice your quartered ham if it isn’t sliced already and put it in 1-2 large pieces of foil (large enough to wrap all the way around it – may need small piece for very top as well).
  • Fold foil up so just the very top is open.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar over top of ham and into slices.
  • Pour pineapple juice over ham and sprinkle cloves or push whole cloves into ham.
  • Sprinkle pineapple tidbits on top of ham. Drizzle honey on top if you want to add this as well (not totally necessary, sweet without)
  • Put a small piece of foil over the very top if needed to enclose.
  • Add 1.5 c. of water into your Instant Pot and add trivet to bottom. Lower ham into pressure cooker on to your trivet (make a sling to put on bottom to lift it back out if your trivet doesn’t have handles).
  • Close lid and steam valve. Set to high pressure for 12 minutes (timing will vary slightly according to how large your piece is, this is for a quarter ham that's been sliced). Do a natural release when done.
  • Release rest of pressure, lift ham out of foil and rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes.
  • Take trivet out and drain water in pot, put pot back into your Instant Pot. Empty the juices that are inside your foil into the bottom of your pot, set pot to saute low.
  • Add an additional 3 oz. of pineapple juice and 3 heaping tbsp of brown sugar into your pot and allow that to start bubbling.
  • In a small bowl add maybe 2 oz. of pineapple juice and 2 tbsp of cornstarch and whisk together….add 1 tbsp at a time to avoid clumping. Dump this “thickener” into your Instant Pot and stir/whisk together consistently until it is the consistency you want. Add more pineapple juice or a bit more cornstarch mixture if desired but will thicken in no time.
  • Finish slicing ham pieces all the way through, pour glaze over the top of each piece and serve!


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Ham
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 57
% Daily Value*
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 17th of May 2023

Any idea how to do this with a frozen ham?

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 17th of May 2023

Haven't done that, it would need to be small to fit. I'd say it would need to be a spiral sliced one so the heat could get into the middle. I would add a few extra minutes, possibly doubled since it is rather thick.

El Cyd

Friday 25th of December 2020

The instructions/pro-cons up front were confusing because you’d be reading the instructions then run into a large pro-con section. I was finally able to scroll to the very bottom (far way down) to see exactly what to do. Seems easy enough and while I’m vegetarian, I’m sure it’s good

Pam Greer

Wednesday 17th of April 2019

Well, we tried to get brunch reservations for Easter, but everything was booked, so now I'm going to make a ham. Your ham!! I love that I can make it in the Instant Pot!


Wednesday 17th of April 2019

This turned out amazing, and I am so excited I can make ham in 30 minutes instead of hours, ha ha ha!


Thursday 31st of January 2019

Ham was not as hot as I would've liked. Less than 3 lb boneless precooked.


Thursday 31st of January 2019

Did you slice it as directed? If not it wouldn’t heat through.

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