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.
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!!
A few years ago after Christmas they had smoked hams clearanced out at the grocery store and 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.
Not only does it make an amazing dinner but I have a bunch of leftover ham recipes I use too so one piece of meat can last us a few night typically which saves a lot of money and the taste is amazing.
Here’s how easy it is to make a ham in your pressure cooker.
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!
This is what you’ll need to make this easy Instant Pot ham recipe
- Quarter of a ham – near the holidays they typically come in half hams but in my 6 qt Instant Pot that wouldn’t fit, a quarter fit perfect
- Brown sugar
- Pineapple tidbits and juice – I just used one of these snack packs you see above
- Honey – optional
That is it!!
If you want to thicken the ham glaze then you’ll need some cornstarch too, that is up to you.
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.
Ham almost always when bought in the store are already cooked, you’re just warming them up.
Typically they 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 left over after I took the ham out, set to saute and added a bit more brown sugar and cornstarch to thicken it up while whisking it up as it bubbled.
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 10 minutes!
If you have an 8 or 10 qt. Instant Pot you may be able to fit more than a quarter ham size and if so I might increase the time by 5 minutes or so.
If you’re ready to try this Instant Pot ham here are the printable directions. 😉
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.
- 1 quarter ham precooked/smoked, quartered ham
- 1/3 c brown sugar
- 1/4 c pineapple juice
- 1/3 c pineapple tidbits
- 4 cloves or pinch of ground cloves
- 1.5 c water
- 3 tbsp brown sugar heaping tbsp
- 2-3 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp honey optional
Put trivet and water into Instant Pot.
Slice your quartered ham if it isn't sliced already and put it in a large piece of foil.
Fold foil up so just the very top is open.
Pour pineapple juice over ham and sprinkle cloves or push whole cloves into ham.
Sprinkle brown sugar over top of ham and into slices.
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.
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).
Set to high pressure for 10 minutes. Do a natural release for 10 minutes when done.
Release rest of pressure, lift out and rest for 5 minutes.
Take trivet out and with the juices in the bottom of the pot (or if all your juices stayed in the foil then pour all liquid from foil into your Instant Pot) set pot to saute.
Add your 3 heaping tbsp of brown sugar and allow to start bubbling.
Very slowly add your cornstarch 1/2 tbsp at a time whisking quickly so no clumps arise.
Add 1/2 tbsp at a time whisking constantly until your ham glaze is thick enough for you. (2.5 tbsp is perfect for us, will thicken as it bubbles too).
Finish slicing ham pieces all the way through, pour glaze over the top and serve!
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