A show-stopping Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins

Honey glazed ham makes a delicious centrepiece to a family get together or party - whether it's Christmas day or simply an ordinary Sunday afternoon.

Although traditionally eaten in the festive period, honey glazed ham would work perfectly for when you simply want to impress a crowd, be it friends or family.

It's a guaranteed show-stopper, and if you make this honey glazed ham recipe, you can guarantee guests will be talking about it for days afterwards!

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The ham itself is relatively easy to cook, and will actually only take you just 10 minutes to prepare - leaving plenty of time to crack on with your other dishes - including perhaps some goose fat roast potatoes, or pork and herb stuffing balls.When it's ready for the oven, you just want to finish it off with a beautiful honey and mustard glaze to give it the classically sweet, sharp and sticky finish that makes it so tasty.

Top tip for making this honey glazed ham recipe:

If you want a bit more texture, add wholegrain mustard instead of the traditional English mustard to your glaze, giving it a bit more of a unique crunch and a more rewarding flavour.Finally you want to add cloves to perfume the meat and to draw the eye to your diamond pattern on the skin of your honey glazed ham.

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We love to serve our honey glazed ham hot of an evening, with mashed potatoes, crunchy veg and plenty of gravy and then cut it up cold when ready to put into sandwiches, salads and quiches - perfect for lunches throughout the week!



  1. To cook a whole ham, place it in a large pan of cold water and bring to the boil. Discard the cooking water then cover again with fresh water or cider. Add a whole onion, a bay leaf and a few cloves. Bring to the boil, then simmer, part covered, for 15 to 20 minutes per 450g (the leftover stock makes a great base for an old-fashioned pea-and-ham soup, which is a delicious starter or soothing snack at any time).
  2. Preheat the oven to 220C, 200C fan, 425F, gas 7. Score the ham fat diagonally at 2.5cm intervals, first in one direction, then another to produce a diamond pattern.
  3. Stud the ham with cloves at the points of the diamond shapes. Mix the honey and mustard to make a spreadable glaze and smear over the ham. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbling. Serve your honey glazed ham in slices, either hot or cold.


  • 1 x 3.5kg (7.5lb) boiled ham, cooled (see below)
  • 115g (4oz) clear honey
  • 1tbsp English mustard
  • 20 cloves