Honey Glazed Ham

Amazingly moist gammon with a deliciously sweet and crisp crust. You will all be fighting for the end piece! This Honey Glazed Ham is one of my favourite things in the world to eat.

Honey Glazed Ham is a family tradition 

As with a lot of families, we always have ham around Christmas – traditionally on New Year’s Day. My Grandad used to come and stay with us for Christmas and New Year. He would always bring a huge ham with him. My Mum always used to joke that he wasn’t allowed to come and stay with us if he forgot the ham. I remember looking forward to her New Year’s ham all year. As soon as my Mum had finished cooking the ham I would loiter in the kitchen waiting for the chance to sneak a slice.

My Mum always serves this with creamed mashed potatoes, vegetables and a parsley white sauce. I don’t like the parsley sauce but the rest of the family rave about it! I do keep the rest pretty much the same though as it is such a delicious combination.

This is one of my favourite recipes that Mum has passed down to me. As our lives have moved on. My sister and I have both moved out and we now have husbands so have other families to see over the festive period. Because of this, my Mum understandably doesn’t make this every year. This is another reason why I am so pleased she taught me how to make it, so I can enjoy it without having to nag her to make it for me!

Can you use a larger ham?

Yes of course. My Mum used to cook a much larger ham in those days. She would boil it before putting it in the oven and finishing with the glaze. Use the cooking guidelines on the ham and adjust the glaze as needed. 

I cook much smaller versions as I tend to only cook it for me and Mr Curly. Although it is smaller, we still like a big enough ham so there is plenty for dinner and leftovers; whether that is for cold ham and chips or a very tasty sandwich. 

I have to watch Mr Curly when I make this because he is always trying to catch a nibble like I used to do with my Mum. As soon as we’ve finished eating dinner, he’ll always ask what is happening with the rest of it and when can he eat more. I’ve learnt not to slice the ham before putting it in the fridge because then it i far too tempting for him to go in and sneak a piece!

Honey Glazed Ham Cooking tips 

I really would recommend using a disposable foil tray to cook this in. I used to line my roasting tins with foil but the honey and sugar mix always seemed to manage to seep under the foil. This would then burn and stick the foil to the roasting tin. So after far too many times scrubbing my roasting tins to within an inch of their lives, I now use the disposable foil trays. 

There is something I do that I’m not sure my Mum would approve. When I’ve sliced the ham, I add the slices back into the tray the ham was cooked in and coat them in the sugary juices. The ham then becomes fully coated in the delicious glaze. It is too good to just throw away! 

5 from 3 votes

Honey Glazed Ham

Amazingly moist gammon with a deliciously sweet and crisp crust. You will all be fighting for the end piece! This Honey Glazed Ham is one of my favourite things in the world to eat.

Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Keyword Honey Glazed, Ham, Gammon, Roast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 472 kcal
Author Curly


  • 1.5 kg smoked boneless ham joint
  • 50 g demerara sugar
  • 70 g clear honey


  1. Line a roasting tin with plenty of tin foil or use a disposable foil tray. Unwrap the joint and place it on the tin and cover with more foil. Cook the joint for 30 minutes less than the time specified on the cooking instructions

  2. When the joint has 30 minutes left of cooking time, remove it from the oven and dispose of the foil

  3. Cut off the rind and the majority of the fat leaving a couple of millimeters. Score the fat with a knife diagonally one way and then the other

  4. Mix the sugar and honey together in a bowl and then pour over the fat of the ham. Put the ham back into the oven uncovered for the remaining 30 minutes of cooking

  5. Take out of the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes loosely covered in foil before carving

  6. After carving, serve as it is or dip in the sugary juices to coat and then serve 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Honey Glazed Ham
Amount Per Serving
Calories 472
% Daily Value*
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 17g19%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 thoughts on “Honey Glazed Ham

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  2. Corina Blum

    I love a joint of ham cooked at home it really is so so much better than any ham you can buy precooked and presliced. This one looks so lovely and shiny on top too!

  3. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    Don’t you just love the recipe with the history, the one handed down just like yours! We do love a nice ham joint here too and the smell of it roasting always brings entire family to the kitchen lol. Fantastic recipe Cat and that glaze sounds super delicious too!


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