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How to Cook a Spiral Ham

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How to Cook a Spiral Ham
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8

Spiral hams are a simple and delicious centerpiece meal for the holidays. MORE+ LESS-

Updated June 21, 2019

Ingredients

1
(5-7 pound) spiral-cut ham
1
lemon, sliced thin
1
cup water

Glaze

1/2
cup honey
2
tablespoons brown sugar
2
tablespoons water
1/2
teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Steps

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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 325°F. In a roasting pan, place sliced lemons and pour water in the bottom of the pan. Place spiral ham cut-side down on the lemons and cover loosely with foil.
  • 2
    Bake the ham for about 10 minutes per pound until it is just warmed through. Spiral ham is completely cooked already (so you can even serve it cold if you want).
  • 3
    Meanwhile, combine glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until ingredients are mixed. Let the glaze bubble and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the glaze starts to thicken. Then let it cool.
  • 4
    When ham is done, uncover it and drizzle glaze over the top.
  • 5
    Serve ham slices warm.

Expert Tips

  • Adding a glaze to spiral ham is an easy way to add extra flavor and moisture.
  • While brown sugar and honey are used in this particular recipe, other common glaze ingredients include maple sugar, bourbon, citrus, mustard, pineapple and fresh herbs.
  • Leftover ham is perfect for next-day sandwiches or served for breakfast alongside eggs.
  • Spiral hams can also be cooked in the slow cooker for an easy alternative if the oven is occupied cooking other holiday dishes.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
629.6
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29.3g
45%
Saturated Fat
10.0g
50%
Cholesterol
193.9mg
65%
Sodium
3891.4mg
162%
Potassium
1000.4mg
29%
Total Carbohydrate
33.4g
11%
Dietary Fiber
4.7g
19%
Sugars
19.8g
Protein
56.6g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
29.30%
29%
Calcium
8.80%
9%
Iron
20.10%
20%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Spiral hams are the tricksters of the holiday meal. They look intimidating because they can weigh 7 pounds and be bulky. But they are also incredibly easy to cook.

    The trick is to take the doctor’s approach. First rule of spiral hams: Do no harm.

    What you might not know about spiral ham is that you actually don’t need to cook them at all. They're completely cooked already, so you could literally just open the ham and serve it without touching it.

    But that’s not very fun, right? Also, cold ham is good in sandwiches but not for your holiday guests.
    So we can do better by cooking the ham, or more specifically, warming the ham. The danger: since the ham is already cooked, it's really easy to dry out.

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