Boiled ham recipe (with baked honey mustard glaze)

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Boiled ham recipe with baked glaze

This boiled ham recipe will give you a beautiful tasty moist ham with a yummy mustard, sugar and honey glaze. You do not need to glaze the ham, but we do think a good ham needs a tasty glaze on it. 

boiled ham
Steaming Ham before glazing

I use a carving fork and a carving knife to remove the ham from the pan of boiling water.

Look at the steam coming off this one!

After basting with the glaze ingredients it creates a beautiful sweet mustardy outside to the ham, which is good warm and cold.



baked ham
Honey Mustard Glazed Ham


I have measured the ingredients for a relatively small ham (1,5 kg) as this is the one I used for the photos. But of course, feel free to scale up the ingredients to suit the size of your ham and family!

honey baked ham
This recipe is really for a boiled and baked ham as we do the last part of the cooking in the oven in order to create a nice tasty honey baked glaze on the ham.

This honey baked ham glaze is delicious – honey and mustard are such a good combination with ham.

boiled ham recipe with glaze
Boiled ham recipe (with baked honey mustard glaze)

When only boiling a ham a rule of thumb is to boil for about 20 minutes per pound plus an extra 20 minutes. So this 1,5kg ham would normally boil for about 3 x 20 +20 = 80 minutes.

However, a ham is not a ham without a nice bit of glaze on it. So we bake the last part in the oven, and so in the recipe below I will boil for 60 minutes and bake for about 30 minutes.

Christmas ham

This recipe will feed the three of us for two nights and one breakfast. The second day we will eat the ham cold on toast or in sandwiches. This is a boneless ham we have used.

ham with baked potatoes

At Christmas, we normally buy a much larger ham which will last us for several days after Christmas to feed the larger family. It may or may not have a bone in it.

But we follow the same basic process to soak, boil and bake the ham but use more mustard, honey and sugar as required.

We do not celebrate Thanksgiving over in Europe but I imagine this recipe would be a suitable one for a Thanksgiving ham as well.

baked hame glaze
Boiled ham. Next day eaten cold with baked potatoes.


Another great way to eat this home-cooked ham is ham on toast for breakfast the next day (or two days, depending on how much you have). A bit of mayo goes well, and some mustard maybe 🙂


ham on toast with mayo


Or add a soft boiled egg to it for ham and eggs on toast:

ham eggs toast


Or in bread as a ham sandwich – lovely with your afternoon tea 🙂


ham sandwich


Honey baked ham glaze recipe

This ham glaze recipe below is really easy to make – the glaze is mixed in about one minute! And what a taste! Honey baked ham has always been a well-known combination, but adding the mustard and sugar creates a caramelized ham glaze that is just delicious.

boiled and baked ham


This must be the easiest and best ham glaze around.

If you use maple syrup instead of honey you would have a maple glazed ham recipe which must also be good. Next time maybe!

honey roast ham recipe

How to make boiled ham with a honey baked ham glaze

Boiled ham recipe (with baked honey mustard glaze)

boiled ham recipe with glaze

This boiled and baked ham recipe is great at Christmas or Thanksgiving. Get a large piece of ham to last a few days and eat with baked potatoes or with eggs for breakfast. Delicious.

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes


  • Any sized unsmoked ham (I have used a 1,5kg medium sized ham from Aldi)
  • 2 tbsp English mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp runny honey


  1. Firstly soak your ham in water for several hours to reduce the salty taste. Leave overnight if you have the time.
  2. When you are ready to boil the ham, change the water and slowly bring to the boil. Boil for about one hour and remove from the water. In the meantime mix the mustard, sugar and honey to produce a nice sauce for the glaze.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  4. Allow the ham to rest for 5 minutes. Then score any fat diagonally and place the ham in a baking tray.
  5. Cover the meat in the glaze mixture all over and place in the oven.
  6. Turn over after 15 minutes and re-baste in the glaze.
  7. After about 30-40 minutes in the oven, or when the glaze has started to turn a caramelized colour, remove the ham from the oven.
  8. Leave to rest for 10 minutes before carving.


Serve up warm with some baked potatoes, chutney or pickles and greens. The ham can be kept overnight in the fridge and eaten cold for breakfast with eggs or leftovers can be used in a chicken and ham pie. Yummy.

Side dishes to eat with boiled ham:

And for the ham leftovers:

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