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Boiled Ham Recipe (with baked honey mustard glaze)

Boiled Ham Recipe (with baked honey mustard glaze)

Boiled ham recipe with baked glaze

This boiled ham recipe gives you a beautiful tasty and moist ham with a yummy baked mustard, sugar and honey glaze. After boiling the ham is baked in the oven to give it a delicious crusty glaze on the outside.

This is a very easy recipe to prepare and is very little fuss. We often serve it with some baked potatoes (with mayo and chutney) and some greens like oven roasted broccoli. The vegetables can also be cooked in the same oven as the ham. This makes it super easy with a short prep time.

You do not need to glaze the ham. But I think it is much better with a tasty crunchy 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 both 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 really delicious – honey and mustard are such a good combination with ham.

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

How long to boil a ham?

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. On the second day, we will eat the ham cold on toast or in sandwiches.

This is a boneless ham we have used. We will eat this meal quite regularly during the week as it is easy to make and does not require much work.

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.

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

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

baked hame glaze
Boiled ham. Eaten cold the next day 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
A simple ham and mayo 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
Boiled ham with a baked honey mustard glaze

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


Some other serving ideas:

Sauces to Serve With Boiled Ham

Depending on your preferences there are several sauces you can make to eat together with boiled ham.

  1. Mustard sauce: This sauce is made by combining mustard, brown sugar, and vinegar, and simmering it until thickened. The tangy and sweet flavours of the sauce complement the saltiness of the ham perfectly.
  2. Pineapple sauce: This sauce is made with crushed pineapple, brown sugar, and mustard. It provides a sweet and fruity contrast to the salty ham. But beware this is a love-it-or-hate-it option. At school, we used to have gammon with a slice of pineapple on top and I think that put me off!
  3. Horseradish sauce: Made with horseradish, sour cream, and lemon juice, this sauce is creamy and tangy, with a little bit of heat. It is a classic pairing for ham.
  4. Cranberry sauce: This tangy sauce is usually served with turkey, but it also pairs well with ham. So good at Christmas or Thanksgiving when the cranberry sauce should be available. The tartness of the cranberries cuts through the richness of the ham, providing a nice balance of flavours.

But feel free to experiment and find your own favourite combination!

If you do make this boiled and baked ham recipe, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make boiled ham with a honey-baked ham glaze

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boiled ham recipe with glaze

Boiled ham recipe (with baked honey mustard glaze)

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

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.


  • 1,5kg medium-sized ham (or any size you need)
  • 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 remove any fat 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.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 9
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 1814mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 41g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Side dishes to eat with boiled ham:
Baked Potatoes
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts Recipe
Oven Roasted Long Stem Broccoli

And for the ham leftovers:

Ham on Toast
Chicken ham and leek pie
Creamy Chicken and Ham Pie
Ham Mayo Sandwich
Bacon Cheese Omelette
Ham and eggs on toast
Mini Chicken Pot Pies with Pie Crust
Dill Honey Mustard Sauce

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