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My classic Holiday Ham recipe with an orange mustard glaze is sweet, tangy, and super easy to make with just three simple ingredients. This baked ham is the perfect main dish for holidays and special occasions, especially Easter!

close up.image of slices of baked ham on a platter garnished with orange slices on a table.

Why you’ll love this Orange Glaze for Ham recipe!

  • Easy No-Fuss Recipe. This tasty ham with glaze only requires four ingredients!
  • Extra Flavor. Some go for a brown sugar and butter topping, a dry rub, or even a root beer or pineapple juice glaze. But this glaze with orange marmalade, stone ground mustard, and whole cloves studding the ham’s surface is seriously delish!
  • Perfect for Special Occasions. Marmalade-glazed ham is great for Easter but also works for all spring occasions, like graduation celebrations, family reunions, or an extra special Sunday dinner with loved ones. And don’t forget Christmas!
ingredients for making glazed ham on a table.

Ingredient notes

  • Ham | For this recipe, you’ll need a fully cooked ham of about 6 to 7 pounds. I don’t recommend spiral-cut ham because you’ll need to score the surface to add the cloves.
  • Whole cloves| You’ll stud the outside of the ham with whole cloves for a warm and rich flavor.
  • Orange marmalade | Orange marmalade brightens the ham with a citrus sweetness.
  • Stone ground mustard | Stone ground mustard gives the glaze a mild tangy taste. Dijon mustard has a more robust flavor but can be used in its place if necessary.

How to make The Best Glazed Ham Recipe

Making the best-tasting baked ham for your holiday menu is easier than you think! Just bake, glaze, and bake some more!

STEP 1 | Preheat and prep

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line a shallow roasting pan or 9×13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.

process steps for baking orange glazed ham.

STEP 2 | Score and bake

Next, unpackage and place the spiral ham in the pan with the fat side up. Use a sharp knife to score the surface in a diagonal diamond pattern and stud the ham with the whole cloves.

Then, wrap the ham with aluminum foil and bake in a large roasting pan for an hour and a half.

STEP 3 | Make the ham glaze with marmalade

Take out a small bowl, and add the orange marmalade and mustard. Stir the dipping sauce until the ingredients are evenly combined.

STEP 4 | Glaze, bake, and continue basting

After the ham bakes for about an hour and a half, unwrap it and spread the glaze all over. Then, return the ham to the oven and continue baking, basting every 10 minutes.

Once the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees, or after about 30 minutes, your glazed ham is ready to remove.

STEP 5 | Rest, slice, and serve

Finally, remove the ham from the oven and tent it with aluminum foil to retain the moisture. Let it rest for about 15 minutes before slicing. Then, serve your delicious marmalade and mustard-glazed ham!

tips

  • Once you remove the delicious ham from the oven to rest, take the whole cloves out of the surface. Keeping the cloves in can make the flavor a little too strong for some people.
  • After unwrapping the aluminum foil to glaze the ham, keep the foil off for the remainder of the baking time. Then, tent with foil for the ham to rest after cooking time.
slices of baked ham on a platter garnished with orange slices on a table with bowls of sauce in the background.

Variations and substitutions

Storage and reheating tips

  • To store your glazed Easter leftover ham, wrap the extras in foil or place them in an airtight container to keep in the refrigerator for about one week. And if you have some of the pan juices left too, pour those in to keep the ham slices moist.
  • To freeze leftovers, store boneless hams in a tightly sealed container in the freezer for about two months.
  • To reheat, warm in the microwave until heated through or wrap in aluminum foil and heat in a 350-degree oven until warm.

Frequently asked questions

How long do you bake a fully cooked ham?

A good rule of thumb is to bake your fully cooked ham for at least 10 minutes per pound at a lower oven temperature of 325 degrees. With today’s recipe, a 6 or 7-pound ham, we will bake it for around two hours.

How do you keep the ham moist?

It is critical to place the ham in the dish or pan with the fat side up and the cut side down if you want moist and juicy ham.

How do you score a ham?

This recipe asks you to score the top of the ham to add the cloves and glaze. If this is your first time scoring a ham, here’s what you need to know. First, pat the surface of the ham dry after removing the packages. Next, place the ham in the pan or dish to keep it from moving, and use a sharp knife to cut into the ham no more than ½ inch deep in diagonal lines. Then, cut lines oppositely, creating Xs at the intersections.  At the intersections are where you will insert the whole cloves. It’s that easy!

spooning orange sauce over slices of baked ham.

Serving suggestions

Serve with sweet-glazed Bacon Wrapped Asparagus and easy Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes or a healthier alternative like this delicious Cauliflower Gratin Recipe

And don’t forget the Easter dessert! Complete the spread with this creamy Coconut Cake or a dozen of my Carrot Cake Muffins with cream cheese frosting.

a fork piercing a slice of orange glazed ham.

If you want more holiday-worthy recipes fit for Easter dinner, take a look at my Rosemary Garlic Broiled Lamb Chops, Citrus Herb Smoked Turkey Breast, or this Tender Smoked Brisket.

Looking for more holiday-worthy recipes?

For other delicious options for Easter dinner, take a look at my Rosemary Garlic Broiled Lamb Chops, Citrus Herb Smoked Turkey Breast, or this Tender Smoked Brisket.

What size ham to get

The last thing you want is to leave your dinner guests hungry! If you’re unsure how large your ham should be, here are some excellent rules to stick by when shopping at the grocery store.

For a boneless ham, you want half a pound for each person. For instance, if you’re serving 12 to 14 guests, you’ll need a 6 or 7-pound ham, as this recipe calls for. 

However, when you choose a bone-in ham shank, you’ll need to factor in the weight of the ham bone, too. About three-quarters of a pound per person should work.

slices of baked ham on a platter garnished with orange slices on a table.

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slices of baked ham on a platter garnished with orange slices on a table.

Classic Baked Ham with Orange Mustard Glaze

Sweet and tangy Classic Baked Ham Recipe with Orange Mustard Glaze with just three simple ingredients is a perfect main dish for any special occasion, especially the upcoming holidays, like Easter!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 64 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 6 to 7-lb. fully cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons stone ground mustard

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a roasting pan or 9×13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.
  • Place the ham fat side up in the pan and score in a diagonal diamond pattern, then stud the ham with the cloves. Wrap the ham with the aluminum foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the orange marmalade and mustard.
  • Unwrap the ham and spread the glaze all over. Return to the oven and continue baking for another 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes, until the internal temperature registers 140 degrees.
  • Remove the ham from the oven and tent it with aluminum foil and let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

  • How to score a ham: If this is your first time scoring a ham, here’s what you need to know. First, pat the surface of the ham dry after removing the packages. Next, place the ham in the pan or dish to keep it from moving, and use a sharp knife to cut into the ham no more than ½ inch deep in diagonal lines. Then, cut lines oppositely, creating Xs at the intersections.  At the intersections are where you will insert the whole cloves.
  • Once you remove the delicious ham from the oven to rest, take the whole cloves out of the surface. Keeping the cloves in can make the flavor a little too strong for some people.
  • After unwrapping the aluminum foil to glaze the ham, keep the foil off for the remainder of the baking time. Then, tent with foil for the ham to rest after cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 0.5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 46mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword Christmas, Easter, ham, pork
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Beyond the recipe

The tradition of serving ham for Easter has its roots in sixth-century Germany. Nope– It has nothing to do with Christianity. In fact, Jesus, being a Jew, wouldn’t have eaten pork. 

Instead, easy ham is the classic Easter main dish because pigs were in great numbers in the fall. During this season, farmers would slaughter the pigs for meat, and they hung until they were adequately cured and ready to serve in spring.

Albeit, this is probably not the reason for eating that Easter spiral-cut ham with the delicious sauce you were looking for. But it’s the truth!

Sheila Thigpen, blogger

About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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