Ham Glaze Recipes:
Ham with Easy Maple Glaze

There are lots of ham glaze recipes out there. This is one of the best. It's quick and easy, it uses simple ingredients, and it transforms an ordinary ready-to-eat ham into a special meal.

Since a fully cooked ham doesn't have to be cooked further at all, you can relax about exactly how long to cook it. You want it to be warmed through - but if you are in a rush, you can cook it for a shorter time than I have suggested.

Check the package to ensure that your ham is indeed fully cooked.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • cider vinegar
    • ground ginger
    • whole cloves

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • maple syrup

Buy these ingredients

  • a ready-to-eat ham (about 2 lbs/1 kg)

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a sharp knife
    • a roasting pan with a cover
    • a small bowl

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a silicone brush

    The recipe

    1 fully cooked, ready-to-eat ham (about 2 lbs/1 kg)

    a bottle of whole cloves

    1/4 cup/60 mL maple syrup

    1 Tbsp/15 mL cider vinegar

    1 tsp/5 mL ground ginger

    Preheat oven to 325F/160C.

    Using a sharp knife, score the surface of the ham, about half an inch/1 cm deep, in a crosshatch pattern.
    The cuts should be about 2 inches/4 cm apart.

    Push some cloves into the ham, making a pretty pattern.

    Place the ham in a roasting pan.
    Bake for 45 minutes.

    While the ham bakes, mix the maple syrup, cider vinegar, and ginger to make the glaze for the ham.

    Remove the ham from the oven and brush it all over with the glaze, paying special attention to the cuts.
    Try to get as much glaze as possible into the cuts.
    Use all of the glaze.

    Return to the oven and bake for 15 minutes more.

    Slice the ham thinly and serve.


    • Use honey instead of maple syrup.

    • Use any vinegar in place of the cider vinegar.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Be creative with your placement of the cloves! Have fun making a lovely pattern. (This is a good job for the kids!)


    • If you don't have a silicone brush, just spoon the glaze over the ham. You'll probably wish that you did have a brush, though! A brush makes it much easier to spread the glaze evenly.

    • You can leave out the cloves if you like.

    • Please don't substitute processed "pancake syrup" for the maple syrup! It's not the same thing at all!

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