Pineapple Glazed Ham

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Elevate your Easter Ham game this year by using this amazing Pineapple Ham Glaze! Made with only 5 ingredients, it’s so easy and so yummy! It’s a classic recipe with those traditional sweet and spicy flavors that are synonymous with a perfectly baked ham. It’s the perfect addition to a Crockpot Ham or Baked Ham!

whole pineapple glazed ham on platter

Pineapple Ham Glaze | Perfect for Easter!

Looking for something a little more exciting than a classic Brown Sugar Ham Glaze this year for Easter? I’ve got you covered with this simple Pineapple Ham Glaze. It’s still sweet but has that signature pineapple flavor mixed into it. Plus you can use pineapple slices and maraschino cherries to garnish the whole ham (gorgeous)!

This glaze is perfect for Easter, Christmas, or even a fancier Sunday dinner. Find sticky sweetness in between each spiralized or cross-hatched layer. YUM!

can of pineapple, brown sugar and cloves on counter

Main Ingredients Needed

Five simple ingredients and a quick simmer on the stovetop are all you need to make this pineapple ham glaze! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pineapple Juice – I love using pineapple juice to add even more delicious flavor to this glaze. Plus you can save the pineapple slices for a garnish on top of the ham!
  • Brown Sugar – this is caramelized while simmering and creates a sticky-sweet glaze.
  • Dijon Mustard – this adds some zingy tang that goes perfectly with the sweet pineapple and brown sugar.
  • Cloves – this is a very strong spice and is classically used in a pineapple ham glaze. If you don’t like cloves, reduce this amount by half (so use 1/8 teaspoon) or omit completely. 
  • Salt – to balance out the sweet with all of the other flavors.

How to Make Pineapple Ham Glaze

For full details on how to make Pineapple Ham Glaze, see the recipe card down below!

  1. Drain one can of pineapple rings. This should be about 3/4 cup pineapple juice. Whisk together with brown sugar, dijon mustard, cloves, and salt.
  2. Transfer to a small pot and simmer until it thickens slightly and turns syrupy.
  3. Use glaze as desired.
pineapple ham glaze

How to Use Pineapple Ham Glaze

Because this is basically all sugar, I’d recommend brushing a little glaze on the ham before transferring to the oven or crockpot first and then using the glaze liberally in the last hour of cooking to get it really sticky and delicious.

I know a lot of you guys have your own preferred methods, so this all-purpose Pineapple Ham Glaze can be used however your little heart desires.

In the photos, it shows that I used the glaze on a Crockpot Ham, but you are welcome to use my basic oven directions for baking a ham (spoiler: its super easy.)

sliced pineapple glazed ham on platter

Other Easter Recipes to Enjoy!

These are some of my favorite recipes to make for Easter, but if you don’t see anything you’d like, browse my Easter recipe section for lots of other delicious ideas.

Be sure to save this recipe, it’s a great one to have on hand when the Holidays roll around!

The printable recipe card is down below, enjoy 🙂

Pineapple Ham Glaze

Elevate your ham game this year by basting on this amazing Pineapple Ham Glaze! Made with only 5 ingredients, it's so easy and so yummy!
servings 12
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pineapple rings + maraschino cherries optional

Instructions

  • Drain one can of pineapple rings. This should be about 3/4 cup pineapple juice. Whisk together with brown sugar, dijon mustard, cloves and salt.
  • Transfer to a small pot and simmer gently until it thickens slightly and turns syrupy.
  • Use glaze as desired.
  • If you are wanting to add the pineapple rings with maraschino cherries, be sure to brush on some glaze first, then apply the pineapple rings and cherries with toothpicks, and then finish with more glaze in the last hour of cooking.

Notes

*Cloves is a very strong spice and is classically used in a pineapple ham glaze. If you don’t like cloves, reduce this amount by half (so use 1/8 teaspoon) or omit completely. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple ham glaze

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