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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!
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!
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!
- 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 until it thickens slightly and turns syrupy.
- Use glaze as desired.
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.)
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.
- Cadbury Egg Cookies
- Funeral Potatoes
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Classic Deviled Eggs
- Key Lime Pie
- Strawberry Salad
- Maple Glazed Carrots
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
- 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
- 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.