Instant Pot Ham with a Sweet Spiced Honey Glaze (Video!)

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After you make ham in a pressure cooker, you won’t want to cook a ham in any other way. Forget using an oven, the Instant Pot makes for the juiciest and most flavorful ham you’ll ever have.

How to make ham in an Instant Pot - by ashley of myheartbeets.com

I used my 6-quart Instant Pot to cook a bone-in spiral cut ham and it is the best ham I’ve ever had. Really.

This ham is better than those honey-baked hams I used to spend a fortune on back in the day. Back then, I never cared much for the ham itself but rather always looked forward to using the ham bone. This ham recipe has changed that for me. Now, I love the ham just as much as the bone! And if you know me, that is saying a lot.

how to cook ham and why to use an instant pot:

There always seems to be a lot of confusion over how to cook ham but actually, when you buy a spiral ham at the grocery store, it’s almost always already fully cooked which means most of the time you just need to heat it through. The ham’s packaging comes with suggestions about how long to cook or heat the ham and those suggestions always recommend using an oven. I’m here to tell you that I don’t think I’ll ever use an oven to warm a bone-in spiral ham ever again. 

Using an oven to heat ham can dry the ham out, especially a pre-sliced spiral cut ham. By using an Instant Pot, the flavors of the glaze infuse into the meat. Just look at this plate of sliced ham soaked in my spiced honey glaze. You know you want a slice or two of this ham on your plate:

How to make ham in an Instant Pot - by ashley of myheartbeets.com

a sweet spiced honey glaze

You are going to love the sweet honey glaze on this ham! It’s a combination of coconut sugar or brown sugar, honey and some optional spices that make it over the top tasty.

Put the ham in the pot, the sliced side facing down then pour the thick glaze on top of the ham.

When you take it out of the pressure cooker, the first slice may look a little burnt, but trust me that slice might just be the best slice. You can just gobble it up as a “test slice” if you want 😉 The slices with the charred edges are definitely my favorite.

How to make ham in an Instant Pot - by ashley of myheartbeets.com

I usually make ham twice a year: on Easter and Christmas and in the past, I’ve truthfully made it out of obligation. I mean, you’re supposed to serve ham on those holidays, right? Now I plan to cook ham more often – these slices are a thousand times better than ham deli meat! I can quickly cook a ham and make my husband the best ham sandwiches for him to take to work. Or I can freeze ham slices and serve them as part of a special weekend brunch. 

Here are just a few examples of what you can make with your leftover ham:

I have a million more ideas floating around in my head and I want to hear your ideas too! Tell me how you plan to use this incredibly delicious ham!

How to make ham in an Instant Pot - by ashley of myheartbeets.com

I hope you make and love this sweet spiced honey ham!

Wishing all of you a great December 🙂 Happy Holidays!!

2017

Instant Pot Ham with a Sweet Honey Glaze

How to make ham in an Instant Pot - by ashley of myheartbeets.com

Instant Pot Ham with a Sweet Honey Glaze

This recipe is for a bone-in spiral cut pre-cooked ham. When you buy a spiral ham at the grocery store, it’s almost always already fully cooked which means most of the time you just need to heat it through. The ham’s packaging comes with suggestions about how long to cook or heat the ham and those suggestions always recommend using an oven. I’m here to tell you that I don’t think I’ll ever use an oven to warm a bone-in spiral ham ever again! Enjoy!
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Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 bone-in spiral cut 6.5 pound ham*

Glaze:

  • 1 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey

Optional Ingredients for Glaze:

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Big pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves

Instructions
 

  • Pour ¼ cup water into the steel basin of the Instant Pot.
  • Place the ham in the pot with the sliced side facing down. If the ham is too large, you may need to cut a portion of it off in order for it all to fit.
  • Mix the sugar and honey along with the optional glaze ingredients if using together in a bowl. Pour this glaze on top of the ham.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 10 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure (if the valve doesn’t drop after 10 minutes, then open the valve to release any remaining pressure).
  • Drain the liquid from the pot into a bowl and set aside.* Allow the ham to rest for at least 10 minutes, then remove the ham to a platter.
  • Press sauté and add the liquid back to the pot. Cook until the liquid has reduced to your liking. Pour this sweet sauce on top of the ham slices when serving. 

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Notes

  • In step 6, the reason you want to drain the liquid is because it will make it much easier to tip the ham out – that way you don’t need to burn your fingers by trying to lift it out with a fork/tongs/fingers.
  • A 6.5 pound ham should fit in a 6 quart pot but if yours is slightly larger then you may need to cut the ham to make it fit, place both pieces into the pot at the same time, if possible.
  • If you have leftover ham, place it in a container and pour the sweet sauce overtop to keep it moist and flavorful.
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How to make ham in an Instant Pot - by ashley of myheartbeets.com
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  1. Pamela says

    5 stars
    I ended up using 2 small pre-sliced hams – each about 2.5 pounds each and stood them on the rack. The sauce/glaze was so fragrant while it was cooking and the flavor it imparted to the ham in the pressure cooker was SO good. My favorite ham so far. Everyone loved it Christmas Eve dinner tonight. This will definitely be a standard for me from now on!

  2. Mel says

    I had an 8 lb bone in ham not spiral, I put it on for 12 mins with 1/4 cup of water in bottom and my sauce turned out way too liquidity when it was done and my ham was not heated through. Any suggestions to make it better next time?

  3. Jenn says

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe with a bone in ham that is not spiral sliced. It seems the recipe does take quite a lot more time with a ham like this. Today I am trying spiral cut ham from Costco. Its about 9 lbs and I have 8 qt IP. I am going to cook it for 20 minutes. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

  4. patty says

    I was really excited to make this recipe today for Easter dinner- prepared a 6.46 lb ham as directed , 1/4 cup water in bottom pot and glaze on top. It came to pressure but then I got a burn notice- turned off , moved ham around a little and started again but got burn notice again. Finally ran out of time with hungry guests and had to remove the ham and microwave . Not sure what I did wrong?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Patty – how large is your instant pot? I test all of my recipes using a 6 quart and so if yours is larger you may need a bit more water. Also, if the pot comes to pressure then the ham should still be okay even if the burn sign comes up – the ham will also release liquid as it cooks under pressure. Hope that helps!

  5. Don says

    Made this Christmas Eve and it turned out great! Of course, the hambone went back into the Instant Pot along with some Pinto Beans later on that week.

  6. Rich says

    5 stars
    Just made this recipe with zero issues in my 8qt. Instant pot. I was skeptical of 1/4 cup of water as many have mentioned. Not only did I not get the dreaded “burn” message.. but it came out bangin!. Sauce was to die for!!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Rich, I’m so happy to hear that! 🙂 I use a 6 quart for all of my recipes so it’s always great to hear how things go in an 8 quart – I’m sure many readers will appreciate you sharing this info!

  7. Lindsey Sanders says

    5 stars
    This turned out great!

    I have an IP Lux (whatever that means – I’m new to the IP world!), 6 quart. I used an 8lb spiral sliced, bone-in ham. I used 1/4 cup water and the trivet. I used the glaze packet that came with the ham, just dumped it over the top before putting the lid on. It took about 20 minutes for the pot to pressurize, then I cooked it for 15. I let it depressurize for 10 minutes then released the steam and popped it open. So easy and so good!

    I agree with another reviewer that making the glaze at the end was easy, but no one ended up using it. I think it’ll be great to keep leftovers moist though.

    Thanks for a great first experience with my Instant Pot!

  8. Annette says

    Trying this today, smells heavenly in here. Wondering when the 10 minute timing starts? When you close the lid or when the temperature is reached?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Nope it’s cooked ham that requires heating 🙂 Most ham in grocery stores is already cooked! If it’s raw, it’ll be in the meat section behind the counter and be very obvious. Hope that helps!

  9. Dawn Brainard says

    5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! I’m definitely keeping it to make it again. I made it for Christmas Eve dinner and the ham was almost gone. Everyone loved it! It was so tender, juicy and the sauce was very tasty. I did not use the sauce packet the ham came with and instead used this. So amazing! Thank you!

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