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Instant Pot Ham with Honey Glaze

Instant Pot ham with honey glaze is packed full of sweet and savory flavor to make the perfect main dish for just about any dinner. This recipes rivals popular Honey Baked hams but is ready in less than 45 minutes and much less expensive! You could make this any night of the week or serve it as main dish on Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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The first time we had an Easter ham was visiting my aunt in Pittsburgh for the holiday.

She doesn’t cook at all and we had an agreement. She’d do the main dish if my husband and I did the sides.

While we whipped up mashed potatoes, some homemade macaroni and cheese and baked apples, she ordered a Honey Baked ham.

I’d never even known that was a thing you could do before.

When I went in with her to pick it up, I was shocked to find out how much those hams cost. Holy cow!

Why buy a premade one from a very busy store when it is so easy to make your own homemade honey baked ham right in your pressure cooker? You can save yourself money and the hassle of dealing with a busy store.

Ingredients and supplies

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To make this delicious ham, you’ll need:

  • Spiral Sliced Ham – You’ll need about a 3 to 5 pound ham, too much bigger won’t fit in the inner pot.
  • Pineapple juice – You should be able to find this in the juice section of your local store.
  • Honey – If you want, you could use maple syrup instead.
  • Ground Cloves – If you use whole cloves, you’ll need to pick them out.
  • Brown Sugar – Brown sugar will help sweeten the ham and thicken the glaze.

For the glaze, you’ll need:

  • Pineapple Juice – You should have plenty in the can or bottle you find at the store. If you prefer, you could substitute orange juice for pineapple juice, which is especially nice at Christmas with the cloves.
  • Cooking Liquid – We’re making a reduction from the juices the ham makes.
  • Cornstarch – The cornstarch is what thickens the glaze.

You’ll also need the following kitchen gadgets on hand:

  • 6-Quart (or larger) Instant Pot – You could use an off brand, but why would you want to? Don’t try this in a smaller Instant Pot. The ham won’t fit.
  • Aluminum Foil– Heavy duty works best to help ensure it does not tear while you work with it.

How to Make

There are two sets of instructions: making the ham and making the reduction/glaze.

To make ham in the Instant Pot follow these steps:

  1. Prep the pot
    Place your trivet in the inner pot and pour in 1 ½ cups of cold water.
  2. Prepare the marinade.

    Making the marinade for the ham. A whisk mixing a bowl of brown sugar, honey, pineapple juice and cloves.

    Whisk the marinade together.


    To make the marinade for the ham, whisk the pineapple juice, honey, ground cloves, and brown sugar until combined.

  3. Prep and glaze the ham.

    Put the ham in foil and pour the marinade over it.

    Put the ham in foil and pour the marinade over it.

     
    Unroll a large sheet of aluminum foil, enough to cover the ham. I recommend placing it over a large bowl and pushing it down gently to line the bowl. With the foil in place, gently place the ham into the aluminum foil and then rub in the glaze. Wrap the foil securely over the ham. If it is not quite covered, add another sheet on top. Remove the ham from the bowl and place it on the trivet.

    Wrap the ham tightly with foil.

    Wrap the ham tightly with foil. While you can see a little hole in the coverage here, we did put another layer of foil around this one to completely seal it.

  4. Pressure cook.

    Put the foil wrapped ham on the trivet and carefully put in the Instant Pot.

    Put the foil wrapped ham on the trivet and carefully put in the Instant Pot.

     
    Set the Instant Pot to high pressure and cook for 2 minutes per pound plus 10 minutes. Once cook time has ended, allow it to do a natural release. Finally, check the internal temperature to be sure the ham is warmed to 135-150 degrees. If it has not yet reached the temp, allow it to cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes on high pressure.

To make the honey glaze, you’ll need to:

  1. Remove ham and pour out the water.
    Sliced ham on a platter with pineapple and parsley

    This is how it will look prior to doing the glaze.

    Carefully remove the ham and trivet from the inner pot and set aside. Next, pour out the water.

  2. Make a reduction.
    A honey pineapple reduction

    The liquid will quickly thicken after you add the cornstarch. It should look like this.

    To make the reduction, return the inner pot to the Instant Pot and set it on saute mode. Carefully drain any cooking liquids from the aluminum foil around the ham and pour them into the inner pot. Next, whisk the pineapple juice and cornstarch in a small bowl and pour the mixture into the inner pot. Whisk constantly until the mixture starts to boil and thicken. This should take about 2 to 3 minutes.

Tips and Tricks

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  • It is easiest to place the aluminum foil and ham in a bowl to help keep the liquid glaze from spilling out all over the place.
  • When making the reduction, don’t forget to whisk the cornstarch and pineapple juice together before adding to the pot. This will help you prevent lumps.
  • If you use whole cloves instead, you can use a strainer to remove them before making the glaze/reduction.
  • Make sure you tightly wrap the ham in foil to prevent the juices from leaking out.
  • For a Christmas variation, substitute maple syrup for the honey and orange juice for the pineapple juice. Keep everything else the same.

Storing Leftovers

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Ham stores for about 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Before placing in the fridge, place the ham in an airtight container to help prevent it from spoiling.

To reheat, you can place it in the oven at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes or until it has warmed through. Or, for faster results, you can place it on a microwave safe dish and cover with a damp paper towel and nuke it for about 1 to2 minutes.

What to Serve With

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Ham makes a great main dish for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. But don’t limit making it to just the holidays! It’s perfect for really any family dinner you are planning.

It goes great with rolls, roasted vegetables, or mashed potatoes.

If you love potatoes, you could make it with these Garlic Roasted Potatoes and herb roasted carrots. You could also go with something simple like Mashed Potatoes. Or if you want something green, you could try making my favorite Roasted Brussels Sprouts or Garlic Roasted Green Beans.

For stuffing lovers, this Apple Stuffing would work great and so would this classic stuffing.

Other Instant Pot Main Dishes Perfect for Any Holiday

A forkful of Instant Pot ham with a sweet and savory glaze.Looking to make a holiday worthy meal in your Instant Pot all year long? Try these:

Instant Pot Ham

Instant Pot Ham

Yield: 6-8 servings

Instant Pot ham with honey glaze is packed full of sweet and savory flavor to make the perfect main dish for just about any dinner. This recipes rivals popular Honey Baked hams but is ready in less than 45 minutes and much less expensive!

Ingredients

  • 3-5 pound spiral sliced ham
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • for the glaze
  • 1/4 c pineapple juice
  • cooking liquid
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

For the ham:

  1. Place your trivet in the inner pot and pour in 1 ½ cups of cold water.
  2. To make the glaze for the ham, whisk the pineapple juice, honey, ground cloves, and brown sugar until combined.
  3. Unroll a large sheet of aluminum foil, enough to cover the ham. I recommend placing it over a large bowl and pushing it down gently to line the bowl. With the foil in place, gently place the ham into the aluminum foil and then rub in the glaze. Wrap the foil securely over the ham. If it is not quite covered, add another sheet on top. Remove the ham from the bowl and place it on the trivet.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure and cook for 2 minutes per pound plus 10 minutes. Once cook time has ended, allow it to do a natural release. Finally, check the internal temperature to be sure the ham is warmed to 135-150 degrees. If it has not yet reached the temp, allow it to cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes on high pressure.


For the honey glaze:

  1. Carefully remove the ham and trivet from the inner pot and set aside. Next, pour out the water.
  2. To make the reduction, return the inner pot to the Instant Pot and set it on saute mode. Carefully drain any cooking liquids from the aluminum foil around the ham and pour them into the inner pot. Next, whisk the pineapple juice and cornstarch in a small bowl and pour the mixture into the inner pot. Whisk constantly until the mixture starts to boil and thicken. This should take about 2 to 3 minutes.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 182mgSodium: 2773mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 63g

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