How to Cook a Spiral Ham


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If you’re wondering how to cook a spiral ham, here’s everything you need to know!  Cooking a spiral ham, like copycat honey baked ham, is so easy that it practically cooks itself.

Spiral hams are popular at Easter and Christmas dinner alongside mashed potatoes or Scalloped Potatoes and turkey, but you can buy them year-round!  Spiral ham comes fully cooked, all you have to do is heat and serve!

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How Long to Cook a Spiral Ham

Spiral cut hams are typically between 8 and 11 pounds and already come fully cooked (make sure your package says pre-cooked). This means when you’re cooking a ham, you just want to heat it through. The best way to do this is to cook it on a low temperature so the outside doesn’t dry out before the inside is heated.

To cook a spiral ham without it drying out make sure you use a meat thermometer to reach 140°F and do not overcook it. I usually remove it around 135°F and keep an eye on the thermometer to ensure it reaches 140°F.

How long to cook a Spiral Ham will depend on the size but allot for 13-16 minutes per pound at 250°F uncovered. If your ham is done early, remove it from the oven and let it cool a little bit so it doesn’t keep cooking. Once slightly cooled, cover with foil and don’t cut until ready to serve.

Glazing Spiral Ham

If you’re glazing your ham like when you’re making a copycat homemade honey baked ham the glaze should be added at the end so it doesn’t burn. I always toss out the glaze that comes with my ham and opt for an easy homemade glaze!

Simply brush it on during the last 20 minutes. I sometimes turn the oven up or give it a broil for a couple of minutes to make the glaze good and sticky.

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How to Cook a Spiral Ham in the Crock Pot

Slow and steady wins this race!  For a perfectly tender spiral ham recipe, you can also make Crock Pot Ham, brush with the glaze of your choice, add a little water or apple juice and cook on the lowest setting.

Remember, your spiral ham is already cooked, you are just reheating the meat and infusing it with the seasonings or the glaze.

Sliced Ham before cooking

How to Cut a Spiral Ham

Spiral hams are made by one continuous cut from one end to the other and come apart very easily whether they are served cold or warm. A typical serving is about 6 ounces per person, so an 8 lb ham will yield about 20 servings. But who can eat just one slice?

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Why not pick up a spiral ham and pan fry slices for breakfast? Or put a slice (or two!) into a sandwich with a little mustard for lunch? A spiral cut ham is so easy to prepare and versatile to serve, you’ll wonder why you don’t serve them year-round!

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How To Cook A Spiral Ham

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 59 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 4 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Spiral ham is incredibly easy and perfect for serving on special occasions or for Christmas dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 spiral ham 8-10 pounds
  • glaze of your choice optional

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • Remove packaging and if your ham has a small plastic disk on the underside of the bone, remove and discard the disk.
  • Place ham in a shallow roasting pan, cut side down.
  • Bake for 13-16 minutes per pound until ham reaches 140°F.
  • If adding ham glaze, add during the last 20 minutes of cooking.
  • Remove the ham from the oven and rest at least 15 minutes before cutting. Spoon juices over the ham before serving if desired.

Recipe Notes

For glaze, combine 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup juice (orange or pineapple are great) and 2 tablespoons dijon mustard with your favorite warm spices.
Nutrition information is for a 4oz serving of ham and does not include glaze. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 275, Protein: 24g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 1346mg, Potassium: 324mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword glazed spiral ham, spiral ham
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. Hi-I’m wondering if the ham is already fully cooked, does it need to reach the 140 degree temperature? Thanks!

    1. To cook a spiral ham without it drying out make sure you use a meat thermometer to reach 140°F and do not overcook it. I usually remove it around 135°F and keep an eye on the thermometer to ensure it reaches 140°F. (An uncooked ham will need to reach a higher temperature.)

  2. Spiral Ham recipe Looks Good so I am going to follow this recipe for a New Years Day
    Dinner. I have never made one but this is the easiest one I’ve found .Thank you. Great recipes.

  3. Excellent recipe. I used a 9.2 lb. Schwanns spiral cut bone-in ham.
    I had on hand a large can of crushed pineapple, which I used to strain out some juice for the brown sugar glaze. After the cooked ham(2 hrs, and 20 minutes on 315*) was on the platter, I added the hot juices from the roasting pan to the remaining glaze and 1/2 of the canned crushed pineapple. Then I made a roux of cornstarch and cold water, added it in, and then cooked it all on medium heat, on the stovetop in a large saucepan, until thickened to a gravy/sauce. They ate it over mashed potatoes with a side of mac n cheese. They LOVED it. I haven’t eaten meat in decades and had forgotten a few things. This was perfect!5 stars

    1. That sounds so delicious Jill! Especially served with Mac and Cheese and mashed potatoes…Yum!!

    2. hi,im making this recipe today and i was wondering since you used the juice from the ham to make the gravy,was it sweet,meaning after you made your gravy,which gave me an idea,was the gravy sweet and if so,was it still good on ttop of potatoes? thank you

      happy easter

      1. It is a glaze, so it is a little sweet. You could use broth if you prefer less sweet. I do enjoy it on the potatoes too. The mustard adds a great flavor.

  4. Thanks for a simple recipe that turned out great!! It is nice to see a nice simple glaze listed as well. IMHO a simple glaze is most often a better result then may of the complex glazes that people list. Not to mention most people have the three items already.

    I do have to be “that guy” that asks about the time.
    Prep time : 5 minutes
    Cook time: 1 hour 59 minutes
    =: 2 hours 4 minutes
    Total time : 1 hour 49 minutes???
    Only way I can follow this recipe exactly is to have Mr. Peabody fire up the Way Back Machine!! :)

    Thanks for a easy recipe with GREAT results!!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it FiL! Sorry for the confusion, the correct time should be 2hrs 4 minutes, not 1 hr 49min. We’ve updated the recipe.