How to Cook Precooked Ham with Glaze

How to Cook Precooked Ham with Glaze

Ham is a very rich, healthy delicacy, and it’s gotten from pork’s back legs or shoulders. It can be wet-cured, dry-cured, smoked, or raw; its state will determine the suitable cooking method to prepare ham. Ham makes a good meal for holidays, and you can also prepare it as dinner or a sandwich.

Most ham, especially those sold at groceries, are usually pre-cooked. This type is called the city ham. The pre-cooked ham is the easiest ham to prepare because all you need is a little touch on it to bring out its flavor, and boom! You have an exquisite dish at your table.

Preparing a Pre-cooked Ham with Glaze

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A glazed ham is ham simmered in mustard, honey, and brown sugar, brushed with bourbon and maple syrup, or even coated with beaten eggs, milk, and juice. Glazing your ham helps bring out that great flavor you desire, making it look attractive and delicious, especially when heated in an oven.

How Do I Know my Ham is Precooked?

Many grocery stores sell pre-cooked ham. All you need do is to look at the label attached to the well-packaged ham. All the information you need about your ham is written on it. Pre-cooked ham is cured, smoked, or baked.

Pre-cooked Ham with Glaze Recipes

You can prepare your pre-cooked ham with glaze in various ways, depending on how you enjoy it. Why not try out any of the recipe ideas below to see which you prefer;

Honey glazed ham


  • Three tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • Two tablespoons fresh thyme
  • ½ cup of cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • One tablespoon brown sugar
  • One teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Cola glazed ham


  • 1 (8 pounds) pre-cooked, spiral-sliced ham
  • 1 (12 ounces) can, Coca-Cola
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed

Honey mustard glazed ham


  • Three tablespoons sweet hot honey mustard
  • Two tablespoons brown sugar
  • About 50 cloves (spices)


Whether honey-glazed, cola glazed, or mustard honey glazed ham, we will make use of the following procedures;

  1. Prepare your ham by scoring a diamond pattern into the skin, taking care not to cut into the meat itself. Scoring will allow the glaze to seep into the meat.
  2. Apply the glaze to the ham. You do this by coating your mixed honey with spices or coca-cola with brown sugar on your ham, depending on the type of glaze you want.
  3. Place your glazed ham in a roasting pan and cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Remember that your ham is already pre-cooked, and you’re only warming it up again with the glaze.
  5. Preheat oven to 325°F, place your glazed ham in it. Warm-up to 120°F. Every 30 minutes, uncover the ham and baste with juices and then recover the ham.
  6. Place the ham under the broiler to brown the skin for about 15 minutes. Remove the ham from the roasting pan, slice, and serve.
  7. You can serve your glazed ham with roasted broccolini, cheesy garlic butter rolls, farro salad, creamed spinach, mixed with bread for a sandwich, and many more side dishes.

Can I Eat my Precooked Ham without Further Cooking?

You can indeed eat your well-packaged pre-cooked ham without further cooking since it has already been cooked. However, taking a bite of a well-flavored glazed ham is one you can’t resist. Serving your glazed ham with side dishes like creamed spinach, creamed Brussels sprouts, perfect mashed potatoes, and many more will make your dinner table look incredible and attractive.

Preserving Leftover Ham

If you have leftover ham, don’t fret about how to preserve it. Just wrap your leftover ham well and put it into an airtight container or a Ziploc bag. Put into the refrigerator, and your leftover ham can stay for up to 3-4 months.