Instant Pot Ham is a fool-proof recipe that’ll make holiday entertaining a breeze! Ready in 50 minutes, this will become your go-to recipe!
Why We Love Instant Pot Glazed Ham
- It’s so freaking easy! You can’t overcook the ham. This is a great Instant Pot starter recipe.
- My Instant Pot lets me free up oven space when I make this game for the holidays. Winning!
- You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy this glazed ham recipe. You can cook any size ham that works for your needs.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Instant Pot Brown Sugar Ham
HAM: I like to use either a bone-in smoked ham or a spiral ham for this recipe, either will work just fine. I went with a 4-pound ham, but you can find cooking time notes for whatever size ham you have below. Just be sure it’ll fit in your Instant Pot.
FLAVORING: To bring out all those yummy ham flavors and get a base going for the final glaze, we’re using pineapple juice, brown sugar, and honey to sweeten things up.
GLAZE: The final topping for your ham includes some of the cooking juices, sugar, garlic powder, ground cinnamon, and paprika. This combination creates a great sweet and slightly savory glaze that’ll have your family picking at the ham all day long.
How to Cook Ham in an Instant PotJump to Recipe
STEP 1 Place the trivet that came with your Instant Pot into the bottom of the pot. Pour the water into the pot. Form a foil boat around the bottom of the ham and then place both onto the trivet.
STEP 2 In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the pineapple juice, honey, and brown sugar. Pour this all over the ham letting the extra fall into the foil boat.
STEP 3 Lock the Instant Pot lid in place, set the vent to sealing, and cook on high pressure/manual setting for 20 minutes. Once the timer goes off, carefully quick release the pressure and transfer the ham to a serving platter.
STEP 4 Make the final glaze by setting aside 1/4 cup of the cooking juices in the foil boat, discarding the rest. Take the trivet out of the pot (careful, it’s hot!) and then add the reserved juices, sugar, garlic powder, cinnamon, and paprika to the pot. Simmer on the saute setting until thicken and then pour or brush the glaze all over your ham.
Tips & Tricks
- You can use any leftover ham for all kinds of delicious recipes! My favorites are ham & potato soup, ham salad, ham & bacon soup, and ham and cheese quiche.
- If you have a different size ham from the 4-pound one I used here, don’t fret. Just know that you’ll set the Instant Pot cook for 2 minutes per pound + 10 minutes (to account for the foil).
- You can use spiral or country ham for this recipe. If you’re using a regular ham that’s not spiral cut, score the top and sides before cooking to let all the glaze get in. (like this)
- If you want to make ham gravy, use any excess cooking liquid in the foil boat as the base. Then add chicken stock or vegetable stock as needed to make your desired amount.
Glazed Ham FAQ
How long do you cook precooked ham?
- A bone-in precooked half ham (5-7lbs) should cook for 18-24 minutes per pound in a 325 degree F oven with the flat “face” side down.
- A whole bone-in precooked ham (10-14lbs) should cook for 15-18 minutes per pound in a 325 degree F oven.
- A boneless precooked ham (6-12lbs) should cook for 10-18 minutes per pound in a 325 degree F oven.
- A spiral precooked ham should cook for 1 hour 15 minutes in a 300 degrees F oven. Then glaze the ham and cook for another 30 minutes. Which means this Instant Pot spiral ham recipe is ready in about half the time!
Other Recipes You May like
- Milk & Honey Dinner Rolls
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Lemon Drop Cookies
- Spiral Ham with Pineapple Glaze
- Deviled Eggs
Instant Pot Ham
- Place the metal trivet inside the Instant Pot and pour the water into the bottom of the pot.
- Make a foil boat around the bottom of the ham. (This will keep juices in.) Place the foil boat and ham onto the trivet. Discard the glaze packet that came with the ham.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the pineapple juice, honey, and brown sugar. Pour all over the ham getting it in between each slice as much as possible.
- lock the Instant Pot lid in place and set the valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure (manual setting) for 20 minutes.
- Once the cooking time is up, carefully quick release the pressure. Remove the ham from the foil boat and set it aside on a serving platter.
- Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking juices from the foil boat and discard the rest. (Unless you want to make ham gravy from it, yum!) Remove the trivet from the pot – it's hot so be careful.
- Add the cooking juices, sugar, garlic powder, cinnamon, and paprika to the Instant Pot. Cook on the saute setting, stirring constantly, until thickened. Drizzle over the ham and then serve warm.