One of the most important parts of cooking a Christmas ham is getting the glaze right. Here I’ll share 5 delicious ham glaze recipes.

5 Christmas ham glaze recipes to marinate Christmas ham

5 Christmas ham marinade recipes

If you’re looking for how to prepare and heat a Christmas ham then check out this post

You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a tutorial on how to burn a Christmas ham but I assure you it’s not burnt.

Ok it is a little burnt but that’s just the fat not the actual succulent, sweet, warm meat.

The lighting of the Christmas tree

Preparing the ham as been my job in my family for as long as I can remember.

Mum used to take the skin off for me because I thought it was ‘gross’ but now I’m a big girl I source it and prep it from start to finish.

I think I’ve almost mastered the technique.

Christmas ham

I’ve written a post on my skill (because I’m a pro :-)) before but it’s a little bit easier to understand if someone shows you.

It shows how to prepare it but the glaze is the part you can add your own touch. I also don’t think it’s Christmas if there’s not a photo of someone posing with a ham. 

For me it needs to be sweet and salty and delicious. 

Honestly these days I just mix in random things until it smells delicious (based on the recipe at the bottom) but if you like to measure and know for sure you’ve got it right then these recipes are for you. 

5 Ham glaze recipes

For all these recipes, you will just combine all the ingredients together. It really is that simple. 

With all the recipes, I like to finish them with cloves in the ham which I show in my how to cook a Christmas ham post

1 Super sweet

2 Maple, mustard and orange

3 Orange glazed ham

If you want to be a bit fancy with this recipe, you can add finely sliced orange rounds to the outside of the ham and secure with toothpicks.

Soak the toothpicks in water for 10 minutes before using so they don’t catch fire. 

4 Ginger

5 Bourbon

Christmas ham

Christmas ham

What about you?

Do you cook a ham at Christmas?

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Christmas ham marinade

Christmas ham marinade


  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp apricot jam


  1. Mix them up and paste onto the ham.

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