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Easy Christmas Ham

A tangy yet sweet glaze with a hint of holiday spices is exactly what this Easy and Delicious Christmas Ham will taste like. This is the recipe you want to have handy when you know you'll be busy on Christmas Day but you want to make sure your ham turns out perfect with minimal effort.

This recipe is literally mixing up a few ingredients, peeling off the ham skin, and then basting. Three simple steps to the most perfect Christmas Ham you will make and serve. And by the way, this recipe is refined sugar-free which means more ham on our plate! It’s a win-win!

Helpful Tips

Picnic Ham rather than Leg Ham

I actually used a picnic ham this time round which is part of the foreleg, not a back leg to see whether the recipe also works, and yes it does! I actually found it carved easier too so don’t be shy to use this part as your “Christmas Ham”

Serve it with...

I love to serve this ham with a creamy or tangy potato salad and pan-fried green beans. It makes a wonderful Christmas Day meal and it is light and fresh.


If you have leftover ham, why not freeze it in slices? Just make sure you use a zip seal bag that is air-tight so it doesn’t dry out the ham.


I choose to score the ham fat in parallel lines over a diamond pattern because a) I prefer the look of the ham this way, and b) it is easier to slice because it keeps the fat intact with the slice you are cutting.


Decorate your ham as you choose. I have tied a ribbon around and added sage leaves from my garden. You could add rosemary and even a few small twigs and leaves from your fresh Christmas tree if you have one in the garden. Anything goes!