glazed ham recipe

Soy Sauce Glazed Ham

5/5 (1)
35 mins
Vadim Rachok
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If you are looking for a special dish to prepare for a special occasion or just want to treat yourself to a delicious dinner, a glazed ham can be an excellent choice. This easy recipe can be prepared on the same day and is guaranteed to impress your guests and leave a lasting impression.

Ah, the honey-glazed ham, a true star of festive gatherings and a dish that never fails to elicit exclamations of delight. This recipe perfectly balances simplicity with sophistication, resulting in a ham that's not just a centerpiece but a culinary masterpiece. The combination of honey, cloves, and a touch of butter creates a glaze that transforms an ordinary ham into a symphony of flavors.

Delicious Soy Sauce Glazed Ham

Soy Glazed Ham is a savory and lightly sweet dish that features a juicy ham that is coated in a glossy glaze made with soy sauce, sugar, butter, and a variety of spices. The soy sauce adds a depth of flavor and richness of umami to the ham, while the sugar caramelizes during the baking process to create a deliciously sticky and sweet coating. The dish is typically a perfect balance of salty, sweet, and savory, making it a holiday and special occasion favorite.

Soy Sauce-Glazed Ham Origin

Glazed ham has its roots in the culinary traditions of both Asian and Western cooking. Soy sauce, a staple condiment in Asian cuisine, is used to add flavor and depth to a variety of dishes. In combination with sugar, butter, and other seasonings, it is a versatile glaze that enhances the flavor of meats such as ham. While ham has been a festive choice in Western cultures for centuries, the addition of soy glaze gives this classic dish a unique twist, blending Eastern and Western flavors into a harmonious culinary creation.

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Soy Sauce-Glazed Ham Ingredients

This recipe for glazed ham has received high ratings and requires only five ingredients.

  • Pork ham: The dish’s main ingredient, pork ham, provides the meal’s foundation. It’s rich in flavor and has a tender texture.
  • Soy sauce: Soy sauce adds depth of taste and umami to the glazes. It provides a savory element that balances the sweetness of the sugar. It also enhances the overall flavor of the ham.
  • Sugar: Sugar adds sweetness to the glaze and caramelizes as the ham cooks, creating a shiny and flavorful coating. It helps balance the saltiness of the soy sauce and adds a hint of sweetness to every bite.
  • Rosemary: A sprig of rosemary adds an aromatic flavor to the glaze and lends an earthy and piney note to the ham. It adds depth to the overall flavor profile and complements the richness of the pork.
  • Butter: Butter adds richness and a smooth texture to the glaze and helps to create a glossy finish on the ham. It also adds a hint of buttery flavor to the dish, which enhances the overall flavor of the dish.
  • Chili: Chili adds a subtle kick of heat to the glaze that helps balance out the sweetness and adds a bit of complexity to the flavor profile. 
  • Salt and Pepper: Salt and pepper are essential to the seasoning of the ham and glaze. 

How to Make Soy Sauce-Glazed Ham

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It is a complete recipe along with step-by-step instructions. Well, let’s see what you can expect when you prepare this recipe for glazed ham:

  1. To make the glaze: Stir together the soy sauce, sugar, butter, chili, and rosemary. 
  2. Then, preheat a saucepan and cook the glaze over low heat for 20-30 minutes until thick.
  3. Place the ham on the foil and brush with the glaze.
  4. Preheat the oven to 356 degrees F (180 degrees C) and bake the ham for 8 minutes.
  5. Remove the ham, brush it again, and return to the oven for 8 minutes.
  6. Then, remove it again, brush it, and put it back in the oven for another 8 minutes. The ham should have a dark golden color.
  7. Slice and serve. 

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • It is an ideal, interesting dish for breakfast sandwiches. 
  • The product can be stored in the refrigerator for more than a week.
  • Instead of sugar, you can use wedge syrup.

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What to Serve With Soy Sauce-Glazed Ham

  • Mashed Potatoes: Glazed ham is accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes for a comforting and hearty meal. The rich sweetness of the ham contrasts nicely with the creamy texture and mild flavor of the mashed potatoes.
  • Roasted vegetables: Roasted vegetables like carrots, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes add color, flavor, and texture. The caramelizing edges of the roast vegetables complement the sweetness of the ham.
  • Green Beans Almondine: Sautéed green beans with butter and toasted almonds create a simple yet elegant garnish that balances the rich ham with a fresh, crisp note.
  • Spinach Salad: A crisp contrast to the rich flavors of the ham, a light and refreshing spinach salad with strawberries, feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Cornbread: Glazed ham pairs beautifully with sweet and savory cornbread. The sweetness of the ham glaze is complemented by the slightly sweet flavor of the cornbread.

soy sauce glazed ham recipe

How to Store Glazed Ham

When storing glazed ham, it’s important to wrap and refrigerate it properly to preserve its freshness and flavor. Wrap the it tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap to avoid air exposure and moisture loss once the ham has cooled to room temperature. Alternatively, you can place the ham in an airtight container or in a resealable plastic bag. Glazed ham can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 7 days. For longer storage, glazed ham can be frozen for up to 1-2 months. Before reheating or eating, thaw frozen glazed hams overnight in the refrigerator. Proper storage will help preserve the quality and flavor of the glazed ham for future enjoyment.

Can You Freeze Glazed Ham?

Leftover soy sauce-glazed ham can be frozen by tightly wrapping it in foil and storing it in the freezer for up to six weeks. To thaw it, simply leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

Not the best choice for a healthy meal: besides being very calorie-dense, this dish contains a high amount of sugars combined with fatty meat and oil, which places excessive stress on the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. Such dishes can contribute to elevated cholesterol levels and rapid weight gain. Honey Glazed Ham is acceptable to eat only after a high-intensity workout and only if your goal is rapid mass gain.

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
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Soy Sauce Glazed Ham
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
This honey-glazed ham has a flavor that's quite similar to the famous honey-baked ham, but it comes with a much lower price. You don't need to deal with holiday crowds to enjoy it either. You can even purchase this ham pre-sliced, making it more convenient and similar to the original. Believe me, it's delicious! I usually prepare it in the kitchen while working on the rest of the meal, so I don't forget to baste it.
glazed ham recipe
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
The ingredients you need
18 ounces (500 g) pork ham
3,5 ounces (100 g) soy sauce
0,7 ounces (20 g) sugar
1 sprig rosemary
1 ounce (30 g) butter
0,5 pc chili
Let’s start !

Glaze: Stir together the soy sauce, sugar, butter, chili, and rosemary. 


Preheat a saucepan and cook the glaze over low heat for 20-30 minutes until thick.


Place the ham on the foil and brush with the glaze.


Preheat the oven to 356 degrees F (180 degrees C) and bake the ham for 8 minutes.


Remove the ham, brush it again, and return to the oven for 8 minutes.


Remove it again, brush it, and put it back in the oven for another 8 minutes. The ham should have a dark golden color.


Slice and serve.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4 Calories: 1756
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g36%
Saturated Fat 12g62%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 1492mg65%
Total Carbohydrate 42g15%
Dietary Fiber 1g2%
Total Sugars 39g 
Protein 26g 
Vitamin C 0mg1%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg8%
Potassium 370mg8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra layer of depth in flavor, consider infusing your honey glaze with a hint of citrus. A touch of orange or pineapple juice can elevate the sweetness and add a subtle brightness to the glaze. Simply swap out a portion of the liquid in the glaze with your chosen juice, and let the flavors mingle. This citrusy twist will complement the richness of the ham and leave your guests wondering about the secret behind that unforgettable glaze. Enjoy the culinary journey!

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