Ham is a quick favorite during the holidays and it's obvious why: it's super simple to make, juicy and delicious, and perhaps the most impressive main course. A sparkling shiny ham is a thing of real beauty. This year, instead of buying an expensive ready-to-serve, make your own char siu-inspired honey ham instead.
If you've never glazed your ham before, or you've only eaten dry ham before, you're probably wondering why I think ham is so delicious. Believe me when I say a perfectly glazed ham is just the right amount of salty balanced with sweetness, with full hammered flavor.
Ham is all good in the world, at least at the table. Thanksgiving this year looks a little different, so maybe you don't make a whole turkey, but who's to say you can't make yourself a ham ?! Ham comes in all shapes and sizes, making it perfect for a little honey-baked ham holiday cheer.
What is honey ham?
Simply put, honey baked ham is baked ham with honey glaze. A juicy, fully cooked ham is glazed with honey and spices and cooked until warm and cozy and lacquered with the sweetness of sweet honey. It's the perfect centerpiece for any dinner party.
Honey Baked Ham is also the name of a very popular ham supplier that sells Honey Baked Hams, but you can easily make your own at home without spending a lot of money.
Why this honey ham?
Classic Honey Baked Hams are delicious, but if you take the time to glaze your own ham, this is your chance to shine and get creative! I was originally going to make an apricot brown sugar bourbon frosting, but Mike commented on how he thought I was going to charm the ham and that's the beauty we imagined !
Honey-Baked Char Siu Ham is the perfect balance of sweetness and umami with a combination of brown sugar and honey, a hint of soy sauce, hoisin sauce and a hint of five spices. Seriously SO GOOD.
In case you need more conviction
- ham is THE easiest large format meat to prepare. Forget the turkey or roast beef, the ham is fully cooked, so all you need to do is reheat it and then glaze it delicious
- you will love the sweet and smoky flavors of char siu glazed ham
- leftovers are bestovers, end of story
How to make honey ham:
- Buy a ham: The hams are fully cooked at the store, making it the easiest meat dish you've ever made. Get a spiral cut ham with bone, more info below.
- Let the ham cool down: Take your ham out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature for 2-3 hours, which will help your ham heat evenly without drying it out.
- Make a frosting: combine all the frosting ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil.
- Prepare your stove: add 1 cup of water and a grill in a roasting pan. The water will steam the ham, making it nice and juicy.
- Cook the ham: Place ham cut side down and cook in a low oven, glazing every 20 minutes, until ham is heated through.
- Caramelize: For the last little bit, brush with additional frosting and increase the heat to caramelize. Rest and enjoy!
Ingredients of char siu ham with honey
If you love the sweet and smoky flavors of Chinese char siu, you will love this char siu inspired ham. You will need: brown sugar, honey, hosin sauce, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, five spices, white pepper, garlic, ginger, and a bone cut into a spiral of ham. The frosting is so addicting and full of umami that you're going to want to save the extra (there will be one) to serve with the ham!
Brown sugar and honey
We go with a combination of brown sugar and honey so that the brown sugar can add hints of dark caramel while the honey adds light golden notes.
Hoisin sauce is a thick, sweet brown Chinese sauce that is used in marinades and as a dip. It's super tasty: sweet and salty, tangy and full of umami. They sell pretty much everywhere now, from Target to your basic grocery store.
It is the secret ingredient that all your Chinese food needs to taste Chinese restaurant style food.
Shaoxing wine is a slightly sweet, nutty, earthy and complex rice wine. It's optional for this recipe, but it will be 10,000 times better if you get it. They sell it online and in Asian grocery stores.
If you want a tasty char siu, don't forget the five spices. Five Spice is a Chinese spice blend made from star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, and fennel. It's full of warming spices reminiscent of classic ham spices like cloves and cinnamon.
If you don't have white pepper, don't sweat it, but if you have, use it here. It is more fragrant, delicate and floral. It adds pepper without overwhelming.
How long to cook ham with honey
12-15 minutes per pound at 250 ° F, then increase heat to 450 for 5-10 minutes to caramelize the frosting.
Ham with bone vs boneless ham?
- Boneless ham, just as the name suggests, has no bones in it. The bone is removed before the ham is processed, cooked and sealed. Boneless ham has this classic ham shape, but is not as tasty or juicy as bone-in ham.
- Ham bone it is ham that has its bone. The bone makes the ham tastier by retaining and imparting flavor to it and helping it stay moist.
Is bone-in ham better than boneless ham?
YES! Ham with bone has more flavor and is much juicier than boneless.
Usually, bone-in ham and boneless ham are sold fully cooked. Take a look at the packaging and make sure it is fully cooked or ready to serve.
Spiral cut vs regular ham
If you have never bought ham before, you might be wondering, what is spiral cut ham ?! Spiral cut hams are hams that have been cut in a spiral shape, which makes it easier to cut the bone. They are really pretty because the edges unfold well. Spiral hams can be both bone-in and bone-free. Go for the bone because it's super juicy.
How much ham per person
If you buy a spiral cut ham with bone, you want to have 3/4-1 pound of ham per person. They sell spiral cut hams with bone in quarter thighs, half thighs and whole thighs.
- Ham quarter bone weigh 3-4 pounds and serve 6-8
- Bones in half hams weigh between 5 and 10 pounds and serve between 8 and 22
- Bones in whole hams weigh between 10 and 17 pounds and serve between 22 and 40
What to serve with honey ham
What to do with leftover honey cooked ham
I love leftover ham! Try it in:
Good pounding I really hope you try this ham as it is honestly the best ham I have ever made!
creamy ham sticky forever,
Ham with honey
This char siu-inspired honey-cooked ham is the perfect balance of sweetness and umami thanks to a combination of brown sugar and honey, a hint of soy sauce, hoisin sauce and a hint of five spices. Seriously SO GOOD.
- 1/2 Chopped off brown sugar tightly packed
- 1/2 Chopped off honey
- 2 tablespoon hoisin
- 1 tablespoon soya sauce preferably low in sodium
- 1.5 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
- 1 teaspoon five spices optional
- 1 teaspoon White pepper optional
- 4 cloves Garlic slightly crushed
- 4 slices ginger
- 3 kg spiral ham with bone at room temperature, see notes for scaling
Heat the oven to 250 ° F and make the icing: mix the brown sugar, honey, hoisin, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, five spices, white pepper, garlic and ginger in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Put aside.
Take a roasting pan and set it up with a rack. Place 1 cup of water in the drip pan. Place the ham on the rack, cut side down, and brush the first layer with the glaze.
Bake, with a piece of foil on top, for 12 to 15 minutes per pound of ham, until the ham is heated to 130 ° F. While the ham is cooking, brush the glaze every second. 20 minutes until the ham is heated through. Our ham weighed 5 pounds and took about 1 hour.
When the inside of the ham is warmed, turn the oven to 450 ° F and brush with the glaze and continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes, brushing with the glaze every 2-3 minutes until it is deeply caramelized. Remove from the oven, let stand 10 to 15 minutes and enjoy!
Ham with honey
Quantity per serving
Calories 721 Calories from Fat 190
% Daily Value *
Fat 21.1 g32%
Saturated fat 6.2g39%
Cholesterol 210 mg70%
Sodium 5560 mg242%
Potassium 52 mg1%
Carbohydrates 59.6 g20%
Protein 78.5 g157%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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