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Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze

Mustard thyme ham glaze is an easy way to add more flavor to ham. The glaze is simmered quickly on the stove then poured over the ham before baking.

Honey mustard thyme glazed ham with fresh thyme placed in front.
Honey mustard thyme glazed ham with fresh thyme placed in front.

Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze

I love ham, but I tend to find it a little boring. This is a simple glaze recipe you can use for your ham at any time of year. Honey, dijon mustard, and thyme create a delicious sauce that’s sweet-tasting and fragrant.

First, the glaze is cooked in a saucepan so that the sugar can dissolve. Then its poured overtop of the ham and baked in the oven for about 1 hour.

Ham can sometimes feel bland when cooked on its own. That’s why simple recipes like this one are great to have in your recipe box.

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Cooked ham with several slices cut off, sprigs of thyme and honey mustard glaze on a white plate.
Cooked ham with several slices cut off, sprigs of thyme and honey mustard glaze on a white plate.

Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze Tips

You can use this recipe for any size of ham. Here are a few tips that I noticed while making this ham glaze:

  • This glaze recipe will work best for a 4-7 lb ham. But it will also work for a smaller ham! You can save use the extra glaze in the pan for drizzling on rice, quinoa or pasta.
  • To make the glaze you’ll need to simmer all ingredients together in a pot on the stove. Sugar can easily burn so it’s important to stir frequently as it dissolves. Add the fresh thyme to the saucepan at the very end once removed from the heat.
  • The glaze can be drizzled overtop of the ham and baked along with it. For maximum flavor results, baste the ham with the glaze once or twice during the hour while it’s in the oven.

How Long To Cook Ham at 350°F

The size of your ham will change how long you need to cook it. First, check your ham packaging to see if it has a recommended baking time and temperature. If it does, it’s best to follow those instructions. If your ham doesn’t include instructions you can follow the guidelines below.

Cooking times for a fully cooked, boneless ham:

  • Smaller ham (1.5 lbs) can be baked for 1 hour-ish or until warmed through.
  • Medium to large ham (4-7 lbs) can be baked for 1 hour 15 minutes or until warmed through.

The ham can be checked with a meat thermometer by poking it into the center. When it reaches 135°F it’s warmed through and can be removed from the oven.

Ingredients to make the glaze laid on the counter: jar of avocado oil, bowl of brown sugar, white vinegar container, liquid honey container, fresh thyme, jar of dijon mustard and container of whole grain mustard.
Ingredients to make the glaze laid on the counter: jar of avocado oil, bowl of brown sugar, white vinegar container, liquid honey container, fresh thyme, jar of dijon mustard and container of whole grain mustard.

Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the glaze:

  • Mustard – The recipe uses dijon mustard and whole grain mustard.
  • Brown Sugar – You can use brown sugar or coconut sugar.
  • Honey – You can use honey or maple syrup.
  • Cooking Oil – Vegetable oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil will work. I used avocado oil.
  • White Vinegar – You can use white vinegar, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
  • Fresh Thyme – If you don’t have fresh thyme available, 2 tsp of dried time will also work.
White pot with wood handle and honey mustard sauce inside. Fresh thyme and small wood spatula also inside.
White pot with wood handle and honey mustard sauce inside. Fresh thyme and small wood spatula also inside.

How To Make The Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze

In a pot over medium-high heat, add in the dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, brown sugar, honey, cooking oil and white vinegar. Heat for 1-2 minutes and stir occasionally. You want the sugar to dissolve but not burn, so stirring frequently is important. The glaze can now be poured overtop of the ham and baked. It’s important to baste the ham with the glaze once or twice during the baking process.

Looking down at honey mustard thyme glazed ham on a white plate with fresh thyme sprigs and a knife.
Looking down at honey mustard thyme glazed ham on a white plate with fresh thyme sprigs and a knife.

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Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze

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Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 8 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Add the sauce ingredients to a pot over medium-high heat: dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, brown sugar, honey, cooking oil, and white vinegar. Heat slowly stirring often for 2 minutes, until sugar melts.
  • Remove from heat and add the fresh thyme.
  • Add the ham to an oven-safe dish. Drizzle the mustard thyme glaze over top. Bake for 1 hour, basting the ham once or twice during the process (see notes for how long to cook).
  • Remove from dish and place on serving plate. Slice and serve. Any leftover glaze can be spooned onto the ham. Or added to rice, quinoa or pasta.

Recipe Notes:

  • Glaze measurements works best for 1 medium-sized fully cooked ham, but will also work for small and large. 
  • Smaller ham (1.5 lbs) can be baked for 1 hour-ish or until warmed through (use extra sauce on rice, quinoa or pasta served with ham).
  • Medium to large ham (4-7 lbs) can be baked for 1 hour 15 minutes or until warmed through.
Nutrition
Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 145mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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