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Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze

Mustard thyme ham glaze is a simple homemade sauce that can add more flavor to your easter ham or holiday ham.

A sweet glaze made from mustard, sugar, cooking oil, vinegar and fresh thyme are simmered quickly on the stove and poured over the ham before baking. 

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

Easy Glaze For Ham

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.

  • Honey, dijon mustard, and thyme create a delicious sauce that’s sweet-tasting and fragrant.
  • This is a simple glaze recipe you can use for your ham at any time of year.
  • Only a few glaze ingredients are needed from the grocery store making this a budget-friendly sauce for your ham.
  • It’s easy to make and can be prepped in advance. The ham glaze can be stored in the fridge 4-5 days and reheated in the microwave just before drizzling on the ham.
  • You can serve glazed ham with side dishes like baked buttered carrots, our garlic green beans and bacon, rice or quinoa, a quick salad like our black eyed pea salad, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, and creamy cheesy potatoes au gratin
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.

Recipe Ingredients

MUSTARD: The recipe uses dijon mustard and whole grain mustard.

SUGAR: You can use brown sugar, white granulated sugar, or coconut sugar.

HONEY: Liquid honey or maple syrup will work.

COOKING OIL: Canola oil, olive oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil will all work. I used avocado oil.

WHITE VINEGAR: You can use white vinegar, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. I used white vinegar.

THYME: Fresh thyme leaves are recommended for taste and incredible fragrance. 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.

How To Make The Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze

  1. Add ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir often as sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat and add fresh thyme according to the full recipe instructions below.
  3. Place ham into a large dish. Drizzle ham glaze on top.
  4. Bake ham, basting with glaze over top of the ham throughout the process.
  5. Add to a plate, slice with a sharp knife and serve. Drizzle leftover glaze and pan juices on top of ham, rice, quinoa, mashed potatoes or pasta.

Leftover ham can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 4-5 days. Ham can also be frozen in slices for up to 3 months in an airtight freezer bag.

Chopped leftover ham and ham bone can be used in our country ham and bean soup or an easy ham, cheese, pasta casserole recipe.

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

Recipe Tips

  • 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 small saucepan 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 over top 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 an internal temperature of 135°F it’s warmed through and can be removed from the oven.

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

A sweet glaze made from mustard, sugar, cooking oil, vinegar and fresh thyme are simmered quickly on the stove and poured over the ham before baking. 
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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 a large roasting pan. 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 remaining 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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