The Best Honey Glazed Ham Recipe—Perfect for Christmas Dinner

Another Christmas dinner favourite for many families across the country is honey-glazed ham. The combination of delicious flavours will leave your guests happy. You can prepare in advance, so you can spend more time enjoying the company of your loved ones.

Honey Glazed Ham
Honey Glazed Ham


Serves 8–10

  • 3kg unsmoked boneless gammon joint
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 leek, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 3 bay leaves 
  • a handful of cloves
For the honey glaze:
  • 100g demerara sugar
  • 50ml Madeira
  • 25ml sherry vinegar
  • 125g honey
Perfect ham dish for Christmas
Perfect ham dish for Christmas

Cooking Method

STEP 1: Put the gammon into a large saucepan and pour on enough cold water to cover. Add the carrots, leeks, onion, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cinnamon stick and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cook for 3 hours, topping up with more boiling water if necessary. Skim off the froth and any impurities that rise to the surface from time to time. If cooking in advance, leave the ham to cool in the stock overnight. Otherwise, allow it to cool a little, then remove it from the pan. Strain the stock (and save for soups, sauces, etc.).

STEP 2: To make the glaze, put the sugar, Madeira, sherry vinegar and honey into a pan and stir over low heat. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 3–4 minutes, until you have a glossy dark syrup. Do not leave it unattended, as it can easily boil over.

STEP 3: Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Lift the ham onto a board. Snip and remove the string and then cut away the skin from the ham, leaving behind an even layer of fat. Lightly score the fat all over in a criss-cross, diamond pattern, taking care not to cut into the meat. Stud the centre of each diamond with a clove.

STEP 4: Put the ham into a roasting tin and pour half of the glaze over the surface. Roast for 15 minutes.

STEP 5: Pour on the rest of the glaze and return to the oven for another 25–35 minutes until the ham is golden brown, basting with the pan juices frequently. It also helps to turn the pan as you baste to ensure that the joint colours evenly.

STEP 6: Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 15 minutes before carving and serving with the accompaniments.

Serve Honey Glazed Ham with wines which have acidity, a bit of sweetness and bold fruit such as Riesling and Rosé.

Recommended Side Dishes


References: Ramsay, G. (2016) Honey glazed ham, Gordon Gordon Ramsay Restaurants. Available at: (Accessed: December 10, 2022).

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