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What You’ll Need
The most common way to prepare a ham is by roasting it. If you choose to roast your ham, we recommend using a roasting pan. The size pan you’ll need depends on how big your ham is, but it should be able to fit comfortably without touching the sides. The depth or side height is also important; one that is too shallow increases the likelihood of hot splashes. For this reason, the side height should be about 3-4 inches for a standard-sized ham. In general, we recommend a roasting pan that’s 9 x 3 x 13.
If you don’t own a roasting pan, you can use a broiler pan or large casserole dish—even a baking sheet can work, although there may be hot pan drippings on the sheet, so use with caution. Of course, there are several advantages to using a roasting pan, namely that they’re big enough to house large hams and turkeys, meaning your meat will have ample room to cook evenly.
We also recommend using a meat thermometer. Most hams come pre-cooked, so you wouldn’t think you’d need a meat thermometer. However, with large hams it’s hard to tell when the meat is warm enough, and that’s when a meat thermometer will come in handy! Also, if you use a non-cooked ham, you’ll of course want to use a meat thermometer for food safety reasons.
How to Glaze a Ham
Glazing your ham is a quick and easy way to impart extra flavor. You can either glaze your ham near the end of its cook time (usually the last 30 minutes or so) or throughout, similar to how you’d baste a turkey. It’s also helpful to cut a criss-cross diamond pattern into the top of your ham before glazing; this ensures that the glaze soaks all the way through, making the meat extra tender, juicy, and full of flavor.
Preparation and Cook Times
Generally, roasting ham in the oven is the easiest way to prepare it. Your roasting time will depend on the weight of the ham, use our timetable for roasting ham to determine the appropriate amount of time if your recipe does not specify.
|Fully Cooked Smoked Ham||Approximate Weight
|Approximate Roasting Time
(minutes per pound)
Cook in covered pan with 1/2 cup water.
|1 1/2 to 2
3 to 4
6 to 8
9 to 11
|29 to 33
19 to 23
16 to 20
12 to 16
Cook in covered pan with no water.
|6 to 8
14 to 16
|13 to 17
11 to 14
Cook uncovered with can juices.
|1 1/2 to 2
|23 to 25
21 to 23
17 to 20
*Oven temperature 325F
How to Broil Ham
For quick, easy preparation of cooked ham slices, broil them in the oven instead of roasting.
- Set oven to broil. For easy cleanup, line broiler pan with aluminum foil.
- Place ham slices on a wire rack over a broiler pan. Position the pan so the top of the ham is 4 to 5 inches from the heat.
- Slices are done when the meat is heated in the middle and edges are slightly browned; roughly 5 minutes per side for ¼ to ½ inch slices.
Slow-Cooker Ham Recipes
You can also prepare your ham in the slow cooker by adding the ingredients your recipe calls for and letting the meat simmer for anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, depending on the directions. Here are some of our favorite slow-cooker ham recipes:
How to Pan Broil & Fry Ham
Pan broiling or frying is another technique that can be used with cooked ham slices, and only takes a few minutes on your stovetop.
- Heat a nonstick skillet or regular skillet containing a small amount of vegetable oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Don’t add water.
- Place ham slices in skillet. Cook ham uncovered until hot, turning occasionally. Ham is done when the fat is a transparent color and both slides are slightly browned.