15+ BEST Sauces for Ham (with Easy Recipes)

Ham is a delicious and versatile meat that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether you’re serving it for a holiday meal or a weeknight dinner, a flavorful sauce can take your ham to the next level.

No matter what your taste, there’s a sauce out there that’s perfect for your ham.

So, the next time you’re serving ham, be sure to try one of these delicious sauces. You won’t be disappointed!

Tips for serving ham with sauce:

  • Serve the sauce on the side, so that guests can choose how much they want.
  • If you’re serving a large ham, you may want to make a double batch of sauce.
  • For a festive presentation, spoon the sauce into a gravy boat or ramekins.
  • Garnish the ham with fresh herbs, such as parsley or thyme.

PS – Don’t forget about these 55+ sides for ham and the best ham wine pairings too!

15+ BEST Sauces for Ham

Glazed ham in roasting pan studded with cloves.
Brown sugar glaze: This classic glaze is made with brown sugar, honey, and spices. It's sweet and sticky, and it gives ham a delicious caramelized flavor.
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Pineapple glaze: This tropical glaze is made with pineapple juice, brown sugar, and spices. It's sweet and tangy, and it pairs perfectly with ham's salty flavor.
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Honey mustard sauce: This creamy sauce is made with honey, mustard, and mayonnaise. It's tangy and sweet, and it's a great way to balance out the richness of ham.
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Easy Maple Glazed Ham Recipe
Maple glaze: This sweet and smoky glaze is made with maple syrup, brown sugar, and spices. It's a great way to add a touch of autumn flavor to your ham.
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BBQ sauce: This smoky and flavorful sauce is made with ketchup, brown sugar, and spices. It's a great way to add a touch of heat to your ham.
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Bourbon glaze: This smoky and flavorful glaze is made with bourbon, brown sugar, and spices. It's a great way to add a touch of adulthood to your ham.
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Cranberry sauce: This tart and sweet sauce is made with cranberries, sugar, and spices. It's a classic accompaniment to ham, and it's perfect for the holidays.
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Apricot glaze: This sweet and tangy glaze is made with apricot preserves, brown sugar, and spices. It's a great way to add a touch of sunshine to your ham.
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Blue cheese dressing: This sharp and creamy dressing is made with blue cheese, mayonnaise, and buttermilk. It's a great way to add a touch of sophistication to your ham.
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Orange glaze: This citrusy glaze is made with orange juice, brown sugar, and spices. It's a great way to add a touch of brightness to your ham.
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Horseradish sauce: This sharp and pungent sauce is made with horseradish, mayonnaise, and vinegar. It's a great way to add a touch of spice to your ham.
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Dijon mustard sauce: This tangy and flavorful sauce is made with Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and vinegar. It's a great way to add a touch of sharpness to your ham.
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Ranch dressing: This creamy and flavorful dressing is made with mayonnaise, sour cream, and herbs. It's a great way to add a touch of freshness to your ham.
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15+ BEST Sauces for Ham

When you're serving ham, a flavorful sauce can take it to the next level. Here's 15+ tasty sauces for ham. Try this Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham Recipe. Made with brown sugar, mustard, pineapple juice, and honey, this glaze makes an addictive and moist ham every time.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups packed dark brown sugar
  • cup pineapple juice
  • cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 5-7 pound bone-in, fully cooked, spiral-cut ham

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place ham cut side down in a shallow roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil to retain moisture.
  • Bake ham at 325 degrees until the center registers 100-110 degrees, (approx. 10-14 minutes per pound).
  • Meanwhile, whisk together all of the Brown Sugar Glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, until brown sugar dissolves, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Remove ham from oven and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  • Carefully remove foil and brush ham all over with 1/3 glaze.
  • Bake, uncovered, until the ham reaches an internal temperature of around 140 degrees, approximately 20-30 minutes, brushing with additional glaze every 10 minutes.
  • Remove ham from oven and brush again with glaze. Loosely cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes, then brush once more with any remaining glaze and serve.

Notes

Tips: 
  • Bake ham cut side down to make it more moist. 
  • Simmer the glaze only until sugar is melted, then remove from the heat. 
  • For a moist ham, don’t cook past 140°F. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 2254mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

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