Easter ham
istockphoto.com

17 Recipes for the Best Easter Ham Ever

Serve an impressive Easter ham this year with one of these best-ever Easter ham recipes
Easter ham
istockphoto.com

Browned and coated in a shimmering glaze, your Easter ham is sure to be the centerpiece of your post-Lenten celebration. Easter Sunday is the time to celebrate the end of a long fast, but why do we eat ham? As it turns out, the choice of ham, which is especially popular in North America on Easter, is more practical than religious. Sheep have never been raised as livestock as commonly in North America as in Europe, so lamb simply didn’t make it to American tables. While Jesus undoubtedly would have been more likely to dine on lamb than pork — it’s not kosher, after all — Americans have traditionally eaten ham because it was what was available.

When more Europeans began settling in the Americas in the 16th and 17th centuries, pigs were more plentiful than lambs, and their meat was easy to cure and store through winter, making an Easter ham the most practical way to celebrate the end of a Lent.

Today, we can’t help but carry on the tradition, because ham simply tastes good and makes an impressive presentation on your Easter table. Even better, it’s easy enough for anyone to make. From sweet and salty maple-vanilla ham to a whole roasted ham with orange glaze, we have the best recipes your family and friends will love.

Slow-Cooked Maple Ham

Slow-Cooked Maple Ham
istockphoto.com

Make this delicious ham in your slow cooker, which will free up valuable oven space. This method creates a sweet and savory (but tender) ham.

For the Slow-Cooked Maple Ham recipe, click here.

 

Baked Ham With Wheat Germ Crust

Baked Ham With Wheat Germ Crust

Shutterstock

If you find the pre-seasoned store-bought hams too salty, try this fresh ham recipe that is full of flavor, seasoned with fresh herbs and garlic and crusted with wheat germ.

For the Baked Ham With Wheat Germ Crust recipe, click here.

 

Boiled Ham

Boiled Ham

Shutterstock

This very simple preparation that dates back to the mid-19th century requires a salt-cured bone-in smoked ham that is prepared with breadcrumbs and simply garnished with parsley.

For the Boiled Ham recipe, click here.

 

Chipotle-Glazed Ham With Cherry-Jicama Salsa

Chipotle-Glazed Ham With Cherry-Jicama Salsa

Shutterstock

This ham recipe from Rick Bayless still has that characteristic sweet and salty ham taste, but with a Mexican twist.

For the Chipotle-Glazed Ham With Cherry-Jicama Salsa recipe, click here.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham

Shutterstock 

Try this alternative to honey baked ham that uses the classic soft drink to balance sweetness with acidity.

For the Coca-Cola Glazed Ham recipe, click here.

 

Double Smoked Easter Ham

Double Smoked Easter Ham

Shutterstock 

What’s better than a smoked ham for Easter Sunday? How about a double smoked ham that’s been ramped up with a little peach-ginger injection and a peach finishing glaze?

For the Double Smoked Easter Ham recipe, click here.

 

Double-Smoked Spiral Ham With Blackberry Bourbon Glaze

Double-Smoked Spiral Ham With Blackberry Bourbon Glaze

Shutterstock 

This blackberry bourbon glazed ham has a sweet and smoky Southern barbecue flavor that is simply hard to resist.

For the Double-Smoked Spiral Ham With Blackberry Bourbon Glaze recipe, click here.

 

Garlic-Rosemary Roasted Picnic Ham

Garlic-Rosemary Roasted Picnic Ham

Shutterstock

Use the shank end of a fresh pork leg — also called a fresh ham — because the dark and white meat and the connective tissue offer a robust pork flavor. Ask your butcher to score the fat for you — it’ll keep it from curling up.

For the Garlic-Rosemary Roasted Picnic Ham recipe, click here.

 

Ham With Marmalade Bourbon Glaze

Ham With Marmalade Bourbon Glaze
istockphoto.com

A spiral-cut ham gets a brushed-on marmalade-bourbon glaze just before it’s finished roasting for a picture-perfect holiday main dish.

For the Ham With Marmalade Bourbon Glaze recipe, click here.

 

Honey Whiskey Clove-Glazed Ham

Honey Whiskey Clove-Glazed Ham
istockphoto.com

This honey and bourbon-glazed ham is scented with the warming spice of cloves for a flavorful ham that tastes both sweet and spiced.

For the Honey Whiskey Clove-Glazed Ham recipe, click here.

 

Honey-Glazed Fresh Ham

Honey-Glazed Fresh Ham

Shutterstock 

While the moist, pink meat that’s been cured and then glazed and baked is what most of us think of as “ham,” fresh, uncured ham is another great option for holiday dining. Sold as either bone-in or boneless, a fresh ham is a rump cut that can be cooked much like a pork roast, but glazed like a traditional honey-baked ham.

For the Honey-Glazed Fresh Ham recipe, click here.

 

Maple-Vanilla Ham

Maple-Vanilla Ham

Shutterstock 

The sweetly scented vanilla and maple syrup complement the natural saltiness of the cured ham for this picture-perfect bone-in ham recipe.

For the Maple-Vanilla Ham recipe, click here.

 

Perfect Roast Holiday Ham

Perfect Roast Holiday Ham

Shutterstock 

The citrus glaze and Dijon mustard come together to create the perfect combination of flavors for this roasted ham recipe.

For the Perfect Roast Holiday Ham recipe, click here.

 

Raspberry-Mustard Glazed Ham

Raspberry-Mustard Glazed Ham

Shutterstock 

This ham recipe from Weight Watchers is a delicious indulgence that won’t ruin your diet. Plus, the raspberry and mustard glaze makes for a sweet and tangy finished ham.

For the Raspberry-Mustard Glazed Ham recipe, click here.

Roasted Whole Ham With Orange Honey Glaze

Roasted Whole Ham With Orange Honey Glaze

Shutterstock 

This ham recipe couldn’t be simpler. Top a pre-cooked ham with the sweet honey and orange glaze, warm, and serve.

For the Roasted Whole Ham With Orange Honey Glaze recipe, click here.

 

Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar and Honey Ham

Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar and Honey Ham

iStock / Thinkstock 

Running short on time? Your Easter feast doesn’t have to suffer with this ham recipe that can be made in your slow-cooker.

For the Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar and Honey Ham recipe, click here.

 

Slow-Cooker Harvest Ham Supper

Slow-Cooker Harvest Ham Supper

Shutterstock