Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham

Ain’t nothin better than an oven-roasted glazed ham I say. This recipe uses fresh cranberries, meaning it’s perfect for the holiday season! I love the zing that the dijon mustard adds too. It’s super easy to throw together! 

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

Out of sheer laziness, Eric and I have managed to convince our kids that “milk-water” is a thing. Like if they finish their milk at dinner and want some water, we don’t rinse out the cup. Tonight I poured Charlotte’s water for her and she goes, “It looks like a swamp!” Why yes dear. Yes it does. Drink up.

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

My parental neglect is only going to get more pronounced over the next few months. I just had my 3rd kid a few days ago, which means that I’m slowly morphing into an extension of my couch (because all I do is nurse the baby.) Ain’t nobody got time for cup rinsing. Or bathing children. Or taking them to school. Just kidding, I swear Charlotte makes it to school every day.

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

Mostly because my mom is here helping us out. Thanks mom! My friends keep asking me if having a third is way harder, and I say no way, Eric’s home from work and my mom is here to wait on me hand and foot. All I have to do is sit on the couch and never get any sleep. No prob. Ask me in 6 months how it is having 3 kids. Right now it’s a cinch.

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

So are you guys getting your menus together for Thanksgiving?? I’m super excited for the holidays. Eric surprised me with a little Christmas outfit for Valentine the other day and I thought I would explode. I get a baby, plus I get to dress her up in Christmas clothes??

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

Okay sorry, back to Thanksgiving. Do you always cook a turkey? Do you make ham, roast, lamb, something else? If your family loves ham this recipe is for you! It starts with fresh cranberries on the stove which are cooked and pureed with dijon mustard and some brown sugar. The sauce is super quick to make, and then all you have to do is get the ham in the oven and brush it a few times. Easy peasy. There is some cayenne pepper in the recipe, which gives it a fun little kick (reminiscent of this Raspberry Chipotle Glazed Ham).

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

Score the ham with a sharp knife so the sauce seeps into the ham through the skin. If you don’t have an immersion blender to puree the glaze, you can use a regular blender no problem.

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

Check out some other Thanksgiving ideas below the recipe!

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Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham

Yield: Serves 16-20


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5-6 pound cooked ham (I used a sliced spiral ham)


  1. Combine cranberries, water, and honey in a medium saucepan. Set over medium heat.
  2. Stir occasionally for about 4-5 minutes, until most of the cranberries have popped.
  3. Add dijon mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes until the sauce has thickened some and is syrupy. Remove from heat.
  5. If you have an immersion blender, use it to puree the sauce. (If you don't, transfer the mixture to a regular blender. Leave the top of the blender vented (to allow steam to escape) and cover with a towel. Blend it up until smooth.)
  6. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare a roasting pan with a roasting rack so that the ham doesn't cook in it's own juices (you want a nice crispy bottom, no soggy ham bottoms please.)
  7. Place the ham on the roasting rack and use a sharp serrated knife to score the ham diagonally.
  8. Use a brush to coat the ham all over with the cranberry sauce. (You will repeat this process once more about 20 minutes before the ham is done.)
  9. Place the pan in the oven and roast for 1 and 1/2 to 2 and 1/4 hours, or until a thermometer registers 135 degrees F. (About 20-25 minutes per pound). (You don't need to worry about the temperature too much since the ham is already cooked. You just want to make sure it's hot all the way through.
  10. 20 minutes before you think it will be done, brush with sauce one more time.
  11. Serve the ham with the remaining glaze (Warm it up in the microwave or on the stove since it will be cool by now.)

Source: This one’s from The Food Network, you know those inserts they have in the magazine sometimes? This one was called 50 Things to Make with Cranberries. The recipe’s not on the link though, I can’t find it online.

Here are some other ham recipes you will love!

Raspberry Chipotle Glazed Ham << this is an old favorite of mine! It’s actually very similar to today’s recipe, just with raspberry and a chipotle kick. It’s good!

Raspberry Chipotle Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan


Easy Sriracha Ham (Slow Cooker, 3 Ingredients): << It seriously does not get any easier than this recipe.

Easy Sriracha Ham (Slow Cooker) from The Food Charlatan


Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork: << This is the TOP recipe on my site. With good reason! Look at that crust!!

Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork from The Food Charlatan


A few other ham recipes from awesome bloggers!

Pineapple Honey glazed Ham from Wonky Wonderful
Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze from A Spicy Perspective
Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham from Wholefully





  1. Natalie Hedman says

    I thought the same thing when I had my third baby. It was so easy for the first month and after that became incredibly hard to have 3 kids. Just warning you! :)

  2. Janice says

    I’m so lucky, sitting here with my week-old granddaughter on my lap- what a sweet little baby! I’m sure helping out: gazing at these gorgeous pics and eating still-delicious leftover ham :)

  3. Stephanie says

    Karen!! I totally was planning to make this because I needed a recipe for tomorrow and found this doing a Pinterest search, and then coming back to look at it, I looked to see who’s blog it was on. And it was YOURS!! How cool I found you through Pinterest and not real life ;) I mean, I follow you on FB too, but I mean random Pinterest search. Yay!! -Stephanie (Chezik) Coleman

  4. Renee says

    This tasted great but looked terrible! I cut into the ham and it all fell apart (kinda like cutting an onion). Then I had to cut the whole ham in half and after that gave up with the diagonal cuts. If you could include more pics of how your ham was sitting i think that would help!

    • says

      Did you buy a pre-cut spiral ham Renee? That would explain why it fell apart like an onion. I’m sorry it didn’t look very presentable! Next time try buying a ham that’s not sliced?

  5. Ondie says

    I made this at Christmas and again a few months later. It’s absolutely delicious. Wish I could find a way to make it year round but can never find cranberries outside of the holidays

    • says

      I’m so glad you loved it Ondie! I love cranberries too. I hoard them during the holidays. I freeze bags and bags and bags of them and then use them throughout the year! Cranberries freeze beautifully. Try it out!

      • Ondie says

        That is my plan for next holiday season!!! I made your raspberry Chipotle glaze this time instead. Quite tasty nut the cranberry is still my favorite

  6. says

    I make my glaze more savory,I seed a whole jalapeno, a little garlic ,add to the cranberry (you can use canned), and brown suger,cook till thick,remove jalapeno, fantastic

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