Ain’t nothin better than an oven-roasted homemade ham glaze 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. This recipe that shows you how to glaze a ham is super easy to throw together! 

Sliced glazed ham on a white plate with Cranberries and thyme

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.

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Spiral ham recipe with glaze, cranberries, and thyme

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.

Close up sliced ham with homemade glaze and cranberries

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.

Side shot of glazed spiral ham with cranberries

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??

How to glaze a ham-close up shot, sliced

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).

how to score a ham with a knife
cranberries and cranberry sauce
pureed cranberry sauce with immersion blender

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.

ham glaze recipe brown sugar, sliced with cranberries and thyme

Check out some other Thanksgiving ideas below the recipe!

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Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham

4.65 from 28 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 16
Ain't nothin better than an oven-roasted homemade ham glaze 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. This recipe that shows you how to glaze a ham is super easy to throw together! 


  • 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


  • Combine cranberries, water, and honey in a medium saucepan. Set over medium heat.
  • Stir occasionally for about 4-5 minutes, until most of the cranberries have popped.
  • Add dijon mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper.
  • Continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes until the sauce has thickened some and is syrupy. Remove from heat.
  • 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.)
  • 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.)
  • Place the ham on the roasting rack and use a sharp serrated knife to score the ham diagonally.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 20 minutes before you think it will be done, brush with sauce one more time.
  • 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.


Serving: 2slice | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 828mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 158
Keyword: Cranberry, dijon, glazed, Ham, Ham Glaze, Oven Roasted
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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

This post was originally published on November 9, 2016.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this glaze for the Thanksgiving dinner. I added 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic (we love garlic). The glaze got rave reviews and is now the favorite. Thank you!

    1. Hi Lien! This recipe hasn’t been tested using canned whole cranberry sauce; even premium brands contain corn syrup, which is a totally different flavor profile than the fresh cranberries and honey used here. If you decide to try it with the canned version, I recommend omitting the honey and water and adding the dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper to the canned whole cranberry sauce, then pureeing and proceeding as directed. If you do try it, let us know what you did and how it turns out. Enjoy!

      1. You said in your recipe that you used a spiral sliced ham. Do you need to do anything special to the ham so the slices won’t dry out in the cooking process?

        1. Hi Jo! Nope, no need to do anything special; the glaze helps the ham stay nice and moist. Enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    super excited to try this Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham, will love to try this amazing one . Thanks for sharing this one with us.

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