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! 

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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.

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

4.59 from 24 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. 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

    1. 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!

      1. 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

    2. I am a cranberry grower for Ocean Spray coop & always freeze cranberries fresh in October & use year around

    1. Hi Rhason, I’m not sure, I would look up some cook times for a fresh ham and go from there! Good luck!

  2. 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!

    1. 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?

  3. What did you serve with the ham? I ordered a super small ham and they sent me a pig. So…turkey is out for Christmas dinner.

    1. That’s a bummer Kaeli! I would serve this with mashed or roasted potatoes, asparagus or green beans, a salad, and rolls. Classic holiday dinner :)

        1. Ooh that sounds delicious Mike! Let me know if you try it out and how it tastes! I can’t see how it wouldn’t work out!

  4. 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

    1. Oh yeah totally Leslie! I bet you could even make it several days ahead. I would warm it up when you’re ready to use it so that it brushes on easy. Enjoy!!

  5. Ooh, this ham looks good! I love the fresh cranberry factor, I bet that puts it over the top. :) Congrats on the birth of your baby girl!

  6. Ok first of all there is no shame in not rinsing out their cup, we never do and the kids hate it but oh well. The kids now get their own water so see less work for me, lol! This ham looks killer by the way!! Love the glaze!

  7. 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 :)

  8. Okay, first of all, this looks delicious! I love ham! And secondly, I want to see more pics of that cute little baby- dressed up in her Christmas best! ;)

  9. Your new little girl is seriously SO beyond adorable, Karen! Congrats again!! And this ham is seriously hitting that WHOA factor! Absolutely drooling over the cranberry glaze!!

  10. Congrats on your third bundle of joy, Karen! That’s so exciting! And milk water…I love it! This glazed ham looks so good and so pretty with the cranberry glaze! Definitely something I need on my holiday table!

  11. 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! :)

    1. Thanks Medha! Tis the season! Cranberries are one of my favorite ingredients to use during the holidays. I throw them in everything!! :)

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