If you’re curious about how to cook a spiral ham, you’ve come to the right place! Cooking a spiral ham is a breeze, and with this guide, you’ll become a pro in no time. Whether it’s Easter, Christmas, or any other occasion, a spiral ham is a delicious centerpiece that practically cooks itself. So, let’s dive in and learn all the ins and outs of cooking this delightful dish!
How Long to Cook a Spiral Ham
Spiral cut hams usually weigh between 8 and 11 pounds and come fully cooked (just make sure your package says pre-cooked). Since the ham is already cooked, your aim is to heat it through without drying it out. The best way to achieve this is by cooking it at a low temperature, ensuring that the outside stays moist while the inside gets heated.
To prevent your spiral ham from drying out, use a meat thermometer and make sure it reaches 140°F without overcooking. I like to remove it from the oven around 135°F and keep a close eye on the thermometer until it reaches the desired temperature.
The cooking time will depend on the size of your ham, but as a general rule, allow for 12-15 minutes per pound at 325°F. You can choose to cook the ham covered or uncovered. Cooking it uncovered will result in a slightly crisper exterior and require the longer cooking time. If you opt for covering it with foil, remember to remove the foil once you add the glaze during the last 20 minutes of cooking.
If your ham finishes cooking before you’re ready to serve it, take it out of the oven and let it cool slightly. This way, it won’t continue cooking. Once it has cooled a bit, cover it with foil and resist the urge to cut into it until you’re ready to enjoy!
The shape of your ham can also affect the cooking time. A larger, rounder ham may require additional cooking time compared to a flatter-shaped ham.
Glazing Spiral Ham
Glazing your spiral ham is a mouthwatering way to elevate its flavor. You can use a homemade glaze or the one that comes with the ham. If you’re using a glaze, it’s best to add it at the end to prevent it from burning. Personally, I prefer making my own glaze as it gives me control over the flavors.
Simply brush the glaze onto the ham during the last 20 minutes of cooking. For that extra touch, you can turn up the oven heat or broil it for a couple of minutes to achieve a sticky, irresistible glaze.
Our Favorite Glaze Recipes:
- Brown Sugar Glaze for Ham
- Rosemary Balsamic Glazed Ham
- Apple Glazed Ham
- Simple Glaze:
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup juice (orange or pineapple are great)
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
How to Cook a Spiral Ham in the Crock Pot
For a perfectly tender spiral ham, you can also use a slow cooker. Simply brush your choice of glaze onto the ham, add a little water or apple juice, and cook it on the lowest setting. Remember, since the ham is already cooked, you’re essentially reheating it and infusing it with delicious seasonings or the glaze of your choice.
How to Cut a Spiral Ham
One of the great advantages of spiral hams is how easily they come apart. Made with one continuous cut from end to end, they are a breeze to serve, whether warm or cold. A typical serving size is about 6 ounces per person, so an 8-pound ham will yield approximately 20 servings. But who can resist having just one slice?
More Recipes You’ll Love
- Copycat Honey Baked Ham – so juicy
- Ham and Corn Chowder – a perfect use for leftover ham
- Ham Bone Soup (Slow Cooker) – another fantastic option for leftovers
- Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze – a classic holiday ham recipe
- Scalloped Potatoes and Ham – my favorite leftover dish
Why not get creative and use leftover slices to pan-fry for a delicious breakfast or add them to a sandwich with a touch of mustard for a tasty lunch? With a spiral cut ham, the possibilities are endless! So, why not enjoy this delightful dish all year round?
Remember, cooking a spiral ham is a simple yet impressive way to bring a flavorful centerpiece to your table. It’s a dish that practically cooks itself, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the company of your loved ones. So go ahead, give it a try, and delight in the deliciousness of a perfectly cooked spiral ham!