This easy raspberry glazed ham recipe is infused with the flavor of ginger and spices and served with a sweet and spicy sauce made with raspberries, orange zest, and jalapeño peppers.

Close-up of raspberry glazed ham slices on a serving plate, garnished with parsley, and sauce on the side.

This recipe elevates the concept of a simple glazed ham by steaming the meat as it heats with a combination of ginger ale, orange juice, fresh ginger, and whole spices. A tangy raspberry glaze brushed on during the last few minutes of cooking adds even more flavor, and a sweet and spicy sauce made with raspberries, orange zest, and jalapeño peppers is the perfect finishing touch.

Why Steaming Is the Key to a Perfect Glazed Ham

Since most of the hams we buy today are already fully cooked, all we need to do is reheat them before serving and the best way to reheat ham and ensure that it turns out moist and tender is to steam it gently in the oven.

For years, my grandmother used the steaming technique, just adding plain water to the bottom of her roasting pan to produce the steam. Although her hams were never anything short of delicious, switching up the steaming liquid and adding some whole spices affords you an opportunity to add some subtle flavor to the ham while it’s in the oven.

Once the ham is heated through, you can just brush on a tasty glaze and return it to the oven for a few minutes for the glaze to set.

For this recipe, we chose a combination of ginger ale, fresh ginger, orange juice, cinnamon, and whole cloves to infuse our ham with added flavor and complement the ingredients in our glaze and sauce as well.

How to Make Our Sweet and Spicy Glazed Ham

These steps present an overview of how this dish is made. You’ll find all the details – measurements, ingredients, and complete instructions in the printable version of the recipe below.

  1. Start the ham: Preheat the oven and add the ginger ale, orange juice, and spices to the bottom of a roasting pan.
  2. Position a rack inside the pan, add the ham (skin side down), and tent with foil to make a tight seal.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes per pound of ham until the internal temperature reaches 120°F.
  4. Make the glaze: While the ham is in the oven, microwave the raspberry preserves and ground ginger just long enough to liquefy.
  5. Whisk cornstarch into the orange juice, stir into the preserves and microwave until thickened.
  6. Make the sauce: Sauté the chopped onion and jalapeños until softened.
  7. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, sugar and orange zest, cook a little longer, then add raspberry preserves and thawed raspberries.
  8. Cook until thickened, season to taste, then purée. Pass through a sieve to remove the raspberry seeds (optional) and set aside until ready to serve.
  9. Finish the ham: Once the ham reaches temperature, uncover it, brush it with glaze and bake until the glaze sets.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few ideas for side dishes to serve with this ham recipe.

Serving plate with slices of glazed ham and a serving bowl of raspberry-jalapeno sauce on the side.

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Slices of raspberry glazed ham on a serving plate.

Sweet and Spicy Glazed Ham

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This easy raspberry glazed ham recipe is infused with the flavor of ginger and spices and served with a sweet and spicy sauce made with raspberries, orange zest, and jalapeño peppers.

Ingredients

  • 5 to 7 pound semi-boneless half ham, butt portion
  • 2 cups ginger ale
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, smashed

For the ham glaze:

  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the Raspberry-Jalapeno Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 2 to 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves
  • 10 ounces frozen raspberries, thawed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Pour the ginger ale and orange juice into a large roasting pan. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves and smashed ginger.
  • Place the ham, skin side down on a rack in the pan and tent the entire pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, crimping the edges to make a tight seal.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes per pound of ham until the internal temperature reaches 120°F.

Make the glaze:

  • While the ham is in the oven, combine the raspberry preserves and ground ginger in a one-cup microwave-safe glass measure.
  • Microwave on 70% power (medium-high) just long enough to liquefy the preserves.
  • To thicken the glaze, whisk the cornstarch into the orange juice and stir into the preserves. Microwave at 70% until you are happy with the consistency.

Make the sauce:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes until soft. Add the chopped jalapeños and continue cooking for an additional minute.
  • Stir in the balsamic vinegar, sugar and orange zest. Cook for another 2 minutes, then add the raspberry preserves and thawed raspberries.
  • Continue cooking until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Purée the sauce using an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor. If desired, pass the sauce through a sieve to remove the raspberry seeds and transfer it to a serving dish.

Finish and serve:

  • Once the ham is heated through, remove it from the oven, uncover, brush it with the glaze and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
  • To serve, carve the ham, arrange it on a platter and serve with the raspberry-jalapeno sauce on the side.

Tips for Making This Recipe

For more information on choosing the right ham for your purposes, check out our Guide To Shopping For and Preparing Ham.
Calories: 364kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 608mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 22g
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