Pineapple glazed ham slices are a delicious and easy-to-make main course meal using only six simple ingredients and in under 45 minutes. Take a precooked ham to the next level with pineapples, cherries, Dijon mustard, and brown sugar. With the natural sweetness from fruits and a pineapple-brown sugar glaze, this recipe satisfies both sweet tooths and hungry bellies alike. But don't be fooled: this holiday favourite is perfect all year round.
Why You'll Love These Pineapple Glazed Ham Slices
- You only need six basic ingredients! It's really five if you consider how your canned pineapple slices come with juice in the can. On top of that, you can skip the cherries and make it four. Looking for an easy recipe that you don't need to go out all for (but still tastes complex)? You've found it.
- Perfect for a small Easter dinner. This year, holiday celebrations will be smaller—and fewer guests means less food. Instead of cooking up a whole ham, serve these pineapple glazed ham slices at an intimate family gathering.
- It's sweet and salty heaven. Pairing sweet and salty flavors makes for the best combinations and these pineapple glazed ham slices are no exception. The natural saltiness of the precooked ham with the sweet glaze and fruit is crave-worthy.
- Kids and adults will love it. Do you have picky eaters at home? Not anymore! These moist pineapple glazed ham slices appeal to kids who love sweets and adult meat-lovers. And if you have fans of Hawaiian pizza at home, this dinner will blow them away.
To make these delicious pineapple glazed ham slices, you will need a quarter sheet baking pan and the following ingredients:
- boneless cooked ham - Slice up your ham into ten ¼-thick inch slices.
- pineapple slices + pineapple juice - I used canned pineapple slices and reserved the juice directly in the can to use for the glaze.
- red tart cherries - This is optional but adds a nice flavour to the ham, plus it adds so much to the presentation, which is key if serving this for a holiday main.
- brown sugar - The brown sugar is what really caramelizes the glaze and gives it that beautiful golden brown colour.
- Dijon mustard - If you don't like Dijon (or just don't have any) you can substitute yellow mustard or honey mustard. You'll may want to add a little less pineapple juice to the glaze, however, to keep it thick. How much you add will depend on the thickness of your mustard.
How to Make the Best Pineapple Glazed Ham Slices
- Arrange the ham and pineapple. In a quarter sheet baking pan, arrange ham in 2 rows, slightly overlapping. Top with pineapple slices with cherries in the middle. Reserve 1 tablespoon of pineapple juice from the can for the glaze.
- Bake. Bake the ham in a 400F preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine reserved pineapple juice, brown sugar and mustard, and stir well to combine.
- Add glaze and bake again. Remove baked ham from the oven and evenly brush it with the glaze. Return the ham to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes until the glaze caramelizes and turns golden brown.
How to Serve Pineapple Glazed Ham Slices
Serve these pineapple glazed ham slices as a main on your holiday dinner table for Easter or Christmas, or on any night of the week when you are feeling a little fancy. Some of my favourite sides to pair with ham are:
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Spring Vegetables
- Cheesy Garlic Dinner Rolls
- Crispy Leaf Potatoes
- Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms
- Sautéed Asparagus
Freezing and Storing Instructions
- How to store: Pineapple glazed ham slices taste best fresh but will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Allow it to cool down to room temperature first, then place into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
- How to freeze: Allow the ham to cool to room temperature, then wrap the ham slices tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place the wrapped slices inside a freezer bag. and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
- How to reheat: Reheat in a 300F preheated oven for 5-10 minutes until warmed through, or in the microwave in 20-second increments until warm. Time in the microwave will vary depending on how many slices you are reheating.
More Ham Recipes
- Holiday Glazed Baked Ham
- Creamy Ham and Potato Soup
- Ham and Potatoes au Gratin
- Chinese-Style Borscht Soup with Ham
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