Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze for the Holidays

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Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Share My Kitchen

A simple homemade mustard thyme ham glaze can be used to enhance the flavor of your holiday or easter ham. The sweet glaze is made of mustard, sugar and cooking oil. It’s then simmered on the stove for a few minutes and then poured over the ham.

Easy Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze

Sometimes ham can feel bland when it is cooked alone. Simple recipes such as this one are great to keep in your recipe book:

  • A delicious sauce made with honey, dijon mustard and thyme that is sweet and fragrant.
  • This simple glaze recipe can be used for ham any time of the year.
  • This sauce is very affordable and only requires a few ingredients from the grocery store.
  • This is a quick and easy recipe that can be prepared in advance. You can store the ham glaze in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Then, heat it in the microwave right before you drizzle the glaze on the ham.
  • Side dishes such as baked carrots, garlic green bean and bacon, rice, or quinoa can be served with glazed Ham.

Recipe Ingredients

Reminder: This recipe calls for whole-grain mustard and dijon mustard.

  • Sugar – You have the option of brown sugar, white sugar granulated, or coconut sugar.
  • Honey – Maple syrup or liquid honey will work.
  • Cooking Oil – Canola, olive oil, avocado, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, and coconut oil all work. I used avocado oil.
  • White Vinegar – You can use white vinegar or lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar. I used white vinegar.
  • Thyme – Thyme leaves should be fresh for their incredible aroma and taste. You can also use 2 tsp dried time if you don’t possess fresh thyme.

How To Make The Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze

  1. Over medium heat, add all ingredients to a large saucepan. Stir frequently until sugar dissolves.
  2. Turn off the heat and add fresh Thyme according to the recipe instructions.
  3. Place ham into a large dish. Sprinkle the ham glaze over the top.
  4. Bake the ham, and then glaze the top with the glaze all the way through.
  5. Place on a plate. Slice with a sharp knife. Serve leftover glaze and pan juices over ham, rice or quinoa.

You can store leftover ham in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze ham in slices for up to 3 months in an airtight bag.

Recipe Tips

  • This glaze recipe is best for a 4-7 lb pork ham. It will work with a smaller ham. The extra glaze can be used to drizzle on pasta, rice, or quinoa.
  • You will need to heat all the ingredients in a small saucepan over the stove. It’s easy for sugar to burn, so make sure you stir it often as it dissolves. Once the saucepan has been removed from the heat, add the fresh thyme.
  • You can drizzle the glaze over the ham, and bake it with it. To get the best flavor, brush the glaze on the ham once or twice while it is in the oven.

How Long To Cook Ham at 350°F

How long it takes to cook ham depends on its size. Check the ham packaging for a suggested baking time and temperature. It’s best to adhere to the instructions if it has. You can also follow these guidelines if your ham does not include instructions.

Time to cook a boneless, fully cooked ham

  • You can bake smaller hams (1.5 lb) for about 1 hour or until they are cooked through.
  • Medium to large hams (4-7 lbs) can bake for one hour and fifteen minutes, or until they are cooked through.

You can check the ham by inserting a meat thermometer into its center. It’s ready to be taken out of the oven once it reaches 135°F.

Mustard Thyme Ham Glaze Recipe Card

Prep Time – 8 minutesTotal Time – 1 hour 8 mins
Cook Time – 1 hourServings – 10 servings


  • 1 fully cooked boneless ham
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup whole-grain mustard
  • ¼ cup brown sugar – or coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme sprigs


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Mix the following ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat: whole grain mustard, dijon mustard honey, brown sugar, honey and cooking oil. Heat slowly, stirring often for 2 minutes, until sugar melts.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the fresh rosemary.
  4. Place the ham in a large roasting tray. Sprinkle the mustard thyme glaze on top. Bake the ham for one hour, basting it once or twice (see notes to learn how long).
  5. Place in a bowl. Slice the ham and serve. You can drizzle any glaze on the ham. You can also add it to pasta, rice, quinoa, or couscous.

Recipe Notes

  • Glaze measurements work best for one medium-sized, fully cooked ham but can also be used for small and large hams.
  • 1.5 lb ham can be baked for an hour or until it is warmed through. You can also use extra sauce to coat rice, quinoa, or pasta with the ham.
  • Medium to large hams (4-7 lb) can be baked for one hour and fifteen minutes, or until they are cooked through.

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