I grew up always eating ham for Easter dinner.  Each and every year was the same. Ham.  Did you?

I love learning about others’ traditions, so please feel free to share yours in the comments below this post.

But the ham I used to eat was slathered with a crap ton of sugar, mustard etc. I could barely taste the actual meat itself because it was just covered.  As I grew up, and kept with this same tradition of ham, I decided that tasting the ham is more important than the glaze itself.

Although this recipe does have a glaze to enhance the meat’s natural flavors, it is not filled with refined sugars and other artificial ingredients like the kind that comes along with the ham you buy in the conventional grocery stores.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and I also hope even more…that you have a HAPPY EASTER!

Easter Ham Recipe


  • 4 – 5 lbs. boneless ham (no sugar added, uncured is best)
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 1/2 c freshly squeezed orange juice + zest of one orange
  • 1/4 c raw honey (can use coconut sugar if you want a richer brown sugar flavor)
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground clove


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Place spiral side down. Add 1/2 cup of warm water roasting pan, under the rack and cover with aluminum foil.
  2. Cook for about 45 minutes.
  3. While the ham is cooking, place the orange juice plus zest in a saucepan along with the raw honey/coconut sugar, water, and spices.  Feel free to customize with any spices you like and or prefer. Bring to a boil and let simmer until thickened slightly.
  4. Remove ham, after the 45 minutes from oven and brush glaze all over the ham.  Cover back up, and every 15 minutes until ham is cooked (temperature reading of 140 degrees) brush with glaze.
  5. Let the ham rest before serving, and enjoy!