This sweet and tart Cranberry Orange Baked Ham has just the right balance of flavors. Citrus orange and tart cranberry flavored with cinnamon and cloves combined with the natural sweetener- honey and topped with a crusty sweet brown sugar topping tastes wonderful on ham. Oh the marriage of flavors is simply perfect. It’s not too sweet and not too tart. Plus, it is so easy-to-make! This is the perfect Christmas or Thanksgiving ham when you have enough so much to do.
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Ham is a meat that tastes so good as is. But, when you add some flavoring to it, it goes from great to phenomenal!
A little bit of tart cranberry with the honey flavoring, orange juice and brown sugar coating makes for a perfectly seasoned ham!
What’s even better is having these delicious ham leftovers to freeze or make other tasty recipes. It’s a relief to pull some ham out of the freezer on nights when you are just too tired to cook.
How to Make Cranberry Orange Baked Ham
This ham and cranberry orange sauce is super easy to make.
If you are limited on oven space, this Oster Oven Roaster holds up to a 24 lb ham or turkey and cooks faster because the heat is condensed around the meat. Plus, the inside comes out for easy cleaning or you can buy liner bags. This oven roaster can be really convenient during the holidays or any large gatherings.
Or, use an old fashioned roasting pan as seen below.
First, add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of a large roasting pan with at least 4 inches high sides.
Add a 8-10 lb spiral cut ham, flat side down, on 275F (135C)covered with foil for 2 hours. Make the cranberry orange sauce just before the ham is ready to come out of the oven or earlier if you prefer.
Cranberry Orange Sauce
*The printable version of this recipe is at the bottom of this post.
In a medium sauce pan (uncovered) add:
3 cups of fresh cranberries and
4 tablespoons of honey
juice and zest of half of an orange
1/4 tsp of ground cloves
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of water (or more if needed)
Cook on medium heat for 5 to 10 min. Stir it occasionally as it’s cooking. You’ll hear the cranberries popping. Insert a hand held blender and pulse it until it becomes an almost smooth sauce. If you don’t have a hand held blender, you can pour the cranberry mixture into a stand up blender and pulse until smooth. Add water to thin it out a bit.
When the ham is done baking, remove it from the oven but, bump up the heat to 425F (218C).
Then, spread the cranberry orange sauce all over the top and sides of the ham. Begin adding the sauce at the top of the ham as gravity will take it downward. Just fill in where it doesn’t go.
Next, sprinkle about 1/2 cup of brown sugar on top of the cranberry orange sauce that you just added to the ham, as evenly as you can.
Finally, place the ham back in the oven and bake it again with the sauce and brown sugar on top for 10-15 min while the brown sugar melts and crusts the outside of the ham.
When you remove the ham from the oven, let it rest for about ten minutes before cutting.
- If you don’t have a fresh orange, use 2 tables spoons of orange juice and skip the zest
- Use pineapple or lemon juice instead of orange juice, with or with out orange zest
- Use a whole ham (not spiral cut) or whole boneless ham
Ham Leftover Recipes
Rinse the ham and ham bone so the sugar doesn’t alter the taste of the ham leftover recipe.
Using the ham bone, boil it in one gallon of water and make ham stock.
Using the ham bone and some of the leftover ham, make One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup.
Make a delicious and hearty One Pot Ham Potato and Corn Chowder.
Add ham to egg noodles and make Easy Ham Noodle Casserole
Cheesy Ham & Turkey Noodle Casserole is a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers or substitute chicken for turkey or omit the poultry altogether.
This Cranberry Orange Baked Ham is a flavorful sweet and tart ham that is easy-to-make, especially for the holidays. The citrus orange flavor with the tartness of the cranberry flavors are enhanced with a brown sugar crust. It’s so delicious to serve during the holidays and is perfect for Christmas dinner. You’re guests will love this ham!
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Cranberry Orange Baked Ham
- 8-10 lb spiral cut ham
- 3 cups of fresh cranberries
- 4 tablespoons of honey
- juice and zest of half of an orange
- 1/4 tsp of ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of water (or more if needed)
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar (do not add to other sauce ingredients)
- Preheat the oven to 275F (135C.)
- Add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of a large roasting pan with 4 inch high sides. Place the ham in the roasting pan, flat side down, covered with foil and bake for 2 hours.
- Make the cranberry orange sauce just before the ham is ready to come out of the oven or earlier if you prefer.
- In a medium sauce pan (uncovered) add cranberries, honey, orange juice and zest, 1/4 tsp of ground cloves and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
- Cook on medium heat for 5 to 10 min. Stir it occasionally as it's cooking. You'll hear the cranberries popping. Add water to thin out a bit. Insert a hand held blender and pulse it until it becomes an almost smooth sauce.
- When the ham is done baking, remove it from the oven higher the heat to 425F (218C.)
- Spread the cranberry orange sauce all over the top and sides of the ham.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the cranberry orange sauce that you just added to the ham, as evenly as possible.
- Finally, place the ham back in the oven and bake it again with the sauce and brown sugar on top for 10-15 min while the brown sugar melts and crusts the outside of the ham.
- When you remove the ham from the oven, let it rest for about ten minutes before cutting.