The Easiest Maple Glazed Ham Recipe



So although “maple” isn’t an overly festive ingredient but Christmas is DEFINITELY the time to cook hams. This glazed ham recipe is simply the easiest Christmas ham recipe you’ll find. It’s bound to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

I cooked this yesterday for a little family party and it disapeared super quickly. A good amount of the ham went straight away from my taste tests. Got to be thorough right? I mean what if the next slice didn’t
taste the same? Better to be safe than sorry! Plus.. chef’s perks…

This recipe boils the ham with some veg and a pinch of salt to give the cooking ham just the right amount of savory to accompany the lashings of sticky, sweet lushness that this maple gammon glaze offers.

In our family, we’re all major fans of the “crispy black bits” and will fight over it often. I’ve taken this Christmas ham to the edge for just that reason. Every slice promising crispy sticky bit and a lovely
marbled perfectly moist slice of baked ham goodness. This Sweet and savory baked ham is an absolute winner and one I’m thrilled to share!

The best thing is this maple glazed ham is just SO easy to make. There is no secret ingredient to this gammon glaze. It’s just maple syrup. Lots and lots of maple syrup.

The only thing I’m regretting is not having any leftovers to make some leftover ham recipes.

Maple Glazed Ham Recipe


5 from 9 votes

Easy Maple Glazed Ham

This beautifully sticky glazed ham is packed full of flavour!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Author Steve @ This Guy Cooks


  • 1 Large onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 Large Carrot top cut off, peel on
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • Tsp. Black Peppercorns
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • Uncooked & Unsmoked Gammon Joint - with skin on - Choose one that has a lot of fat
  • enough water to cover your gammon joint.
  • 300 ml Pure Maple Syrup


  1. Prepare the carrot and onion. Wash, but don't worry about peeling the carrot.
  2. Place a large pot with a lid or cast iron casserole on a medium heat,
  3. Add the peppercorns and heat until they become very fragrant.
  4. Place your onion, carrot, bay leaves, salt and water into the pot and stir to make sure all the peppercorns are dislodged from the bottom.
  5. Place your gammon with any string in the center of the pot and cook for 20 minutes per 450g (1lb).
  6. Whack up the heat to high and wait to boil. Once it's reached a rolling boil turn down the heat and leave to simmer.
  7. About halfway through the cook preheat your oven to 190* (Gas 5)
  8. Once your ham has finished boiling, carefully remove from the pot and let cool slightly. This bit is gonna be a bit sticky. Remove the string and with a sharp utility or paring knife, remove the skin leaving as much of the fat as you can.
  9. Line a baking tray with foil (you'll thank me later) and once the skin has been removed, score the fat deeply in a criss-cross and place on the tray, fat side up.
  10. Pour about a third of the maple syrup gently over the ham, using a pastry brush to coat evenly.
  11. Place the ham in the oven and keep an eye until those delicious black bits begin to form. Remove the ham from the oven and as before brush the maple syrup all over, don't be afraid to dip the brush in the syrup on the bottom of the tray. By now this will have gone quite "treacle". This is all just flavour. Keep repeating this until you're satisfied the ham is how you want it. I like mine quite dark and sticky so I repeated this every 10 minutes and about 4 times. When you're finished, remove the ham from the tray and place on a plate. Add one final brush of the syrup from the bottom of the tray just for that extra glisten.
  12. You can carve this right away but be warned, you will try some and you'll keep going back for more.




  • Patricia G.
    December 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Sounds like a yummy recipe. I LOVE syrup! Just looking at your recipe result is making my mouth water! 🙂

    • Steve Nixon
      December 21, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thank’s! It’s simplicity is what make it work so well and if you love syrup it’s a winner every time! Thank’s for reading!

  • oyibo
    December 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    wow! this is so appetizing, will love to try that on my own.

  • Gabrielle
    December 22, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Ham is a Christmas meal essential and this looks so tasty!

  • Kate
    December 22, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I have to admit, I’ve never tried to cook a ham before, but this recipe looks like one I could successfully tackle!

  • Mary
    December 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    This looks mouthwatering! I bet this is so good!

  • Victoria Squirlock
    December 22, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    ham is usually the only meat ill eat on the holidays if its done correctly and let me tell you… if my mom made this, id definitely eat it! yum!

  • Joscelyn
    December 22, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing! The perfect Christmas dinner!!

  • Emily
    December 22, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Maple bacon is my absolute favorite so I can imagine that the ham would be delicious!

  • Erika
    December 23, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Ooh yum! I’m going to have to make this. This will be perfect for Christmas dinner

  • Chastity
    December 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Yes to this recipe. My dad cooks this all the time. And you’re right plenty of maple syrup for sure. Glad your family enjoyed have a merry Christmas.

  • Pooja Krishna
    December 24, 2017 at 3:57 am

    I don’t eat ham but like your pictures, and the details you shared in the recipe – sometimes those are what make a difference between a good and great dish!

  • Jody
    December 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I have never tried maple syrup on ham but I am definitely going to try it!

  • Anatoliy Simeonov
    December 27, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Oh man, this ham looking amazing. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will try it.

  • Jenn
    December 28, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Oh wow that looks amazing. I need to ask someone in my family to,make it (cuz I can’t cook!)

  • Christie Moeller
    December 28, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Oh my yummy yum yum this looks delish!

    xoxo Christie

  • Shannon | Shannie Chic
    December 28, 2017 at 2:34 am

    I am drooling! Cannot wait to make this. Ham isn’t always my favorite so I am always looking for a way to spice it up.

  • Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    December 28, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Nothing beats a great glazed ham. This is perfect for any holiday or special occasion. Maple and ham pair so well together.

  • Jere Cassidy
    December 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    My Christmas ham sure didn’t look as delicious as yours. Next year please come to my house to make the ham.

  • Sarah
    December 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I love maple ham! I’m always looking for easy recipes that turn out delicious! I’m looking forward to trying this one!

  • Cristine
    December 28, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I love a good ham. Most people don’t glaze at the right time to achieve the right texture. It needs to be lucious

  • Alecia
    December 29, 2017 at 12:51 am

    I can certainly see why you’d be fighting over the dark bits, I would be too! I’m not a huge ham fan but maple makes everything better and I can’t wait to try this

  • Yvonne
    December 29, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Love how easy this recipe is! So mouthwatering ❤️

  • Elizabeth | The Recipe Revival
    December 29, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Yum! A very simple, yet tasty sounding recipe.

  • Catherine Brown
    December 29, 2017 at 2:43 am

    That looks perfectly beautiful! Maple syrup is such an excellent glaze. Living in NH, I’ve always got local producers to purchase from too!

  • Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
    December 29, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    There’s nothing like a good ham at Christmas. I rarely eat ham, but come December I look for it at every holiday party! Yours looks amazing, with that beautiful golden crust

  • Lauren
    December 29, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    We love having a ham during Thanksgiving because the turkey is usually too dry. I love the golden crust on this ham!

  • April
    December 30, 2017 at 12:53 am

    My sister is looking for a good ham recipe and this one looks like a winner. I will be sending it to her!

  • Misha
    December 30, 2017 at 2:12 am

    I wish I saw this before Christmas, you make cooking ham look so much less intimidating!

  • Rezel Kealoha
    December 30, 2017 at 4:39 am

    That’s a nice size ham and we used to make this every year when I was growing up. I love a good glazed ham. It’s so versatile and so nice in sandwiches the next day.

  • Joyce
    December 30, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Wow’ looks delicious

  • Jordan
    December 30, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Fun fact – I’ve never made a ham at home! You make it look so easy AND good.

  • Michelle
    December 30, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Your ham looks amazing! Maple and ham is just perfect together. What a beautiful family dinner you prepared.

  • Nicole Shillings
    December 30, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I needed this recipe last week for Christmas! We make ham for just about every holiday, I’ll be making this one for our next one. Perfect for Easter!

  • Jessica
    December 31, 2017 at 1:55 am

    My husband would love this recipe. He loves to cook too!

    • Steve Nixon
      January 3, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Maybe we should call this “These guys cook!” Hope he enjoys it!

  • Ariana Soleil
    January 7, 2018 at 4:50 am

    This looks so good. Definitely want to make this.

  • Gail
    January 7, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Wow i normally make cocoa cola ham with a muatard glaze but im gonna try this. Thanks


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Hi there, I'm Steve! I created, write and develop recipes for This Guy Cooks. I'm an amateur by a long way but I love to eat and I love to talk about food!

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