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Sage & Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Sage and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is the perfect holiday meal. Easy to prepare and a breeze to bake, this flavor-packed dish will please every guest at your holiday table.

Ham is one of the most classic holiday meals, whether you are making it for Easter or Christmas it just screams holiday, right? I made this sage and brown sugar glazed ham for Christmas and had to share it with you all for Easter, it’s so delicious!

Fully baked brown sugar glazed ham.

The first thing you’ll need to do when making this recipe is get the glaze ready. It will take a few minutes to reduce so I like to get it going on the stovetop while I open the ham and get it in the roasting pan.

Pouring apple juice into the rest of the glaze ingredients for the sage and brown sugar glazed ham.

The glaze is really easy but mega flavorful! Of course, there is brown sugar, and I like to kick up the flavor with sage and Dijon mustard. If you have whole grain or something similar, that will work well too. This gives the glaze a nice tangy and savory edge.

Mixed glaze ingredients before being reduced on the stovetop.

Once the glaze is all mixed up, it’s ready to go on the stovetop and reduce down. It should reduce down by 1/3, so you’ll be left with 2/3 the total volume you started with. This will meld the flavors and thicken it up a bit.

Ham without any brown sugar glaze on it.

This recipe works best with a spiral cut ham. This means the ham is still on the bone and cut in a circle around the bone. There are so many options for buying ham, you can read more about the different cuts in this article!

Brushing brown sugar glaze onto the ham.

Once your ham is in the roasting tray, glaze that baby up! And don’t be shy! Get in between all those slices and make sure you really get that ham glazed thoroughly. More glaze = more flavor and we want this ham to be PACKED with flavor. You should use about half the glaze on this initial treatment.

Partially baked brown sugar glazed ham.

This is the ham partway through baking, getting another coat of glaze. You’ll want to glaze the ham 2-3 more times during baking so you really make sure it’s getting nice and flavorful. A spiral cut ham is pre-cooked, so all you are doing is warming it through. This is roughly 10 minutes per pound at 350 degrees, so if you have a 10-pound ham you’ll cook it for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Brown sugar glazed ham with slices missing.

COMMMMMMEEEEE OOOONNNNNNN. How amazing does this look???? It was amazing. Is amazing. Will always be amazing. I hope it makes your Easter {or Christmas!} spread complete 🙂

What else are you making for your Easter dinner??? How about my Classic Orange Rolls? Or my Oven Roasted Asparagus??

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Fully baked brown sugar glazed ham.
5 from 2 votes

Sage + Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Sage and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is the perfect holiday meal. Easy to prepare and a breeze to bake, this flavor-packed dish will please every guest at your holiday table. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword brown sugar glaze, brown sugar glazed ham, brown sugar mustard glaze for ham
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 15 people
Calories 799 kcal


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sage ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard or whole grain
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 10 pound ham spiral cut, bone-in, pre-cooked


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, sage, cinnamon, salt, mustard, and apple juice. 

  3. Bring up to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer and simmer uncovered until reduced by about one third, 5-8 minutes. 

  4. Place ham in a roasting pan. Brush glaze over ham, being sure to get it in between the layers of ham. 

  5. Bake for about 1 hour and 40 minutes, or until ham is warmed through and darkened on top (about 10 minutes per pound). Glaze ham every 30-45 minutes, being sure the ham is not drying out. Cover with foil, if necessary. 

  6. Finish ham with a final brush of glaze and let rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Sage + Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Amount Per Serving
Calories 799 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 77%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 3771mg 157%
Potassium 903mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 15g
Protein 65g 130%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 15.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    May 9, 2018 at 4:53 PM

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      May 9, 2018 at 5:17 PM

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    April 16, 2018 at 3:02 PM

    That looks amazing! I never would have thought to mix sage with brown sugar but I’m guessing the dijon ties it all in. Great recipe!

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      April 17, 2018 at 7:25 AM

      Thanks, Chelsea! It’s a great combination.

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    April 1, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    This looks fantastic! I love ham and always eat it for Easter and Christmas. I like using the leftovers, too! Thanks for sharing.

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    March 31, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    Always a crowd pleaser!

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