How to prepare, cook and glaze a ham

It’s that time of the year! If you are hosting or in charge of glazing the ham, here are a few handy tips on how to prepare, cook and glaze your ham.

Preparing the Ham

  1. Rinse the ham under cool running water to remove any sticky residue. Pat dry with a paper towel and place on a foil-lined roasting tray, rind-side up.
  2. Remove the skin in one piece by running clean fingers under the skin, separating the skin from the fat. You will want to leave a smooth 1cm layer of fat on top of the ham. Discard the skin.
  3. With a sharp knife carefully score the fat by making diagonal cuts through the fat, and again in the opposite direction (creating a criss-cross, diamond pattern). This will allow the glaze to permeate through the fat into the top layer of ham.

Decorating your Ham

Not only does it look attractive, it will also add flavour. You can decorate in a variety of ways:
  • Press whole cloves into the corners or the middle of your diamonds
  • Attach slices of oranges, glace cherries and pineapple pieces with toothpicks
  • Poke sprigs of herbs into the scored layer.


Barker's Spiced Apricot & Orange Ham GlazeOnce decorated, it’s time to add your glaze. Heat Barker’s Spiced Apricot & Orange glaze (or your homemade glaze) until it thins slightly, then brush generously over your masterpiece. Repeat 2-3 times while cooking.

Most hams are pre-cooked, so this makes the glazing process quite simple. You are essentially just reheating the ham and caramelising the glaze. Cook your ham at 190°C for approx. 10 mins per kg. You will know when your glaze is ready as it will caramelise and become sticky and golden in colour. Be sure to brush with extra glaze 2-3 times during cooking and check often to make sure your glaze doesn’t burn.

Cooking and glazing an uncooked Ham

Cook at 160°C and allow 20 mins per kilogram. The glazing process should only take around 20-30 minutes in the final stages of cooking. Remember to brush with extra glaze during cooking (see above).

What to do with left-over ham? Check out our suggestions so you can keep enjoying it into the New Year.