This simple vintage recipe for cranberry glazed ham is delicious and the perfect dish for any holiday gathering. With just a few ingredients you’ll have one of the best hams you’ve ever had.
My favorite holiday main dish is ham. It’s a simple dish and makes for delicious leftovers! You can also do so many things with it to change it up for different holiday meals.
I usually cook mine in the Instant Pot with some kind of maple glaze or orange glaze. It’s always great and everyone always comments on how good it is. I decided to try a new recipe because it’s always fun to have a new ham recipe and I found a delicious-sounding vintage recipe in a 1950s magazine. It’s not the prettiest ham but vintage recipes aren’t always the prettiest, taste is what matters though.
It called for using whole cranberry sauce for the glaze. I love cranberry sauce with ham so I knew this would be a hit. Plus it’s such a simple glaze with only two ingredients, whole cranberry sauce, and brown sugar.
Like most vintage recipes this one gave few instructions, it appeared to be a recipe someone sent to the magazine. It originally was for a ham steak but they also said it could be used on a ham. I have tested this recipe out using my own ham recipe making it easier to follow than the vintage recipe. It’s very simple and it turned out amazing!
I tend to prefer using a fully cooked and sliced ham because I’m usually not feeding too many people and it’s so easy. I also usually make my own cranberry sauce but it’s totally okay to use store-bought cranberry sauce.
If I want a really good ham I get one from Crowd Cow. They have amazing quality ham and other meat from small farms. We buy a large amount of our meat from Crowd Cow.
How to Make a Cranberry Glazed Ham
This ham recipe is so easy and quick that you will want to make it for all the holidays! It’s also a great option to sign up for if you are going to a holiday potluck. You’ll need just a few things and the instructions are super easy!
Scroll down to find the full recipe card. There is a printable version as well.
You will need these ingredients:
- Whole-Cranberry Sauce
- Brown Sugar
Before you get started be sure to preheat oven to 275 degrees. Once it’s preheated, place your ham in a baking dish and cover with foil.
Bake for 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the size of the ham. After that, remove the ham from the oven and take the foil off. And increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Spread cranberry sauce over the ham and sprinkle with brown sugar place back in the oven and cook uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
This is great reheated as well if you have leftovers. I like to make sure to cook enough to have leftovers because who wants to cook the day after a big holiday meal?
I hope you enjoy this cranberry glazed ham as much as my family has!
- 1 ham (6-7 lb, fully cooked, spiral sliced)
- 1 cup whole-cranberry sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
- Place ham in baking dish and cover ham with foil.
- Bake for 1 to 1.5 hours depending on size of ham.
- Remove ham from oven and take foil off.
- Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.
- Spread cranberry sauce over the ham and sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Cook uncovered for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.