This pineapple ham glaze recipe is just what you need to take your holiday ham to the next level. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this glaze will add so much sticky sweet flavor and is a great way to balance the saltiness of the ham.
If you are wanting to add flavor to your favorite ham recipe, this brown sugar pineapple glaze recipe is the way to go! Sweet, sticky, and super easy to make, your guest are sure to be impressed.
Why add glaze to ham
- Flavor – This will add extra sweet flavor to your ham.
- Fast – Make this recipe in about 10 minutes from start to finish.
- Versatile – You can slather this on spiral ham, ham steaks, boneless ham, or even grilled chicken or pork tenderloin.
Ingredients for pineapple glaze
- Pineapple juice – Use any pineapple juice you have on hand. You can use the juice from canned pineapple or straight pineapple juice you would find in the juice aisle.
- Brown sugar – Light or dark brown sugar will work for this recipe. Light brown sugar will give you a more sweet flavor and dark will give you a deeper, molasses flavor.
- Butter – Unsalted butter is used for this recipe.
- Corn starch – This is used to help thicken the glaze slightly.
- Dijon mustard – Mustard adds some tang to the glaze and helps to balance the sweetness. You can substitute stone ground mustard or brown mustard.
- Seasonings – garlic powder, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, ground black pepper
How to make pineapple ham glaze
Step one: Place the pineapple juice, cornstarch, mustard, butter, and seasonings in a small saucepan. Whisk to combine the ingredients.
Step two: Bring the ingredients to a bubble over medium heat. Make sure to keep stirring so it doesn’t burn. Once it comes to a bubble, cook for about 1 minute and then turn off the heat. The glaze should have started to slightly thicken.
Step three: Use the glaze to brush on ham, or other meat.
- Make sure to stir the ingredients well to distribute the cornstarch and prevent it from clumping.
- If you would like to add a little heat, stir in a pinch of cayenne pepper.
How to store pineapple brown sugar glaze
Store: You can make this glaze ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove.
Freeze: Let the glaze cool to room temperature. Store in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and the reheat in the microwave or on the stove over low heat.
Don’t have pineapple juice? You can substitute with orange juice, mango juice, or even apple juice.
You can glaze your ham in the middle of baking, after baking, or both. I recommend adding your glaze to the ham with 20 minutes left of baking time. You can then add more once it has finished cooking for extra flavor.
Make sure to leave the ham uncovered after you glaze it so that the glaze will caramelize.
This makes enough to cover a 10-12 pound ham. If you have a smaller ham, make sure to save the leftovers to use again.
More easy holiday recipes
- Baked stuffing – A simple stuffing recipe perfect for any holiday table.
- Spinach casserole – Easy side dish that pairs well with many things.
- Watergate salad – Sweet fruit salad that is a classic recipe.
Will you be trying this easy recipe to make a pineapple glaze ham? Let me know in the comments.
Pineapple Ham Glaze
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add the pineapple juice, cornstarch, mustard, butter, and seasonings to a small saucepan. Whisk to combine the ingredients.
- Bring the ingredients to a bubble over medium heat. Make sure to keep stirring so it doesn't burn. Once the mixture comes to a bubble, cook for about 1 minute and then turn off the heat. The glaze should have started to slightly thicken.
- Use the glaze to brush on ham, or other meat.
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