How to Buy and Make the Best Ham Any Day of the Year, Not Just Holidays

Consider this your ultimate guide to hamming it up.

best ham
Mike Garten

Make ham the star of your dinner all year long — not just on Easter and Christmas. If you have no idea where to start, don't worry: The GolfHr Test Kitchen has some solid advice on picking out a ham. Here, you'll find out exactly what to look for before scrolling through our absolute favorite ham recipes.

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Woman pointing at meat in display
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How to Shop for Ham

If you're looking for more flavor, opt for a bone-in ham. Spiral-cut hams (which are cut around the bone) make it easy to maintain flavor without having to carve the meat yourself.

One thing to note is that the most common hams found in supermarkets are city hams (meaning they're wet-cured or injected with brine). Country hams come dry, so they need to soak for several days first.

GH TIP: When you find the type of ham you want, choose one with fat around the outer edge — this will keep it from drying out while cooking.

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Holiday Spiral Ham Dinner
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How Much Ham Do You Need?

As a general rule of thumb, allow 1/2 to 3/4 pound of bone-in ham per person, and 1/3 to 1/2 pound of boneless ham per person. "You may not be able to find a ham that weighs exactly what you want, but a half ham will usually feed 10 people easily," says GolfHr's Culinary Director Susan Westmoreland.

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Harry & David
Harry & David Spiral Sliced Ham
harryanddavid.com
$89.99

Did you know you can skip the line at the store and order ham online? Two perks of ordering your next one from Harry & David: express two-day shipping is automatically included and you can easily add a bottle of wine or box of truffles to your order. 

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Omaha Steaks
Omaha Steaks Spiral Sliced Ham
omahasteaks.com
$69.99

This 8-pound, slow-cooked ham gets shipped to your door so you can thaw it and pop it in the oven whenever you're ready to cook.

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bhofack2
Spiral Sliced Honey Glazed Holiday Ham
amazon.com
$88.95

You can easily order this top-rated ham (84% of reviewers gave it five stars!) on Amazon along with everything else you place in your cart on a regular basis. 

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WATCH: How to Make The Easiest Glazed Ham Ever

Whether it's your first attempt at cooking ham or you just need an easy, no-frills recipe, watch this video to learn how to make the easiest glazed ham.

Get the recipe for Easiest Glazed Ham Ever »

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baked ham with root beer glaze
Mike Garten
Baked Ham With Root Beer Glaze

For this recipe, you'll want to wait to slice the ham until after you finish cooking it.

Get the recipe for Baked Ham With Root Beer Glaze »

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Apricot-Mustard Ham With Herb-Roasted Root Vegetables
YOSSY AREFI
Apricot-Mustard Ham With Herb-Roasted Root Vegetables

Hosting a dinner anytime soon? This recipe will have the whole crowd going back for seconds (and thirds).

Get the recipe for Apricot-Mustard Ham With Herb-Roasted Root Vegetables »

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Instant Pot Ham
Brandon Bales
Instant Pot Ham

You already know Instant Pots are time-savers when it comes to holiday feasts and weeknight dinners. But if you never thought of cooking a ham in your pressure cooker, think again: This recipe takes just 20 (!) minutes.


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apricot glazed ham
YOSSY AREFI
Sweet and Sticky Apricot Glazed Ham

Four ingredients: That's all you need to make this super simple ham on any given night.

Get the recipe for Sweet and Sticky Apricot Glazed Ham »

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Dr. Pepper-Pineapple Glazed Ham
Ethan Calabrese
Dr. Pepper-Pineapple Glazed Ham

Two totally different beverages come together to make one seriously sweet (and tasty!) glaze for your ham.


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Ham With Bee Sting Glaze
Kate Sears
Ham With Bee Sting Glaze

A spiced honey glaze turns any average ham into one that will wow the whole family, starting with the name of the recipe!

Get the recipe for Ham With Bee Sting Glaze »

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White Pizza With Brussels Sprouts and Ham
Danielle Occhiogrosso
White Pizza With Brussels Sprouts and Ham

Try using your leftover ham from the night before on this white pizza.

Get the recipe for White Pizza With Brussels Sprouts and Ham »

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Ham and Cheese Oven Sliders
Mike Garten
Ham and Cheese Oven Sliders

Or, tuck those slices into some warm slider buns with sharp Cheddar cheese, dill pickles, and tomatoes for a party-ready platter.

Get the recipe for Ham and Cheese Oven Sliders »

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