Make a classic glazed ham recipe quickly and easily with the air fryer!
A little bit of orange juice, honey, and brown sugar are all it takes to make this sweet glaze. Heated up in a saucepan and then poured over a boneless ham, this sauce is sure to turn the outside of the ham golden, sticky-sweet, and hard to resist.
The Best Way to Make Glazed Ham!
- This air fryer ham recipe uses just a few ingredients.
- Topped with a simple ham glaze recipe, this ham is turned into an impressive main dish.
- Starting with a fully cooked ham makes this recipe quick and easy.
- No need for an oven, roasting pan, or to baste with pan drippings to make the main for your Easter or Christmas dinner with this easy recipe.
- Salty, flavorful, with a hint of smokiness, ham pairs so well with all kinds of side dishes.
- Leftovers always make the best fillers for sandwiches, omelets, or soups.
Ingredients & Variations
HAM: This recipe calls for boneless ham. However, spiral cut hams, sliced, or bone-in hams are all great options. Remember to use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches the optimal cooking temperature at the thickest part of the ham.
If using a frozen ham, allow the ham to thaw in the refrigerator before cooking in the air fryer. Purchase a ham that is roughly 2-4 lbs. Larger hams may not fit in the basket of the air fryer.
GLAZE: Orange juice, honey, and brown sugar make a delectable sweet glaze. Either dark brown sugar or light brown sugar will work just fine!
Switch up the flavor by using maple syrup or pineapple juice. Dijon mustard will give the glaze a zesty kick! Add a depth of flavor by adding a pinch of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, or nutmeg.
How to Make Glazed Ham in the Air Fryer
Begin by scoring your ham by using a sharp knife to cut 1/3 of an inch into the ham in a line. Repeat making lines 1″ apart on the ham. Turn the ham and repeat diagonally from one side to the other.
- Combine the brown sugar glaze ingredients in a pot and cook on the stove over medium heat.
- Bake the ham (as per recipe below). Then pour the glaze mixture over the ham and continue cooking. Brushing the glaze every 10 minutes over the ham.
Storing Leftover Ham
- Tightly wrap the leftovers and store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Air fryer ham also freezes well in zip freezer bags for up to two months.
- Place pieces of foil or parchment between slices before freezing to prevent them from sticking together.
Ways to Use Leftover Ham
Chop it into small bite-sized pieces and use it for ham and cheese quiche, air fryer grilled ham and cheese, air fryer ham egg and cheese sliders, and air fryer ham egg & cheese hot pockets. The options are endless!
Perfect Sides for Glazed Ham
Air Fryer Glazed Ham Recipe
- 2-4 pound boneless ham fully cooked
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Preheat air fryer to 320°F.
- Combine glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer until glaze is combined.
- Place the ham in the foil. Close the foil over the ham, wrap tightly and cook for 20 minutes.
- Open and brush about ½ of the glaze over the ham. Leave the foil open on top, ensuring the glaze can't leak out. Cook for another 20-30 minutes, brushing with glaze every 10 minutes.
- Wrap leftovers or place them in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
- Air fryer ham freezes well in freezer bags or containers for up to two months. Layer foil or parchment paper between pieces of ham to prevent them from sticking together.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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thanks – I’d still like to know when to use the other functions. Are there any instruction books I can get to make the most of my unit?
We actually aren’t affiliated with Vortex Air Fryer but you can find their online manual here. We do use the bake function when making things like these blueberry cookies or red velvet cookies. And the Roast function is great for recipes like whole chicken when using the vortex air fryer.
I want to know when do I use the “air fryer” setting, or the “roast” setting or the “bake” setting??? No recipe indicates which setting to use in a recipe.
Hi Ellen, unless otherwise specified we use the air fryer function for all our air fryer recipes. Hope that helps!
Can you cook a bigger ham in the oven? How much time should you allow for the bigger ham? Thank you
We found four pounds to be the max we could prepare in our air fryer. You will want to read your manual to ensure it can handle the size and weight of your ham. If it is a precooked ham as we used you just need to ensure it reaches a safe internal temperature of 140°F. Hope that helps!