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Glazed Ham in the Instant Pot (Paleo, Whole30)

With Easter just around the corner and the Instant Pot not losing any steam (ha ha, see what I did there?) I thought I’d try my hand at preparing a ham. Thankfully, we typically get to enjoy a lovely meal at my Aunt and Uncle’s house for Easter, but I know many of you will be doing the cooking and I wanted to give you a quick, easy and delicious recipe for this seasonal treat.

A few helpful hints for this recipe:

  1. Keep in mind the size of your Instant Pot as you shop for your ham. I tried to find one that was small enough to fit, but in the end, had to do a little tailoring to get all of it to fit. Everything worked out just fine, but there were a few loose pieces to contend with when removing the ham from the Instant Pot. (You can see what I mean in the video.)
  2. A fresh, uncured ham is ideal, but they are hard to find and cost a pretty penny! If you can find a fresh ham and that fits your budget, then yay! But if not, you should be able to find a good quality uncured, unglazed, spiral-sliced one. Most likely, there will some some sort of minimal glaze already on the ham, just go for as few ingredients as possible.
  3. Remember that these spiral sliced hams are already cooked and just need to be heated through. You can certainly do this in your oven, but the Instant Pot makes it faster.

Ham freezes really well, so if your crowd doesn’t eat the entire thing at one sitting and you have lots of leftovers, just wrap it well and pop it in your freezer for a later date. And don’t forget the bone! Cook that bone in a big pot of water to create a delicious ham broth, then add veggies, bits of ham and maybe some rice for an inexpensive and hearty soup!

If you’d like to see the preparation of this recipes, check out the YouTube video here:.

Glazed Ham in the Instant Pot (Paleo, Whole30)
Print Recipe
Serve this flavorful ham for Easter or any special occasion!
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Glazed Ham in the Instant Pot (Paleo, Whole30)
Print Recipe
Serve this flavorful ham for Easter or any special occasion!
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Instructions
  1. Begin making glaze by zesting and juicing your orange. You want a total of 1/2 cup of juice so you may have to add a little from your fridge to get a total of 1/2 cup. Now combine the orange juice and zest with your pineapple and dried mustard in a small sauce pot. If you want your glaze smooth, process the pineapple before adding to the pot. Bring this mixture to a boil and allow to simmer 10 minutes, until slightly reduced.
  2. While the glaze is simmering, prepare your ham: Remove all of the wrappings and check to see if it will fit in your Instant Pot. If it will not fit as is, trim a little off so that it will fit.
  3. If using cloves (which I recommend), gently press these into the fatty side of the ham.
  4. Pour the water into the Instant Pot, put the rack in place, then gently lower in your ham with the clove side up. If you have to slice off a portion for the ham to fit in your pot, try to squeeze those pieces in around the edges, keeping in mind the "max fill" line.
  5. Pour the glaze over top. Place lid on Instant Pot and seal. Set to manual, high pressure, 40 minutes.
  6. If you have time to allow the pressure to release naturally, that is fine. Otherwise, do a quick release of the pressure. Turn oven broiler onto high. Carefully remove ham from pot and place on a large baking sheet. Broil for 3-5 minutes, just until the top begins to brown. Rotate as needed for even browning.
  7. Now you're ready to serve! Slice ham as desired and enjoy!
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