Instant Pot Ham

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Instant Pot Ham is the easiest entree! An Instant Pot is a great way to free up oven space when you’re cooking up an Easter feast, and it heats the ham in record time.

For so long, we’ve been using a Crock Pot Ham recipe for our holiday hams, but I’m loving this new Instant Pot version! It makes it easy to spend time on all the delicious sides—like Cheesy Potatoes and Homemade Rolls. 😉

Slices of instant pot ham on a white platter

The Easiest Instant Pot Ham

Did anyone receive an Instant Pot over the holidays? We love ours and use it all the time!

I love that it cuts cooking time in half and has made recipes even easier. We decided to try a ham, and it turned out so delicious and juicy, that it is sure to become a holiday go-to. Go unbox that Instant Pot, read over this delicious and easy ham recipe, and get cooking!

We always have ham on Easter Sunday. A juicy delicious ham is something I always crave for holidays. It can feed a crowd, everyone loves it, and it makes for great leftovers. This recipe is quick (only 15 minutes in the Instant Pot!) and requires just a few easy steps. After this ham is done cooking, it is flavorful and so tasty. You’re going to love it.

Spiral ham inside the instant pot

What type of ham should I get?

I used a spiral sliced ham for this recipe, but there are so many other delicious choices. Just keep in mind you may need to adjust the Instant Pot’s “manual” cooking time depending on the type and size you buy. Here are a few different kinds of ham choices:

  • City ham vs Country Ham: Avoid the country ham. They are uncooked like the prosciutto ham. Go with a city ham. There are often referred to as “holiday ham” They are precooked and may say “cured, smoked or baked”. ,
  • Shank vs Butt: Shank is the bottom part of the ham and is more fatty. The long shape bone is easy to carve around. The Butt is the top part of the ham. It is leaner and trickier to carve due to the t-shaped bone. Both the shank and butt can come boneless and are are compressed into an oval shaped chunk of ham. 
  • Spiral sliced ham:  They are most often precooked. These can be bone in, or boneless, and are pre cut into thin slices. The spiral cut makes carving really easy and yields nice, thin, even slices which are perfect for leftover sandwiches.. Sometimes they already have a flavor so check the label if you want to make your own glaze.  

What size should I buy? You’ll need about ⅓- ½ pound per person for bone-in hams or a ¼-⅓ pound per person for boneless hams. A 6 quart pot will hold a 5-6 lb ham. An 8 quart pot should hold a 7-8 lb ham. If you need to, you can always cut a portion off of the ham to make the ham fit. Freeze that section to be cooked later. 

NOTE: Depending on size of Instant Pot, you may need to find a smaller spiral ham – we found ours at Walmart.

Cooked ham with a glaze inside the instant pot

How to make Instant Pot Ham

Time to get started on the ham! Begin by whisking together the marmalade, brown sugar, orange juice, mustard, and black pepper in a small bowl. Set this glaze aside. Spray the inside of your instant pot with cooking spray and place your ham in it, with the fat side up. Coat the entire ham with the glaze.

Secure the lid on the instant pot and cook on the meat setting for 15 minutes. Let the pot naturally release. Take the ham out and reglaze with any leftover from the pot. Slice it and serve warm! How EASY is that?

Internal temperature should read 135-140° F. If you need to cook it longer, simply replace the lid set manual time to 3 minutes and allow 10 minutes to depressurize. 

Why wrap your ham in foil: Many people opt to wrap their hams in foil or parchment paper. The foil will help the ham keep its flavor while reducing the risk of burning and drying out.

For a caramelized glaze: This works best with a non spiraled or a bone-in ham. (The boneless spiral ham does not keep its shape very well when transferring from the Instant Pot.) Line a baking pan with foil. Remove the ham from the Instant Pot and place on the foil. Brush with glaze and broil for just a few minutes. Watch carefully so it will not burn. 

Close up of instant pot ham

Storing + Reusing Leftovers

Chances are you might have some leftovers of this ham. The good news is that it stores really well and makes for really delicious leftovers! You can store it in the fridge or freezer.

  • Fridge: Place ham in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
  • Freezer: Place ham in a freezer Ziploc, press out the air, and freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw before using. 

I especially like using leftover ham to make some of my favorite recipes such as Ham and Cheese Quiche or Ham and Bean Soup. Here are some more favorite recipes you can use those leftovers in:

instant pot spiral ham on a serving platter

what to serve with ham?

Here are some favorites…

Instant Pot Ham Recipe

5 from 7 votes

Instant Pot Ham is the easiest entree! An Instant Pot is a great way to free up oven space when you’re cooking up an Easter feast, and it heats the ham in record time.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 632 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • pepper
  • 4-6 lb ham spiral, bone-in

Instructions

  1. Whisk together marmalade, brown sugar, orange juice, mustard, and black pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Spray the inside of your instant pot and place your ham in it, with the fat side up.

  3. Coat the ham with the glaze. Secure lid on the instant pot and cook on the meat setting for 15 minutes. Let the pot naturally release.

  4. Take ham out and reglaze with any leftover from the pot and serve warm.

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    Yay! Isn’t it amazing how quickly meat can be cooked in the instant pot. Such a lifesaver when you are in a hurry or just forgot!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this ham for my husband to take in his lunch for the week, it turned out so well! Easy and delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    I use my crock pot a lot. But sometimes I forget to pre plan my meas. I like that the instant pot can give the same effect in less time. Great recipe for ham!