This recipe for ham roast is perfect for holiday gatherings! Learn if fresh ham roast is the same as ham, get the best fresh ham recipe and more. Cooking ham roast is easier than you might think, especially because most ham roast is already cooked! It only takes about 10-12 minutes per pound at 325F (163C) to roast ham. The butter and brown sugar glaze makes this pork ham roast recipe extra delicious!
This pork ham roast in oven is a treat, and perfect for your Christmas or Easter dinner table. This fresh ham roast recipe would also be lovely for Sunday dinner, when hams go on sale after the holidays.
Better yet, this roast ham recipe could not be easier. There’s no need to brine, or use a marinade (though brining can give your fresh ham recipes very good results). This ham pork roast comes out perfect without all the fuss, with glazed crisp edges, and deliciously tender meat.
So, if you’ve ever wondered how to cook ham roast, today’s article has everything you need. You’ll learn how to cook fresh ham, including a chart showing how long to cook a fresh ham. In addition, I’ll also share how to roast ham that’s been cured.
- 🐷 Is a ham roast the same as a ham?
- 🍖 How long does it take to roast a ham?
- ❓Do you cover a ham when roasting?
- ➕ What to Make with a Ham Roast
- 🍯 What should I baste my ham with?
- 🥗 What is ham roast used for?
- 🌡️ Ham Roast Storage
- 📋 Roast Ham Calories
- 💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
- 👩🏻🍳 More Pork Roast Recipes
- The Disclaimer…
- 📖 Recipe
🐷 Is a ham roast the same as a ham?
According to Merriam-Webster, a “ham” is a cut of thigh meat, especially from a hog. A “roast” is a piece of meat suitable for cooking with dry heat, AKA roasting (source). Hams and ham roasts are usually cured, and yes, these terms tend to be used interchangeably.
Ham refers to a wide variety pork products, including ham steaks, spiral cut ham, precooked ham, half ham, whole ham, city ham, country ham, smoked ham, and sometimes fresh pork ham roast as well. Before you start any cured or fresh ham roast recipes, it’s important to make sure the recipe is for the type of ham you have. Bone-in and boneless ham, and the degree of processing can impact the cooking times.
Is a ham roast the same as a pork roast?
No! “Pork roast” generally means raw cut of pork from the front or back of the pig. “Ham roast” is taken from the hind legs of the pig, and it is usually smoked and cured. An example of a pork roast that is not a ham roast is a fresh pork shoulder roast.
Is ham roast already cooked?
Yes, but not always. In the US, “ham” usually refers to a smoked and cured piece of meat that is pre-cooked. Roasts labeled “pork” in the store are more often uncooked. That said, it is possible to find uncured ham, and items labeled fresh pork ham roast.
Sometimes, “fresh ham” refers to a precooked ham that is refrigerated, not frozen. Before cooking fresh ham, check whether it is precooked or not. This has a big impact on the cook time. Cooking a fresh ham for too long can dry it out.
🍖 How long does it take to roast a ham?
How long do you cook a ham for per pound? Use this table as a general guide for how to cook a ham roast. Keep in mind that hams are leaner than cuts such as pork shoulder. Watch them closely so you don’t overcook them.
Fresh Ham Cooking Chart
All times given are for an oven set to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (163C):
Ham Reheat Time
(minutes, whole or
Fresh Ham Bone In
(minutes, whole or
|Boneless Fresh Ham|
whole or half ham)
|Smoked Ham, Bone|
In, Cook before
half or whole ham)
|5 lbs (2.3 kg)||90-120||175-200||-||110-125|
|6 lbs (2.7 kg)||108-144||210-240||-||132-150|
|7 lbs (3.2 kg)||126-168 Spiral cut: 70-126||245-280||-||154-175|
|8 lbs (3.6 kg)||Spiral cut: 80-144||280-320||-||-|
|9 lbs (4.1 kg)||Spiral cut: 90-162||-||-||-|
|10 lbs (4.5 kg)||150-180||-||240-280||180-200|
|11 lbs (5 kg)||165-198||-||264-308||198-220|
|12 lbs (5.4 kg)||180-216||264-312||288-336||216-240|
|13 lbs (5.9 kg)||195-234||286-338||312-364||234-260|
|14 lbs (6.4 kg)||210-252||308-364||336-392||252-280|
|15 lbs (6.8 kg)||-||330-390||-||-|
|16 lbs (7.3 kg)||-||352-416||-||-|
As you can see, your pre-cooked cured ham roast recipe will generally take less time than roast fresh ham. Spiral hams take less time to reheat than uncut hams. Boneless hams have longer cooking times than bone-in hams of the same weight.
Do you glaze ham before or after cooking?
In general, do not add glaze until the final 30 minutes of roasting a fresh ham. This will help prevent the sugars in the ham glaze from burning.
An alternative is to cook the ham, glaze, and broil in the oven until the glaze is golden brown. Setting the glaze should only take a few minutes. Again, you need to be very careful not to overcook the glaze because it can burn easily.
Should I put anything on my ham before cooking?
Often, a recipe for fresh ham (uncooked) will have you season the ham before cooking. For precooked, smoked hams, you don’t need to add anything. Brush on glaze at the very end of cooking.
What temperature is a ham roast done?
According to FoodSafety.gov, uncooked ham roast and cook before eating smoked ham roast should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of at least 145F (63C). After cooking, the ham roast should rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing and serving.
Cooked hams packaged in USDA-inspected plants should be reheated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60C). All other cooked ham should be reheated to 165F (74C).
How do you know when roast ham is cooked?
The best way to know a ham roast is cooked is to use a meat thermometer to ensure it reached the minimum safe internal temp. The color of the ham is not a good indicator of doneness.
Is it better to cook a ham at 325 or 350?
The best temperature to cook a ham is 325F (163C), and this is the temp advised on many USDA charts. Fresh ham roasts especially may dry out or overcook if you set your oven temperature too high.
How long do you cook a cooked ham at 350?
Today has step-by-step directions for how to cook a fresh ham roast, and they recommend cooking ham for 20 minutes per pound at 350F (177C). Make sure to wrap the ham in aluminum foil to help retain moisture. Basting the ham throughout the cooking time can also help prevent dry ham.
How long does it take to cook a 10 lb ham?
To cook a 10 lb spiral ham at 350, cover with foil and bake 50-60 minutes. This is for a precooked ham; add glaze to hot ham before serving.
❓Do you cover a ham when roasting?
Should ham be covered or uncovered? Cover your ham with foil while roasting for the best results, regardless of whether it is fresh or precooked. For glazed ham, uncover the ham and add the glaze for the last 25-30 minutes of cook time.
How do you keep ham from drying out in the oven?
What keeps ham moist? Can you overcook ham? Ham is easy to overcook! Here are my top tips for keeping ham moist in the oven:
- Don’t trim the fat from the ham before cooking
- Keep the ham covered with foil for most of the cooking time
- Keep a close eye on the ham and use an instant-read thermometer to ensure it’s perfectly done
To summarize the ham roasting chart above, here are some time ranges for cooking ham:
- Precooked spiral cut ham, 7-9 lbs: 10-18 min/lb at 325F
- Cooked half bone in ham, 5-7 lbs: 18-24 min/lb at 325F
- Cooked whole bone in ham, 10-14 lbs: 15-18 min/lb at 325F
- Bone in half ham, uncooked, 5-8 lbs: 35-40 min/lb at 325F
- Uncooked fresh boneless ham, 10-14 lbs: 24-28 min/lb at 325F
- Uncooked fresh bone in ham, 12-16 lbs: 22-26 min/lb at 325F
➕ What to Make with a Ham Roast
Honey roast ham goes well with all of your favorite holiday side dishes. Here are some sides dish ideas for ham roast:
- Green bean casserole
- Scalloped potatoes
- Mashed potatoes
- Costco Mac and Cheese
- Maple syrup roasted sweet potatoes
- Cranberry sauce
- Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon
🍯 What should I baste my ham with?
What can I add to ham for flavor? For my smoked ham roast, I cover with foil to keep the ham moist for most of the cooking time. You could also add a little water to the roasting pan. When it’s almost done, I baste the ham with a salty, juicy glaze sweetened with honey and brown sugar.
Here’s what you need to make the best glaze for ham roast:
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger powder
You should not need salt, since cured ham is already very salty. Black pepper is a fine addition, if desired. Don’t skip the mustard- it adds a little kick to the glaze you won’t get without it.
Some like to use juices, such as pineapple juice or orange juice in their ham glaze. If you’re making a fresh ham roast, you can score it with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern, and stud the surface of the ham with whole cloves.
🥗 What is ham roast used for?
Ham roast is most commonly used as a main dish for holiday meals, particularly at Christmas and Easter. Here are some of my favorite ways to use ham roast leftovers:
- Add it to split pea soup
- Serve with eggs
- Make a ham sandwich
- Chop and use as the protein in tacos, burritos, fajitas, or quesadillas
- Dice and use it to top a salad
🌡️ Ham Roast Storage
Leftover roast ham that won’t be used in 3-4 days should be moved from refrigerator to freezer. Ham roast freezes and reheats well. To freeze, store leftovers in vacuum-sealed bags or freezer bags with the air pressed out.
Reheat ham roast slices in an air fryer at 400F (200C) for 3-5 minutes. Alternatively, try reheating roast ham slices in a microwave on high for 1-2 minutes.
📋 Roast Ham Calories
Here is the nutrition information, including calories, for 3 ounces of spiral cut ham roast (Sam’s Choice brand):
- Calories: 140
- Total fat: 7g
- Saturated fat: 2.5g
- Cholesterol: 45mg
- Sodium: 790mg (fresh, uncured ham has less)
- Total carbohydrate: 8g
- Sugar: 6g
- Protein: 14g
- Iron: 4% DV
This nutrition information is for unglazed ham. Nutrition info for ham with glaze can vary, depending on how much glaze is on the piece you’re eating. Most of the fat in ham comes from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.
Is baked ham keto? Ham roast is a naturally low carb and keto food, but the ham glaze often adds a lot of carbohydrates from sugar. Fresh (uncooked) ham without glaze is your best bet for a low carb ham.
💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Our holiday ham tends to be a high sodium main, slathered with a buttery, sugary glaze. (Yum! 😊) Paired with sides like creamy mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, roast ham is typically the centerpiece of a very indulgent meal.
That said, special meals including roast ham aren’t generally an everyday occurrence. It’s definitely possible to maintain an overall healthy diet without always choosing lean meats and foods low in sodium and saturated fat.
If you want to indulge in some delicious roasted ham on special occasions, I invite you to join me in doing so guilt-free. Guilt has no place on the holiday plate (or attached to any food, IMHO). Enjoy!
Cook a 10-14 lb boneless fresh ham roast for 24-28 minutes per pound at 325F (163C). Start the ham cut side down on a roasting pan, and cover the pan with foil. About 30 minutes before the cooking time is up, glaze the ham, and finish cooking uncovered.
My favorite way to make pulled pork with fresh ham roast is to make it in the crockpot. For fall apart ham in the oven, brine fresh raw ham, add a dry rub after brining, and cook covered at 275F for about 2 hours per pound. Use two forks, claws, or BBQ gloves to shred the pork apart.
Here are directions for ham steak on the grill, microwave, or stovetop.
Wondering how to cook a 3 pound boneless ham? According to the Foodsafety.gov, a 3 lb boneless cooked ham takes 45-60 minutes in a 325F oven.
According to the Foodsafety.gov, a 4 lb boneless cooked ham takes 60-80 minutes in a 325F oven.
Bake a 9 pound precooked ham for 90-162 minutes at 325F if it’s spiral cut. For an uncut, bone in cooked ham, try 135-162 minutes at 325F.
Yes, but using a lower temp is less likely to dry the ham out. Food Network has directions for precooked ham at 375.
👩🏻🍳 More Pork Roast Recipes
Looking for more pork roast recipes? Try these:
- Boston Butt Pork Roast
- Air Fryer Pork Roast
- Ham Shank Recipe
- Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
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Ham Roast (Recipe for Ham Roast)
- 7-10 lb ham roast 3.2-4.5kg (precooked and cured or fresh and uncured)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger powder
- Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C).
- Place the ham roast cut side down in a roasting pan. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Place on a rack about ¾ of the way down in the oven.
- For spiral sliced pre-cooked ham: bake 10-12 minutes per pound, adding cooking time if needed (may take up to 18 minutes per pound). Bone-in smoked hams that are "cook before eating" take 18-20 minutes per pound.For bone-in uncut pre-cooked ham: bake 15-24 minutes per pound (smaller hams generally take more minutes per pound). Place ham on a roasting rack, and add water to the bottom of the pan if the juices are burning.For uncooked fresh ham: bake 24-28 minutes per pound for boneless fresh ham, and 22-26 minutes per pound for bone-in whole leg fresh ham. Place ham on a roasting rack, and add water to the bottom of the pan if the juices are burning.
- For the glaze: Mix butter, brown sugar, honey, mustard, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a small pan over medium heat. Heat over medium heat on the stovetop, stirring until butter melts and sugar dissolves. This won't take more than 5-10 minutes.
- To glaze ham: 25-30 minutes before the ham is done, carefully remove the foil and place the ham on its side. Baste the ham with the juices from the pan and brush liberally with the ham glaze. (Don't forget to brush between the slices if you're doing a spiral-cut ham!) Place the ham back in the oven (uncovered) to finish cooking for 25-30 minutes.Alternate method (preferred for fresh ham): Fully cook the ham covered, then remove from the oven and turn the oven to broil. Carefully uncover the ham and place it on its side. Brush ham liberally with the glaze (including between the slices). Broil until glaze is bubbly and golden brown- don't let it burn! It will only take a few minutes.
- How to know when ham is done: Reheat cooked hams from USDA-inspected plants to 140°F, reheat other cooked hams to 165°F. Uncooked fresh hams should be heated to a minimum safe internal temperature of 145°F and allowed to rest for at least 3 minutes. Dry ham is the worst, watch it closely to avoid overcooking.In all cases, I recommend letting the ham rest for 10-15 minutes. This gives the glaze time to harden more and create that perfect, sugary crust. Enjoy!
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