Air Fryer Honey Baked Ham
Our Air Fryer honey baked ham recipe is perfect for all year round. When you’re wanting to serve air fryer ham for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Holidays, it’s definitely a game changer!
Can You Make Air Fryer Honey Baked Ham?
Yes, you can cook a small ham in the air fryer! It’s super easy and the results are a moist and flavorful ham. Our air fried ham recipe has a great honey brown sugar glaze that’s delicious! It’s perfect when you don’t have an oven to cook the ham in or if you’re tight on oven space. The air fryer is the perfect appliance to dedicate the ham to and you’ll realize how amazing the hot air technology is. Serve it for Sunday dinner or for holidays and everyone will be satisfied, happy and amazed at how you cooked it.
Video: Recipe for Air Fried Baked Ham
How to Air Fry Honey Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze
- Theres so many different shapes, sizes and types of ham. There’s also so many different styles and sizes of air fryers. So make sure to not buy a ham that’s too big for your air fryer.
- Make sure to take the fully cooked ham out the fridge and let it come to room temperature, about 2 hours before cooking. If you cook the ham that’s cold straight from the fridge, it still might be cold in the center after cooking.
- A 3-pound fully cooked ham should be the maximum size for a 6 qt air fryer. Smaller air fryers can accommodate a 2 pound ham. If the ham is still too big, you can trim the ham to fit your air fryer.
- Wrap the ham in foil and make sure to give extra space for that too.
- Don’t let the foil be too close to the heating element, so it’s important to wrap the ham tight.
- If you buy a whole cooked ham, you’ll need to make criss cross cuts into the ham so the skin crisps up nicely. Instructions are in the recipe box below for the air fryer baked ham.
How Long to Cook Air Fried Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze?
- Cooking times will vary because different air fryers cook at slightly different temperatures. And of course, ham sizes vary too.
- Our estimate is to cook about 15-20 minutes for every pound of fully cooked ham. Half way through the cooking time, you need to glaze again.
- When you’re cooking the ham during the last half, check it to make sure it’s not too dry. From there, you decide how much longer you want cook the ham.
- We like to finish the ham un-covered for the last 5 minutes for a crispy, caramel texture.
- All recipe details are in the recipe box below.
Air Fryer Brown Sugar and Honey Glazed Ham
- 2-3 pounds (.9-1.36 kg) boneless, fully cooked ham
Brown Sugar Glaze
- 1/2 cup (110 g) brown sugar
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) honey
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) orange juice (or 1 orange juiced)
- 2 Tablespoons (60 ml) mustard (optional) or apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) Clove
- black pepper , to taste
- Remove the ham from the fridge and allow to come up to room temperature, about 2 hours before cooking.
- Make the Glaze: In a small saucepan or microwave safe bowl, combine the brown sugar & honey glaze ingredients (brown sugar, honey, orange juice, optional mustard or apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, clove, and black pepper). Heat (can be done on the stovetop or in the microwave) and whisk until brown sugar is dissolved and glaze is well combined. Set aside.
- If the ham has a netting, remove it from the ham. If ham is not pre-sliced, score the ham with shallow 1/2-inch criss-cross cuts.
- For Basket Style Air Fryers: Line the air fryer basket with 2 pieces of long, overlapping foil sheets (see step-by step photos on website write up above). Lay the ham on top of the foil and then brush with some of the glaze to coat the ham. Close the foil over the ham and wrap tightly.
- For Oven Style Air Fryers: Place the ham in an 8”x8” baking pan which fits in your air fryer (you may need to trim the edges of the ham to fit your pan and air fryer size). Brush with some of the glaze and close foil over the ham, wrapping tightly.
- Air Fry at 340°F/170°C for 25 minutes. Open the foil and brush the ham with more glaze (make sure to reserve some glaze for finishing & serving). Close the foil tightly, and Air Fry again at 340°/170°C for 25 minutes.
- After air frying for the 50 minutes, open up the foil again and now push the foil down around the edges of the ham if using the basket-style air fryer method. Create a boat with the foil that holds the juices and keeps the ham from drying out. If using the Oven Style Air Fryer method, just remove the foil from the 8"x8" pan.
- Brush with a little more glaze and increase heat to Air Fry at 360°F/180°C for about 5 minutes, or until caramelized to your liking.
- Let ham rest for 5 minutes before serving.Optional serving: Combine the juices from the air fryer basket and the remaining glaze in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened. Brush the glaze onto the ham when serving or serve in a bowl.
If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).
Nutrition Information per Serving
Using Pineapple for Air Fryer Ham
Craving more ways to cook ham in the air fryer? We have a delicious version with a pineapple glaze. It uses pineapple juice and slices of juicy pineapple. The bright flavors of pineapple and sweet balance make this an outstanding version of traditional air fryer ham. Check out our Air Fryer Pineapple glazed ham recipe.
How to Re-heat Ham Steaks or Slices?
You’ll probably have plenty of leftover ham, so re-heating air fryer ham steaks is quick and simple. There’s a few things to understand to make sure they don’t dry out. Read our detailed article on air fryer ham steaks here.
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