Are you ready for a bone-in ham made in your Instant Pot? You are just 12 minutes away from a juicy Instant Pot Holiday Ham for your dinner table. And all you need is a spiral-cut ham and 2 ingredients.
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You’ll never believe how easy it is to get succulent and tender ham using your Instant Pot (or any brand of electric pressure cooker).
And, as anybody who’s ever made a holiday dinner for a group of people knows, it’s super nice to cook your ham in the Instant Pot so you can have your oven space free for cooking all the side dishes.
Whether it’s just for a small family dinner or a huge holiday gathering, Instant Pot Maple-Glazed Ham is now one of my favorite go-to methods for getting a beautiful ham on the dinner table.
Bring Out your BIGGEST Instant Pot!
You will need to invest in an 8-Quart Instant Pot in order to make this ham recipe, which calls for a half ham, weighing 7-8 lbs.
However, I will tell you that before I had my 8-quart Instant Pot and I wanted to cook a ham, I just cut the ham into chunks and cooked them right in my 6-Quart Instant Pot – it worked fine, even though the presentation was a little lacking, if you know what I mean.
You may find that you really enjoy cooking big ole hams in your Instant Pot like we do. If so, you may want to purchase an Elite Platinum 10-quart electric pressure cooker– it’s ginormous, but boy does it get the job done for HAM….and pork butts…..and chuck roasts. 🙂
Easy Recipe Tips for Making Instant Pot Holiday Ham
- What if my ham is a little on the bigger size and doesn’t actually fit into my Instant Pot? Should I just shove it down in there? Actually, NO. In order for your Instant Pot to work properly, there has to be room for the liquid (that’s in the bottom of the pot) to circulate, creating the steam that makes your pot pressurize. (Very important!)As I stated above, you can actually cut your ham into chunks and place them into the Instant Pot to cook that way – it does work and I’ve tested it to be sure.
- My half ham is more elongated than it is round. What should I do? This does seem to present a problem since Instant Pots (and all electric pressure cookers, for that matter) are perfectly ROUND. It kinda makes you feel like you are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole! I simply take a knife to my hams, lopping off a little bit on each side. That way, my ham fits into my pot much easier and I can set aside that little bit of ham that I cut off for other meals or recipes.
- Do I really need a foil sling to put my ham into the Instant Pot? The sling (no matter what material it’s made of) is more for getting the ham OUT of the Instant Pot than it is INTO the pot, let’s be clear.When you open the Instant Pot once your ham has finished cooking, it’s pretty handy to just grab the ends of that sling and lift that bad boy up out of there to your baking sheet.
- I don’t have orange marmalade on hand for this recipe. Can I substitute another jam or jelly in it’s place? Feel free. I often substitute apricot jam for the orange marmalade and once I used apple jelly along with the zest of an orange – it worked great. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?
- What will my ham look like when I take it out of the Instant Pot? Because there’s lots of pressure and moist heat involved when cooking in an Instant Pot, sometimes meats come out looking a little disheveled. Do not be dismayed!Once you slather this ham with the glaze and then pop it into the oven for just a few minutes to caramelize, there will be a night and day difference in the exterior, which is the case with ANY meat you’ll be cooking in the Instant Pot.Always remember that you can pop the meat beneath the broiler or into a super hot oven to caramelize it with a bit of jam or bbq sauce and you’re good to go. At that point, it will be both tender and beautiful. 🙂
- What Should I Serve with Instant Pot Ham?
We love a good and creamy potato dish with ham, such as Creamy Mashed Potatoes Supreme with French Fried Onions.
If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes like I am, check out Baked Sweet Potato Balls with Crunchy Cornflakes (and a marshmallow surprise inside!) as well as Crispy Bacon and Sweet Potato Hash and Sweet Potato Crumble.
More Favorite Recipes to Enjoy –
- How to Cook Perfect Fool-Proof Prime Rib for Your Holiday Gathering
- Tender and Juicy Smoked Beef Tri Tip – The Beef Roast that Slices into Perfect Slabs of STEAK
- How to Cook a Frozen Turkey Breast in Your Instant Pot
- Maple Pecan Glazed Ham
- 4 Easy Ways to Make Delicious Pulled Pork
- Leftover Ham? Make Ham and White Cheddar Crepes or Ham and Bacon Pastry Ring
- Grandma Lucille’s Ham Salad
Printable Directions for Making Instant Pot Holiday Ham
Instant Pot Holiday Ham
- 8 lbs. half ham, fully cooked, 7-8 lbs., exterior skin scored with a knife in a criss-cross pattern
- 1 cup orange juice or water
- 12 oz. jar orange marmalade
- 8 oz. pure maple syrup
- Warm marmalade and syrup in a small saucepan over low heat; keep warm.
- Remove all packaging material from the ham, discarding the included glaze packet. Place the ham, cut-side down (the flat side), onto the center of a wide foil sling. (Make the sling by taking a long sheet of heavy-duty foil, folding it lengthwise into thirds.)
- Place a trivet in the bottom of an 8-quart Instant Pot; add 1 cup orange juice (or water) to the Instant Pot.
- Using the foil sling, lower the ham down onto the Instant pot, placing it onto the trivet. Lock the Instant Pot lid into place; using the manual button, choose the high pressure setting for 12 minutes, bring the Instant Pot up to full pressure.
- When the timer sounds, use a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then a quick release to remove any remaining pressure from the Instant Pot.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Using the foil sling, lift the ham from the Instant pot, placing it on its side into a large roasting pan or onto a rimmed baking sheet.
- Slather the prepared marmalade mixture all over the ham, letting it slip into all the nooks and crannies where the exterior skin of the ham is scored.
- Place the slathered ham, uncovered, into the oven; bake 15-20 minutes or until ham is caramelized and bubbly all over.
- Serve the ham with additional sauce, if desired.
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