A couple of years ago my Crockpot Root Beer Ham went viral, but now I’m all about my Instant Pot, so I had to make an Instant Pot Spiral Ham recipe to share with you!
Instant Pot Spiral Ham Recipe
I’ve only recently become aware of spiral ham – maybe three years ago now?
Growing up, my mom bought those super-processed, tiny little hams that just tasted like salt, so that was all I knew until I saw a gorgeous picture for a spiral ham on Pinterest and was shocked to discover that hams could come that way! (I thought the person who took the picture just had excellent carving skills.)
And just like when you learn a new word and start hearing it everywhere, I started noticing spiral hams at my grocery store all the time. I still wasn’t really interested in a salt-laden meal, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that low-salt options were available, so I grabbed one… and I’ve never looked back!
I find low-sodium hams to have the perfect amount of salty-umami flavor, and it pairs perfectly with a sweet glaze or marinade.
I love combining sweet and umami flavors – chicken and waffles, bacon and maple syrup – I’m all about it, so it was pretty easy to figure out how I wanted to cook this instant pot ham!
I used a combination of maple syrup, dijon mustard and brown sugar to create a decadent glaze with good depth of flavor. You can also add in some apple cider vinegar or apple juice, if desired.
Do spiral hams need to be cooked? No, you do not have to “cook” a spiral ham since it is pre-cooked before it gets to you. You just need to warm it up, so even 5 minutes in the instant pot is fine.
How long is leftover cooked spiral ham good for? Cooked spiral ham can be kept in the fridge for up to one week or frozen for up to two months.
Why does this recipe call for optional water? Officially, you should add 1 cup of liquid to your instant pot to allow it to come to pressure, but I have had success adding less. I used 1/2 cup of water for this recipe to help increase the liquid amount without requiring additional (expensive) maple syrup. You can alternatively use a juice such as pineapple juice or apple juice.
While your instant pot is warming up your spiral ham, whip up these side dishes to accompany it:
- Creamy Potato Pea Salad
- Garlic Parmesan Risotto
- Irish Colcannon Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary
- Roasted Carrots with Fresh Rosemary
- Honey Roasted Carrots
- Skillet Roasted Asparagus with Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary
Instant Pot Spiral Ham Ingredients
- Spiral ham
- Maple Syrup
- Brown sugar
- Dijon Mustard
Tip: add in apple cider vinegar or apple juice, as desired.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Instant Pot
- Measuring cups and spoons
How to Make Instant Pot Spiral Ham
Place the water, maple syrup, brown sugar and dijon mustard in a saucepan over medium heat.
Heat just until the brown sugar is melted and dissolved completely into the maple syrup.
(You can alternatively microwave the glaze.)
Place the spiral ham in your instant pot and pour the glaze over the whole ham, being sure to get in all those slices.
Secure the lid on your Instant Pot and cook on the meat/stew setting for 15 minutes, 20 if you like crisper ham.
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This Instant Pot Ham recipe is so incredibly simple to make but has amazing flavor. It’s perfect for Easter ham or Christmas supper.