A fun follow-up to our Crockpot Root Beer Ham recipe, this Mango Brown Sugar Crockpot Spiral Ham is a fun and fruity alternative to a traditional spiral ham.
Crockpot Spiral Ham Recipe
I’ve only recently become acquainted with the delicious world of spiral hams, so I’m making up for lost time by including them at just about any occasion I can think of!
I love the ease of serving pre-cut spiral hams and how low-maintenance they are since they just need reheating (as they are already fully cooked). And when it comes to flavors, spiral hams are incredibly versatile! The sweet and salty, umami flavor of spiral ham lends itself perfectly to so many wonderful flavor combinations.
My daughter is not a huge fan of ham but is obsessed with all things mango, so I thought I’d use her love of mango to make our holiday ham a bit more inviting.
The sweet peachy-citrus flavor of mango brings out the natural sweetness in the spiral ham, while playing beautifully off of the salty, umami notes. The addition of a bit of brown sugar adds a bit of full-bodied caramel flavor that puts this recipe right over the top.
Ella enjoyed the mango spiral ham, especially when served with some of the pureed mango “gravy” made from the poached fruit and ham juices.
While I used mango preserves (mango jam) in my recipe, and recommend it for creating a delicious, sticky coating on the ham, it’s not completely necessary for creating a delicious ham. Mango chutney would be a great swap, too.
The mango is also optional, but I think it is a fun side dish to serve with this recipe – and they can be pureed to a fun mango sauce to serve with the ham.
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 crockpot is warming up your mango spiral ham, whip up these side dishes to accompany it:
Mango Crockpot Ham Ingredients
- 1 large spiral-cut ham
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup mango juice
- 1/2 cup mango jam, optional
- 1 cup fresh or frozen mango
Tip: try to find low-sodium ham, if possible.
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How to Cook a Spiral Ham in the Crockpot
Place the spiral ham in your crockpot.
Sprinkle the brown sugar over the ham, and then dollop the mango preserves all over the ham. Add in the mango.
Pour the mango juice over the ham and then place the lid on the crockpot.
Set the crockpot on high for 1 hour, or low for 2 hours.
Serve ham slices with the juices – you can puree the mango for a delicious mango chutney.
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This crockpot spiral ham recipe is the perfect sweet ham recipe for those who want something a little less acidic than pineapple. It’s super easy to make and perfect for serving to picky eaters!