Don't Let Cooking a Ham Intimidate You - National Pork Board


A ham makes for an elegant and traditional meal. While cooking it to perfection seems intimidating, it’s actually very simple!

How Long to Bake a Ham?

Place your ham in a shallow pan and bake at 325°F for 10 minutes per pound. If your ham is partially cooked, plan on 20 minutes per pound.

Pounds Time

5 lbs

Fully Cooked: 50 mins

Partially Cooked: 100 mins

10 lbs

Fully Cooked: 100 mins

Partially Cooked: 200 mins

15 lbs

Fully Cooked: 150 mins

Partially Cooked: 300 mins

How To Cook
A Spiral Ham

Cooking a spiral-sliced ham is as easy as a few steps, and it is the perfect dish for a large gathering. Don’t stop there though! Ham is practical all week long. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack, holiday or every day, ham does it all.

A traditional spiral ham feeds a crew! You’ll need a 5-6 pound spiral-sliced smoked ham (fully cooked). Place your ham in a shallow pan and bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes per pound.  If your ham is partially cooked, plan on 20 minutes per pound when baking.


Leftover ham is a delicious way to add instant flavor to lots of standby dishes.

Leftover Spiral Ham Ideas

Instant Pot Ham Recipe

Having ham any night of the year just got way easier. Prepare this delicious meal for a special occasion or any weeknight.

Start with a 4-6 pound spiral cut ham. Combine 2 tablespoons honey, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons honey dijon mustard, and ½ cup of apple juice. Pour glaze over ham and in between slices.

Spray pressure cooker with cooking spray and add 1 cup apple juice. Place your ham in the Instant Pot and add the remaining glaze. Set the Instant Pot to meat mode and cook for 15 minutes. Natural release for 12 minutes and your ham is ready to serve. It’s unbelievably easy!

Instant Pot Ham

What is Ham?

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What is Ham?

Ham refers to meat from the hind leg and is typically cured and smoked. You can find boneless or bone-in hams.

Boneless hams are available in a variety of sizes and they’re considered easier to cut and serve. Bone-in hams are popular and come in a variety of sizes and cuts. A whole ham is perfect for feeding a group. When you cut a whole ham in half you end up with two cuts — a shank end, which is easier to carve, and a butt end which is leaner. Center slices are cut from the cross-section of either a butt or a shank.



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