35 Delicious Recipes for Easter Ham That'll Steal the Show

These recipes will take your holiday feast to the next level.

pineapple glazed ham with slices of citrus on a white plate
Mike Garten

From Easter egg hunts to decorating the home to watching seasonal movies with the family, there’s a lot to enjoy about the Easter season. But of course, the best part of Easter Sunday itself is getting family and friends together for a big Easter party. And the star of the show (or the table) is ham, of course. For that reason, we’ve rounded up several Easter ham recipes that will be perfect at this year’s Easter dinner or even at Easter brunch.

But first, why is it tradition to eat ham on Easter? Apparently, there are a couple different explanations. Some say it’s because ham symbolizes good luck for many different cultures around the world. Other historians say it’s because farmers typically slaughtered pigs in the fall and then took several months to smoke the pork, which meant hams were ready just in time for Easter dinner.

However we came to have it on the table, ham should definitely be part of the Easter festivities this year. With a rich, sugary glaze, your ham is sure to look as good as it tastes. We’ve also included recipes that incorporate ham into Easter side dishes and some that make the most of leftover ham, so you and your family can continue enjoying it all week long. Once you’ve decided on a ham recipe, you can start planning the rest of your Easter menu decked out with Easter appetizers and Easter desserts that are sure to please any crowd.

ham recipes honey balsamic glazed ham on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Honey-and-Balsamic–Glazed Ham

Sweet and salty flavors come together in this recipe that combines honey, two different kinds of mustard, and balsamic vinegar — all brushed over a bone-in ham.

Get the Honey-and-Balsamic–Glazed Ham recipe.

ham recipes green eggs ham in croissants
Mike Garten
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Green Eggs and Ham 'Wiches

These egg-and-ham sandwiches would be perfect if your Easter celebration is an outdoor picnic. Just put thinly sliced ham, mayo, pesto, and hard-boiled eggs on some yummy flaky croissants.

Get the Green Eggs and Ham 'Wiches recipe.

ham and cheese oven sliders in a baking dish
Mike Garten
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Ham and Cheese Oven Sliders

If you're making Easter brunch for a crowd, these ham and cheese oven sliders definitely deserve a spot on your menu. They're easy to make and are so delicious.

Get the Ham and Cheese Oven Sliders recipe.

a close up of spicy gazpacho with serrano ham
Mike Garten
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Spicy Gazpacho with Serrano Ham

Mix things up at this year's Easter party with this chilled soup that's topped with thinly-sliced serrano ham.

Get the Spicy Gazpacho with Serrano Ham recipe.

a closeup of ham pimiento grilled cheese
Steve Giralt
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Ham and Pimiento Grilled Cheese

Give your classic grilled cheese a major upgrade with sliced ham, cheddar, cream cheese and pimientos. You could cut these up and serve them as finger sandwiches at your Easter brunch.

Get the Ham and Pimiento Grilled Cheese recipe.

fig ham tapas toast with fresh herbs on top
Mike Garten
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Fig & Ham Tapas Toast

Fig jam, Serrano ham, gouda and arugula make this an elegant appetizer for any Easter spread.

Get the Fig & Ham Tapas Toast recipe.

pineapple glazed ham with slices of citrus served on top
Mike Garten
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Pineapple-Glazed Ham

We upgraded the classic pineapple-glazed ham recipe from the '50s by making a homemade sticky sauce and roasting it on top of fresh oranges and pineapple.

Get the Pineapple-Glazed Ham recipe.

RELATED: Creative Easter Dinner Ideas That Will Become Instant Classics

sweet and sticky apricot glazed ham on a white plate
Yossy Arefi
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Sweet and Sticky Apricot Glazed Ham

A fully cooked ham from the grocery store gets a touch of sweetness with this apricot and brown sugar glaze.

Get the Sweet and Sticky Apricot Glazed Ham recipe.

baked ham with root beer glaze served on a decorative platter
Mike Garten
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Baked Ham with Root Beer Glaze

Pair this retro-inspired beauty with a simple Easter side and your menu will be complete.

Get the Baked Ham with Root Beer Glaze recipe.

ham with bee sting glaze served with slices of lemon on a white plate
Kate Sears
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Ham With Bee-Sting Glaze

What gives this dish its "bee-sting" flavor? Honey and cayenne.

Get the Ham With Bee-Sting Glaze recipe.

apricot mustard ham with roasted vegetables on a white platter
Yossy Arefi
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Apricot-Mustard Ham with Herb-Roasted Vegetables

Man, do we love a glaze. Not sure if we're more excited for this ham or all the tasty leftover sandwiches we're going to create.

Get the Apricot-Mustard Ham with Herb-Roasted Vegetables recipe.

RELATED: Leftover Ham Recipes That Are Anything but Boring

a close up of orange–coriander glazed ham
tk
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Orange–Coriander Glazed Ham

This glazed ham has earthy and sweet flavors, thanks to the combination of spices and orange marmalade.

Get the Orange–Coriander Glazed Ham recipe from Woman's Day.

pimiento cheese ham scramble in a cast iron pan
Steve Giralt
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Pimiento, Cheese, and Ham Scramble

Ham can be a part of your Easter brunch with this easy scramble made with creamy cheeses and roasted red peppers.

Get the Pimiento, Cheese, and Ham Scramble recipe Woman's Day.

pineapple ham fried rice with peppers on a white plate
Steve Giralt
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Pineapple and Ham Fried Rice

Mix things up a bit this year at Easter dinner with this pineapple and ham fried rice. This would also be a great way to use up any leftover ham after the Easter festivity.

Get the Pineapple and Ham Fried Rice recipe Woman's Day.

slices of ham spinach pizza with eggs on top
Mike Garten
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Ham and Spinach Pizza

This is another unconventional way to bring ham to the table, but it's definitely a delicious one. Top your pizza dough with eggs, thinly sliced ham, spinach, and red onion.

Get the Ham and Spinach Pizza recipe Woman's Day.

a close up of brown sugar pineapple ham
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: LAURA REGE
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Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

How gorgeous is this ham? With the bright pineapple rings and maraschino cherries, this is sure to be the star of any Easter feast.

Get the Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham recipe from Delish.

ham recipes maple glazed ham steak
PARKER FEIERBACH
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Maple Glazed Ham Steak

If you're only cooking for one or two people, a whole spiral ham might be too much meat. Luckily, you can always make these ham steaks glazed with maple syrup, brown sugar, vinegar and mustard.

Get the Maple Glazed Ham Steak recipe from Delish.

ham pickle baguette on a decorative plate
Kate Mathis
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Ham and Pickle Baguette

If your Easter celebration is an outdoor potluck, these ham sandwiches with sliced pickles would be the perfect thing to bring to the spread.

Get the Ham and Pickle Baguette recipe Woman's Day.

shredded up marmalade glazed ham with slices of citrus
Courtesy of Martha Stewart
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Marmalade-Glazed Ham

This glaze made with orange marmalade, Madeira, and lemon juice takes any ham to the next level.

Get the Marmalade-Glazed Ham recipe from Delish.

golden brown cheesy ham potato casserole on a white plate
CHARLIE GILETTE
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Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole

This hearty, comforting dish would be the perfect way to use up any leftover ham after your Easter dinner. Of course, it's so decadent that it could definitely be part of your Easter brunch or dinner.

Get the Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole recipe from Delish.

instant pot split pea soup with carrots
PARKER FEIERBACH
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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Put your Instant Pot to use with this soup. This would be a great side dish on Easter, or another great way to use up leftover ham.

Get the Instant Pot Split Pea Soup recipe from Delish.

ham cheese egg cups
PARKER FEIERBACH
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Ham & Cheese Egg Cups

Put these low-carb bites out at your Easter brunch, and we bet they'll be the first thing to go.

Get the Ham & Cheese Egg Cups recipe from Delish.

a board of honey mustard glazed ham, deviled eggs, potatoes, and asparagus wrapped in bacon
RYAN LIEBE
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Honey-Mustard Glazed Ham

This recipe only has five ingredients, making it easy to get it prepared and on the table for Easter dinner.

Get the Honey-Mustard Glazed Ham recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

ham, cheese, caramelized onions  frittata in a skillet
CON POULOS
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Ham and Cheese Frittata with Caramelized Onions

If you just can't wait for Easter dinner to enjoy some ham, add it into this Easter brunch dish made with potatoes, white cheddar cheese and caramelized onions.

Get the Ham and Cheese Frittata with Caramelized Onions recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

slow cooker ham in a floral crockpot
Beatriz da Costa
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Slow Cooker Ham

Making the ham in the crockpot will free up your oven and stovetop for other Easter dinner sides.

Get the Slow Cooker Ham recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

baked ham brushed with brown sugar glaze
Ethan Calabrese
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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

The stickier and more caramelized it is, the better. Plus, the leftover ham will be even tastier.

Get the Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze recipe from Delish.

apricot and spiced glaze ham on a white plate
Charles Masters
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Apricot and Spice Glazed Ham

We jazzed up apricot jam with apple juice and ginger, giving this succulent ham a real kick of flavor. Balance it out with one of our irresistible potato recipes.

Get the Apricot and Spice Glazed Ham recipe from Woman's Day.

mango glazed ham served with pineapple on a white plate
Con Poulos
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Mango-Glazed Ham

Major Grey's mango chutney plays a starring roll in the sweet spiced ham that gets served with fresh mango and pineapple.

Get the Mango-Glazed Ham recipe.

dr pepper pineapple glazed ham served on a plate
Ethan Calabrese
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Dr. Pepper Pineapple Glazed Ham

If you haven't smothered your ham with a can of soda, you're missing out.

Get the Dr. Pepper Pineapple Glazed Ham recipe from Delish.

shredded sriracha ham served with mashed potatoes and greens
Courtesy of The Food Charlatan
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Easy Sriracha Ham

Use the slow cooker for this ham so you can free up oven space for other important things, like pie and biscuits.

Get the Easy Sriracha Ham recipe from The Food Charlatan.

RELATED: 33 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes That Basically Make Themselves

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