No More Dried Out Ham: Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham

You’ve probably heard of the Instant Pot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

You will never make ham another way after making this Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham! Spiral sliced ham is steamed to perfection with a sweet honey sauce, keeping this ham full of flavor and moisture. 

This recipe is PERFECT for the holidays but simple enough for a weeknight dinner.

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Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham Recipe:
3-5 pound spiral sliced ham
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch optional

put trivet inside inner pot of pressure cooker. Pour in 1 cup water. put foil sling on trivet–this will assist you remove ham after it has finished cooking.
Prepare glaze by whisking together pineapple juice, honey and brown sugar.
put ham on big sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil. Fold up sides of foil, to make a bowl love shape around the ham. Gently separate slices of spiral ham, so glaze can penetrate the ham slices. Pour glaze over ham and securely wrap foil around ham. put ham on trivet inside pressure cooker. Secure foil sling around ham, if using.
Pressure Cook on High for 2 minutes per pound plus 10 minutes to account for the foil. Once cook time has elapsed, let rest for at least 15 minutes. Check the internal temperature to be sure the ham is warmed to 135-150 degrees. If not, cook for an additional 3-5 minutes on high pressure.
Honey Ham Glaze Reduction (optional)
After pressure is released, remove your ham from the Instant Pot and put on a big platter or bowl, still sealed in the foil. Remove trivet from inside pressure cooker and pour out the water used to cook the honey baked ham. put the inner pot back inside the pressure cooker and turn the pressure cooker to Saute.
Gently peel back the foil slightly from the cooked Ham. Remove the Ham from the foil, leaving the liquid inside the foil packet. Pour the rendered cooking liquid into the pressure cooker.
Mix together 1 teaspoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water and whisk into cooking liquid. Whisk liquid constantly until thickened and reduced–about 3-5 minutes. Pour over sliced ham.

If using a ham that won’t fit on the trivet, add ham directly to pressure cooker. Then add in 1.5 cups of pineapple juice. Cook for 2 minutes per pound if sliced, 3 minutes per pound if unsliced. Let pressure release naturally. Remove ham from Instant Pot. Turn to saute. Add in 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup maple syrup and whisk well. Mix together 1/4 cup water with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and then add to Instant Pot. Let saute for 3-5 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Serve over the ham.

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