This Mandarin Orange Spiced Glaze Ham is everything you will want for an easy holiday ham. A spiral cut, baked holiday ham is glazed with a delicious mandarin orange sauce and also flavored with delicious spices of the season.

Mandarin orange spiced glazed ham ready to be sliced

With the holidays approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving and Christmas and holiday meals! What meal do you like to serve ham for? I love Roast Turkey for Thanksgiving, ham for Christmas Eve (my husband’s tradition while growing up) and Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin for Christmas which, interestingly, is also a lot of other people’s favorite too!

I also have a grown-up Orange & Bourbon Glazed Ham that is delicious. It’s got just the right amount of orange which pairs perfectly with bourbon.

Pouring orange glaze over sliced ham

How to make ham glaze

I like canned mandarins in their own juice. They blend up really well and are cooked with brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. To thicken the glaze, I simply use corn starch.

Spiced not Spicy

This glaze is spiced, not spicy. Spiced meaning it has added spices added like nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, but is in no way spicy in the way a chili pepper is spicy!

A perfectly glazed ham on a platter with green garnish and mandarin oranges

Best ham for glazing

To make life easy, I traditionally use a pre-cooked, spiral-cut ham. It only takes 10 minutes to make the glaze and 1 hour to bake the ham. Just enough time to heat it through and caramelize the glaze that makes a delicious crispy edge on the ham slices. Crispy edges are a must (you know what I mean!). Be sure to reserve some of the glaze for serving, like a sweet gravy, if you will.

I love the availability of hams in grocery stores this time of the year that are of great quality so there’s no need to buy mail order or online.

A glazed ham viewed from overhead

Simply one of the best things about preparing this ham is you don’t have to be the best cook or spend hours in the kitchen for this glazed ham recipe. It’s a perfect balance… part homemade, part help from the store 🙂 You will be proud to serve this ham to your family and, in return, they will be proud to eat your creation!

Yield: 12

Mandarin Orange Spiced Glazed Ham

Mandarin Orange Spiced Glazed Ham presented and ready to serve on a bed of parsley with a side of green beans and sweet mashed potatoes

Spiral ham is baked with a mandarin and warm spice glaze and baked until golden and crispy.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 15 ounces (425 grams) mandarin oranges in their own juice * see note
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 6 pound fully cooked spiral cut ham


  1. Position oven rack to lowest position and preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
  2. Add the mandarin oranges to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. In a small mixing bowl mix the corn starch with a little water until smooth. 
  4. Transfer the blended oranges to a small saucepan and whisk in the brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and honey over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the corn starch and simmer until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  5. Place the ham inside a roasting pan. Pour 1/3 of the glaze over the ham coating evenly. Reserve the rest of the glaze for serving.
  6. Roast for 1 hour until the glaze is browned. Baste with the glaze and drippings from the pan every 20 minutes. If the top is not browning and getting crispy, you can place it under the broiler for a few minutes at the end of baking.


If you can only find them in light syrup, you may want to adjust the amount of brown sugar

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 177Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 24mgSodium 385mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 4gSugar 24gProtein 10g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.