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Air Fryer Ham with Orange Honey Glaze

This orange and honey glazed ham is easily made in the air fryer! It is so flavorful and juicy and has a nice light crust! There is no need to use your oven for this meal; just season and fry away!
Sliced ham on a platter garnished with orange slices.

From Easter dinner to Christmas lunch, ham is always a popular holiday recipe. But why cook a full ham if you’re serving dinner to a small crowd? With the help of your air fryer, you can prepare a delicious main course for your meal – even if your family is small. This easy air fryer ham recipe features a orange honey glaze and is ready in under one hour!

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What Do I Need to Make Air Fryer Ham?

This easy ham recipe is perfect for any occasion and is made with a sweet and tangy glaze. And since you can prepare it with just a few simple ingredients in your air fryer, it’s ready in no time! To make your own honey-glazed ham, you’ll need these simple ingredients:

  • Fresh orange juice
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • Boneless, fully-cooked ham

Overhead view of Air Fryer Ham Ingredients.

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How Do I Make Air Fryer Ham?

Cooking a ham in the air fryer is a great way to prepare a small main course for your holiday dinner! And since it’s so simple to make, this recipe will be your favorite way to prepare this popular holiday dish. To make a ham in the air fryer, follow these easy instructions.

Step One: Prepare the Glaze

In a small bowl, combine the fresh orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, thyme, cinnamon, and cloves. Whisk the ingredients together until they’re smooth and well combined.

Step Two: Glaze the Ham

Cut lines diagonally over the top of the ham, then cut lines in the opposite direction across the top to form diagonal shapes over the top of the ham. Place a large piece of foil in the air fryer basket and place the ham in the middle. Fold up the sides around the sides of the ham, then drizzle the orange juice glaze over the top of the ham.

Step Three: Air Fry the Ham

Set the air fryer to cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, then check the inside of the ham with a meat thermometer. When the ham is done, it will reach at least 160 degrees.

Overhead view of ham in air fryer basket lined woth foil.

How Long to Cook Ham in the Air Fryer?

Preparing a fully cooked ham in the air fryer is a quick and easy way to whip up a delicious main course for your holiday dinner. But how long should the ham cook in the air fryer to ensure it’s safe to eat? The cooking time for your ham will depend on its size.

You can use these guidelines to help determine how long to cook your ham:

  • Two pounds: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Three pounds: 35 to 40 minutes
  • Four pounds: 40 to 45 minutes
  • Five pounds: 45 to 50 minutes

No matter the size of your ham, the best way to ensure it’s fully cooked is to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Your ham is ready to eat when the internal temperature reaches at least 160 degrees.

Orange-glazed ham on a plate with slices cut off and garnished with oranges.

How Do You Store Air Fryer Cooked Ham?

This flavorful ham is sure to be a popular dish at your dinner! But if you have a few leftovers when your meal is over, you should store them in the refrigerator. Allow the ham to cool completely, then transfer the extra slices to an airtight container. They’ll stay good for up to seven days.

You can keep the ham in the freezer for more long-term storage. After the ham has cooled, transfer the extras to an airtight container or storage bag. The ham will stay good in the freezer for up to three months.

To reheat the ham, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, cook the ham in the air fryer or oven at 350 degrees until heated through.

Closeup of sliced ham.

Air Fryer Ham Cooking Tips

Once you cook the ham in the air fryer, you’ll never make it in the oven again! And while preparing your Easter main course in the air fryer is so easy, you can always use some cooking tips along the way. Remember these tricks as you’re making your air fryer recipe at home.

  • Trim the ham to fit your basket. Before cooking your ham, you must ensure it will fit in your air fryer! If the ham is too big for your air fryer’s basket, trim it to fit. You can cook the ham in batches if needed.
  • Reserve some glaze for topping. Try reserving some of your orange honey glaze before cooking to give your ham even more flavor. Halfway through the cooking time, brush the reserved glaze over the top of the ham to keep it moist as it air fries.
  • Remove the foil at the end of cooking. If you like your ham to have a crispy, caramelized glaze on top, try removing the foil at the end of the cook time. Open the top of the foil and allow the ham to cook uncovered for the last 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • Serve with garnishes. Once your ham is finished cooking, why not dress it up with a few garnishes? Try topping your cooked ham with fresh herbs and orange slices before serving.

Sliced ham with mashed potatoes and corn on a white plate.

Sliced ham on a platter garnished with orange slices.

Air Fryer Ham with Orange Honey Glaze

This orange and honey glazed ham is easily made in the air fryer! It is so flavorful and juicy and has a nice light crust! There is no need to use your oven for this meal; just season and fry away!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Ham, Air Fryer Ham with Orange Glaze
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 279kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the orange juice, brown sugar, honey, vinegar, mustard, thyme, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • Optional - Cut lines diagonally over the top of the ham, then cut lines the opposite direction across the other lines, forming diamond shape cuts.
  • Use a large piece of tinfoil and place the ham in the middle. Fold up the sides well and roll down the edges. *See tips for other options.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the ham. (You can reserve some glaze and add more glaze halfway through the frying time.)
  • Gently lift the tinfoil with the ham into the air fryer basket.
  • Set the air fryer to 375° and fry for 30 minutes. Check the inside of the ham with a meat thermometer. Internal temperature should be 160° . ***Cooking time will vary depending on size of ham.
  • Remove and plate. Decorate with sliced oranges and herbs.

Notes

Tips:
Make sure your ham will fit into the air fryer basket. If your ham is too large, cut in half and cook each half separately.
For beautiful plating, use some blood oranges with regular oranges and fresh herbs.
You can cut crosswise over the ham so the sauce will get into the ham while it cooks. Or just glaze the outside of the ham.
It is important that the tinfoil not touch the heating elements in the air fryer. If your ham is small enough, I recommend wrapping the ham in the tinfoil for the first 15 minutes of cooking time. Then remove the tinfoil from the top of the ham and add a little more glaze before continuing frying.
How long to cook ham in an Air Fryer: 2 pounds, 25-30 minutes; 3 pounds, 35-40 minutes; 4 pounds, 40-45 minutes; 5 pounds, 45-50 minutes
Storage:
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
May be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1096mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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