Hawaiian Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Hawaiian Brown Sugar Glazed Ham makes a wonderfully easy old-fashioned Polynesian style ham for Easter Sunday or any holiday or family meal.

Hawaiian Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

This is a more retro, old-fashioned and traditional way to make baked ham, one most are familiar with and enjoy. It is quite easy to make as well  and makes a perfect addition to any holiday table or buffet. During holiday seasons, often what is best is what everyone is familiar with and have memories of eating all their lives. So in this way the breaking of bread not only is a festive and fun way to spend a holiday with loved ones, family and friends, but is also a way of keeping tradition, and remembering what has been.

I hope this recipe can become part of your family traditions if you don’t have a recipe you already use. Even if you do, look this one over and see if there is anything you can do to simplify or improve the recipe you have.

I have a recipe I use for a larger bone-in ham (Brown Sugar Glazed Baked Ham) but this recipe is written for the half ham size, boneless. You can also easily do this with a whole boneless ham- just double the glaze amounts accordingly.

I do hope you enjoy and that your Easter season is full of love, blessings and joy as we celebrate the renewal of life everywhere.

Hawaiian Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Ham in Pan Ham with Fruit basting Ham

Hawaiian Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Hawaiian Brown Sugar Glazed Ham


  • Ham:
  • 1 3-pound boneless ham
  • 1 15-ounce can sliced pineapple in juice
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries (no stems)
  • wooden toothpicks (not the frilled type)
  • Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • >1 tablespoon pineapple juice
  • pinch cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Score ham lightly across the skin side.
  3. Place cut side down in a square casserole dish or glass brownie pan and pour juice from the canned pineapple around it.
  4. Pin pineapple rings and cherries to the ham using toothpicks.
  5. Tent ham with foil (it doesn’t matter if the toothpicks poke through).
  6. Bake, covered, at 325F for 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, corn syrup, pineapple juice and cloves in a pyrex measurng cup and stir.
  8. Microwave mixture for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring halfway through, until the sugar dissolves into a thick syrup; set aside.
  9. Remove foil from ham and using a silicone basting brush, paint the syrup mixture around the top and sides of ham.
  10. Return to oven, uncovered, and bake for another 30-60 minutes or until hot, basting occasionally with pan juices.
  11. Slice ham before serving and serve with a garnish of pineapple and cherry.

Hawaiian Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

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3 responses

  1. Thanks for sharing your marvelous post! Your ham recipe was featured at Foodie Friday’s Easter Round Up. Have a joyful weekend.

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