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This Air Fryer Ham is a simple and delicious and makes a great family dinner or main holiday dish. In this recipe, we used boneless, pre-cooked ham that is cooked in the air fryer and covered in a tasty, homemade maple orange glaze.
This Air Fryer Ham makes a quick and easy holiday or healthy dinner recipe. It comes out perfectly cooked every time thanks to the air fryer. The ham is covered in an incredible orange maple glaze that makes it golden and packed with so much flavor.
Why cook ham in the air fryer?
- It is much faster, and easier and comes out perfectly juicy and packed with flavor.
- Free up the oven for cooking other things like side dishes and desserts.
- Super tasty ham, every time with little hands-on effort.
- Clean-up is a breeze.
What size ham fits in an air fryer?
I have a 5.8-quart Cosori air fryer so I used a 4-pound ham in this recipe. Most air fryers can fit a 3-5 pound ham, which is a standard size for a half-pre-cooked, spiral ham. I found it pretty easy to do and the clean up was much faster.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick and easy.
- It makes the perfect holiday ham that everyone will love!
- The homemade orange glaze is much healthier than the brown sugar packet that comes with most store-bought ham.
- Perfect for meal prep. You can easily store leftovers and use them in salads, wraps, or sandwiches.
- The best flavorful air fryer ham recipe.
Ingredients you will need
You can make this air fryer ham with a few simple ingredients that you can easily find at most grocery stores.
- Ham – 3-5 pounds, pre-cooked spiral ham – I used a store-bought ham that was about 4 pounds.
- Coconut sugar – You can also use brown sugar. This adds a nice sweetness to the glaze.
- Date syrup – maple syrup or honey will work as well.
- Butter-plain unsalted butter or ghee.
- Orange juice – freshly squeezed or store-bought is fine. If you are using store-bought then make sure that it is low in sugar and pulp-free.
- Dijon mustard – for a little zippy flavor to add to the glaze.
- Cloves – this is optional but adds a nice flavor element to the glaze.
- Salt & Pepper – just a pinch of salt since the ham is already salty and some ground black pepper.
How to make air fryer ham
*Be sure to check out the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions in the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.
- Prepare the ham. Dry the ham with a clean paper towel. Place it onto a large piece of foil and set aside.
- Mix up the orange glaze. Cook the glaze then remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Brush the ham with the glaze. Brush 1/3 of the glaze all over the ham. Let the ham sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
- Cook. Place the ham in the foil into the air fryer. Cover the ham with the foil, close and cook it for 20 minutes. Then reapply another 1/3 of the glaze all over the ham. Close the foil over the ham again and cook it for another 20 minutes at 320 degrees F. Per the recipe card below.
- Glaze again and finish cooking. Apply the remaining glaze all over the ham. This time do not cover the ham with foil. Increase the air fryer temperature to 360 degrees F and cook the ham for 3-4 more minutes.
- Slice and Serve. Let the air fryer ham cool for a few minutes then slice, and serve with your favorite sides.
Pro Tip! Glaze the ham in intervals as noted in the recipe for the best flavor. Applying the glaze a few times during the cooking process allows the ham to absorb all of that amazing flavor as it cooks.
How to serve air fryer ham
I love to serve this air fryer ham with mashed potatoes and green beans but here are a few other ways to serve it.
- Serve it with some roasted potatoes and carrots, peas and carrots, or roasted broccoli.
- Enjoy it with roasted carrots or asparagus.
- Serve it with butternut squash and Brussel sprouts.
- It would go great with potato salad or a sweet potato casserole for a fun family meal or holiday dinner.
Ways to use leftover ham
Leftover ham is such a great protein to use in so many ways. Here are a few ideas for using your leftovers.
- Crustless Ham and Broccoli Quiche
- Add it as a topping on some Deviled Eggs
- Use it as an added topping in a Chopped Italian Salad
- Serve it on a Healthy Breakfast Sandwich
- Use it in omelets, on pizza, in calzones, or even mixed with some pasta and peas.
- Serve it for a holiday brunch with cranberry orange muffins, and sausage and egg bites.
Tips for Success
- Select a ham that will fit in your air fryer. A 3-5 pound ham will fit in most air fryers.
- Dry the ham well with a clean paper towel or cloth before applying the glaze. This will help the glaze stick to the ham better.
- Don’t skip reapplying the glaze. Reapplying the glaze in phases helps give this air fryer ham incredible flavor.
- Make sure to use foil. This creates a nice basket for the ham to cook in and makes cleaning up a breeze. The foil will also help you transfer the ham in and out of the air fryer more easily.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does ham need to sit at room temperature before cooking it?
Allowing the ham to sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes will ensure it will cook more evenly. More than 20 minutes is not necessary.
How long can a cooked ham sit out?
I wouldn’t let it sit out for more than 90 minutes.
How can I make this recipe Whole30?
To make this air fryer ham recipe Whole30, use fresh orange juice or pineapple juice and date syrup and leaves out the coconut sugar in the glaze. You will also need to make sure you use sugar-free, uncured ham.
Storing and reheating air fryer ham
Storing. Air fryer cooked ham can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. It can also be stored in a freezer-friendly container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheating. Here are a few methods for reheating fully cooked ham.
- Microwave – heat portions in the microwave on a microwave-safe plate until warmed through.
- Air fryer – you can easily reheat ham right in the air fryer at 325 degrees F for 2-3 minutes or until warmed through.
- Oven – to reheat ham in the oven, place it into an oven-safe dish and add a little broth or water to cover it, which will prevent it from drying out. Cover the pan with foil and reheat it at 325 degrees F for 10-12 minutes per pound.
More easy air fryer recipes
- Air Fryer Chicken Sausage and Veggies
- Air Fryer Meatloaf
- 10 Minute Air Fryer Cajun Salmon
- Easy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
- Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Breast
Be sure to check out the complete list of air fryer recipes on PMG!
Did you try this air fryer ham recipe? If you did, then please leave a rating and comment below. I would love to hear how yours turned out!Print
Easy Air Fryer Ham – with homemade orange glaze
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 6–8 servings 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 3–5 pound precooked spiral ham – boneless
For the glaze
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup date syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
- 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice or store-bought
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Pinch of kosher salt
- Prepare the ham. Remove the ham from the packaging and dry it all over with a clean paper towel. Spread out a large piece of foil (enough to wrap and cover the whole ham) then place the ham into the center of the foil. You may need to use two large pieces of foil. Pull the edges of the foil up slightly to make a nice basket for the ham. Set aside.
- Make the glaze. To make the glaze add all of the glaze ingredients to a medium-sized pot on the stovetop and bring it all to a boil while whisking it. Then let it boil for about 60 seconds and reduce the heat to a simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Glaze the ham. Use a wire brush or silicone brush to brush 1/3 of the glaze all over the ham. Let the ham sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
- Cook. Preheat the air fryer to 320 degrees F. Once the air fryer is ready, carefully transfer the ham in the foil and place it into the air fryer basket. Cover the ham with the foil, close and cook it for 20 minutes. Then open the air fryer, pull the foil down and apply another 1/3 of the glaze all over the ham. Close the foil over the ham again and cook it for another 20 minutes.
- Reapply the glaze and finish cooking. Open the air fryer, pull the foil down around the edges of the ham and apply the remaining glaze all over the ham. This time do not cover the ham with foil. Increase the air fryer temperature to 360 degrees F and cook the ham for 3-4 more minutes.
- Slice and serve. Remove the ham carefully from the air fryer, slice, and serve with your favorite sides.
- Ham – make sure to buy a ham that will fit into your air fryer. Most air fryers can fit a 3-4 pound ham. Use a precooked, spiral ham that is unglazed.
- Foil – the use of foil in this recipe makes it easier to transfer the ham in and out of the air fryer and it makes a nice basket for the ham to cook in. Plus clean up is a breeze!
- Storing – fully cooked ham can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It can also be stored in a freezer-friendly container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Reheating – you can reheat ham in the microwave, or in the air fryer at 325 degrees F for a few minutes. To reheat ham in the oven: place sliced ham in a baking pan, and cover it with some broth or water. Cover the pan with foil and cook at 325 degrees F for 10-12 minutes per pound.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Healthy Dinner Ideas
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Air fryer ham, holiday ham, ham in the air fryer, ham
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