There are a number of holidays were we loooove to eat ham. Ham is delicious, with a salty flavor that pairs perfect with all the hundreds of holiday sides we love to serve. However, ham is also BIG and can take hours to bake…and then it often dries out. What if I told you you could cook a ham in about a half an hour? A nice big ham, not dried out, in a pressure cooker for 7 minutes! You’ll never go back. Pressure cooker ham is the way to go! Let me show you how I do it in my instant pot.
Ham us an elegant meat to serve, and one that everyone- from kids to adults love. You really cannot go wrong by serving ham. It also pairs well with another meat! If you want to brine and bake a turkey, grill up steaks or serve a roast? With the accompany side dishes and meats ham will be a great match.
How to make glaze for your ham
I start by making a homemade glaze for my ham. Mix it up in a separate bowl. I like to use Dole Pineapple, because the juice is 100% juice and not full of sugars. Dole pineapple has a great fresh taste and texture. perfect for this recipe.
Mix all the ingredients for the glaze and set aside while you prepare the ham in the instant pot.
How to make pressure cooker ham
Depending on the pressure cooker you own, depends on the size of your ham. For my 6 qt instant pot I bought a 7.5lb ham and it was FULL. I don’t recommend going bigger than that for 6qt. If you have larger pot- like the 8qt, you can get a larger ham. For this post, this ham is also spiral cut and bone-in.
Step 1. You will want to make foil handles. Take two long sheets of foil and fold them hot do style in half, then half again (watch the video below for a visual). Place your steam rack in, and then the foil. with the ends coming up above the ham to help you remove it later from the instant pot.
Step 2. Drizzle over the glaze and add pineapple tidbits or chunks on top. Take another sheet of foil and place it around the top of the ham. This will help keep the glaze close to the ham.
3. Cook ham on high for 7 minutes! quick release when it is done.
If you like your ham a little more crispy then place on a cookie sheet, or a platter that is oven safe. Broil for a few minutes till the ends are crisp. Do not broil too long or it will dry out the ham. Remove ham from the oven and using juices from the instant pot, baste the ham to restore lost moisture. Cover with foil to keep warm and keep moisture in until serving time.
I love to add Dole pineapple rings on top not only for fresh sweet pineapple flavor but also because it makes it gorgeous!
- 1 ham, spiral cut for 6 qt pressure cooker stay around 7lbs
- 3/4 cup honey
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 can Dole pineapple tidbits
- 1 tbsp whole cloves
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
In separate bowl mix brown sugar, honey, apple cider vinegar, whole cloves, and 3/4 cup dole pineapple juice from the can. Set aside.
In pressure cooker place steam rack on bottom. Fold two long sheets of foil together to form one skinny long piece that will make handles. Place on rack with ends coming up to the top and folding over edge of instant pot. (see video for visual).
Place ham in pressure cooker and pour glaze on top. Top ham with remaining pineapple tidbits (separate any extra juice). Place one piece of foil on ham. Seal and cook high 7 minutes. Quick release.
If crispness is desired, remove from pressure cooker to cookie sheet. broil for a few minutes until ends are crispy. Ladle juices from pressure cooker on ham to restore any moister. Serve immediately.
This post is in partner with Dole, all opinions are my own!