Main Dish | December 15, 2020

Pressure Cooker Ham

Tender, juicy, (never dried out, never rubbery) extra delicious honey baked ham in HALF THE TIME of baking.   You can cook a nice big spiral cut bone-in ham in a pressure cooker for 7 minutes! I’m showing you how and  you’ll never go back. Pressure cooker ham is the way to go!

WHY MAKE HAM FOR THE HOLIDAYS?

Ham is an elegant meat to serve and one that everyone- kids to adults- love. You really cannot go wrong by serving ham. It also pairs well with ANY other meat!  Make a turkey, grill up steaks, serve a roast plus the accompany side dishes ham will be a great match.

WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE PRESSURE COOKER HAM?

You will need a bone-in spiral cut ham, a pressure cooker and the ingredients for a homemade glaze. TRUST ME, you want to make a homemade glaze, it makes a huge difference.

HOW TO MAKE GLAZE FOR YOUR PRESSURE COOKER HAM

Step one is to make a homemade honey glaze for your ham. You will need

  1. brown sugar
  2. honey
  3. apple cider vinegar
  4. whole cloves
  5. one can of pineapple in 100% juice

Add ingredients to a large bowl and stir together. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and set aside.

HOW MANY POUNDS OF MEAT WILL FIT IN MY PRESSURE COOKER

This is pretty important to know right? I have found that no bigger than a 7.5lb ham will fit in my 6 qt pressure cooker. For an 8 qt pressure cooker I had a ham just over 10 lbs that just about didn’t fit. Also try to get one pretty uniform, if its extra wide it might not fit or fit very awkward.

  • 6qt pressure cooker up to 7 lbs
  • 8qt pressure cooker up to 10lbs

HOW TO MAKE PRESSURE COOKER HAM

Step 1.

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. (tuck the handles in before you put the lid on.)

DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE FOIL HANDLES, I DONT USE FOIL.

No, you don’t by any means HAVE TO HAVE the foil handles, but by the time your ham is cooked (and remember its spiral) it is very floppy and heavy and difficult to move.

An overhead shot of pressure cooker ham in a pressure cooker with chunks of pineapple and demonstration of foil handles

ADD YOUR HAM TO YOUR PRESSURE COOKER

  • Pour your glaze over your ham. Add all the pineapple.
  • Reserve about 1 cup of the liquid to the ham.
  • add 1 cup of water

COOK HAM IN PRESSURE COOKER OR INSTANT POT

You will need to cook your spiral cut ham for 7 minutes!  yes, thats all! If the ham is larger it will cook longer simply becuase it will take longer for the pressure cooker to heat up and seal. If it is a smaller ham the process of heating up to pressure will take less time. That is why no matter what the size you pressure cook all hams for 7 minutes. Quickly release after.

HOW TO MAKE A STICKY CRISPY CRUST TO YOUR HONEY BAKED HAM

Having the sticky sweet outer shell is the best part!! Its very quick to do! There are two simple ways to do this.

  1. place under broiler for a couple minutes
  2. Use an air fryer lid

  • Set aside the ham drippings before air frying or broiling.
  • Remove all the pineapple to the side
  • Add the remaining glaze.

WHAT IS A PRESSURE COOKER AIR FRYER LID?

Pressure cookers now will come with an air fryer lid or you can buy one as a separate attachment. They work amazing! And are perfect for crisping up meats after cooking, or making all sorts of foods and snacks. You’ll want to air fry your ham, after the glaze, for about 7 minutes or your desired crispiness.

HOW TO BROIL THE HAM

Place the ham on a pan, cover in glaze and broil for just a couple minutes. Keep an eye on it.

TIP! Do not broil or air fry 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 any lost moisture. Cover with foil to keep warm and keep moisture in until serving time.

ADD BACK DRIPPINGS TO HAM

Ladle the juices you set aside back onto your ham to keep the meat nice and juicy.

air fryer lid on ham, restoring juices in second photo

DO I HAVE TO CRISP MY HAM?

If you prefer to serve your ham fresh out of the instant pot then instead of reserving the glaze for later pour the entire batch on the ham before pressure cooking.

HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVER HAM?

If you have any leftovers keep them in an airtight container or bag for up to a week in the fridge.

CAN I COOK HAM FROM BEING FROZEN IN INSTANT POT

YES! Just cook it for a bit longer. Cook it for 15 minutes instead of 7.

CAN I COOK RAW HAM IN THE PRESSURE COOKER?

Yes! I dont have the time on how long to cook it, refer to your user manual and make sure the internal temp is 145 when finished cooking.

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5 from 31 votes
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INSTANT POT HAM
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
No need to take hours to cook ham. This homemade glaze and instant pot ham instructions will be perfect for all hams! Not dried out, but perfectly cooked.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: glazed ham, perfectly cooked ham
Servings: 20 people
Calories: 1060 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 1 ham, spiral cut pre cooked ham for 6 qt pressure cooker stay around 7lbs
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large can Dole pineapple tidbits with juice
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. 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 fold two long sheets of foil together to form one skinny long piece that will make handles. Place with ends coming up to the top and folding over edge of instant pot.

    Place ham in pressure cooker and pour glaze on top, reserving 1 cup of the liquid. Top ham with remaining pineapple tidbits and 1 cup water. Seal and cook high 7 minutes. Quick release.

For sticky caramelized glaze on top with air fryer
  1. If crispness is desired, remove liquid from the pressure cooker and set aside. Add remaining glaze and add air fryer lid. Air fry for about 7-10 minutes. Ladle some of the remaining juices back on to ham to keep moist.

For sticky caramelized glaze on top with broiler
  1. If crispness is desired, remove from pressure cooker to cookie sheet. broil for a few minutes until ends are caramelized and crispy. Ladle juices from pressure cooker on ham to restore any moisture. Serve immediately. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

The ham is a pre-cooked spiral cut ham. 

Nutrition Facts
INSTANT POT HAM
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1060 Calories from Fat 603
% Daily Value*
Fat 67g103%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 248mg83%
Sodium 4752mg207%
Potassium 1197mg34%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 86g172%
Vitamin A 14IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    hI! Im so excited to try this, but are you sure the ham wont end up tough and rubbery if its pre-cooked? I havent made too much in my pressure cooker yet, but some of the meat has come out a little rubbery. Any tips?

  2. 5 stars
    So.. rookie mistake.. make sure to tuck in the foil handles before sealing the lid! I never watched the video and thought the foil got left over the edge.. oops.
    It doesn’t seal like that, shocker, I know. Lol.
    It still turned out delicious after a little adjusting.

  3. 5 stars
    I always thought the pressure cooker required some form of liquid. This recipe doesn’t seem to have any liquid. Is it able to come up to pressure without it?

    1. 5 stars
      YES! You do need liquid for this recipe you add the whole can of pineapple tidbits including liquid plus one cup of water. If you would prefer to not have the juice added you could add water and only the tidbits :)

    1. 5 stars
      I had a ham a little over 10 lbs and it fit, but it was tight! 14 is probably to big, but might work! Especially if it is more uniform all around.

  4. Ham won’t fit the 8 qt insta pot because of its shape. What to do? Cut off some of it to make the shape com pliable to the insta pot?

    1. yeah, if you cant bend part of the ham to the side or push it up or down then cut the section off and place it on top around the sides. They can come in such funny shapes! sorry this one didnt work as well!