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Fig Glazed Ham Recipe

Fig Glazed Ham

This Fig Glazed Ham Recipe is an easy step by step to making a beautiful and delicious baked ham right at home.

This Fig Glazed Ham recipe is a great addition to your Holiday table. Besides the fact that it is absolutely beautiful, it delicious enough to steal the show. It starts with spreading fig jam on the ham, and it acts like a glue for the brown sugar to stick to the exterior. Then we add in the mandarins to help keep everything juicy and sweet. The crispy crust and moist ham will make for irresistible slices.  

When we are cooking several things for a buffet or a Holiday meal, we are always trying to figure out what we can make in advance. This is why people love to bring a ham, and we know almost everyone loves to grab a slice of ham at the holiday table. A glazed ham can be eaten hot from the oven, at room temperature or even cold the next day. A total triple threat.

I came up with this recipe years ago in my catering days. I noticed I had odds and ends of fig jam from charcuterie boards. I mixed them all together to glaze the ham poured brown sugar and mandarins over it and roasted it. It was an instant hit. People looked forward to the ham as much or maybe even more than the turkey. 


Our Tips for the Perfect Fig Glazed Ham

The first and most important tip for this recipe is to be sure you are working with a ham that is either smoked or fully cooked. It may come with a glaze or a sugar packet, but you can discard  that.

Since the ham is cooked, the idea is we don’t need to cook it in the oven. The reason we are putting it in the oven is to give the fig a chance to really glaze and get crunchy and delicious. There is no need to worry about it being undercooked.

When getting ready to roast, the flattest part of the ham should be down on the roasting pan so it is stable. 

Ideally find a ham that is spiraled so it is sliced and easier to serve, but if you can’t find one, it’s not necessary.    

The recipe calls for store bought and packaged mandarins. It’s such an easy and great ingredient to work with. Look for one without any sugar added, because the mandarins already pack so much sweetness, but again go with what you find.

What to Serve with your Ham

While we love ham any time of the year, it is usually served during the holidays. Here are a few things to help fill your holiday table along with our Fig Glazed Ham:

Fig Glazed Ham

Recipe by Abuelas Cuban CounterCourse: EntreeCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 bone-in Ham, fully smoked and cooked  

  • 8.5 oz fig jam 

  • 2 cups of mandarin oranges in water (no sugar added)

  • 1 cup turbinado brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of course sea salt and freshly cracked pepper

  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary

  • Garnish – fresh figs, whole fresh mandarins or clementines, sage leaves


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Place the ham in a large roasting pan. The flattest part of the ham should be down on the roasting pan so it is stable. 
  • In a bowl, add the salt to the sugar and whisk to combine. Set aside. 
  • Spread the fig jam all over the ham, add the mandarin oranges and all their juices. Then sprinkle the sugar/ salt mixture all over and press the sugar into the fig jam. Crack the pepper over the sugar mixture. 
  • Add the rosemary and a few halved or sliced mandarins and place all around the ham. 
  • Bake the ham in the oven for 45 minutes.
  • Then raise the heat to 425 degrees for 10 minutes. If you want more color or an even crispier crust, you can broil for 2-4 minutes. Remember it can burn quickly so keep an eye on it. 
  • Serve the ham and garnish. Serve with the drippings poured over the ham or in a bowl. 

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