Best Instant Pot Ham

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

This Instant Pot Ham is super juicy glazed with brown sugar, honey, and pineapple sauce. It is the perfect dinner recipe for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

When it comes to the holiday dinner menu, this recipe is on top of our list. We love to pair it with scalloped potatoes, baked beans, or with some roasted asparagus.

Instant Pot Ham with Honey

Easy Instant Pot Honey Ham

This Instant Pot Honey Brown Sugar Ham is probably one of the best recipes you can make in the Instant Pot. The meat turns out super juicy, tender, and very flavorful. The best part is, it only needs to be cooked under pressure for 5 minutes!

For us, this recipe is perfect for the holidays. It requires a few ingredients and very little time to prepare. With the help of the pressure cooker, you no longer need to wait for hours for the ham to be perfectly cooked. It does everything in only 5 minutes!

We love to glaze it with brown sugar and honey, and then top it with crushed pineapple. It gives the meat a nice savory flavor, with a sweet and zesty tone to it. In addition, by pressure cooking the ham, you are guaranteed to end with moist and flavorful meat. 

Why cook ham in the Instant Pot?

Although this might not be your first instinct when it comes on how to cook the ham, it is actually one of the best ways of cooking it. First, the meat is cooked under closed pressure in the pot. This way it cooks perfectly under a steamy environment, which makes it moist and evenly cooked without drying out. 

Second, this honey baked ham is ready in only 5 minutes, plus 1o additional 10 minutes for natural pressure release. This is very convenient as you can have full blown dinner in no time. Especially during the holidays, this is the way to go!

Instant Pot Ham


For this recipe, we use spiraled sliced ham and boneless which is already precooked. Therefore, all we do is to glaze it with honey, brown sugar and pineapple, and basically warm it up under pressure. This way, the ingredients mix nicely with the meat and also makes it juicy and tender.

As a general rule, you want to cook the ham for about 2 minutes per pound on high pressure. We use a 6 QT Pressure Cooker, and about 4-4lb pound ham. However, if you want to cook a bigger piece, we recommend getting the 8QT pot. 

Below are the suggested times based on ham weight:

  • 3-pound – 4 minutes
  • 4 pound – 5 minutes
  • 6-pound – 6-7 minutes
  • 7 pound – 8-10 minutes
  • 8 pound – 10-12 minutes

If you want to use bone-in ham, then add 3 minutes to each category above. So, for a 6-pound cut, the pressure cooking time would be about 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Ham with Brown Sugar Recipe

What to do with leftover Ham?

If you end up with leftover, there are a few options you can do. You could store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. We also like to utilize the leftover meat for breakfast, by making ham and cheese quiche, sliders, or even ham and bean soup


The best way to freeze it is to place in freezer bags and then squeeze out the excess air. This way, the meat will be properly sealed in a vacuum, and will not absorb any odor from the freezer. Then, place in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months.

Instant Pot Ham with Brown Sugar

Recipe Tips:

  • We love to glaze the meat with pineapple juice as it gives that holiday flavor to it which is perfect for Easter, Christmas or Thanksgiving. 
  • However, if you are not a pineapple fan, replace it with oranges, or even apple cider. 
  • This recipe is for 4-pound ham. For a larger cut, use more glaze. 
  • Similarly, honey can be replaced with maple syrup. 
  • If you don’t want to use aluminum foil, replace it with parchment paper. It will also seal the juices and work well.
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Instant Pot Ham
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Total time: 15 mins


  • 4.5-5 lbs  spiral ham  (boneless)
  • 1 1/2 cups  water 


  • 1/2 cup  dark brown sugar  (packed)
  • 1/2 cup  honey 
  • 1 cup  crushed pineapple 
  •  zest of 1 orange 
  •  juice of 1 orange 

For Broiling (optional):

  • 1/4 cup  honey 
  • 2 tablespoons  dark brown sugar  (packed)


  1. Add water to the Instant Pot.
  2. Place a trivet with handles inside the pot.
  3. Create a small boat out of foil, and place the ham in it.
  4. In a small bowl mix all the glaze ingredients. Use about 2/3 to brush and add between the ham slices.
  5. Transfer the ham to the Instant Pot and pour remaining glaze on pot.
  6. Close and lock the lid and cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes (see blog post for cooking time based on ham lbs), followed by 10 minutes Natural Pressure Release.

For Broiling (optional):

  1. Open once the cooking is done, transfer the ham to a baking pan, still inside the foil.
  2. Top with the remaining honey and brown sugar and broil for about 5 minutes, just until crispy.
  3. Remove from oven and serve hot.
Calories: 548 Carbohydrates: 35 Protein: 37 Fat: 28 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 105 Sodium: 2025 Potassium: 568 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 34 Vitamin A: 25 Vitamin C: 4.5 Calcium: 31 Iron: 1.8
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Instant Pot Ham with Brown Sugar Recipe


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Amy Desrosiers

Sweet pineapple glazed ham is right up my alley! I love Easter time since the hams are always so darn good at everyone's houses!


Anne marie

I love ham and pineapple together! This would be a great time-saving main dish for Easter.



Hmmm I never thought of doing ham in the instant pot. It definitely would save a lot of time on Easter.



I know lots of people make ham for Easter. This is cool to cook it in an instant pot!



We always do a ham at Easter and I can't wait to make it in my Instant Pot. That will save so much time.


Claudia Krusch

Ham is my favorite for Easter. This is cool to cook it in an instant pot! Can't wait to try it!



I never thought about using my Instant Pot to make a ham! 


Ruth I

Wow. This looks so good! I never thought cooking it in instant pot is the best way!


Celebrate Woman Today

Catalina, I love the ease of the this recipe. So little time, so much quality to the food!


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