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Easy Pineapple Cherry Easter Ham Glaze

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

This pineapple cherry glaze is a delicious way to dress up your Easter ham!

This pineapple cherry glaze is a delicious way to dress up your Easter ham!

Easy Pineapple Cherry Glaze

Now is the time to start planning your Easter dinner. What will be your main dish? Ham is a popular choice. A slow-cooked ham with a tasty glaze and attractive garnish will be a beautiful addition to the Easter holiday table.

This pineapple cherry glaze is my favorite Easter standby. The glaze is made with the juices drained from a 10-ounce jar of Maraschino cherries and a 20-ounce can of sliced pineapple.

Ingredients for pineapple cherry ham glaze

Ingredients for pineapple cherry ham glaze


  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple slices, drained and juices reserved
  • 1 (10-ounce) jar Maraschino cherries, drained and juices reserved
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch


  1. Drain and reserve the juices from the can of sliced pineapple and the jar of Maraschino cherries.
  2. Add the juices to a saucepan.
  3. Add the other ingredients.
  4. Heat on medium heat. Stir until the mixture boils.
  5. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

How to Cook the Ham

I cook my ham in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes per pound. I first put a cup of water in the roaster and place the ham in the fat side up. I remove the ham halfway through the cooking time and score it. Then I begin lovingly basting it with the glaze. I continue to cook and baste two or three more times to ensure a juicy and succulent ham.

Basting the ham

Basting the ham

How to Garnish the Ham

About 30 minutes before the cooking time ends, I remove my ham once more. I garnish my ham with the pineapple slices and Maraschino cherries. I return the ham to the oven to finish baking. I turn off the oven at the end of the cooking time and let the ham slowly cool down. And, you guessed it, I baste it yet again with the pineapple cherry glaze.

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