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.

Garnished ham

Garnished ham

More Tasty Easter Ham Glazes

Cola Glaze:

This recipe uses maple syrup, brown sugar, cola and Dijon mustard for a truly unique ham glaze.

Honey Glaze:

Dark corn syrup, honey and whole cloves will produce a glaze that mimics the famous one baked with honey!

Orange Glaze:

Apple cider, orange juice, and orange marmalade mixes together with mustard and ginger. The result is a tangy-sweet ham glaze.

Mango Orange Glaze:

Orange marmalade and mango chutney together with cloves and brown sugar will make a delicious glaze with a tropical twist.


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 14, 2020:

Viewing this recipe of yours transported me back to my childhood. My mother used to top her hams with pineapple and cherries just like this.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 14, 2020:

Thanks! I hope you had as good of an Easter as possible!

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 12, 2020:

I’m sure that many people had hams today on their tables in spite of the quarantine. Thanks for providing five excellent options for glazes.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 11, 2020:

Glad to hear that, Rachel. Enjoy your ham and your Easter!

Rachel Alba on April 11, 2020:

Hi Rebecca. That is a mouth watering picture of your ham. I can't wait to make mine. I actually use the same ingredients but never made a glaze out of them. Thanks for the idea and recipe. I will be using it. Have a Blessed Easter.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 09, 2020:

Thanks, Pamela. Happy Easter!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 09, 2020:

This looks delicious and the recipe does not sound that difficult. Thank you Rebecca.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 09, 2020:

Thanks, Thelma! Happy Easter to you as well.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 09, 2020:

OMG! I am getting hungry. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I would love to make this. Happy Easter to you.

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