A killer Blood Orange Sugar Free Keto Glazed Ham recipe that will have you enjoying your ham this Christmas without the sugar! No one will know your little secret.
Keto glazed ham upright on a plate.

A festive ham is a much-loved addition to many holiday tables the world over. This sugar-free keto glazed ham is super simple and seriously tasty.

This keto ham recipe was originally published in 2018 and has had a recent update with tips on how to make the best glazed ham recipe.

Why You Will Love this Recipe

Low carb – the keto ham glaze is so easy and so low carb. With only a little in each piece of ham the carbs are negligible.

Everyday ingredients – Made with everyday ingredients found in most keto pantries.

Quick and easy – so simple to make. The oven does most of the work for you. From preparation to table, it can take less than 1 hour.

Thermomix friendly – make the sugar-free keto ham glaze in the ThermomixMagimix or food processor in no time and with easy cleanup. It comes together so quickly and is the perfect family favourite.

The Ingredients

Scroll to the bottom of this post for the amount of each ingredient needed to make this easy no sugar ham glaze.

Choosing a ham – I always pick a ham that has a nice layer of fat for baking. When baking a ham you remove the skin and the fat is what protects the meat and holds the glaze. For this recipe, I have used an easy carve leg ham. You can use a rolled ham or shoulder ham if preferred.

Sweetener – I use Sukrin Gold sweetener for the glaze. It has a sweetness level almost the same as brown sugar but no carbs. You can use white sweetener but please reduce the sweetener if needed depending on the level of sweetness of the brand.

Butter – for a dairy-free ham glaze swap the butter for avocado oil if preferred.

Cloves – cloves are used for adding flavour ad decoration. Remove before eating or serving.

Step by Step How to Make It

Step 1. Melt the butter.

Step 2. Add the remaining glaze ingredients and return to the heat.

Step 3. Simmer the ham glaze until it thickens.

Step 4. Remove the skin from the ham. Score with the very tip of a sharp knife into a diamond pattern, careful to not cut all the way through the fat.

Step 5. Brush the ham with the glaze and bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on the size of the ham increase the time) basting every 10-15 minutes with the glaze.

Step 6. Remove the ham from the oven and decorate with cloves. Brush with the glaze and bake a further 20-30 minutes. Rest ham for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

Great Keto Sides

A low carb glazed ham can be enjoyed at any time of year. It is the perfect keto entertaining recipe. No one will even know it is sugar-free. A glazed ham is always perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.

  1. Easy Creamed Spinach
  2. Keto Potato Salad
  3. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
  4. Keto Coleslaw
  5. Keto Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Lemon Yogurt

Keto Ham Glaze Variations

For my keto ham recipe, I chose to use blood oranges and ginger to flavour but either of these could easily be exchanged for other ingredients.

The following variations would work well with any of our keto pork recipes too.

KETO APRICOT & RUM GLAZED HAM RECIPE

Soak 6-8 dried apricots in 1/4 cup of bourbon or rum overnight. Blend in a food processor and cook as per the recipe below. While apricots generally have about 3g net carbs used in a recipe like this and the amount servings the carbs will still be very minimal.

KETO MAPLE GLAZED HAM RECIPE

Omit blood orange and ginger and add 2 tablespoons sugar-free maple syrup in its place. Reduce the glaze as per the recipe.

KETO MARMALADE GLAZED HAM RECIPE

Omit blood orange and ginger and add 4 tablespoons sugar marmalade (Hawthorne Hill Sugar Free Marmalade) in its place. Reduce the glaze as per the recipe.

FAQs and Hot Tips

How many carbs in ham?

Ham is low in carbs. Some can be cured with sugar, so check the ingredients. Ham is less than 1g total carbs per 100g serve.

How to make glazed ham ahead of time?

The ham and the ham glaze can both be made ahead of time. I do recommend that you bake it on the day as the ham does look amazing with a fresh glaze.

My ham is not golden. How can I make the ham glaze golden?

I use a butane torch to help colour my food and add extra “charriness.” Use a butane torch just before serving to add colour and caramelise the ham glaze.

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Keto Glazed Ham

A killer Blood Orange Sugar Free Keto Glazed Ham recipe that will have you enjoying your ham this Christmas without the sugar! No one will know your little secret.
5 from 124 votes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: American, Australian, Christmas
Diet: Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 499kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 20 serves
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Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup (0.25 cup) butter 60g
  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) fresh ginger finely minced
  • 1/4 cup (0.25 cup) gold sweetener I use Sukrin Gold
  • Zest and juice of 1 blood orange or navel orange
  • 1/4 cup (0.25 cup) Chicken Bone Broth 60g
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) coconut aminos 36g
  • 5-6 kg (15 lb) Easy Carve Ham
  • Cloves (Cloves) for decorating

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large roasting pan with baking paper.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over moderate heat. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer the glaze until it reduces to a thick silky consistency. Set aside.
  • Run a small sharp knife over the flap of skin on the ham. Using your fingers, separate skin from fat. Remove and discard skin. Lightly score the ham all over in a diamond pattern.
  • Brush the ham with the glaze and bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on the size of the ham increase the time) basting every 10-15 minutes with the glaze.
  • Remove the ham from oven and decorate with cloves. Brush with the glaze and bake a further 20-30 minutes. Rest ham for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

THERMAL METHOD

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large roasting pan with baking paper.
  • Place the butter into the mixer; heat 3 min/100°C/speed 2. Add the remaining ingredients and cook 5 min/110 ̊C/speed 1. Follow from Step 3 above.

Notes

STORAGE
Baked ham is best consumed within 4 days of storing in the fridge.
The ham can be sliced or cut into large pieces and kept frozen.
SWEETENERS
Any sweetener can be used in this recipe but remember to adjust according to the sweetness level of the sweetener. I use Sukrin Gold which is of a similar sweetness to brown sugar. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning to adjust the level of sweetness.
INGREDIENTS
I use blood oranges in this recipe but any orange of choice can be used.
For the images you see I have used a slightly larger ham at 7kg that has only the bone at the end of the ham.
 

Your Own Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 2456mg | Potassium: 579mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg | Magnesium: 39mg | Net Carbs: 0g
Tried this recipe?Mention @meganellam or tag #madcreations!

Megan Ellam is an Australian keto recipes blogger and author of amazing keto cookbooks such as Slow Cook KetoKeto LocoThe Healthy Family Keto Cookbook and Every Day Keto.

Megan has been following a ketogenic diet since being diagnosed with insulin resistance in early 2017.

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71 responses to “Sugar-Free Keto Glazed Ham”

  1. Francine

    5 stars
    Delicious and easy! Give it a try.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Francine

  2. Chenée

    5 stars
    What a delicious ham! I love the addition of blood orange. So flavorful and definitely the perfect holiday centerpiece.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay!

  3. Moop Brown

    5 stars
    This ham seems like the perfect entree for a holiday meal and I like the fact that it is keto as well!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Enjoy Moop!

  4. Chandice Probst

    5 stars
    What a great way to enjoy ham without all the sugar and carbs! Thank you for this delicious recipe!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome Chandice

  5. Kate Hahnel

    5 stars
    What a wonderful way to enjoy this holiday classic, but in a much healthier way without all the sugar!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Absolutely!

  6. Tammy

    5 stars
    Gorgeous shots! I love honey glazed hams and it was always such a treat for me during the holidays. This keto version is fabulous…the warm ginger is also a wonderful touch!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Tammy

  7. Heather

    5 stars
    I love how I can make this delicious keto ham with pantry staples – a little cloves go a long way in creating distinct, yet subtle flavours.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Decorative and flavoursome

  8. Gwynn Galvin

    5 stars
    Just added this recipe to my Christmas menu and cannot wait to taste it!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Awesome! Merry Christmas Gwynn!

  9. Jessica

    Oooo, can’t wait to try this out for Christmas. It’s nice to know that there are healthier alternatives to honey ham (my favorite!!!). The flavors sound really amazing.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I hope you and the family have an amazing Christmas Jessica

  10. Cathleen

    5 stars
    I like ham so much more for Thanksgiving, so I am definitely giving this a go. Thank you so much for this recipe, making it in a couple of weeks for Thanksgiving 🙂

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome Cathleen

  11. Heidy

    5 stars
    This was a fabulous keto ham recipe that my entire family enjoyed. I’m looking forward to seeing some of your other recipes and making them! Have a great day! Happy Holidays!
    Heidy

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! Happy Holidays!

  12. Bernice

    5 stars
    That ham looks irresistible! It looks so perfect with the cloves all lined up so nicely. Classic.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Bernice

  13. Natalie

    5 stars
    Oh wow, what a beautiful ham. That crispy skin is mouthwatering and glaze sounds fantastic. I can imagine this ham on my Holiday table. Thanks for the recipe. I’m definitely going to make it.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome Natalie

  14. Jamie

    5 stars
    What a showstopper! I love how perfectly glazed this is and also the flavors from the mustard and blood orange juice. Delicious!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed it Jamie.

  15. Gwynn

    5 stars
    Such a delicious recipe for the holidays! This will definitely be a favorite!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay!

  16. Brianna

    This ham was loved by everyone from age 4-85! Perfectly spiced with a crispy exterior.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Weeee! That is so awesome!

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