So Easy Honey Mustard Gammon Recipe
Gammon coated in a honey mustard glaze – a recipe for complete and utter satisfaction! It’s sticky, tasty and a real festive classic. Make this gammon for Christmas or Easter for the best dinner ever.
Honey glazed gammon! If that doesn’t sound appetising to you, then I don’t know what will! It’s sweet, salty and full of so much flavour.
The honey mustard glaze is poured over the gammon which is left to caramelise in the oven. Oh my, the gammon comes out moist, sticky, delicious and looks totally irresistible.
Cooking gammon is so simple and it’s great for Christmas, Sunday roast and Easter. It’s one of those dishes you can eat throughout the year and on special occasions too.
Honey Glazed Gammon
This honey mustard glaze is a traditional and simple way to add flavour to roasted gammon. You just need a handful of ingredients for this recipe, and it doesn’t require too much prep.
You may know this recipe as honey glazed ham instead of gammon, they are basically the same thing. Gammon is usually uncooked and cured in brine, salt water or through smoking. Whereas ham is cooked and sold ready to eat.
Watch How To Make It
Which Gammon Joint Should I use?
I used a large gammon joint 2.3kg in size. You can get this from your local supermarket or butcher.
A 2.3kg gammon joint will feed around 10 to 12 people. You can choose a smaller size to feed less people.
I like buying smoked gammon because it adds a delicious smoky flavour, you won’t get this taste with unsmoked gammon. You can choose between smoked and unsmoked gammon; this is up to your personal preference.
Do You Have To Boil Gammon Before Roasting?
You don’t have to boil gammon before roasting it in the oven. However, a combination of boiling gammon and roasting it in the oven makes the texture extremely moist.
Boiling gammon before roasting it saves a lot of time! Despite it being an extra step, it reduces the overall cooking time.
That being said, you can skip boiling the gammon, but the gammon will take longer to roast in the oven. If you choose to skip boiling, it would be best to glaze the gammon 20 to 30 minutes before it’s ready.
Below are the ingredients needed for this recipe:
- Gammon Joint: Buy a smoked or unsmoked gammon joint (cured pork leg) for this recipe.
- Glaze: The glaze is made from a mixture of clear honey and English mustard.
- Seasonings: I like to boil the gammon in hot water containing bay leaves and rosemary sprig. The addition of extra herbs and seasonings are optional.
Which Honey Should I Use?
Any brand of runny honey is fine to use, avoid using set honey as it will be harder to mix into a glaze.
If the honey you are using is crystallised, simply heat the honey in the microwave or over a stove and it will turn runny again.
How To Make Honey Mustard Gammon
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make roasted gammon glazed with honey and mustard. Full recipe instructions are on the recipe card.
How To Boil And Prepare The Gammon
Place the gammon joint in a large pot and cover the gammon with water. Add bay leaves, rosemary or other herbs for added flavour.
Bring the water to a boil before lowering the heat to a gentle simmer. As I used a 2.3kg gammon joint, I boiled the gammon for 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you’re using a 1kg gammon joint, then you can boil it for 45 to 50 minutes.
TIP: For even more flavour, you can add diced onions and black peppercorns to the water.
After boiling the gammon, place it on a large roasting tray lined with foil. Remove the layer of skin leaving the layer of fat.
Honey Gammon Glaze
With a sharp knife, score the gammon in a criss-cross diamond shape.
To make the glaze, mix clear honey and English mustard together in a small mixing bowl.
Using a basting brush, spread the glaze evenly over the boiled gammon joint and gently press cloves into the gap.
Place the gammon in the oven and roast for 30 minutes or until golden and caramelised.
Once roasted, leave the gammon to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving.
What Goes With Honey Roast Gammon?
I love to serve honey roast gammon with these delicious parmentier potatoes (cubed potatoes), it’s the perfect match. You can also serve gammon with oven-baked skin on fries.
For the veggies, honey roasted parsnips and carrots and this long stem broccoli are tasty additions.
All the recipes above are roasted in the oven too.
My Top Tips
I recommend double layering your roasting tray with foil, if the honey glaze gets onto your roasting tray, then it can be difficult to scrub off. To avoid this completely, you can use a disposable foil roasting tin.
If you don’t like your gammon meat salty, you can soak it for a few hours before starting this recipe. This will help remove some of the saltiness.
If you brought a large gammon joint, you don’t have to cook all of it! If you only need a small amount, cut what you need and freeze the rest for another time.
You can buy gammon in a range of different sizes, here’s a general rule of thumb regarding cooking times. Boil your gammon for 20 minutes for every 450g it weighs. However, I always boil a large gammon joint for 1 hour and 30 minutes even though it’s 2.3kg.
How Long To Cook Glazed Gammon In Oven?
The gammon cooks in the oven for only 30 minutes, most of the cooking happens whilst the gammon is boiling.
More Festive Recipes
In the festive mood? Check out these amazing savoury Christmas recipes below:
Honey Mustard Glazed Gammon
- 2.3 kg Gammon Joint (5.1 lb)
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 Rosemary Sprig
Honey Mustard Glaze
- 5 tbsp Clear Runny Honey
- 5 tbsp English Mustard
- Place the gammon joint in a large pot and cover the gammon with water. Add bay leaves, rosemary or other herbs for added flavour.
- Bring the water to a boil before lowering the heat to a gentle simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes (leave pot uncovered).
- After boiling the gammon, place it on a large roasting tray lined with foil.
- Remove the layer of skin leaving the layer of fat. With a sharp knife, score the gammon in a criss-cross diamond shape.
Honey Mustard Glaze
- To make the glaze, mix clear honey and English mustard together in a small mixing bowl.
- Using a basting brush, spread the glaze evenly over the boiled gammon joint and gently press cloves into the gap.
Roasting Gammon In Oven
- Place the gammon in the oven and roast for 30 minutes or until golden and caramelised.
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