It’s amazing how heating spiral-cut ham in the pressure cooker keeps the meat so moist and flavorful! No more dried-out reheated ham on your table with this Instant Pot ham recipe that’s perfect for holiday meals from Easter to Christmas.
I love to serve a nice ham for special occasions, but Honey Baked Ham is a must-have for my family at Easter.
My family also loves ham served hot, but oven-heated ham can end up dry and unappealing. That’s where the Instant Pot comes in!
The steamy environment inside your pressure cooker is PERFECT to heat a precooked ham so it’s just the right temperature for serving! And it’s always tender and juicy ham I’m proud to serve.
I’ve never cooked it another way ever since!
Update: This is how my family always heats ham for holiday meals! It’s also featured in our Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook. I’ve updated this post with helpful photos and tips so you and your family can always enjoy moist, delicious ham every time.
What Kind of Ham Do I Need?
You can use ANY precooked spiral cut ham!
My family’s favorite is Honey Baked Ham! It’s a precooked, spiral sliced ham with a crunchy sweet glaze. (It’s a splurge, but it’s absolutely worth it. Around the holidays the Honey Baked Ham lines can get over an hour or more.)
However, you can use your Instant Pot to heat any precooked, sliced ham—glazed or unglazed, bone-in or boneless.
📝 Most hams that you can buy in grocery stores are precooked. They’re generally cured or brined. It’s much less common to find uncooked hams, labeled “fresh ham.”
• Need more info on which kind of ham to buy?
• Have a fresh ham and want to know how long to cook it?
The Honey Baked Ham is precooked and is supposed to be served at room temperature.
(For the record, they say it will only take 30 minutes for the ham to come to room temperature on the counter. I don’t know whose counter they’ve been using, but my ham has never come to room temperature in 30 minutes…)
How to Heat Precooked Ham Slices in an Instant Pot
In fact, you can use this Instant Pot method to heat most precooked meats, including pastrami, and turkey.
The great part about Instant Pot ham is how incredibly simple it is to reheat the meat.
If you choose to glaze your ham, I recommend adding it to the ham before you wrap it in tin foil. (This way, the glaze gets gooey and melted right against the meat while the ham warms.)
Tip: If your ham didn’t come with a tasty glaze, try this copycat Honey Baked ham glaze recipe.
Wrapping the ham tightly in tin foil seals all of the moisture inside to keep the ham from drying out as it warms.
Let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes, so the meat stays juicy. Then unwrap the ham and test to ensure it is warmed to your desired temperature.
Heating Boneless Sliced Ham
If you’re making a boneless sliced ham, you can follow this same procedure.
After cooking, note that the top and bottom slices will get hot before the middle slices. If you wish to serve everything at once, after the initial cook time, move the middle slices to the top and bottom of the stack and return to the pressure cooker. Cook at High Pressure for a few minutes more.
However, I often find that I have enough ham warmed to serve each family member a slice, so I’ll take out the top and bottom slices to enjoy first, then return just the middle to pressure cook so it’s ready when people want seconds. 😊
What Size Pressure Cooker Do I Need to Heat Ham?
You can use any size pressure cooker that your ham will fit inside!
I usually cut a large ham into several pieces, removing the bone. Then I use my 8-quart pressure cooker.
If you have an especially large spiral ham or a smaller Instant Pot / pressure cooker, you can always cut off slices of ham and warm them in batches.
If you’re not going to finish your entire spiral ham, you can cut off what you’d like and save the rest in the freezer for another meal.
What to Serve with Warm Instant Pot Ham
Because this recipe is so quick and simple, you can have fun making delicious side dishes to serve with your ham slices. Here are some of our favorites:
- Pressure Cooker Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin is a must-have at my house whenever I make Instant Pot ham. They’re gooey and soft with a delightfully crispy crust.
- Roasted Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche from Allways Delicious is a fancy-sounding but quite simple (and very tasty) way to dress up this popular spring veggie.
- Orange Currant Hot Cross Buns are a favorite for an Easter treat, but I love them all year long.
- Instant Pot Robin Eggs Mini Cheesecakes are an adorable sweet treat to top off your Easter menu.
- 4 pounds precooked sliced ham
- 1 cup water
- Check to make sure your ham will fit in your pressure cooker, and cut down if needed. Wrap the ham tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil.
- Pour water into the pressure cooking pot, and place the rack in the bottom. Center the wrapped ham on a sling and carefully lower it onto the rack.
- Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 12 minutes cook time.
- When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. When valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
- Remove the ham from the aluminum foil and test to ensure it has reached your desired temperature. If not, rewrap the ham and cook at High Pressure for a few minutes more.
- Cut the slices away from the bone and serve immediately.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 2217mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 50g
Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.
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