You can cook more than just chicken nuggets in the air fryer. It is one of my most used and most loved kitchen appliances, and it can make cooking a lot easier on busy days. If you are looking for a simple solution to a holiday dinner, try making air fryer ham. Yes, you can cook a ham in the air fryer! Here’s how.
If you want to cook in your air fryer more, consider making Air Fryer Chicken Thighs, Air Fryer Peach Hand Pies, and these Air Fryer Baked Potatoes. There are so many possibilities when you use your air fryer to prepare meals.
How to Cook Air Fryer Ham
You will need a two to four-pound boneless fully cooked ham. We are also going to make a special brown sugar glaze with honey and orange juice as well.
Prepare this meal by grabbing a half cup of brown sugar, a third cup of honey, and a fourth cup of orange juice. What makes this recipe so simple is you may already have most of the ingredients on hand already.
Combine the brown sugar, honey, and orange juice in a small skillet over medium heat. While the glaze is warming, line your air fryer basket with a piece of foil. Place the ham on top of the foil.
When the glaze is ready, brush about half of it over the ham.
Close the foil over the ham and be sure to wrap tightly.
Set your air fryer at 325°F for 20 minutes. Open your air fryer to check on the ham. Brush with additional glaze. Close the foil and set to air fry again for 325°F for 20 minutes.
After the second round of twenty minutes, brush with more glaze. If you prefer, you can air fry for an additional five minutes with the foil at a higher temperature to caramelize it to your preferences. If you would like to do this, set for 400°F for five minutes or so. If you don’t like your ham crispy, you can skip this step.
- 2-4 lb. boneless, fully cooked ham
For the Brown Sugar Glaze:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- Combine brown sugar, honey, and orange juice in a skillet over medium heat.
- Line the air fryer basket with a piece of foil. Then place the ham on top of the foil.
- Brush about 1/2 of the glaze over the ham.
- Close the foil over the ham and wrap tightly.
- Air Fry at 325°F for 20 minutes.
- Open the air fryer, carefully open the foil. Brush the ham with the additional glaze. Close the foil and Air Fry again at 325° for 20 minutes.
- If you want a crispier ham, do this optional step. After 20 minutes, brush with more glaze and air fry with the foil open at 400°F for 5 minutes or until the ham is caramelized to your liking. If you don’t want your ham to be crispy, skip this last 5 minutes.
- Serve & enjoy!
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 1440Total Fat 46gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 581mgSodium 8871mgCarbohydrates 57gFiber 0gSugar 56gProtein 201g
Nutrition information is an estimate.
How can you cook a ham?
This air fryer ham saves a lot of time and mess since you can prepare it effortlessly. The glaze is delicious! If you find that you want to try other ham ideas, consider making Crockpot Brown Sugar Ham or Instant Pot Ham. You can prepare ham in a variety of different ways, and the air fryer method is just one. A slow cooker allows for flavors to marinate while an Instant Pot can cut the prep time in half. I recommend that you experiment with a few different ham cooking methods to find what works best for you and your family. There is no wrong way to cook it though!
What can we do with Leftover Ham?
If you have leftover ham, there are a few ways that you can use it. Don’t let it go to waste! Try Ham and Cream Cheese Roll-Ups instead of a traditional ham and cheese sandwich or Freezer Friendly Ham & Egg Breakfast Sandwiches.
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