Jamaican Christmas Ham Recipe: Quick and Easy

Level: Easy
Cooking Time: 25 minutes per 500 grams


  • 1 ham (4-6 pounds)
  • 24 cloves
  • 1 can pineapple slices
  • 8 maraschino cherries (or preferred choice)
  • 2 cups orange juice (or preferred fruit juice)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (or granulated sugar)


  1. Allow the ham to fully thaw, then remove plastic casing and stockinette.
  2. Wrap ham securely with aluminium foil to keep moisture in.
  3. Places on a baking rack with the fat side up. Place the rack with the ham in a roasting pan with water and bake at 180ºC(350ºF) for 20 minutes per 500 grams.
  4. Remove and discard the aluminium.
  5. Peel off ham skin and place to the side in the roasting pan. Make diagonal cuts using a sharpe knife, then stud with cloves.
  6. Arrange pineapple slices over the surface of the surface and place a red cherry in the center of each pineapple slice. Fasten with a toothpick to keep pineapple slices and cherries in place.
  7. Pour orange juice over the ham, then sprinkle on brown sugar.
  8. Return to oven and bake at 150ºC (300ºF) for 20-30 minutes until a golden brown color is achieved. Baste with sauce in pan at 5-10 minute intervals.
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