Spiced ginger-glazed ham served on a board

Spiced ginger-glazed ham

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hrs, 30 mins


Serves 8

Treat guests over for Christmas to a Boxing Day ham. You don’t need a long shopping list – this easy, sweetly spiced version uses just five ingredients

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal517
  • fat21g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars38g
  • fibre1g
  • protein41g
  • salt4.3g


  • 2kg unsmoked boneless gammon joint
  • 2½ l ginger ale (not sugar-free)
  • 2 tsp allspice berries, plus 1 tsp, crushed
  • 300g light brown soft sugar
  • 3 tbsp finely grated ginger



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  1. Put the gammon in a large pan and cover with 2 litres of ginger ale. Top up with water to cover the joint, if you need to. Add the whole allspice berries and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, and simmer gently, covered, for 2½ hrs. Top up with water, if you need to, while it’s simmering. 

  2. Drain the ham and leave until it’s cool enough to handle while you make the glaze. Put the remaining ginger ale in a pan with the sugar, grated ginger and crushed allspice. Simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 mins until syrupy.

  3. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Remove the skin from the ham, leaving a layer of fat, then score the fat in a criss-cross pattern. Transfer the ham to a foil-lined roasting tin, and brush over half the glaze. Roast for 15 mins, then glaze with the remaining syrup. Increase the temperature to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and roast for a further 15-20 mins until you get a sticky golden crust. Leave to cool for 15 mins before carving. Drizzle over more glaze from the tin to serve, if you like. Can be made ahead and chilled for up to four days.

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24th Feb, 2020
We have made this twice already and plan on making it again this weekend for a family gathering as everyone loves it so much. Really easy to do and goes down really well.
26th Dec, 2019
It’s Boxing Day and I’m making this for the second time and for the second time the glaze would not turn syrupy. Don’t know what I’m doing wrong, will be interested to read any other comments!
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10th Feb, 2020
Hi Veronica, Sorry to hear you're experiencing this issue. Are you using a diet/ no sugar ginger ale or beer? This may affect the consistency of the glaze. Kind regards, BBC Good Food team
6th Jun, 2020
I can only get hold of diet fiery ginger beer, would this work if I added sugar? Or what can I use? We only have sugar free drinks in the house and are avoiding going out during lockdown
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8th Jun, 2020
Hi, yes you should be able to use that for flavour but we haven't tested it so I can't be absolutely sure how it will behave, because the drink is already sweet you need to be careful how much sugar you add. Don't add any to the ham cooking liquid, reduce the amount for the glaze and then add only add sugar if you need to. Lulu
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