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Instant Pot Cranberry Glazed Ham
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This Instant Pot Cranberry Glazed Ham recipe is so simple that it only has three ingredients, a ham, canned cranberry sauce and brown sugar. 

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ham with Cranberry Glaze, Instant pot Bone-in Ham, Instant Pot Cranberry Glazed Ham, Instant Pot Ham
Author: Barbara
  • 1 6-8 lb. bone in ham (precooked)
  • 14 oz. whole cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  1. Pour 1 cup water into a multi-functional electric pressure cooker such as an Instant Pot.

  2. Place the ham in the pot, fat-side up.  If the ham doesn't fit, you may need to cut off a piece. Be sure the lid can secure tightly.

  3. Mix together cranberry sauce and brown sugar. Reserve half of the mixture for later. Take the remaining half, and spread all over the ham.

  4. Secure the pressure cooker lid, and lock.  Make sure the steam release is set to the sealing position.

  5. Set the pressure cooker to high pressure. Set cook time to 30 minutes.

  6. Once the cooking process is complete, let the pressure release using the natural release method.

  7. Remove the ham, and place on broiler pan or in a metal pan. Spread with the remaining cranberry glaze.

  8. Broil the ham for 5 minutes or until caramelized. Do not walk away from the oven. Watch the ham closely so that it does not burn.  

  9. Remove ham. Slice, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes
  • We use a bone-in ham, approximately 5 to 6 pounds.  The ham is smoked which makes it precooked.  You can use a smaller or bigger ham, but be sure that it fits in the instant pot insert.  If you use a bigger ham, you will need to take up the cooking time.
  • This recipe uses a ham that has not been pre-sliced. This is important.  The cooking time in this recipe is not the same as for a spiral cut.  We like using the crock pot for a spiral cut in our 3-Ingredient Crock Pot Spiral Ham.
  • You may need to cut off a little piece of the side of the ham to get it to fit correctly. The lid needs to seal completely.
  • You will only use half the cranberry glaze for the cooking process. The other half is reserved for the broiling process.
  • Do not walk away from the ham during the broiling step.  It could burn easily due to the brown sugar.  The goal is to caramelize, not burn.
  • Leftover ham is delicious for recipes such as Crock Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage and Potato Casserole (swap smoked sausage with leftover ham), 20-Minute Ham and Cheese Chowder, Prep Ahead Ham Quiche, or save the ham bone for Instant Pot Ham and Beans.