This air fryer glazed ham recipe is a quick and easy way to make ham! Learn how to make air fryer ham along with a delicious mango glaze. This ham is perfect for Easter and Christmas, but easy enough for a weeknight dinner.
This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Cooking ham in the air fryer is a fabulous way to make this classic family favorite! With this easy glazed ham recipe you can have ham all year long, not just for holidays.
Ham is traditional for Easter and Christmas, but it is a great dinner choice year round. It is simple to make, filling, feeds a crowd and leftover ham is very versatile.
With an air fryer you can cook your ham in less than an hour – fast enough that it can be an easy weeknight dinner. The high heat of the air fryer cooks ham twice as fast as an oven.
Why You Will Love Air Fryer Ham
- You can serve ham even in the heat of summer since you don’t have to use the oven for hours to cook it.
- If you are cooking for a holiday you will have the oven free for favorites like peanut butter bread or zucchini casserole.
- Adding a simple fruit glaze to the ham makes it even tastier and more special.
- Ham – This recipe is for heating up and glazing a precooked ham. Most ham is sold precooked, but if you have a fresh ham this recipe won’t work! Other than that the most important criteria is that your ham fits in your air fryer. Sliced, unsliced, bone in or boneless doesn’t matter.
- Glaze – A ham glaze adds color, flavor and texture to the ham. Added during the last few minutes of cooking it caramelizes on top of the ham and makes it extra delicious. I made a mango ham glaze for this ham recipe because I love the sweet flavor of mango combined with salty ham. But you can easily use your favorite ham glaze or just use the packet of glaze that frequently comes with a ham.
- Mangoes – I used frozen mangoes for the glaze, but peaches would also work nicely. And fresh mangoes or peaches would work too if you have them on hand. If you want a little bit spicier glaze try this mango jalapeno ham glaze which has a spicy kick!
How Big a Ham Can I Air Fry?
You are limited only by the size of your air fryer. I have a 5.8 quart air fryer and had no problem fitting a 3 pound ham inside it.
It also depends on the shape of the ham. Some air fryers are deeper than others which will allow you to cook a taller ham.
It is important that the ham doesn’t touch the heating element at the top of the air fryer. You also need to have a some holes in the bottom of the basket not covered so that the air can circulate around.
If you end up with a ham that doesn’t quite fit you can always trim it a bit to make it fit. With some experimentation you will have a pretty good idea of what size ham will work with your air fryer.
Step by Step Instructions
1. Prepare the Ham
The ham will cook more quickly and be easier to serve if you slice it before cooking. So if your ham is unsliced slice it into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices before heating it up.
When making ham in my air fryer I prefer to wrap it in foil for most of the cooking process. The foil keeps all the juices inside so that the ham stays moist and juicy.
In addition if you are using a glaze an unwrapped ham will get pretty messy. The glaze will caramelize on the air fryer basket and be a pain to clean off.
So wrap the ham in foil, covering the entire ham. You will want to peel back the foil to add the glaze later, so make sure the top of the foil is easy to remove.
2. Air Fry the Ham
As a general rule of thumb you can assume it will take about 10 minutes per pound of ham to heat it up. So use this to determine an initial cooking time.
Based on this my 3 pound ham needed 30 minutes. Set the air fryer at 300 degrees F and cook the ham for 30 minutes.
3. Make the Glaze
While the ham cooks is the perfect time to make the glaze. Combine 1 cup of frozen mango (or peaches) with 1/4 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small sauce pan.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the mangoes loose their shape and the sauce thickens. Add more water if it gets too thick.
It takes about 30 minutes for the mango glaze to thicken, which works out perfect for the air fryer ham.
4. Glaze the Ham
Once the initial cooking time is up peel the foil back from the ham and use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature. The ham needs to reach 165 degrees F before serving.
Brush about 1/4 of the glaze on the ham at this point, making sure to let some drip down between the slices. Close the foil up and cook the ham some more.
If the ham is at 160 degrees F or higher then cook it at 300 degrees F for another 10 minutes. If it isn’t that warm add some more cooking time, based on how far away from 165 degrees F it currently is. My 3 pound ham only needed an extra 10 minutes.
Always use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat, don’t try to guess based just on time. A thermometer is not expensive and the peace of mind it gives you is priceless. Food poisoning is not fun!
Once the second cooking time is up and the ham reaches 165 degrees F internally, peel the foil back up and brush another 1/4 of the glaze on top. Then cook it uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
This caramelizes the mango glaze on top and crisps the skin of the ham.
How to Serve
But almost any side dish works with ham, it is one of the most versatile main dishes around.
How to Store
The ham keeps in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can reheat it in the air fryer or make some easy leftover ham recipes.
Find More Easy Air Fryer Recipes
- 3 pound boneless sliced ham
Optional Mango Glaze
- 1 cup frozen mango (or peaches)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- Make sure your ham will fit in your air fryer including checking to make sure it doesn't hit the heating element in the top. Trim it to fit if necessary.
- If the ham is not sliced slice it into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch slices.
- Wrap the ham completely in foil. Make sure you can easily peel back the foil to add the glaze later.
- Set the air fryer at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes and cook the ham. See note below for adjusting time for a smaller/larger ham.
- While the ham cooks make the glaze. Combine the mango with water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cook stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the ham cooking time is up. Add more water to the glaze if it thickens too fast.
- Peel back the foil. Use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the ham. It needs to reach 165 degrees F before serving. Brush 1/4 of the glaze on the ham and close the foil back up.
- If the ham was at 160 degrees F or higher cook it at 300 degrees F for another 10 minutes. If it was lower than that add more cooking time.
- Once the cooking time is up check the ham's temperature again. If it is at 165 degrees F peel back the foil again and brush another 1/4 of the glaze over the top. Cook it, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. This will caramelize the glaze and brown the edges of the ham.
- Serve with the remaining glaze on the side.
As a general rule of thumb it will take 10 minutes per pound of ham. Use this time for your initial cooking time in step #4 if your ham is larger or smaller than 3 pounds.
You can substitute any glaze you like on this ham, either your own recipe or a packet that came with the ham.
Peaches work well in place of the mango and you can use fresh fruit instead of frozen if you have it. Or check out this recipe for a spicy mango jalapeno glaze that is just a little bit more complicated than this mango glaze.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 2217mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 51g
Nutrition facts are estimates.