This Instant Pot ham is so easy to make – 4 ingredients and a pressure cooker is all you need for a fantastic ham that everyone will love!
My kids are huge ham fans. One of their favourite meals for sure. That’s probably not unusual.
I think that most kids like ham. Maybe not quite as much as mine do.
I made this twice in one week to get the recipe right, and there were audible cheers from the kiddos when they found out I was making a second ham.
And the first one wasn’t even all gone yet.
Half hams are big. That’s a lot of ham to eat, but they were perfectly okay with that.
My husband and I don’t love it as much as the kids, but it’s still a meal that makes everyone here pretty happy. Especially me – easy as can be to make, and leftovers for days.
That’s pretty much the perfect meal.
Is bone in ham better than boneless?
Boneless hams are easier to slice, but I have found that they don’t have as much flavour as bone in hams, and the texture is sometimes a bit mushy. So I nearly always buy a bone in ham.
You do need to cut the ham up a bit for this recipe though to fit it in the Instant Pot. So if you prefer to toss a whole ham into the Instant Pot instead of cutting it up, that’s definitely an option.
If you’re doing this, go with 8 minutes per pound for the cooking time, as boneless hams come in a variety of sizes.
What’s the best cut of ham?
I like to get a half ham, labelled either shank portion or butt portion, with the bone in. They are usually quite large but do freeze very well.
So if you only want to cook half of it and freeze the other half that’s an option. Or cook it and then freeze it for later.
The only kind of ham I wouldn’t recommend for this recipe is a spiral cut ham. It would cook a little weird in the Instant Pot and go rather dry I think.
That being said, I haven’t tried it myself as I always find the spiral cut hams dry.
How many people will my ham feed?
A good estimate for how many people your ham will feed is 3/4 pound per person for a bone in ham and 1/2 pound per person for a boneless ham.
The ham I cooked this time was 8 pounds with the bone in. So theoretically that should serve about 12 adults.
I think it actually serves more then that as we have leftovers for days when I make a ham even though my kids eat a ton of it, but it obviously depends on how much everyone present eats!
For my family of five this ham was enough for two dinners. We also fried some up with eggs for breakfast a couple times. Plus sandwiches at lunch for a few days.
So it lasted just over a week in my house. Ham lasts for quite a while, so it’s not a bad thing to have leftovers of!
How to make Instant Pot Ham:
- This Instant Pot ham is so easy to prep. Simply cut it into a few chunks so it will fit in your Instant Pot, pour a brown sugar, mustard, and orange juice mixture over top, and cook on high pressure.
- The edges of the ham pieces do get quite dark with this recipe, especially where the ham is resting on the bottom of the pot, between the heat and the sugar in the sauce. It will still taste fine, but I prefer not to trim the fat and the rind before cooking, and try to have those sides of the ham pieces sitting on the bottom of the pot so you can just trim the dark edges off. If it’s the side with the rind, you would usually trim it off anyways so you’re not losing anything if you wait to trim it until after it’s cooked.
- I’ve made this recipe with both Dijon mustard, and prepared yellow mustard, and I preferred the Dijon, but both were good so use whichever you have on hand.
- I have an 8 quart Duo Instant Pot, and could fit the entire ham with the bone in it after cutting it up a bit. If you have a smaller Instant Pot you likely won’t be able to fit it all. Leave the bone out if it won’t fit, it will still be delicious.
Here are some great recipes for you that you can use the leftovers in:
- Creamy Ham and Corn Chowder
- Ham Egg and Cheese Pretzel Rolls
- Creamy One Pot Turkey and Rice (use chopped ham instead of turkey)
And here are a few great side dishes to serve with this Instant Pot ham:
- Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic
- Cheesy Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Cauliflower
- Drop Biscuits
Thursday 5th of May 2022
anyone ever cook there ham this way but frozen? if you have,could you please reply and tell me how long for? my ham is about 7 pounds frozen solid lol thank you
Thursday 5th of May 2022
hi,im going to make a ham following your recipe right here,i was wondering if i had to change time if its still frozen by the time diner time comes around? its solid right now but hopefully it will be mostly thawed out by 5.i can not believe this will only take about 40 minutes,this is amazing,cant wait to try it,i love brown sugar with mustard and orange juice,it sounds like a perfect match for ham
Thursday 5th of May 2022
Hi Patricia, I haven't tried this with frozen ham, but usually with the Instant Pot to make a recipe with frozen meat you need to cook it for 1.5 times as long. For this recipe I also cut the ham into chunks, so if your ham is frozen solid in one piece, it would be even longer than that, but I can't say how long. It also may not fit well in your Instant Pot in one piece if it's a 7 pound bone-in ham. I would recommend letting it thaw first and cooking it another day if you can if it's frozen in one piece.
Saturday 9th of October 2021
Is this an uncooked ham? If not what would it be per pound? Thank you
Wednesday 13th of October 2021
It's a smoked half ham. So it is cooked already. I have not made this recipe with an uncooked ham.
Monday 21st of September 2020
Hey Stacey. I was wondering if I could use a ham that weighs between 1lb-2lb. If so what would you do for measurements on the other ingredients?
Tuesday 22nd of September 2020
I haven't tried it with a ham that small, but I think it should work fine. For a ham that small I think I would skip cutting it up because it will probably fit in the Instant Pot whole (still cut it up if you need to though), and I would place it on the trivet instead, with 1/2 cup water in the bottom of the pot. I think with less ham and less orange juice, you will need more liquid in the bottom to get the pot to come to pressure, but using the trivet will keep the ham sitting above the water. For the mixture to pour over top of the ham, I would use 1/3 of the amount, so 2.5 tablespoons brown sugar, 1.5 tablespoons orange juice, and 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard.
Saturday 15th of August 2020
Is there a reason you didn't use the trivet to keep the ham off of the bottom of the pot? The dark edges could be prevented I think and not affect the outcome. Less trimming, more eating.
Monday 17th of August 2020
You could put it on the trivet if you want, I just wanted the ham sitting right in the sauce, not above it. And I trim the fat and rind off before serving the ham anyways, so if it's placed in the pot with the fat/rind side down it's not changing what I trim anyways.