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Mustard Sauce for Ham

Mustard Sauce for Ham

This mustard sauce is a must have when you’re serving ham! Easy to make, it keeps for a long time, and it’s perfect as a dipping sauce or on a sandwich!

mustard sauce for ham

This mustard sauce for ham is a staple for my family. If you serve a ham at a family function and don’t have any ham sauce with it….there will be angry people.

Okay, maybe not angry. But people will definitely wonder why you would do such a thing. Because ham needs ham sauce. Obviously.

Mustard Sauce

Although, I’ll be honest – I never even tried it until recently. It had mustard in it so why would I want to ruin my perfectly good ham by putting ham sauce on it?

And then I grew up and decided that there has to be a reason that everyone likes this mustard sauce for ham.

Actually that’s not true. I made the ham for a family function so I had to make ham sauce. And, well, if I’m making it I figured I should probably at least try it.

You know, do what I’m always telling my kids to do, and try something before deciding I don’t like it.

Mustard Sauce

Turns out, my family isn’t crazy, and this easy mustard sauce for ham is actually pretty fantastic.

I don’t even like mustard (which is why I never wanted to try it in the first place) and I really enjoyed it.

It’s easy to make, lasts for a really long time, and tastes great – either to serve with ham or on a ham sandwich.

It’s a bit like a sweet and sour mustard flavoured sauce that goes perfectly with ham. I’m kind of regretting all those years of ignoring that little jar sitting beside the ham now.

mustard sauce for ham

Is dry mustard and ground mustard the same thing?

Yes, dry mustard and ground mustard are the same thing. I always buy this dry mustard, but any kind will work. It may be labelled as ground mustard or powdered mustard.

Ham sauce

How to make Mustard Sauce for Ham:

  • Make sure not to use a cast iron pan to make this mustard sauce. You shouldn’t cook acidic foods in an iron pan as the acid can loosen trace amounts of the metal and give the food a metallic taste. It won’t hurt you, but it will make the mustard sauce taste strange!
  • This mustard sauce will keep in the fridge for quite a while – and it also freezes well if you want to double the recipe. I like to store it in one of these 8 oz (250 mL) mason jars.
  • This sauce is amazing served with this brown sugar baked ham, either as a dipping sauce for a ham dinner, or as a condiment on a dinner roll piled with ham.

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Yield: serves 10

Mustard Sauce for Ham

Mustard sauce for ham

This mustard sauce is a must have when you're serving ham! Easy to make, it keeps for a long time, and it's perfect as a dipping sauce or on a sandwich!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar


  1. In a small saucepan (not an iron pan!), whisk the egg yolks until they are smooth and have lightened a bit in colour.
  2. Add the sugar, dry mustard and vinegar and whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens slightly.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat. 
  6. Serve the mustard sauce either hot or cold. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

Kumar Sharma

Sunday 7th of April 2024

Made this to go with my leftover ham from our Easter dinner. I was sceptical at first based on the list of ingredients but was pleasantly surprised by the result. Used in small quantities, as a dipping sauce, it was a perfect counterpoint to the saltiness of the ham. The texture with the egg yolks was smooth and creamy, though a little of the egg whites that sneaked in coagulated into little bits. I removed these before serving. It is important to make sure that your egg yolks are well separated. I used apple cider vinegar in my sauce. My guests loved this sauce as well.

Tom P

Thursday 30th of November 2023

Just made this with white wine vinegar by mistake. It was grim. I then noticed it was white vinegar. Made it again, a bit better but still grim. Horrible recipe and wasted 30 mins


Thursday 7th of December 2023

Sorry you didn't like it. We love it, as do many people that have made it, but tastes differ.

James Brooks

Friday 21st of April 2023

This recipe is kinda bad ,first off the egg yolk gives it a bad texture for a sauce it just doesn’t pour or drizzle very well , and this is hardly enough sauce for anything i double the recipe and barely got enough for 3 ham steaks


Monday 24th of April 2023

Sorry you didn't like it. It's really more of a dipping sauce though, not a sauce to completely cover your ham steak in, which I mention in the recipe description. It makes about a cup of sauce, and we only use 1-2 tablespoons with our ham, so it's more than enough for 8-10 people. I think maybe you were looking for something a bit different if 2 cups wasn't enough for 3 people? Also the purpose of the egg yolks is to thicken the sauce, I've never noticed anything weird with the texture, so maybe something didn't turn out right for you. Sorry about that.


Sunday 2nd of April 2023

I made this recipe because I lost my original ham sauce recipe. I found that this one will do in a pinch but is a tad on the sweet and bitter side but a close second! I prefer to add the whole egg, not just the yolk. I also add the 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper like mentioned in the comments. And lastly to finish it off, 1tbsp of butter or marg!


Tuesday 16th of August 2022

I made this to go with ham and it’s one of the best mustards I’ve ever tasted. Outstanding! I’ll give as gifts for the holidays.

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