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This Air Fryer Baked Ham cooks up perfectly juicy with a sweet and spicy brown sugar-mustard glaze.

Air Fryer Baked Ham


Do you always struggle with having enough oven space when you’re cooking a holiday meal? Or maybe you struggle with different dishes needing to bake or roast at different temperatures? Our Air Fryer Baked Ham recipe is a great solution!

What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is the newest craze in small kitchen appliances. It’s basically a counter-top convection oven that cooks and crisps (aka ‘fries’) by circulating hot air above and around the food.

Air Fryer Baked Ham

How to you make a baked ham in the air fryer?

Jack and I are very new to the air fryer owners crowd, but it really did a great job with this Air Fryer Baked Ham!

We first placed a pan lined with foil (for easy clean-up) in the bottom of our air fryer. Then we poured some rum in the bottom of the pan before placing a 2 to 3-pound pre-cooked, boneless ham cut side down.

Next, we coated the ham with a buttery brown-sugar glaze flavored with mustard, ground cloves and soy sauce.

We covered the ham with parchment paper and heated it through for about 30 minutes. Then we removed the parchment, and spooned more of the glaze onto the ham. We also raised the temperature of our air fryer, and let the ham cook until the glaze perfectly caramelized into a gorgeous mahogany crust that was sweet and sticky.

Our Air Fryer Baked Ham stayed nice and juicy. And that glaze is amazing!


Air Fryer Baked Ham

What kind of air fryer should I buy?

The variety of air fryers on the market is quite staggering with all different price points. We looked at top-rated models, small and large capacity versions, and after reading multiple reviews, we came to the conclusion that they all basically did the same thing, just with different bells and whistles added. We purchased this Dash 6-quart air fryer because it was a large capacity model, had good reviews, and it was relatively inexpensive (under $100). (We didn’t feel it was worth spending double for the top-rated model since the reviews were pretty much the same as this one.)

Air Fryer Baked Ham

Serve your Air Fryer Baked Ham with any of the following side dishes:

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Air Fryer Baked Ham

Air Fryer Baked Ham

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
  • Category: entree
  • Method: roasted
  • Cuisine: American


Before you begin: A 3-pound ham just fit in our 6-quart Air Fryer so plan accordingly. Ours was a cooked ham cut in half so it had a flat surface and a rounded top which is pretty typical of smaller cooked hams.


1 3-pound cooked boneless ham

1 cup dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons country mustard (or a mix of Dijon and whole grain mustard)

2 tablespoons melted butter

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons soy sauce

½ cup dark rum


Preheat air fryer for 15 minutes on 400 degrees F.

Score the ham both directions with shallow narrow cuts, about ¼ inch between slices.

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, mustard, melted butter, ground cloves, garlic power and soy sauce to form a thick paste.

In a small pan that fits in your air fryer basket (I fit a cake pan in mine), line the pan with foil and overhang about six inches. Press into the pan.

Pour in the rum and place the ham cut side down.

Brush or spoon on one quarter of the glaze.

Fold a piece of parchment over top then another piece of foil over the parchment so the entire ham is covered. Then fold up the sides from the bottom foil.

With oven mitts, lower the foiled pan into the air fryer basket and slide closed.

Lower temperature to 375 degrees F and cook for 30 minutes.

Raise temperature to 400 degrees F.

Slide basket out and place on a heat proof surface. Remove top foil and parchment, brush or spoon on another quarter of the glaze and close the basket with nothing covering the ham.

Set timer for five minutes. Glaze again and set for five more minutes. Coat with remaining glaze and cook five more minutes. Total 45 minutes from start.

Remove ham to your cutting board and slice.

Serve ham with our pineapple raisin sauce as shown above, or simply serve with the liquid at the bottom of the pan and serve on the side.

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This Air Fryer Baked Ham cooks up perfectly juicy with a sweet and spicy brown sugar-mustard glaze.


This Air Fryer Baked Ham cooks up perfectly juicy with a sweet and spicy brown sugar-mustard glaze.

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  • Bridget wrote:

    After 40 minutes the internal temp of my ham was 61 degrees. Yes, 61 Fahrenheit. For a ham *half* the size this recipe calls for. The timing on this recipe is WAYYYYY off. Glaze smells great, but unfortunately I won’t be able to taste it for several more hours.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for your feedback Bridget – I’m very surprised that your 1.5 pound ham was not heated through after more than an hour in the air fryer. Did you preheat it? Did you set the air fryer to the various temperatures in the recipe? Did you use a smaller, less powerful air fryer? An air fryer basically functions like a small convection oven – so if it didn’t heat through, you might want to double check the temperature of your fryer.

  • Rcik wrote:

    I made this recipe in our air fryer last night. We didn’t have any dark rum in the house so I substituted Bourbon and I served the ham with the juices from the pan (didn’t make the pineapple raisin sauce). Everything turned out great and all four of us at the table thought it was fantastic. And so easy!
    Thanks for yet another delicious recipe!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Rick – I like the idea of swapping in bourbon!

  • Raquel Dawn Silies wrote:

    Question: I do not have an air fryer, but my oven has the convection feature. Would the cook times be the same? Have thought about getting an air fryer, but don’t know if I have room!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Raquel – The air fryer definitely cooks faster, so just plan for some extra time in a regular convection oven. We’re just getting started using the air fryer ourselves…stay tuned for some more recipes in the coming weeks! 🙂

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