James Whelan Butchers: Ham with Marmalade and Ginger Glaze

Ham with Marmalade and Ginger GlazeNote: A really delicious glaze – if you are cooking a full ham just double the glaze quantities.

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  • 4kg Boneless Green Ham
  • 1-2 carrots, chopped
  • 1-2 sticks of celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 1 tablesp. peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 litre cider or apple juice
  • 1 orange thickly sliced


  • 3 tablesp. fine cut marmalade
  • ½ tablesp. ground ginger
  • Whole cloves for studding the ham

Serves 10

To Cook

Place the ham, vegetables, peppercorns, bay leaf, cider or apple juice and orange pieces in a large saucepan then cover with cold water. Place a lid on the saucepan, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 2 hours. When the ham is cooked the skin will peel off easily.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F). Transfer the ham to a roasting tin just large enough to hold it. Using a sharp knife remove the skin. Taking care not to cut into the flesh, score the fat into diamonds. Mix the marmalade and ginger together in a small bowl. Warm in the microwave for 10 seconds, then brush the mixture over the joint. Stud each diamond with a clove. Pour three ladlefuls of the reserved poaching liquid around the ham to keep it moist and bake for about 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes, until golden brown. Strain the rest of the poaching liquid and freeze. This can be used in soups or sauces.

Remove the ham from the oven and leave to rest in a warm place for at least 15 minutes.  Slice thickly and serve.

We hope you enjoyed reading this post by Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers. Pat is a 5th generation butcher, cook book author and the director of  James Whelan Butchers with shops in Clonmel, the Avoca Handweavers Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue, Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Rathmines and Swords in Dublin. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers

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2 Responses to “James Whelan Butchers: Ham with Marmalade and Ginger Glaze”

  1. vivienne says:

    We are based in Dublin & just bought one of your ham’s for Christmas Day, from Avoca in Monkstown. It looks SO delicious we are looking forward to eating it! Very reasonably priced also. Viv Cowan

  2. Geraldine Corcoran says:

    This is the 3rd year we have ordered online from Whelans for Christmas. The meat is delivered 1-2 days before Christmas arriving very well packed and iced. The quality of the meat is excellent. I will be ordering from Whelans for many years to come.

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