Skinny Honey Baked Ham


honey baked ham

I love the flavor of a honey baked ham. It’s usually basted in fruit juices and then glazed with a mixture of brown sugar and honey. To make my version skinnier, I started with a precooked, spiral cut ham from Trader Joe’s. Happily, it’s uncured which means nitrate-free! In addition, I’m using much less honey and brown sugar for the glaze than a typical honey baked ham. Although mine’s not nearly as heavily glazed, it still taste delicious! Each serving has 238 calories, 5 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour


1 Trader Joe’s spiral cut, bone-in ham (about 4 pounds, fully cooked) or your favorite, see shopping tip

¼ cup pineapple juice or apple juice

¼ cup orange juice

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon orange juice


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Place ham, cut end down, in a large 13 x 9 pan. Throw away the glaze packet, if using the Trader Joe’s ham.

3. In a small bowl, mix together pineapple juice and orange juice. Spoon 2 tablespoons over ham.  Bake ham for 5 minutes. Remove from oven drizzle 2 more tablespoons all over ham. Bake for an additional 5 minutes and spoon the remaining juices over the ham. Remove ham from oven.

4. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, honey and 1 tablespoon of orange juice.
Spoon mixture all over outside of ham. Place ham back in oven and bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes.

Makes 12 servings (each serving 4 ounces)

Food Facts

Many ham lovers say bone-in hams have a better texture and a superior taste. Just like chicken, a bone-in ham has more flavor because the bone itself imparts flavor into the meat.

With spiral cut hams, the slicing is done on a special cutting machine that spins the ham around while cutting thin slices through to the bone in a continuous spiral.

Shopping Tip

If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, I highly recommend buying their ham. It’s uncured which means nitrate-free! Although they come with a glaze packet, I’m including my own recipe above. If you want to buy a larger ham, you’ll need to increase the amount of glaze in my recipe.
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area, most health food stores sell uncured hams. Or, most supermarkets sell bone-in spiral cut hams (precooked)

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 
Weight Watchers
(old points) 5

SKINNY FACTS: for a 4 ounce serving
238 calories, 5g fat, 3g sat. fat, 13g carbs, 35g protein, 0g fiber, 985mg sodium, 13g sugar

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8 Responses to “Skinny Honey Baked Ham


  1. Jeanean Says:

    Delicious! Can’t wait to make some hash and sammiches. I wonder how swapping the OJ with cranberry juice would work. A tip for cleaning the pan, since I neglected to use foil, pour boiling water in the pan and all of the caramelized mess will come right off.

  2. admin Says:

    I bet cranberry juice would taste yummy. Thanks for the easy cleanup tip Jeanean!

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  7. Ellie Says:

    I bought the uncured ham from TJ’s for the first time! I’m hoping to make your recipe, but in a crock pot. Some people said to wrap ham in foil to prevent drying out, then put in crock pot. All of the recipes I found online said to cook for 8 hours on low, but I’m worried about the ham drying out. Any suggestions?

  8. admin Says:

    Although I’ve never made it in the crock-pot, I like the idea of wrapping in foil to keep it moist. And I do agree, 8 hours sounds way too long, especially since the ham is precooked. I would cook on low heat for 5-6 hours.
    Best of luck,

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