Cajun-Spiced Ham


Try this Cajun-Spiced Ham recipe as the centerpiece of your next holiday meal or Sunday dinner. The sweet and spicy Cajun spice is a zesty swap for more traditional honey-glazed ham recipes.

Cajun-Spiced Ham
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 - 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried shredded lemon peel

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 6-8 pound cooked ham, rump half

  • Pure maple syrup (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. For rub, in a small bowl combine brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, lemon peel, and black pepper. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over ham; rub in with your fingers.

  2. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into center of ham. The thermometer should not touch bone.

  3. Place roasting pan on oven rack. Pour enough water into the roasting pan to reach 1/2 inch up sides of pan. Cover with foil; bake for 1 hour. Remove foil. Bake for 30 minutes to 1-1/4 hours more or until thermometer registers 140°F. If desired, serve ham with maple syrup.


No dried lemon peel? Use 4 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel instead. Need it faster? Rub the spice mix onto ½-inch-thick ham slices and grill.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

248 Calories
13g Fat
3g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 248
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 1100mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 512mg 11%
Folate, total 4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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