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5-Spice Cherry Rum Glazed Ham

Get ready for sticky glazed, spiced ham this festive or holiday season – it really is a standout centrepiece when you’re feeding loved ones! Marinate the meat overnight for even more flavour, or aim for a minimum of two hours.


5-Spice Cherry Rum Glazed Ham

20 minutes + marinating
50 minutes
about 16 people

5kg (11 lb) whole cooked and smoked ham on the bone



4cm piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

3 red Asian shallots, roughly chopped

3 large red chillies

1 tablespoon Chinese 5-spice

1 tablespoon ground allspice

1 tablespoon ground cloves

2 tbsp brown sugar

100 ml (3.3 fl oz) spiced rum

100 ml (3.3 fl oz) malt vinegar



300g (10.5 oz) dark cherry jam

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup cherry juice

¼ cup soy sauce

2 whole star anise

  • Step 1

    For the marinade, blend all ingredients until smooth.

  • Step 2

    To prepare ham, slide your fingers under skin, working them between the skin and fat, loosening the skin as you go. Gently work your fingers all over the ham, removing the skin in one piece. Keep the ham skin for when storing your ham in the fridge later (it helps to keep the ham moist).

  • Step 3

    Score the fat of the ham at 1cm intervals. Pour the marinade over the ham and rub all over. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight or at least for 2 hours.

  • Step 4

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F.

  • Step 5

    To make the glaze, place the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly. Set aside for later.

  • Step 6

    Scrape off most of the marinade. Place the ham on an oven tray lined with 2 layers of foil. Generously brush the ham with the glaze. Cook the ham in the oven for 45 minutes, basting with the glaze every 10 minutes. Remove the ham from the oven and serve warm or cold.

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What our customers say

Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 6 reviews)
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February 13, 2023

5 spiced cherry rum glazed ham

This is such a delicious colourful ham absolutely ideal for Christmas. It detracts from the usual glazing to add delightful flavour of spices and cherries. The smell is just amazing and takes over my kitchen. Love it. 2 years running and has not failed me. Comments are fantastic. Thank you Marion for sharing. 🥰

January 12, 2023

5spice cherry rum ham

This is the best ham recipe ever. Left overs make the best omelettes, friend rice etc. I have done it for a few years now and can’t wait for Xmas day

January 12, 2023

5 spice cherry ham.

You are a darling. Never change. Your recipe s are fab,,, love ❤️ happy new year 🎈🎊🎆

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