This Keto Instant Pot orange brown sugar ham gives you the taste of those sweet holiday hams that we all love but without the sugar and carbs that we want to avoid!
It is that time of year where big holiday meals are on my mind. So we have been having some random Tuesday holiday meal trial runs.
I’ve got my special pumpkin cheesecake ready for dessert (priorities) so I decided to move on to main courses.
And since this delicious ham is made in the Instant Pot, it is totally doable after work.
We ate this with a side of butter beans and a small sweet potato tonight for a XO meal on Trim Healthy Mama. You could also serve it with Mac N Cheese Zoodles to keep it an S (Keto/Low Carb) meal.
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Keto Instant Pot Orange Brown Sugar Ham (THM S)
Holidays are busy and often times the main entree can take up a lot of your cook and prep time.
In this recipe, we utilize our Instant Pot to warm our ham and free up that valuable oven space. Here are all the details on creating this easy Keto Instant Pot orange brown sugar ham.
Swerve Sugar Free Ham Glaze
All of the holiday hams that come to mind have that amazing sweet brown sugar glaze. But as a Trim Healthy Mama, I wanted a sugar free variety that delivers that same taste without the guilt.
By using Swerve brown sugar, you get that sweet, syrupy glaze for your ham topping but keep it sugar free. My next obstacle was the orange juice that seems to be in every brown sugar ham recipe.
So we sub the Bai Clementine to give us all the sweet orange flavor but none of the insulin spiking results of regular OJ.
And since you will have a part of the Bai leftover – make sure you make this Orange Creamsicle drink while you are waiting on your ham to cook. It is so good & takes less than a minute to make.
Doubling the Glaze For Bigger Hams
The ham I made tonight was just over 9 lbs. If you have a bigger ham like this, definitely consider making a double batch of glaze.
I made it as written with the larger ham & it works but I think it would have been even better with more glaze. If your ham is 4-6 lbs, the amount of glaze listed in the recipe should be perfect.
Also, my 9+ lb ham fit but just barely! I stuffed it in but I wouldn’t go any bigger than 9lbs because I don’t think it would go.
No Pressure Cooker – Can I Bake the Ham Instead?
Of course! Place the ham in a 9×13 roasting pan and cover it with the water and 2-3 tablespoons of the glaze.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 Degrees for 10-15 minutes per lb. If you go with this method, you will want to boil the glaze ahead of time and get it nice and syrupy.
Baste your ham every 20 minutes or so throughout the cooking process.
Making the Low Carb Instant Pot Holiday Ham
Creating this ham for the holidays (or any day of the week) is easy and worthy of your Thanksgiving or Christmas platter!
What You Need:
4-6 Lb Spiral Cut Ham
Nature’s Hollow Honey Substitute
Prepping the Instant Pot
This Keto Instant Pot orange brown sugar ham is a dump and go kind of recipe.
Place the metal trivet into your Instant Pot and insert the ham. I had a ham that was a little over 9 lbs so I really had to stuff it in but it worked.
Add in the cup of water.
Prepare the Sugar Free Ham Glaze
Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl. This is the start of your glaze. Add 2-3 tablespoons on top of your ham and secure the Instant pot cover.
Seal the pot & set a manual pressure for the amount of time that your ham needs to cook. The formula is 2 minutes per lb of ham so if you have a 6 lb ham, set the timer for 12 minutes.
While the ham is cooking, prepare the reserved glaze. Place the glaze mixture into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil on the stove.
Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is a thicker consistency. Be careful not to let it boil over! Thankfully my hubby caught mine before it made a big mess!
Natural Release/Quick Release
Allow your Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes & then quick release. Remove the ham from the pot & place it on a platter.
Carefully pour the warm glaze in between the slices and any extra over the top of the ham.
Serve immediately (but of course it is also great cold for sandwiches)!
More THM S – Keto Holiday Recipes
Double Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Almonds
Crockpot Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce
- 4-6 lb Spiral Cut Ham
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup Nature's Hollow Honey Substitute
- 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1/2 cup Swerve Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Bai Costa Rica Clementine
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- Place the unwrapped ham in your Instant pot on top of the trivet & add 1 cup water to the bottom.
- In a medium bowl, mix the honey substitute, mustard, brown sugar, Bai, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
- Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture over your ham & reserve the remaining sauce.
- Set the Instant Pot using the manual pressure cook setting & cook the ham for 2 minutes per lb. So a 6 lb ham would cook for 12 minutes.
- Allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes and then quick release.
- Once the ham is done (while the pressure is naturally releasing), pour the remaining sauce that you reserved into a small saucepan.
- Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Cook for about 3-5 minutes. The sauce will thicken up.
- Remove the ham from the Instant pot & pour the thickened sauce between the slices of the ham.
- Serve the ham with your favorite sides.