Ham Gravy Best Recipe 2021

Ham Gravy Best Recipe

Ham Gravy Best Recipe 2021

Homemade ham gravy (like its counterpart turkey gravy) is a staple side dish whenever we cook a ham in the oven, which is mostly on holidays like Christmas or Easter. Dinner just wouldn’t be the same without gravy to smother over our sliced ham and mashed potatoes.

Now it’s important to remember… The main flavoring for the gravy comes directly from the ham itself.

So if you glaze your ham, like with this pineapple honey glazed ham, the flavoring from that glaze will go into your homemade gravy. For example, if you’re using a sweet glaze, your gravy will be a little sweeter.

It’s so easy to make homemade gravy, and it’s super quick too. But it’s delicious and definitely worth the minimal effort.

Ham Gravy also makes a very tasty addition to your next baked potato bar or mashed potato bar, as well as a tasty dip for leftover ham crescent rolls.

I’ve also added this recipe to my collections of favorite Christmas recipes and Easter dinner recipes, where you’ll find all the holiday inspiration you need in one place.

Need a gluten-free ham gravy alternative? Ham gravy with cornstarch is just the thing.

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How to Thaw a Ham?

Thawing a ham takes some time, make sure you plan the appropriate thaw time prior to your ham dinner.

Without the ham there is no ham gravy!

The safest way to go about thawing frozen ham is by placing it in the refrigerator. Do not thaw your ham at room temperature.

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How Long to Thaw a Ham?

When thawing a ham, you should account for 5-6 hours per pound.

Ham thawing times:

  • Thawing time for a 5-pound ham – 1 full day, 24 hours
  • Thawing time for a 10-pound ham – 2 days
  • Thawing time for a 15-pound ham – 3 days

It’s best to thaw your ham well ahead of time. Once the meat is thawed, it is safe to stay in the fridge for another 3-4 days.

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Overall, we recommend placing your frozen ham in the refrigerator 3-4 days prior to your planned ham dinner feast.

Can you Cook a Frozen Ham Gravy?

We recommend thawing frozen ham prior to cooking, however, we know that mistakes happen, time flies, and everyone gets busy.

If you need to cook a ham that is still frozen, you are able to cook it in the oven. Just plan on spending up to 50% longer to cook the ham. Always base the cook time based on the meat’s internal temperature. 

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4 Servings0 Hours 10 Mins1 Hour 45 Mins


1 (8 pound) fully cooked bone-in ham
½ cup brown sugar
1 (6 ounce) can apple juice
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Place ham in a large roasting pan, cut-side down. Press brown sugar evenly onto ham. Pour apple into roasting pan and cover with a lid or aluminum foil.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until ham is heated through, about 80 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Let ham rest for 10 minutes before transferring to a serving plate. Pour remaining pan juices into a saucepan.
  4. Combine flour and milk in a jar with a lid; shake until mixture is blended.
  5. Bring pan juices to a boil. Slowly whisk flour mixture into the saucepan until gravy is thick, about 5 minutes.

What can I make with ham drippings?

  1. Make split pea soup.
  2. Reduce the drippings into a thicker stock and make flavorful greens (mustard, collard, etc) with them.
  3. Make Cornbread or cornbread stuffing.
  4. Red beans and rice (or black beans). Drippings of any kind can be used to make a hearty, flavorful base for red beans and rice. Cheap and delicious.

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Do you put glaze on ham before cooking?

In most cases, you will want to glaze the ham during the last 15 to 20 minutes of baking. If you glaze it sooner, the sugar in the glaze could cause it to burn. 

You will need at least 1 cup of glaze for every 5 to 10 pounds of ham. Continue baking until the ham reaches the desired temperature (we suggest 140°F).

Why do they call it red eye gravy?

The name “red eye gravy” comes from the appearance of the gravy once it has been placed in a serving bowl. While the dark coffee and meat bits sink to the bottom, a layer of grease is usually visible on top – the result, giving the appearance of a human eye.


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