Rosemary & Mustard Crusted Baked Ham – Low Carb & Gluten Free

I don’t make ham very often. I’m not really sure why. I like ham, it’s just not something that pops into my head when I’m planning my weekly shopping list. Months or even years will go by without me feeling the urge – but when I do, I normally prefer a sweet glaze on it.

In fact my favorite recipe is from Nigella Bites cookbook and it’s the coca-cola ham. You simmer it in cola and onions for a few hours, then remove it and slather it with molasses, brown sugar, cloves and mustard powder and bake for an hour until crispy and sticky.  SO. GOOD. When I do make it, I always serve it with her sweet corn custard from the same book, which is also amazing.

Anyway, they were practically giving hams away at the grocery store the other day and I couldn’t pass one up.  Obviously my usual preferred methods weren’t going to work for a low carb version, so I had to come up with something different.  Being that the winters are mild here in SC, my rosemary bush is thriving so I picked a bunch of that and chopped it up.  I love mustard with ham, so in it went along with some mayo.  Then some minced garlic, and freshly ground pepper and my paste was made.

I slathered it on the smoky caramel colored skin and popped it into the oven at 300 degrees for 5 hours (for a 19lb ham).  It was really, really good!   Not necessarily a groundbreaking combination – but there’s something to be said for simplicity.  I just may have a new favorite way to eat ham, and I have a feeling it will be making it onto our table a lot more often from now on…

Rosemary & Mustard Crusted Baked Ham - Low Carb & Gluten Free
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Roast
  • 1 cup prepared mustard
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp rosemary, chopped
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 smoked ham
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Place your ham in a roasting pan fat side up. Slather generously with your mustard mixture. Pour about ½ cup of water into the bottom of the pan and place in a preheated 300 degree oven. Bake for about 15 minutes per lb. uncovered.
  3. Serve with your choice of low carb side dishes - roasted asparagus and some cauli mash would go perfectly! Hope you like it!



  1. says

    Hmmm…I’m not sure I’m sold. I can’t help but think of sweet with the salty ham, and don’t even really like that. Well, I guess I’ll try it….since they’re giving away ham these days ;).

  2. Amanda says

    You are wondermous! Thank you so much for such wonderful low carb meal ideas! Hubby and I are going on 9 weeks no carb/low carb. Down 36 lbs for me, and he’s already down a good 55+. Your meals make it easy to stick to it!!

  3. says

    I am pinning a ton of your recipes to try. I have been on the LC/GF lifestyle for about 3-4 months now and I am already getting bored. Your recipes look amazing and I can’t wait to try them out for myself! Keep them coming!

    • says

      Thanks Jenna! I hope you enjoy the recipes – I know what you mean about looking for something new after a few months! It can be hard to stay the course when you are bored with all your old stand-by’s! Try the cauliflower puree – it’s one of my favorites!!!

  4. Shannon says

    Just made this for Easter yesterday and it was a BIG HIT! I did have to cook ham for about twice as long as recipe indicated, but it was well worth the extra time. Thank you!

  5. Kirstie says

    Hi Melissa,
    I just wanted to tell you that I have made this recipe about 8 times since you posted it, and love it EVERY TIME. This is the only way that I make ham now, and I even shared it with my mom, who usually does the sugary glaze recipe. She loves it too. Great job!


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