Rosemary & Mustard Crusted Baked Ham


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 Lawson’s 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.  And when I do make it, I always serve it with her sweet corn custard 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…


1 cup prepared mustard
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbl garlic, minced
2 Tbl rosemary, chopped
freshly ground pepper

1 smoked ham

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Place your ham in a roasting pan fat side up.  Slather generously with your mustard mixture.  Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the bottom of the pan and place in a preheated 300 degree oven.  Bake for about 30 minutes per lb. uncovered.  Serve with your choice of low carb sides –  roasted asparagus and some cauli mash would go perfectly!  Hope you like it!


  1. Anna

    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 ;).

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)04-12-2012

      Free ham, can’t beat it! :) I love the sweet salty thing but I found the mustard/rosemary combo to be really delicious too – let me know if you try it and it wins you over or not!

  2. Amanda

    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!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)04-12-2012

      That’s a lot of weight to lose in 9 weeks – Congrats! I’m honored that my recipes are playing a part in your success and I hope you enjoy the ham!

  3. flamidwyfe

    Yummy! Sounds wonderful, definitely putting the ham on the menu!

  4. yousef

    Yummy :)

    Thanks For this Recipe

  5. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free
    Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free04-13-2012

    This looks fabulous! I wish I would have seen this for Easter! Because that is my favorite flavor combo.

  6. Jenna Henschel
    Jenna Henschel07-29-2012

    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!

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)07-30-2012

      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!!!

  7. Leslie Kirchner
    Leslie Kirchner10-15-2012

    Finally a ham recipe without sweetness …..thank you thank you….

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny10-19-2012

      You’re welcome Leslie, this really was delicious, I need to make it again soon!

  8. Shannon

    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!

  9. Kirstie

    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!

  10. Daniel

    Do you think that you could cook this ham in a pressure cooker instead?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-17-2014

      Sure, but it wouldn’t have the nice crust on the outside – still delicious though!

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