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Instant Pot Ham and Potatoes

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One of my favorite ways to have ham is fresh out of the Instant Pot. Like most things, the pressure cooker makes ham tender, juicy and full of mouthwatering flavor. If you haven’t tried it, you don’t have to wait until Christmas.

This Instant Pot ham and potatoes recipe makes a great main dish at any time of the year. It’s the perfect holiday meal, Easter ham or even thanksgiving ham recipe. It’s the perfect Instant Pot ham recipe for the holiday table!

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Enjoy an Instant Pot Ham Dinner

If you are in the mood for cooked ham, it’s time to get out of your Instant Pot. Even better, this pressure cooker ham recipe comes with a few different glaze options.

Instant Pot Ham and Potatoes Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for this Instant Pot ham and potatoes recipe.

  • Ham: The succulent centerpiece absorbs flavors from the surrounding vegetables.
  • Carrots: Sweet and vibrant addition for flavor and color.
  • Potatoes: Hearty complement to the ham, soaking up savory juices.
  • Onions: Savory foundation, enhancing the overall taste.

Broth or Water: Crucial for creating a savory bath during Instant Pot cooking.

To Make Mustard Ham Glaze for Instant Pot Ham

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons dijon mustard with 1 tablespoon maple syrup and some water to thin out the sauce.

Adding glaze to your pressure cooker ham will certainly take your Instant Pot ham dinner to the next level. You’ll be eating the best Instant Pot ham you ever made!

How to Make Instant Pot Ham And Potatoes?

Step One: Chop Vegetables

Roughly chop carrots, potatoes and onions into large pieces – no smaller than 2″ each.

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Step Two: Place Potatoes Into Instant Pot

Place carrots, potatoes, onion and broth into the instant pot insert.

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Step Three: Place Ham in Instant Pot

Place the ham on top of the carrot and potato mixture.

Step Four: Add Glaze to Instant Pot Ham

Choose the glaze option and brush evenly over the ham.

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Step Four: Add Glaze to Instant Pot Ham

Choose the glaze option and brush evenly over the ham.

Step Five: Pressure Cook Instant Pot Ham

Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the valve to sealing. Press the manual or pressure cook button and set it for 20 minutes on high pressure.

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Step Six: Naturally Release Steam

Let the Instant Pot naturally release for about 15 minutes before opening. Open Instant Pot Lid and allow the remaining steam to dissipate.

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Step Seven: Serve Flavorful Ham

Serve this Instant Pot ham and potatoes recipe immediately.

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Instant Pot Ham Glaze Options

To cook a flavorful ham I recommend a honey-baked ham glaze, an orange juice glaze, a mustard ham glaze or a pineapple brown sugar glaze.

To Make Honey Baked Ham Glaze

In a small bowl, whisk together ¼ cup honey, 1 tablespoon mustard and 2 tablespoons apple juice or apple cider vinegar.

To Make Orange Juice Glaze for This Ham Instant Pot Recipe

In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup orange juice with ½ teaspoon ground cloves and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.

To Make Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze for Your Boneless Ham

In a small bowl, whisk together ¼ cup brown sugar with 1 tablespoon corn starch and ½ cup pineapple juice.

How to Store Instant Pot Ham?

Chances are you may have some leftovers, which is great because Instant Pot Ham makes an easy meal to reheat and eat later.

To store Instant Pot ham wrap the ham in plastic wrap or aluminium foil and place the wrapped ham in the fridge.

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Cook Instant Pot Ham and Potatoes Today!

So if you’re looking for a simple and delicious Instant Pot ham recipe that makes use of your leftover holiday ham, this Instant Pot ham and potatoes recipe is a perfect choice.

With just a few easy ingredients, you can have a hearty Instant Pot dinner your whole family will love!

The best thing about pressure-cooking ham is that it tastes delicious and is so easy to make. Once you try this method you’ll love it!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long to Pressure Cook Ham?

For this recipe, you will need to pressure cook the ham on high pressure at 5 minutes per pound of ham. This recipe uses a 4-pound ham which cooks for 20 minutes.
If you’re cooking a holiday ham or larger ham, you’ll need to increase the pressure cooking time as follows:
2 Lb Ham cooks for 10 minutes
4 Lb Ham cooks for 20 minutes
6 Lb Ham cooks for 30 minutes
8 Lb Ham cooks for 40 minutes
10 Lb Ham cooks for 50 minutes

What Size Instant Pot Do I Need for Instant Pot Ham?

This really depends on the size of the ham. Anything under 6lbs will fit nicely into the 6 Qrt Instant Pot. An 8-10Lb ham would fit best in an 8 Qrt 10 Qrt Instant Pot.

Boneless or Semi Boneless Ham?

If you’re looking for a traditional Instant Pot Ham, then you’ll want to use a boneless ham. This will be the option and will still cook perfectly with this recipe.
However, if you have a bone-in ham or semi-boneless ham, that will work just as well. Just be sure to increase the pressure cooking time by 4 minutes per pound if using Instant Pot bone ham.

How Long Can I Store Ham in the Fridge?

You can safely store Instant Pot ham for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can freeze Instant Pot ham for up to 3 months.

How to Freeze Instant Pot Ham?

To freeze Instant Pot ham, wrap the ham tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place it in a freezer bag or airtight container and store your ham in the freezer.
You can safely freeze precooked ham for up to 3 months.

How to Thaw Frozen Precooked Ham?

If you have Instant Pot ham that is frozen, simply thaw it in the fridge overnight.
Cut your pressure-cooked ham into ham slices. You can then reheat your sliced ham for another meal.

How to Reheat Precooked Ham?

To reheat pre-cooked ham, you can use any method that you prefer.
You can place your Instant Pot ham in the microwave for a quick and easy reheat, or you can place the ham in a skillet on the stovetop over medium heat until warm.
Whether you’re looking for a simple Instant Pot Ham And Potatoes recipe, or an Instant Pot Bone ham you can use your leftover ham after your holiday dinners to make more delicious recipes.

What to Do With Leftover Ham?

When you make a nice-sized ham for dinner, you are sure to have leftovers.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a hard time getting the people in my house to eat leftovers. But, if I disguise the leftovers in another meal, I win!

So What Can I Make With Leftover Ham?

Here are some top ideas for reusing your leftover ham.
Throw the juicy ham it into an egg casserole for breakfast.
Make some ham, beans, and cornbread for a southern delight. 
Toss your cut-up ham into some scalloped potatoes for a flavorful side.
Make a ham and cheese panini to go with tomato soup.
Make a delicious Potato and Ham soup.

What Is a Spiral Ham? Can I Cook Spiral Ham in the Instant Pot?

A spiral ham is a type of precooked ham that comes in a special shape with diamond-cut slices. This makes it easy to cut and serve, making it perfect for Instant Pot recipes.
Yes, you can cook spiral ham in the Instant Pot, as long as you follow the appropriate cooking time for your ham size and thickness.
As you won’t be cooking a spiral ham from scratch you won’t need to cook it for as long. A 4lb spiral ham can be fully cooked in Instant Pot in just 10 minutes!
You can use spiral-sliced ham for your holiday meal if you want to.
Simply place your Instant Pot ham on a trivet inside the Instant Pot and set the pressure cooking time. You can also use spiral-sliced ham for sandwiches, salads, soups, and more!
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Best Dipping Sauce for This Ham Instant Pot Recipe

If you’re looking for the perfect dipping sauce to serve alongside your Instant Pot ham, there are a variety of options available.
Some great options include honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and balsamic glaze. You can also mix and match different sauces to create a custom dip for your Instant Pot ham!
We like to serve our Instant Pot ham with some freshly baked rolls, a side of mashed potatoes, and a green salad for the perfect holiday meal.
One thing that you can never go wrong with is pineapple sauce and pineapple rings. We love to glaze and aor fry pineapple rings to serve alongside our Instant Pot ham recipe.

Instant Pot Ham: The Best Ham You Will Ever Have

Instant Pot Ham: The Best Ham You Will Ever Have

Yield: 4-5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

If you are looking for a recipe that will make your ham the most tender and juiciest dish you can serve to your family then follow this Instant Pot Recipe


  • 3-5 lb ham
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups potatoes, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 cup broth or water


  1. Roughly chop carrots, potatoes and onions into large pieces – no smaller than 2 inches each. Place carrots, potatoes, onion and broth into the pot. Place the ham on top of the carrot mixture.
  2. Secure and seal the lid. Select the Meat/Stew setting and set for 5 minutes per pound. Allow the meat to natural release once cooked.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2497Total Fat: 88gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 44gCholesterol: 1090mgSodium: 16739mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 4gSugar: 24gProtein: 382g

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