Looking for an easy and delicious holiday entree? You're going to love this Instant Pot Brown Sugar Ham!
Ham is the star attraction of many traditional family holidays. Before my Instant Pot, I used to love to make this brown sugar ham in my slow cooker.
Now that my slow cooker has been stored in hard-to-get-to back corner of a corner cabinet to make room for my Instant Pot on the kitchen counter, I decided it was time to convert this recipe. The Instant Pot doesn't do EVERYTHING well, but this Brown Sugar Ham is a stand out success.
This recipe for Instant Pot Brown Sugar Ham is everything a recipe should be – easy, no exotic ingredients you'll have to hunt for, super flavorful, and a crowd-pleaser. I hope you enjoy it!
How to Make Instant Pot Brown Sugar Ham
It almost feels like cheating when creating a culinary masterpiece is so incredibly easy. But hey, no one needs to know, right?
Step 1 – Put the Ham in the Pot
Unlike most other meat recipes, there's no searing in this step because you're starting with a pre-cooked spiral ham. You literally just have to place the ham inside the pot.
Step 2 – Add the Other Ingredients
Seriously, it almost feels ridiculous to break this recipe into steps. There are only 2 other ingredients – brown sugar and a can of pineapple pieces.
Pour the brown sugar evenly over the ham.
Next, pour the juice from the pineapple pieces over the brown sugar.
Then, pour in the pineapple pieces all around the top of the brown sugar.
Step 3 – Pressure Cook
Now you just need to secure the lid and cook for 15 minutes on the meat setting. I like my ham crisper so I cook it for 20 minutes. You can also achieve a crisper crust by cooking for 15 and putting under a broiler afterwards for 2 minutes.
Let the pressure release naturally.
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Instant Pot Brown Sugar Ham Recipe
Ready to make this Instant Pot Brown Sugar Ham? Here's the recipe card with the exact measurements.
- 1 large spiral-cut ham pre-cooked
- 3 cups brown sugar
- 1 20 oz can pineapple chunks or tidbits WITH juice
Place the spiral ham in the Instant Pot - you may need to cut a small portion off in order for it to fit.
Evenly disperse the brown sugar over the ham, and then pour the pineapple overtop.
Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and cook on the meat setting for 15 minutes, 20 if you like crisper ham.*
Serve with the juices - you can puree the pineapple for a delicious pineapple chutney-style preserve.