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Ham Cooking Time Calculator: Baking, Curing & Storing Explained

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Last Updated: Mar 28, 2023

Making the perfect piece of ham is a piece of cake when you follow the correct cooking times. Not sure how long to cook a ham? Use our simple ham cooking time calculator to find the exact baking time for your piece of meat.

To use the calculator, all you have to do is input the type of ham, cut of meat and its weight. You’ll then find out the cooking time in minutes.

Ham cooking time calculator

1. Ham type

Select the type of ham

2. Ham cut

Select the cut of ham

3. Ham size

Insert weight of ham (whole numbers only) and select unit of weight

Cooking time estimated:

How do you calculate ham cooking time?

According to the USDA, you calculate ham cooking time by the weight and cut of meat. For example, it takes 15 to 18 minutes per pound of smoked ham to cook fully. Our ham cooking time calculator takes the weight of the meat and converts it into the average number of minutes it will take to reach a safe internal temperature.

Ham cooking time chart [printable]

Our ham cooking time calculator tells you the average time to cook your meat. You can also use our printable ham cooking time chart to ensure you’re using the correct times.

ham cooking time chart

Smoked ham, cook before eating

Cut

Weight (lbs)

Minutes/lb

Minimum internal temperature & rest time

Whole, bone in 10 to 14 18 to 20 Cook to 145 F and allow to rest for at least 3 minutes/lb
Half, bone in 5 to 7 22 to 25
Shank or butt portion, bone in 3 to 4 35 to 40
Arm picnic shoulder, boneless 5 to 8 30 to 35
Shoulder roll (butt), boneless 2 to 4 35 to 40

Smoked ham, cooked

Whole, bone in 10 to 14 15 to 18 Reheat cooked ham packaged in USDA-inspected plants to 140 F and all others to 165 F.
Half, bone in 5 to 7 18 to 24
Arm picnic shoulder, boneless 5 to 8 25 to 30
Canned ham, boneless 3 to 10 15 to 20
Vacuum packed, boneless 6 to 12 10 to 15
Spiral cut, whole or half 7 to 9 10 to 18

Fresh ham, uncooked

Whole leg, bone in 12 to 16 22 to 26 Cook to 145 F and allow to rest for at least 3 minutes
Whole leg, boneless 10 to 14 24 to 28
Half, bone in 5 to 8 35 to 40

Country ham

Whole or half: Soak for 4 to 12 hours in the refrigerator. Cover with water and boil 20 to 25 minutes per pound. Drain, glaze and brown at 400 F for 15 minutes.
Source: USDA
Download the ham cooking time chart

How to store ham

Protect the health of you and your family by storing your ham properly and safely. Check out this chart provided by the USDA to learn more about refrigerating and freezing your specific type of ham.

Type of ham

Refrigerate

Freeze

Fresh (uncured) ham, uncooked 3 to 5 days 6 months
Fresh (uncured) ham, cooked 3 to 4 days 3 to 4 months
Cured ham, cook before eating; uncooked 5 to 7 days or “use by” date 3 to 4 months
Cured ham, cook before eating; cooked 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
Cooked ham, vacuum sealed at plant, undated; unopened 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Cooked ham, vacuum sealed at plant, dated; unopened “Use by” date* 1 to 2 months
Cooked ham, vacuum sealed at plant, undated or dated; opened 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
Cooked ham, whole, store wrapped 7 days 1 to 2 months
Cooked ham, half, store wrapped 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
Cooked ham, slices, store wrapped 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
Spiral-cut hams and leftovers from consumer-cooked hams 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
Country ham, uncooked, cut 2 to 3 months 1 month
Country ham, cooked 7 days 1 month
Canned ham, labeled “keep refrigerated,” unopened 6 to 9 months Do not freeze
Canned ham, labeled “keep refrigerated,” opened 7 days 1 to 2 months
Canned ham, shelf stable, opened 3 to 4 days 1 to 2 months
Lunch meat ham, sealed at plant, unopened 2 weeks or “use-by” date* 1 to 2 months
Lunch meat ham, sealed at plant, opened 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
Lunch meat ham, sliced in store 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
Prosciutto, Parma or Serrano ham, dry Italian or Spanish type, cut 2 to 3 months 1 month

Source: USDA

Tips for baking ham

Cooking the perfect ham takes time, skill and patience (of course). Put these ham cooking tips and tricks to the test.

  • Choose the right cut: Think about how you want to use the ham in your recipe. If you’re looking for the ham to be the main attraction, opt for bone-in for extra juiciness and flavor.
  • Don’t overcook it: Make sure you’re using a ham cooking time calculator or a time chart to ensure your meat is cooked to perfection.
  • Cool it: The easiest way to carve ham is by letting it cool for a few minutes first.
  • Glazing and basting: Wait until the end of the cooking process to glaze your ham to add more flavor. Basting with the juices while it’s cooking can lend more saltiness.
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Ham cooking supplies

When it comes to cooking a ham, you need to have the correct tools and supplies on hand. Here are a few ham cooking supplies you may need to invest in.

  • Roasting pan and rack: You’ll need a roasting pan that is large enough to cook your ham comfortably. It’s also important to have a roasting rack to ensure the heat is circulating to cook your ham thoroughly.
  • Meat thermometer: Avoid the guessing game and use a meat thermometer to measure the exact internal temperature of your ham. Make sure your ham reaches an internal temperature of 160 F.
  • Carving tools: Forget the hassle of cutting ham with regular knives and invest in carving tools. Make sure to buy a set that includes a knife and fork to make the process easier.
  • Cutting board: Sure, you can carve a ham without a cutting board, but it makes the process much messier. Look for a cutting board that has grooves on the edges to stop the juices from escaping as you carve.

Ham cooking time FAQ

Still unsure how to cook the perfect ham? Here are a few answers to commonly asked questions surrounding ham cooking times.

How long does it take to cook a 10-lb ham?

The amount of time it will take to cook a 10-lb ham will depend on the cut of the meat. A 10-lb whole bone-in smoked ham (cooked) will take 15 minutes, whereas a 10-lb boneless whole leg will take 24 minutes to cook. Use a ham cooking time calculator to find the exact time to cook your meat.

What should be the internal temperature of a ham?

According to the USDA, the internal temperature of a ham should be 160 F.

How do I tell if ham is cooked or uncooked?

Use a meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature of your ham to tell if it is cooked or uncooked. A ham with an internal temperature lower than 160 F is considered not safe to eat.

How long does it take to cook smoked ham?

The exact time to cook smoked ham will vary depending on the weight and cut of the meat. A 5-lb half bone-in ham cooks in 18 minutes, whereas a 7-lb spiral-cut ham only needs 10 minutes to cook.

Final ham cooking thoughts to soak in

There are many factors to consider when cooking ham — think about the weight and even the cut of the meat. With our ham cooking time calculator, you can find out the exact time it will take to bake.

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Not sure what to do with your ham leftovers? Check out our leftover recipe generator for ideas about what you can make with your scraps.

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