How to cook a ham in an electric roaster

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How to cook a ham in an electric roaster
Roasting a ham is often more a case of simply heating it for the table, as opposed to cooking. (Ham slice on plate image by Marek Kosmal from

An electric roaster is a good way to expand your cooking options in the kitchen, especially if the oven is needed for baking. While roasting a ham is often more a case of simply heating it for the table, as opposed to cooking, it can be time-consuming.

Cooking times for ham is roughly 18-24 minutes per pound for a half ham, and 10-12 minutes per pound for a whole ham. This is based on a cooking temperature of 176 degrees C, but you should monitor your ham, as an electric roaster often cooks much more quickly than a conventional oven.

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Things you need

  • Electric roaster
  • Whole or half fully cooked boneless ham
  • Water
  • Digital meat thermometer
  • Kitchen timer
  • Aluminium foil

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  1. 1

    Preheat your electric roaster to 176 degrees C.

  2. 2

    Place the ham in the electric roaster, fat side up.

  3. 3

    Add water to the roaster until the bottom 1/2 inch of the ham is sitting in it.

  4. 4

    Cover the ham and set your timer for the appropriate time, based on the weight and cut (whole or half) of your ham.

  5. 5

    Check your ham periodically during the cooking time; the electric roaster is sometimes more efficient than a conventional oven. Also monitor the water level during cooking, adding more as necessary.

  6. 6

    Apply a glaze to the ham 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time, if desired.

  7. 7

    Insert your digital meat thermometer into the centre of the ham. Once it reads 60 degrees C, remove the ham from the electric roaster.

  8. 8

    Allow the ham to rest, covered in aluminium foil, for 15 minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not leave your electric roaster unattended.

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