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Brown Sugar and Butter Frozen Ham in the Instant Pot

by Kristen

Realizing that I could cook frozen meat in my electric pressure cooker was a game-changer.  When you cook a ham in your pressure cooker instead of the oven, you get a hands-off way to cook a ham straight out of the freezer department of your grocery store, but it will achieve a big flavor!  You can use this cooking technique with a variety of ham recipes.  You can add pineapple, honey, juice, apple cider, maple syrup, dijon mustard, apple juice, ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon, or any of your favorite holiday ham ingredients to this recipe.  This will be one of the easiest holiday dinners you will ever make!

But these days, ham might be the most prevalent food around here.  My kids love it.  Serving Hot ham and cheese sandwiches is one of my go-to dinners when I don’t have time to cook.  My other go-to dinner is scrambled eggs.  

A friend of mine was telling me that she just threw a frozen ham in her Instant Pot.  What a great idea!  I was at the store the very next day to get a small meat because I wanted to see for myself if it would work.

If you are a frequent reader of this recipe site, then you know my newfound love of my Instant Pot.  Here are all the recipes I have made using my Instant Pot Duo.  

Sometimes after Easter or Christmas, I like to buy hams on sale and keep them in my freezer.

  1.  It did work, and it was SUPER easy!
  2. My house smelled AH, mazing!
  3. If your Ham comes with a glaze packet, go ahead and throw it in too.  I love this Ham glaze, and I always pick some up when I am at the Outlet mall.
  4. You can always sub butter for olive oil or whatever oil you like.

Here is a little video I created for you!


Instant Pot Frozen Brown Sugar Ham 


One cooked pre-sliced frozen ham.  make sure to pick up a ham that is an appropriate size for your Instant Pot. 

Four tablespoons of butter, or 1/2 a stick

1 1/2 cups of water

1/3 cup of brown sugar

optional: any glaze packet that comes with your ham can be used too.  or you can pick up this Ham Glaze. 


    1.  Set the saute setting on your Instant Pot.

Place butter, brown sugar, water, and any glaze packet that comes with your ham in your Instant Pot.

  1. Whisk everything together, and let the butter melt.
  2. Throw your frozen ham in your Instant Pot.
  3. Make sure your ham is facing down.
  4. Place the lid on your Instant Pot
  5. Cook on High Pressure for 30-35 minutes
  6. Remove lid
  7. Pour extra sauce over the ham
  8. Serve.

This is such an easy meal.  Plus, there are tons of meals you can make with leftover ham!


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Janet H. January 29, 2021 - 4:56 pm

This turned out great! I was worried about it being frozen, but I followed your recipe and it worked out!

Marla April 22, 2019 - 3:49 am

Delicious flavor. The house smells amazing. I had a somewhat thawed ham and it needed 15 more minutes on saute to be cooked through. Great recipie!

Kristen April 22, 2019 - 1:13 pm

thank-you for letting me know! 🙂

Vivian Dsouza March 26, 2019 - 9:32 am

Made this today and delicious. Looking for great other new something recipes and this does it. Thanks for sharing.

RITA WEBB April 17, 2018 - 2:31 pm

How many pounds was your ham? i have a 6 lb frozen ham, bone in. how long do i cook it for? i am an instant pot newbie.

Kristen April 17, 2018 - 5:08 pm

the ham I used was about 6 pounds too. It was a spiral sliced ham already cooked. Is that what you have too?

Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids March 16, 2018 - 3:33 pm

I’m going to have to try this when ham goes on sale for easter!


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