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Instant Pot Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham is super tasty glazed with brown sugar and pineapple. It’s the tastiest and quickest way to enjoy ham for your holiday feast!

First, let me clarify. I cooked this 3-pound spiral cut ham in an Instant Pot. However, I cooked it on the slow cooker setting

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Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham


There are two things we always have on the table at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We always have turkey and ham. Honestly, I think everyone enjoys the ham better. There’s rarely ever any left and if there is it’s claimed quickly and put away by someone to take home. 

Yes, it’s just that good.

This recipe has pineapple and brown sugar giving it both a sweet and savory flavor. This ham recipe results in a super juicy, tender, and very flavorful ham.

Brown Sugar Ham


  • Ham. You can use a spiral ham, semi-boneless ham, whole ham, or half ham, depending on the size. However, whatever you choose make sure it fits in the electric pressure cooker.
  • Brown sugar. Sweetens the ham slightly and helps it to brown.
  • Pineapple. I used pineapple slices, but you can also use crushed. You could also use peaches or maraschino cherries.
  • Spices. If you want to add more complex flavors to your ham try dusting it with smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, or onion powder. You can also add soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce

brown sugar in instant pot



Spiral Sliced ham is already precooked so you only need to warm the ham through. Cook your ham for 2 minutes per pound on high pressure plus 10 Minutes to the total time to account for foil. This will warm the ham through perfectly and keep the ham from drying out.

The internal temperature of the ham should reach a minimum of 145 degrees F after cooking.

ham and brown sugar in instant pot Instant Pot Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham


Leftovers are the best part. Store your ham leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.

You can use leftover ham in numerous different ways.

cooked ham with pineapple

Equipment you’ll need

  1. Basting brush
  2. Instant pot
  3. Instant pot cheat sheet

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Instant Pot Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham

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Instant Pot Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham


Spiral ham is cooked in a pressure cooker with pineapple and brown sugar until tender.
Author: Paula
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook time on low: 5 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 9 servings


  • 3 pound spiral ham pre-cooked
  • 20 ounces pineapple sliced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup


  • Start by putting the brown sugar at the bottom of your instant pot.
  • Add the spiral ham on top of the brown sugar.
  • Add the maple syrup and pour over the ham.
  • Put the slices of pineapple over and between the ham slices. Next, pour the pineapple juice into the instant pot.
  • Put the pressure cooker on the slow cooker setting, low for 5 hours, or on high for 2.5 hours.
  • Once the ham is done, take about ¼ cup of the pineapple juice and mix in a separate bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Paint this mixture on the hame with a basting brush.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    The Instant Pot makes this such an easy recipe! And I love the flavor the glaze gives it. Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing pineapple brown sugar ham recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow! This ham was absolutely scrumptious! The Instant Pot made it so simple and quick. Our guests loved it, too. I’ll definitely be serving it at other gatherings. Thank you!

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