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Cherry Coke Ham

Cherry Coke Ham takes Nigella's famous recipe to a whole new level.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time7 hrs
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people



Cherry Coke Ham

  • 1.2 kilo smoked gammon
  • 1 litre Cherry Coke Classic, not diet and not Coke Zero
  • 2 small red onions quartered
  • 1 medium carrot quartered

Cherry Ham Glaze

  • 100 ml pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cherry jam
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar


Cherry Coke Ham

  • In a snug pot, tip in ham, onions, carrot and pour in the Coke until the ham is covered. Put on the lid and bring to the boil.
    nigella coke ham
  • Turn heat to low and simmer for three hours.
  • After the ham is cooked through, drain and discard the liquid and the vegetables. Carefully remove the skin from the ham and score the fat.
  • Heat the oven to 220C fan and line a roasting pan with aluminium foil.
  • Place the ham in the roasting pan, fat side up and slather on the cherry pineapple glaze.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Baste with the glaze every 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Remove the ham from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes then pull apart and serve.
    coke ham

Cherry Pineapple Glaze

  • In a small saucepan, combine the juice with the jam, sugar & mustard.
  • Heat slowly to melt the jam. Once everything is combined, turn the heat up until the glaze reaches a slow simmer.
  • Simmer until the glaze is reduced by half and coats the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool. Glaze ham as directed above.


Serve with Cuban black beans, rice and pineapple salsa or with dauphinoise potatoes. See more of our Easter Recipes and Christmas Recipes.