How Long Does It Take To Cook a Ham?

Here's a handy temperature, time and weight guide for cooking a ham.

As you prepare for the holidays, there's no doubt that some delicious cooking is on your menu! It's sometimes tough to choose cooking a turkey or a holiday ham, but if you're going for the latter, you're wondering: Just how long does it take to cook a ham?

We broke it all down for you to ensure that your ham is absolutely delicious for any upcoming holiday dinner you have planned. Whether you're reheating a pre-cooked spiral ham or cooking a raw and fresh ham in the oven, we have all the answers you need. And since your ham will be served and ready, don't forget all the fixings!

Related: Get the recipe for our favorite Maple-Bourbon Glazed Ham.

So, how long to cook a ham?

According to the USDA, both half- or whole-cooked hams—canned and vacuum-packaged in an FDA-inspected facility—can be eaten chilled, straight from the packaging. If you do wish to reheat a cooked ham, bake at 325°F until a food thermometer inserted into the ham reads an internal temperature of 140°F.

For raw and fresh ham, bake at 325°F until a food thermometer inserted into the meat reads 145°F.

Related: Do you have enough ham to feed your guests? Find out here.

It's important to remember that how long you'll need to bake your ham depends largely on its weight, cut and whether it's cooked or uncooked. For your reference, use the USDA's chart below to determine how long to cook a ham:

Not into ham? Try these leg of lamb recipes for Easter instead. Plus, what to make with ham leftovers.