Madeira Ham with Apricots

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Madeira Ham with Apricots

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 25 m
  • Natural Realse: 15 m
  • Total Time: 40 m
  • Servings:


  • 5 pound bone-in ham
  • 12 whole cloves
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1 cup Madeira wine
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots
  • ½ cup raisins


  1. Score the ham by making cross hatch slices all over the ham about ¼-inch deep and push the cloves into some of the intersections of the slices. Brush the mustard all over the surface of the ham. Place a rack in the bottom of your pressure cooker and place the ham on top of it. Sprinkle the brown sugar on the ham and pour apple juice and Madeira wine into cooker. Scatter the apricots and raisins around the side of the ham and lock the lid in place.
  2. Pressure cook on HIGH for 25 minutes.
  3. Let the pressure release NATURALLY and carefully remove the lid. Let the ham rest on a cutting board, loosely tented with foil, for at least 10 minutes. In the meantime, turn the cooker to the BROWN or SIMMER setting and reduce the sauce by letting it simmer away while the ham rests. As an option, place the ham under the broiler and brush with some of the sauce to brown the exterior.
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Comments (9)Post a Reply

    1. Hi Gigi. Yes, this recipe works in a 6-quart pressure cooker. 6-quart is the most popular and probably the most practical size of pressure cooker. If you want to do really big batches of food, an 8-quart is a good idea, but for the regular home cook, 6-quart should be perfect.

  1. Hi Meredith! Is there something you can substitute the brown sugar for? We are trying to stay away from refined sugar. Thanks!

    1. Hi Teresa. You could use honey, coconut sugar, agave nectar, maple syrup, molasses, a brown sugar substitute, such as Swerve®, or just omit it all together.

  2. Thank you. I purchased a half ham from Costco…it’s a product of Canada. Thought you would like to know. 😁

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