Swedish Christmas ham

A Swedish Christmas ham is a traditional dish that has been used for centuries in Sweden at Christmas. It is made with pork, cooked until tender. The result is a delicious ham that melts in your mouth.


Swedish christmas ham

Yann A. Skaalen
Swedish christmas ham
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Grilling 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 16
Calories 289 kcal


  • 1 rimmed ham
  • 1 yellow union
  • 1 twig thyme
  • 3 leafs bay leaf dried
  • 10 cloves
  • 15 allspice

Til grilling av skinken

  • 2 tbs mustard
  • 2 ss coarse mustard
  • 1 egg yoke
  • breadcrumbs or panko


  • Put the ham in water for 2 hours to remove the salt
  • Make an incision through half the onion and place thyme and bay leaves in the incision.
  • Press cloves and allspices into the onion.
  • Insert the thermometer into the ham, make sure it hits the core, and place the ham in a large pot covered with cold water and the onion.
  • Bring to a boil and skim off the foam.
  • The ham is ready when it holds an internal temperature of 75°
  • Lift out the ham, and pull off the rind if you don't want the fat.
  • Set the oven to 225°
  • Place the ham in an ovenproof dish with the fat side up.
  • Mix mustard and egg yolks.
  • Spread the mixture over the ham.
  • Put the ham in the middle of the oven for 10-15 minutes, and cook it until it has a nice colour.


Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 36gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 2209mgPotassium: 547mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 34IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 2mg
Keyword boiled ham, Christmas ham, Swedish Christmas ham
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