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How to Deep Fry a Ham

How to Deep Fry a Ham

Last updated on 11/27/2019

Around the holiday season, many people like to serve deep fried turkey to their guests. This year, step up your holiday menu with a deep fried ham instead! Follow our step-by-step guide and make a delicious deep fried ham that will not disappoint those around the dinner table.

Can You Deep Fry a Ham?

Yes, you can deep fry a ham. Deep frying a ham locks in moisture and reduces the threat of overcooking, a common mishap when using a standard oven. By keeping the frying oil at a stable temperature, your ham will be cooked to perfection.

Deep Fried Ham Recipe

Gather up your outdoor deep fryer and get ready to make a deep fried ham with our step-by-step recipe.

Equipment for Deep Frying a Ham:

  • Outdoor deep fryer
  • Peanut oil (enough to cover a fully submerged ham)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Marinade injector
  • Thermometer
  • Lint-free towel
  • Large knife

Injection for Ham:

  • 8 oz. apple cider
  • 1 Tbs. Coleman’s English mustard
  • 2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder

Directions:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, mustard, and apple cider. 1.

    In a mixing bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, mustard, and apple cider.

  • Mix together until dissolved. 2.

    Mix together until dissolved.

  • Add oil to the deep fryer, filling the stock pot to three quarters of the way full. Leave enough space so oil does not overflow when the ham is submerged. Heat until 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 3.

    Add oil to the deep fryer, filling the stock pot to three quarters of the way full. Leave enough space so oil does not overflow when the ham is submerged. Heat until 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Fill marinade injector with brine and inject the ham in multiple spots to disperse the flavor throughout the ham. Use as much of the brine as possible. 4.

    Fill marinade injector with brine and inject the ham in multiple spots to disperse the flavor throughout the ham. Use as much of the brine as possible.

  • Dry ham with the lint-free towel so there is no excess moisture on the ham. 5.

    Dry ham with the lint-free towel so there is no excess moisture on the ham.

  • Cut a slit through the ham and slide the ham onto the poultry wrack. 6.

    Cut a slit through the ham and slide the ham onto the poultry wrack.

  • Lower the ham into the fryer. Cook each pound of the ham for 7 minutes or until the core temperature of the ham is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. 7.

    Lower the ham into the fryer. Cook each pound of the ham for 7 minutes or until the core temperature of the ham is 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Remove ham from the fryer and allow the excess oil to drain off. Carve the ham and enjoy! 8.

    Remove ham from the fryer and allow the excess oil to drain off. Carve the ham and enjoy!


Deep frying a ham can seem like a difficult task, but we have simplified it for you with this easy recipe. Impress your guests and create a memorable menu that offers a mouthwatering deep fried ham instead of turkey this year. Enjoy!

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