Recipe: Asian Inspired Baked Ham


  • 1 Whole Leg of Ham (Bone-in or Easy Carve)
  • Star anise (to use like cloves)
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup plum sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chinese rice wine
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice


  • Preheat oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan forced).
  • Remove skin from ham and score fat in a diamond shape (keep skin; see tip below).
  • Place the remaining ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stirring to combine and dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat, pour the glaze over the ham making sure that all the exposed fat is covered.
  • Press a single star anise into the centre of every 2nd or 3rd diamond shape.
  • Spread glaze over ham.
  • Bake for 1 to 2 hours, basting the ham every 20 minutes.


Cover the ham after carving with the reserved rind, then wrap with a moist tea towel or ham bag. Do not use plastic wrap to cover the ham.
About Alison Clinch
Alison Clinch has 20 years marketing experience gained in small and medium size business. She is especially passionate about supporting local communities, communications, and brand management. In her role with The Free Range Butcher Alison is responsible for the company’s branding, promotion, advertising and website. Her experience in the kitchen and passion for good food also brings refreshing new ideas for our recipe suggestions. Initially working alongside her husband Ben at the farmers markets, Alison is more ‘behind the scenes’ now, and keeping busy with two young apprentices’ / kids, Tom and Georgia.

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