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Pineapple Sauce for Ham

The Pineapple Sauce for Ham is the perfect substitute for mustard on your baked Holiday ham! It’s so easy to make and you won’t be disappointed with this recipe!

Pineapple Sauce for Ham

I really wanted to make something a little different to go with this New Year’s honey-baked ham we were having for dinner.

I could’ve taken the easy way out and offered up some kind of gourmet mustard but what fun is that? In the end, I decided to make this Pineapple Sauce for Ham.

Not only does this pineapple sauce go great with baked ham, but it’s also super easy to make.

I’ve made it an hour before heading over to my mother-in-law’s for Thanksgiving dinner.

Yes, it’s that quick and easy to make. And the best part is this recipe only requires 6 simple ingredients!

You most likely already have all the ingredients in your pantry except possibly the cans of crushed pineapples. If you have cans of sliced pineapples you can chop them up or even pulse them in your food processor.

Pineapple Sauce for Ham

If you are looking for other Traditional Holiday recipes you should check out my Southern Cornbread Dressing or Nancy’s Cranberry Gingersnap Pie or my Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier.

Like most of you, I prefer easy-to-make recipes around the Holidays. We all have a lot going on and don’t have time to spend days in the kitchen making all sorts of dishes.

This pineapple sauce recipe is super quick & easy to make! If you can boil water you can make this delicious sauce to go with your ham.

Pineapple Sauce for Ham

If you are in need of a glaze for your ham, you have to make my Brown Sugar Glaze for Ham recipe. Easy to make and gives your ham a delicious flavor.

Have a leftover Ham Bone and are not sure what to do with it? Check out my Slow Cooker Ham and 15 Bean Soup recipe. Absolutely delicious!

For a pineapple sauce with a little more kick to it, I recommend trying my Pineapple Jalapeño Hot Sauce.

You will need the following ingredients to make this Pineapple Sauce for Ham recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Crushed Pineapples, Light Brown Sugar, Cornstarch, Salt, Lemon Juice and Dijon Mustard.

  1. In a small saucepan mix the brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. Stir in undrained crushed pineapple, lemon juice, and mustard.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Boil while stirring for 1 minute.
  4. Serve warm with ham.
pineapple sauce for ham in a mason jar

Pineapple Sauce for Ham

The Pineapple Sauce for Ham is the perfect substitute for mustard on your baked Holiday ham! It's so easy to make and you won't be disappointed with this recipe!
4.02 from 162 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Sauces
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 96 kcal


  • Saucepan


  • 16 oz Crushed Pineapples
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard


  • In a small sauce pan mix the brown sugar, cornstarch and salt.
  • Stir in undrained crushed pineapple, lemon juice and mustard.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Boil while stirring for 1 minute.
  • Serve warm with Ham.

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Calories: 96kcalCarbohydrates: 24gSodium: 68mgPotassium: 71mgSugar: 23gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 4.5mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Joanne Bewley says:

    3 stars because you left out an important bit of information. Do you serve this hot or cold?

    1. That is because you serve it the way you want. I have family members that like it at room temperature and others pretty it warmed up.

  2. Steve Brightman says:

    can u leave out the lemon?

  3. Lindsay Hood says:

    I made this sauce for supper tonight but put it on top of popcorn chicken instead of ham so will have 2 choices now

    1. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Louise says:

    I tweaked it by using keens dry mustard powder instead of Dijon. It was amazing! Thank you for the recipe !!

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the sauce!

  5. Donna says:

    This is delicious. We tweaked it a bit with a little extra mustard because we love mustard but this is the beauty of this recipe. It is easily adjustable to personal preferences.

    1. Glad. you enjoyed the pineapple sauce! You are correct in that this recipe serves as a great foundation for tweaking to your liking.

  6. Carolyn DiBella says:

    Excellent and easy. Could you use bottled lemon juice rather than an actual lemon?

    1. Yes you can. I have used bottled lemon juice before in a pinch. Just try to use the best quality as possible as you can to maximize the flavor. Enjoy!

  7. Chris says:

    Can I make this ahead of time (like 2 weeks)and keep refrigerated? Can’t wait to try! Thanks!

    1. I have never made the sauce ahead of time but I see no reason if you stored it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

      1. Audrey Haywood says:

        Just made this and it was delicious, I didn’t use it all and as I live alone was wondering if it could be frozen, as in small ziploc freezer bags?

      2. Glad you enjoyed the recipe! I have not personally frozen this sauce but I see no problem doing so as long as the bags are well sealed.

      3. Audrey Haywood says:

        Thank you! I’ll give it a try and let you know.

      4. Sandy Cincinnati says:

        Do you know if this recipe could be canned for future uses?

      5. I have in sealed mason jars before.

      6. Missyb says:

        I made this tonight with baked gammon, fine green beans and new potatoes and it was a hit with my four lads!

    2. Dana says:

      I made this for a family gathering and it went over very well. But I made so much that I took more than half of it home. So I froze it! Didn’t pull it out to use it again for 3-4 months, but when I did it was just as good as when I made it. Just let it defrost naturally in the ‘fridge (i.e., don’t re-cook it).

  8. Darlene Weaver says:

    I have been looking for a good pineapple sauce. Thanks

  9. Just Barb says:

    I’m not a big fan of ham or pineapple. But I made this anyway. Spectacular! Followed exactly as written. Ham with pineapple sauce is now on the favorites list.

    1. Awesome! This is one of our most popular recipes.

  10. G-Ma says:

    I made this pineapple sauce to eat with him that I had made for a family get together. As I was making it I realized I did not have any brown sugar but I did have Splenda brown sugar and that is what I used. There was no difference in the texture of of the sauce it turned out perfectly. I also doubled the sauce because I was afraid I would not have had enough for everyone because I know everyone that was at the table love pineapples. It was delicious. I had made the sauce the day before and kept it in a airtight container and it was fine. This is my new go to when I cook a ham.

  11. Dave says:

    Novice cook here. How would this be if I added some ground clove to it? Good idea or bad idea? Thanks.

    1. No reason why you can’t experiment with a little ground cloves. They have a strong taste so I would start by adding very little and doing a taste test. Maybe start with 1/8 teaspoon for starters and working your way up from there.

  12. Sharon says:

    I made this pineapple sauce today for a company that was coming for supper. It is so easy to make. The only change I did was I did not have the Dijon mustard so I use regular mustard. There seem to be no difference. Everyone just loved it. I will truly make it again. Hats off to hotrodsrecipes for this very delicious recipe.

    1. Andrea says:

      I made it with just pineapple juice since I had no crushed pineapple and it came out fantastic

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