The best thing to happen to ham since sliced bread: This raisin sauce for ham is the perfect sweet, tangy accompaniment for salty ham.

How to make raisin sauce for ham: Click through for this simple recipe!

True story:

I don’t really like ham, and I don’t really like raisins.

But the combination of ham and this raisin sauce is SO good – I can’t stop eating it. Which is why this is the only way I eat ham.

Why This Recipe Works

The combination of salty ham with a sweet raisin sauce just works. 

If you’ve never made raisin sauce for ham, you have to try it this year.

It’s an old-fashioned recipe made out of pantry staples – just 4 ingredients!

It comes together in about 15 minutes.

So if you’re cooking an Easter ham, or eating ham any other time of the year, give this simple ham sauce a try. 

If you’re not keen on raisins, you could try making this ham with ham gravy. The gravy is similar to this, but not quite as thick and sans raisins. It has ample brown sugar to make it sweet, providing a lovely contrast to the salty ham.

How to make raisin sauce for ham. Pantry staples make up this simple sauce that's perfect for your Easter ham.

If you’re preparing Easter dinner, consider making a pretty, pastel-hued Easter veggie tray.

What To Serve With Ham

Here are some delicious sides to serve with ham with raisin sauce:

What To Make With Leftover Ham

If you have leftover ham (lucky you!), consider making one of these recipes:

How to make raisin sauce for ham. Pantry staples make up this simple sauce that's perfect for your Easter ham.

Raisin Sauce For Ham

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This recipe can easily be doubled if you're serving a large ham. Leftover sauce keeps well in the refrigerator.


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Bring water to boil in a medium saucepot. Once boiling, add raisins. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, until raisins are soft.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together brown sugar, corn starch, and salt.
  3. Add sugar mixture to raisin mixture. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes, until sauce is thick.


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