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Savory Rosemary Mustard Crusted Holiday Ham

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As far as main dishes are concerned, everyone loves a ham recipe — especially for holiday meals. While you traditionally may have adorned your table with glazed ham, this year, go for the keto and paleo-friendly baked ham option.

You can have fun with the herbs, adding in whatever sparks your fancy. The rosemary, however, is an absolute must. The same goes for the mustard; you can try dijon, whole grain mustard, or even yellow mustard if that’s your jam.

While it’s possible to make this recipe in a crockpot or slow cooker, opt for the oven if you really want that crispy-baked goodness.


This low-carb ham recipe is:

  • Savory
  • Comforting
  • Flavorful
  • Filling
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The main ingredients are:

  • Fresh rosemary
  • Ham
  • Mustard

Optional additional ingredients:

  • Whole grain mustard
  • Dijon mustard
  • Parmesan cheese

3 Health Benefits of Rosemary Mustard Crusted Ham


#1: Rich In Protein

Old school keto-dieters used to keep their protein pretty low for fear that too much protein would kick them out of ketosis. Luckily, most people find that they can enjoy a fair amount of protein without switching back to glucose-burning mode once they’re fat adapted.

As is true for most animal products, ham is an excellent source of protein. In fact, one serving of this rosemary crusted ham contains 31 grams.

Protein is an essential component of every system in your body. It helps to build and maintain muscle mass, supports bone health, speeds recovery, and so much more[*][*][*].

And the best part is that because protein takes so much energy to digest, it has what is known as a “high thermic effect.” In other words, you burn more calories when you eat protein than most other types of food[*]

#2: Boosts Brain Health

Who couldn’t use a little extra boost in the cognitive department? Rosemary, a culinary herb, has been used for hundreds of years in folk medicine as a brain tonic.

Recent research shows that rosemary may benefit brain function by enhancing memory. Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, it may also assist with neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Some research even suggests that rosemary has the ability to pull heavy metals out of your body — an issue that’s correlated with cognitive decline[*][*].

#3: Supports Detoxification

Mustard is a rich source of a number of phytochemicals, from phenolic compounds to carotenoids. Research shows that the compounds in mustard can help the body fight oxidative stress, and support detoxification.

Since oxidative stress and toxic overload are two common causes of chronic disease, adding mustard to your meals can have a beneficial effect on your overall health and longevity[*].

Among the benefits associated with mustard are antioxidant, inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties. The compounds in mustard specifically support phase two detoxification. Therefore, it helps to rid the body of unwanted compounds that your liver has worked hard to liberate[*].



Rosemary Mustard Crusted Baked Ham

Are you ready to enjoy a delicious baked ham? Don’t forget to add fresh rosemary and mustard to your shopping list!

If you’re cooking for a crowd, this delicious and savory rosemary ham pairs perfectly with a cauliflower casserole side dish. 

  • Author: Ayla Sadler
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ham / 8 slices 1x


  • ¼ cup mustard
  • 23 tablespoons mayonnaise 
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • One, 2½-pound smoked ham


  1. Preheat oven to 300 F. 
  2. Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl, except the ham.
  3. Slather the mixture onto the ham, and place ham on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 263.7g
  • Fat: 13.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.25g
  • Protein: 31.14g

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