How to Carve a Ham

Your ham's looking juicy, succulent, and ready to be eaten. Now it's time to slice it.

You will need

  • Platter
  • Long
  • sharp
  • thin knife
  • Careful execution

Step 1 Place the ham on a platter Place your cooked ham on a platter, dressed side up, and allow it to cool for several minutes before slicing.

Step 2 Start at small end Slice straight down about 2 inches above the small end, or hock, for both boneless and bone-in hams. Use a long, sharp, thin knife for best results.

Step 3 Focus on thin slices Make thin, vertical slices for boneless hams to get the best flavor and texture. Serve immediately or refrigerate for ham sandwiches later on.

Step 4 Slant knife Hold the knife at a 45 degree angle and cut thin slices toward the straight-cut near the hock for bone-in hams. Continue slicing all the way down and partially around the bone.

Step 5 Vary the angle of the knife Vary the angle of the knife to get around the structure of the bone as you progress up the ham. Serve each slice to hungry guests as you go.