This savory apricot glaze has the perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and savory flavors. Make this recipe to use on roasted pork, chicken, or ham!
Not only do glazes add a gorgeous shine and crispy exterior to any dish, but they create an intense flavor with just a few ingredients.
I like to use this homemade apricot glaze for pork loin roast, but it’s just as delicious on chicken or a holiday ham!
For something with a little more kick, make my Chipotle Orange Glaze. It’s the perfect combination of sweet citrus and spices, and it also tastes great with pulled pork sandwiches.
Cranberry Glaze takes a little more work to make, but the results are worth it! Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover bags of holiday berries.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Note: This is just a partial list of ingredients. For the full ingredient list, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Apricot jam – Using jam instead of preserves will result in a smoother glaze, which makes it easier to brush onto your meat. Feel free to use peach jam or orange marmalade instead, depending on your flavor preferences.
- Brown sugar – Light brown sugar works best in this recipe, so the caramelized flavor doesn’t overpower the fruit. Make sure to lightly pack the measuring cup to get the right amount.
- Dijon mustard – In a pinch, you can use yellow mustard if that’s all you have on hand. You may want to use a little less, though, since the flavor is more tart. Brown or honey mustard would also taste great, or find recipes online to make a quick dijon substitute with pantry staples.
How to make apricot glaze
Just mix everything together and use – it’s really that simple!
It can help to use a metal whisk if you have one. Not only does everything combine faster, but it eliminates any lumps from the jam.
Or, give it a quick whirl in a blender or food processor if you don’t mind the extra dishes.
Using apricot glaze for pork roast
Simply brush a layer of glaze onto your meat before roasting and baste a few times with the remainder throughout the cooking process.
If you happen to have any remaining, feel free to save it and brush more over the meat when reheating.
And don’t be afraid to try this glaze on different types of pork as well! It tastes just as great on a tenderloin or thick-cut chops.
- Adjust The Amounts: This recipe makes enough to cover a large ham. If you plan on using the apricot glaze for pork roast or chicken, I would recommend cutting the measurements in half.
- Make Ahead Of Time: While there’s really no prep time required, you could easily make this in advance if needed. Store in a sealed jar or container in the refrigerator and use within two weeks.
- Reduce Spices: If you’re sensitive to cloves, you can reduce the amount as much as needed to suit your preference.
Apricot Glaze for Roasting + Video
- 12.75 oz apricot jam (See Note 1)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Brush on roasting pork roast, chicken or ham, basting several times while cooking.
- Feel free to substitute with peach or orange marmalade, both work well.
- This makes 3 1/2 cups total. Perfect for a large ham, but I would cut the ingredients in half for a pork roast or chicken.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.