Classic Raisin Sauce Recipe for Baked Ham

Ham steak with Raisins sauce
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 1/2 Cups (4 portions)
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Raisin sauce with baked ham is a tradition in many families, and you might have fond memories of the sauce with an Easter or Christmas dinner. You don't have to wait for a holiday to enjoy it - serve the sauce with a ham steak or pork chops for a tasty everyday meal.

The sweet and sour combination of brown sugar, vinegar, and lemon juice is classic. Use apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, or a wine vinegar in the sauce. Add some cinnamon or a touch of ground cloves and mace if you like spice flavor in the sauce.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (finely grated)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups water

How to Make It

  1. Combine brown sugar, cornstarch and dry mustard in a small saucepan. Blend well.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add the vinegar, raisins, lemon zest, lemon juice and water.
  3. Continue cooking the raisin sauce over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly.
  4. Serve the raisin sauce with ham.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups of raisin sauce.


  • Add about 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the sauce mixture along with the raisins and lemon zest.
  • Replace 1/2 cup of the water with orange juice.