Simple and delicious, this Apricot Glaze is a wonderful way to use up some apricots. Use this delicious apricot glaze on your roast ham, ham steaks, or chicken of choice!
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Trying to decide on the perfect glaze can seem pretty difficult sometimes, especially when there are so many different options to choose from.
From savory to sweet, there seems to be almost an infinite number of ways to glaze meat, and all of them are supposedly the best depending on who you ask.
However, this recipe for apricot glaze might not be the most well-known and thus probably won’t have a lot of people arguing for its purity – that doesn’t stop it tasting amazing, however.
Made from simple apricot jam, mustard, and a few other seasoning ingredients, this apricot glaze recipe straddles the line between savory and sweet, offering a rich depth of flavor to whatever meat you put it on.
Apricot Glaze Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Apricot jam
• Brown sugar
• Lemon juice
• Worcestershire sauce
• Ground cinnamon
How To Make Apricot Glaze
• Whisk together the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a low simmer
• Cook, frequently stirring, for 3-4 minutes, and then remove and cool
• Taste test and adjust as desired for taste, adjusting with more mustard or lemon juice
How To Alter The Flavor Of Your Apricot Glaze
The best part of making your own glaze for grilling meat or whatever you want to use it for is that you can change it up depending on your personal flavor preferences.
This recipe makes for a uniquely tangy, savory, and sweet glaze, but it is so easy to customize as well.
For example, if you add a little bit more mustard to the recipe, it gets a lot more intensely flavored and almost sour, thanks to the distinctive taste of mustard.
You can also choose your desired kind of mustard to create a particular flavor profile.
Strong mustards like Dijon or English mustard give it an incredible intensity that cannot be matched but might be too strong for some people. Regular American mustard, however, has a much milder and sweeter taste.
You can also add more lemon juice to the glaze to help improve its acidity. Keep in mind, though, that too much lemon juice will also affect the consistency of the glaze due to the added water content, so account for the fact that it might run a bit easier when applied to your meat.
If you happen to have pure acid crystals like citric acid, this can be a good way to overcome the excess water – something interesting and different like malic acid, could also work really well here.
Whatever changes you make to the glaze, just make sure that your account for any differences in texture and consistency – you don’t want your glaze dripping off and burning on the grill!
What Kind Of Apricot Jam Should You Use & Where Should You Get It?
There are not a lot of recipes out there that utilize apricot jam, mostly because apricot jam is not an especially common condiment in most places in the world.
So what kind of apricot jam should you get for this recipe?
Well, for starters, you need to decide between apricot preserves or apricot jam itself. The key difference is that jam is made using crushed or mashed fruits, whereas preserves are made using whole pieces of fruit and preserved in a sugar mixture.
Using apricot preserves will give the recipe a much thicker, less spreadable texture, which might not work so well if you are looking to drizzle the glaze over the top of some meat you want to grill, so it is probably best to stick with jam.
When buying apricot jam, you can easily get it in most grocery stores, but you might consider heading to a farmer’s market instead.
A lot of farmer’s markets will have a few stalls that make their own jam, and you should be able to find at least one that makes their very own apricot jam for this recipe.
Using fresh, homemade apricot jam is a wonderful way to add a huge amount of natural brightness and flavor to this glaze, and it probably wouldn’t even cost that much more than regular grocery store apricot jams.
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- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Cook Time
- 5 minutes
- marinades and sauces
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1/2 cup apricot jam
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of cloves
- Whisk together the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a low simmer. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then remove and cool.
- Taste test and adjust as desired for taste. You might want more mustard or more lemon juice, it's up to you!
- Use as a glaze for ham and chicken.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.