Air Fryer Sausage is a quick, easy and effortless way of cooking your favourite sausages whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With this cooking method, they are super crispy and nicely browned on the outside while it's still juicy and delicious on the inside.
Air Frying is a great way of cooking fried foods such as Fish Sticks in Air Fryer, homemade chips or burgers. It is much healthier and less messy/smelly than deep-frying, and tastier than oven frying. Once you try cooking your sausages in an air fryer, you will never want to go back to the old methods.
What Type of Sausages to Cook?
This method work with all type of sausages. I used uncooked fresh Cumberland Sausages for this recipe but you can use chicken, beef or lamb sausages as well as vegetarian sausages. The cooking times might vary depending on the size and thickness.
If you want to cook frozen sausages in an air fryer, no need to thaw them. Just add extra five minutes to the cooking time and start with a lower temperature for the first few minutes.
What Do You Need For Cooking Sausages in Air Fryer?
Apart from an air fryer (which you might already have), all you need is your favourite sausages such as Cumberland, Lincolnshire, spicy Italian sausages, large German bratwurst or Polish Sausages. You also need a few drops of oil if you use vegetarian sausages or lean sausages to avoid them sticking to the pan.
I use Ninja Foodi Dual Zone 7.6L (8 Quart) for all my favourite air fryer recipes and I can fit 6 or 7 sausages in one basket, a total of 12 to 14 sausages in one go. If you have a smaller air fryer or you want to feed a crowd, you might want to cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding the basket(s).
You might also need a cooking thermometer to ensure the doneness of the sausages. The core temperature should reach a minimum of 74°C (165°F).
How to Cook Sausage in Air Fryer?
Cooking sausages in an air fryer is hand-free, quick and very straightforward. However, to achieve the best results, you need to follow a few simple steps:
Pierce the sausages a few times using a small knife or a toothpick to help them release more fat. If using vegetarian sausages or lean sausages, spray with some oil on them to avoid the sausages sticking to the pan. You can also use a brush if you don't have spray oil in hand.
Place the sausages in your air fryer's basket in a single layer, without overlapping them.
Set the air fryer to 190° C (375° F) and then cook the sausages until they’re nicely browned and crispy on the outside and the core temperature reaches 74 °C (165 ° F). It takes about 15 to 17 minutes, depending on the thickness of the sausages and how many you have in the basket.
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Yes, you can cook frozen sausages in your air fryer without needing to thaw them. Make sure your sausages were fresh when bought from the supermarket and not previously frozen.
If you want to air fry frozen sausages, make sure you start cooking them at a lower temperature to avoid their skin from burning by the time they have cooked in the middle. You might need to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time in order to reach 74 °C (165 ° F) core temperature.
Depending on the size, type, thickness and amount of the sausages, it might take between 10 and 20 minutes to cook sausages in an air fryer. The sausages should be browned all over and crispy on the outside and the core temperature should be 74 °C (165 ° F) on the inside. When you cut the sausage, there should be no more pinkness.
You can serve air fryer sausages as a part of a Full English Breakfast.
If you want to serve the sausages for dinner, I recommend serving them with Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower Cheese or Swede and Carrot Mash on the side.
They also are great in a sandwich for packed lunches or picnics.
Top Tip From The Chef
If you have any leftover sausages, you can use them to make sandwiches, stews, casseroles, salads or pasta sauces. The leftovers would keep for up to five days when refrigerated in an airtight container.
I hope you enjoy the process of making these crispy and delicious air fryer sausages as much as you enjoy eating them! 🙂
Bon appétit! / Afiyet Olsun!
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Air Fryer Sausage
- 8 Cumberland sausages
- spray oil
- Pierce the sausages a few times using a small knife or a toothpick to help them release more fat.
- If using vegetarian sausages or lean sausages, spray with some oil on them to avoid the sausages sticking to the pan. You can also use a brush if you don't have spray oil in hand.
- Place the sausages in your air fryer's basket in a single layer, without overlapping them.
- Set the air fryer to 190° C (375° F) and then cook the sausages until they’re nicely browned and crispy on the outside and the core temperature reaches 74 °C (165 ° F). It takes about 15 to 17 minutes, depending on the thickness of the sausages and how many you have in the basket.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Don’t leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
See more guidelines at USDA.gov.
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