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Air Fryer Italian Sausage – Rachel Cooks®

Air Fryer Italian Sausage – Rachel Cooks®
Air Fryer Italian Sausage – Rachel Cooks®


Air fryer Italian sausage is crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle, and the EASIEST sausage you will ever make! Serve it on a hoagie roll with peppers and onions or slice it up and toss it with your favorite pasta.

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: Air frying is an easy, hands-off cooking method that gives the sausages a crispy exterior and succulent interior.

How long it takes: about 15 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: air fryer
Servings: 5

Air fryer Italian sausage, whole and sliced. Air fryer Italian sausage, whole and sliced.

 

Cooking Italian sausage in the air fryer is a game-changer, friends. Not that frying it up in a skillet is exactly hard but because the air fryer cooks by circulating hot air all around the food, there’s no better way to get a fabulously crispy exterior.

Another advantage of using an air fryer for cooking Italian sausage is that you don’t have to add any oil to get that perfect bite. In contrast, air fryer potato wedges and air fryer green beans need a small amount of oil to achieve a crispy texture; however, the natural fat content in the sausage is all that’s needed.

Reasons to Love Air Fryer Italian Sausage

  • Crispy exterior and juicy interior. In other words, perfectly cooked Italian sausage! The hot circulating air cooks the sausage evenly from all sides, ensuring that every bite is cooked to perfection.
  • Hands-off cooking with easy cleanup. When you cook sausages in a skillet, you have to keep turning them so that they brown evenly. They may stick to the pan and spatter over the stove. Air fryer Italian sausages are pretty much hands-off with just one flip at the halfway point. (And don’t worry if you forget to do even that! I’ve been there, believe me, and they still turn out.)
  • So many meal options. The world is your oyster with air fryer Italian sausage! From pasta to hoagies and pizza, the possibilities are endless.
Overhead view of cooked Italian sausage in air fryer basket.Overhead view of cooked Italian sausage in air fryer basket.

What you’ll need

Raw Italian Sausage Links: You can use turkey or pork Italian sausage—sweet, hot, or any other flavor or variety you like! The air fryer works well for bratwurst, too. Note that this recipe is for raw sausages, not smoked sausages which are already fully cooked.

Cooking Different Types of Sausage

You can cook any type of raw sausage in the air fryer. Just note that you’ll need to adjust the cooking time according to the size of the sausages. Smaller links will need less time to cook.

Cooking a Different Amount of Sausage

Although this recipe calls for 5 sausage links, you can cook as many as will comfortably fit in your air fryer basket. Just be sure each link has space on all sides for air to circulate. On the other hand, you can also cook just 1 or 2 sausages if that’s all you need.

Uncooked Italian sausage in styrofoam package, plastic removed.Uncooked Italian sausage in styrofoam package, plastic removed.

How to Make Air Fryer italian Sausage

Arrange the sausages in a single layer in the air fryer basket. 

Cook at 360ºF for 6 minutes. Flip each sausage and continue cooking for another 6 to 8 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF on an instant read thermometer.

Serve immediately.

How to cook Frozen Italian Sausage

You can air fry frozen Italian sausage. If the sausages are stuck to the packaging, run a bit of water over the package to loosen them. If the sausages are stuck together, air fry them for a few minutes and you should be able to easily separate them. Add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

What to Serve With Air Fryer Italian Sausage

Stack of five air fryer Italian sausages.Stack of five air fryer Italian sausages.

Storage & Reheating Tips

Refrigerate/Freeze: If you have cooked sausages left over, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer, for up to 3 months.

Reheat: Place the Italian sausages in the air fryer and cook at 400ºF for 2 to 3 minutes, until heated through. Alternatively, you can heat them in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave.

More Recipes With Sausage

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Air fryer Italian sausage held over an air fryer with more in it.Air fryer Italian sausage held over an air fryer with more in it.

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 14 minutes

5 servings

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Air fryer Italian sausage is crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle, and the EASIEST sausage you will ever make!

Instructions

  • Arrange sausages in a single layer in air fryer basket.

  • Cook at 360ºF for 6 minutes. Flip each sausage over and continue cooking for another 6 to 8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165ºF when checked with an instant read thermometer.

  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Any type of raw sausage links can be used, turkey or pork, including bratwurst and breakfast sausage. Since breakfast sausage links are smaller, adjust cooking time accordingly (about 10 minutes, flipping once). 
  • Increase cooking time when cooking frozen sausages. 
  • For the most accurate nutritional information, refer to the packaging from your Italian sausage.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1sausage, Calories: 392kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 829mg, Potassium: 287mg, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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