Air Fryer Italian Sausage is a dinner-time treat worth making!

Everyone loves a hot and juicy, sweet, savory, or spicy sausage! When there’s no time to grill or the weather isn’t cooperating, put the air fryer to work and make your favorite sausages in mere minutes. Cook them whole or sliced, even ground sausage can be cooked from the air fryer for crispy crumbles every time!

Air Fryer Italian Sausage sliced on a plate

Favorite Italian Sausages

  • The air fryer perfectly cooks fresh or frozen foods in no time at all, and sausages are no exception! Serve them alone or tuck them into a soft roll with some air fryer roasted peppers.
  • The high temperatures in the air fryer cooks food with little or no fats while preserving its appearance and flavor!
  • Short on time to make breakfast? The air fryer makes the best fresh or frozen pork sausages. They come out browned and crispy every time!
  • No need to thaw sausages before popping them into the air fryer. Frozen links simply need a few more minutes. Use air-fried sausages to make easy entrees like this breakfast quiche or this tasty air fryer sausage, peppers, and onions dinner.
  • Add links, slices, or crumbles to delicious recipes like this cheesy potato soup, or add sausage to Instant Pot bolognese sauce.

Ingredients

SAUSAGE From breakfast sausage links to spicy Italian sausages and even beer brats, they all come out plump, juicy, and absolutely delicious in the air fryer! Alternative meat brands like Beyond Meat, Morningstar Farms, or any plant-based sausage can be used as well.

TRIMMINGS Hot banana peppers or pickled onions, mustard, ketchup, and relish, or crispy onions are all options for topping a juicy air fryer sausage. And don’t forget the bun!

Raw Italian Sausage in an Air Fryer Basket

How to Cook Sausage in an Air Fryer

This is a one and done recipe:

  1. Preheat the air fryer.
  2. Add fresh or frozen Italian sausages in a single layer in the air fryer (as per the recipe below).
  3. Cook until they are fully cooked on the inside and browned and crispy on the outside.

PRO TIP: If cooking in batches, wrap sausages in aluminum foil and reheat in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes right before serving.

cooked Italian sausage in the air fryer

Tips for Cooking Sausages

The magic of the air fryer comes from preheating it before cooking the food! For all air fryer recipes, start the air fryer until it’s at the proper cooking temperature before adding the food to it. This guarantees that the food cooks from the outside in, sealing in the juices!

  • Preheat the air fryer for best results.
  • Do not poke the sausage before cooking, this will release all of the fats that keep sausages juicy.
  • Sausages can be sliced before air frying. More of the fats will drain this way.
  • Place parchment paper on the bottom of the air fryer tray when you add the sausage (never preheat with parchment paper) or basket for a quick and easy clean-up!

More Sausage Recipes in the Air fryer

Air Fryer Italian Sausage sliced on a plate
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Air Fryer Italian Sausage

Simple instructions for cooking the perfect air fryer sausages every time!
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 2 sausages
  • bun optional for serving

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F.
  • Spread the sausage out in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, then flip the sausage and cook an additional 5-6 minutes or until cooked through.

Notes

  • Preheat the air fryer for best results.
  • Do not poke the sausage before cooking, this will release all of the fats that keep sausages juicy.
  • Sausages can be sliced before air frying. More of the fats will drain this way.
  • Place parchment paper on the bottom of the air fryer tray when you add the sausage (never preheat with parchment paper) or basket for a quick and easy clean-up!
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1sausage | Calories: 258kcal | Protein: 13g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 211mg | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. I’m so pleased to have found this site but would it be at all possible to state the temperatures in Farenheit *and* Centigrade please?