With our frozen sausage in air fryer recipe, you can easily take your whole, raw sausage links from freezer to table in under 20-minutes. Whether you are cooking Italian sausages, bratwurst, or some other variety of raw sausage links, you are going to love just how easy it is to air fryer frozen sausage for a WHOLE LOTTA YUM dinner.
Air Fryer Frozen Sausage
I recently went to cook pasta and sauce for dinner but realized at the last minute I wanted to add protein. We commonly like to add ground beef, chicken, turkey, or Italian sausage to our pasta sauce and didn’t have anything defrosted.
After realizing we DID have frozen Italian sausage in the freezer, I experimented with cooking it from frozen in our air fryer, and was pleasantly surprised that not only did it cook up perfectly, it was done in less time than boiling the water and cooking the pasta!
And now that we know how how to cook frozen sausage in air fryer, I know we are going to be using it frequently! Whether we crumble the cooked sausage up to add to sauce, serve them sliced or whole in the main dish, or plop them on a bun with some peppers and onions, this air fryer frozen Italian sausage recipe is one we will be using often in our home.
The air fryer is one of the best kitchen tools to use when you want to create perfect sausage options for dinner. We love using our air fryer to make air fryer Italian sausage, air fryer bratwurst, breakfast sausage links in air fryer because they are quick, easy, and always cooked to perfection.
Why You’ll Love This!
- Our frozen sausage in air fryer recipe is ready in under 20-minutes making this one of the fastest freezer-to-table recipes you will find!
- Cooking raw sausage from frozen will help fill the gap when you forget to meal plan or take something out for dinner.
- You can use our air fryer frozen sausage recipe to make cooked whole sausages for a variety of uses including as hoagies or sandwiches, in soups, or with pasta or rice dishes.
- Perfect for healthy eating plans, air fryer frozen sausages are compliant with low-carb, keto, and gluten-free eating plans (be sure to read labels on seasoned sausages).
- With a cooktime of just 13-minutes, your frozen Italian sauasge links are the perfect quick way to enjoy a homecooked meal.
The only caveat to our frozen sausage in air fryer recipe is that you need some variety of raw sausages, Italian sausage, or brats. That’s it!
- raw sausages, Italian sausage or brats – any flavor or variety including Johnsonville, Costco, Jimmy Dean, and Trader Joe’s. Sausages typically come 5 to a pack.
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
- Be sure to read the label of your sausage links to ensure they are compliant with the eating plan you follow. Some flavored sausage links have hidden carbs.
Step by Step Instructions
You are going to cook your air fryer frozen sausage links in a preheated 400F unit.
Place the frozen uncooked sausage into the air fryer basket. It’s ok if they’re in a solid block, a couple of ours broke apart when we removed them from the package.
The sausages will take about 12-14 minutes to cook.
We suggest checking on them after the first 2 minutes of cooking to separate any sausages that are stuck together.
After a total of 6 minutes of cooking time, flip them over and continue cooking the Italian sausage (or brats) for 6-7 more minutes until they are browned and cooked through. The internal temperature of the sausage should be at least 160 F when tested with a digital meat thermometer.
- There is no need to thaw your frozen sausage before cooking as our frozen sausage in air fryer recipe is meant to be used with frozen sausages or brats.
- We do recommend that you separate your sausages after 2-3 minutes of cooking.
- Using a digital meat thermometer is highly recommended to make sure the internal temperature reaches the correct degree which is 160 F.
- This recipe will work for any type of raw frozen sausage whether you’re making raw Italian sausage or brats or raw Italian chicken sausage. It will also work for precooked sausage like chicken but they’ll take less time to cook.
- Standard size raw pork sausages were used to test this recipe, not the oversized meat counter sausage
You can serve your air fryer Italian sausages in a variety of ways including on a bun with peppers and onions, in a stir fry with vegetables, on or in pasta or rice dishes, or even crumbled like ground meat for a meat sauce.
Yes, you can cook frozen Italian sausage in an air fryer! Simply preheat the unit to 400F and cook the sausages from frozen for 12-14 minutes, separating the links after 2-3 minutes and flipping them after 6 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to ensure you reach 160F. We were able to easily cook a 5-link package of Italian sausage links.
Whether you are looking to cook sausages from frozen for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the answer is yes you can cook your sausage links from frozen. Any cooking method will adapt to frozen sausages including in a pan on the stovetop, baked, grilled, or air fried. To cook sausage from frozen just add a few additional minutes of cooking time to the recipe and use a digital meat thermometer to ensure you have cooked your sausage to 160F.
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- 1 lb package of raw sausages, Italian sausage or brats
- Preheat the air fryer on 400 F for 5 minutes.
- Place the frozen uncooked sausage into the air fryer basket. It's ok if they're in a solid block, a couple of ours broke apart when we removed them from the package.
- The sausages will take about 12-14 minutes to cook. We suggest checking on them after the first 2 minutes of cooking to separate any sausages that are stuck together.
- After a total of 6 minutes of cooking time, flip them over and continue cooking the Italian sausage (or brats) 6-7 more minutes until they are browned and cooked through. The internal temperature of the sausage should be at least 160 F when tested with a digital meat thermometer.
Standard size raw pork sausages were used to test this recipe, not the oversized meat counter sausage. Brands we commonly cook with are Johnsonville, Costco, and Trader Joe's. Sausages typically come 5 to a pack.
This recipe will work for any type of raw frozen sausage whether you're making raw Italian sausage or brats or raw Italian chicken sausage. It will also work for precooked sausage like chicken but they'll take less time to cook.
Using a digital meat thermometer is highly recommended to make sure the internal temperature reaches the correct degree which is 160 F.
A Cosori 5.8 QT air fryer was used for recipe testing, which is 1600 watts. If your air fryer has either lower watts or higher watts, the recipe could take longer or less time time to cook.
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Nutrition InformationYield 5 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 150Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 29mgSodium 368mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 7g