Air Fryer Italian Sausage

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Air fryer Italian Sausages are super easy and quick to make. These sausages are cooked to perfection in just 10 minutes, faster and cleaner than cooking on the stove top.

Italian sausage with peppers and onions

Italian sausages are the perfect go-to when you’re hungry but don’t know what to make or are too lazy to get out the cookbook. They make a great lunch, snack, dinner – even a delicious breakfast. I mean, what’s not to love?

Why You’ll Love It

  • While you can easily make Italian sausage on a stovetop, it requires constant hovering over the skillet and flipping the sausages now and then. They’ll get crisped up on the sides facing down, but not all around. The air fryer is a much simpler way to cook sausages and it leads to evenly cooked and crisped sausage.
  • The air fryer imparts a delightful texture to Italian sausage – a crisp and golden exterior that gives way to a juicy and succulent interior.
  • In a matter of minutes, you can enjoy a mouthwatering plate of Italian sausage, making it a fantastic option for a quick and satisfying meal.

Kris Marie says 5 stars This was absolutely delicious and easy! No more grease splatter all over the stove and me! And half the cooking time too! A keeper for sure! Thank you!

Ash B says: 5 stars Love this recipe! Super simple and quick and much healthier without the oils.

» Serve this Italian sausage with Air Fryer Peppers and Onions.

Ingredients You Need

sausage in the package

Making Italian sausages in an air fryer is the easiest thing you can do. Thanks to the modern air fryer technology, you will need only one ingredient to make Italian sausages, i.e., the sausages themselves. You won’t need cooking spray or oil.

  • Italian Sausages: The only ingredient for making air fryer Italian sausages are the sausages. You can easily get them from any grocery store. Italian sausages come in several flavors. You can get them according to your heat preferences. You can choose whatever brand or flavor you prefer.

While this recipe specifically focuses on Italian sausage, that’s not the only type of sausage you can cook in the air fryer with this recipe. Any sausage links you like that are roughly the same size as an Italian sausage can be cooked in 10 minutes. Cut the time down for smaller sausages.

Equipment Information

Italian sausage with peppers and onions on a bun

Helpful Tips

  • Air fryer Italian sausage should have an internal temperature of 165° F(75°C) to be safe to eat. It is okay for there to be a slight pink inside as long as they are up to the correct temperature. They should be a light golden brown when done.  If they are leathery and wrinkled then they are overcooked.
  • No pre-heating is necessary in this recipe, which is great because there’s no extra time waiting for it to get hot!
  • I wouldn’t recommend making these in advance. These sausages are best when they’re still hot and juicy, so try to make these as close to when you’ll eat them as possible.
  • All air fryers are a bit different. Cooking times may vary slightly, if you know your air fryer tends to run a little cold or a bit hot try to factor that into the recipe. It may take a time or two to find the perfect time.
Italian sausage with peppers and onions

How to Make Air Fryer Italian Sausages?

Making Italian sausages in an air fryer is super easy. The whole process takes no more than 10 minutes. Here are three simple steps you have to follow to make perfectly cooked Italian sausages in an air fryer:

Step 1: Add to the basket

Remove the sausages from the packaging and place them in the air fryer basket. It’s okay if they overlap, if you want to cook multiple sausages at once. The only thing you shouldn’t do is cut them in half, because they’ll leak all of their delicious juices as they cook.

Uncooked sausage in the air fryer basket

Step 2: Cook

Cook the sausages for about 10 minutes at 370° F(185°C), turning the sausages halfway through cooking. Once done, take them out of the basket and serve. The internal temperature should read 165° F(75°C) to be safe to eat.

Cooked sausage in the air fryer basket

How to Serve Italian Sausage

Whether served as a standalone dish, part of a hearty pasta, or embraced in a sandwich, Italian sausage can be served so many ways.

  • Incorporate them into pasta dishes like spaghetti with marinara, or sausage and peppers with a side of crusty bread.
  • Serve the sausages in soft, fresh rolls with your favorite condiments and toppings, like mustard, marinara, or caramelized onions creating delicious sandwiches.
  • Pair the sausages with classic Italian sides such as roasted vegetables, sautéed greens, or creamy polenta.
Italian sausage with peppers and onions

Questions About the Recipe

How many sausages can I cook in the air fryer in one go?

It depends on the size of your air fryer basket. However, to cook more sausages at once, you can stack them upon each other, or they may overlap just a little. They will cook just fine if stacked. But if you want the sausages to get browned, don’t overlap them.

Will my sausages be ready in exactly 10 minutes?

The cooking time for sausage depends on the thickness of the sausage. Not every sausage will cook perfectly in exactly 10 minutes. However, we’ve made a lot of different type of sausages in the air fryer and all of the typical sized sausages we’ve made have been perfect in 10 minutes.
If you are cooking an especially large sausage or smaller sausages, like breakfast links, they will take more or less time, respectively.

Do you need to preheat the air fryer before cooking sausages?

I never preheat my air fryer. Most recipes that you find online or in the air fryer recipe books that come with your air fryer do not recommend pre-heating. The size of the basket is small enough that it’s not necessary. So if you do pre-heat yours, you should cut down on the stated cooking time, because it will be thrown off by pre-heating.

Can I cook vegan sausages in an air fryer?

Yes, you can cook a vegan sausage in the air fryer just like any other sausage. I’ve cooked all types of sausages in the air fryer and have never had an issue with them cooking perfectly.

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Italian sausage with peppers and onions

Air Fryer Italian Sausages

Air fryer Italian sausages are super easy and quick to make. These sausages are cooked to perfection in just 10 minutes, faster and cleaner than cooking on the stove top.
4.9 from 49 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 388 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 4 Italian Sausages or more, if you want

Instructions
 

  • Place the Italian sausages in the air fryer basket. It’s okay if they overlap or lay on top of each other.
  • Set the temperature to 370° F (185° C). Set the cook time to 10 minutes.
  • Halfway through cooking, turn the sausages over. The sausage should have an internal temperature of 165° F(75°C) to be safe to eat.

Notes

  • Air fryer Italian sausage should have an internal temperature of 165° F(75°C) to be safe to eat. It is okay for there to be a slight pink inside as long as they are up to the correct temperature. They should be a light golden brown when done.  If they are leathery and wrinkled then they are overcooked.
  • No pre-heating is necessary in this recipe, which is great because there’s no extra time waiting for it to get hot!
  • I wouldn’t recommend making these in advance. These sausages are best when they’re still hot and juicy, so try to make these as close to when you’ll eat them as possible.
  • All air fryers are a bit different. Cooking times may vary slightly, if you know your air fryer tends to run a little cold or a bit hot try to factor that into the recipe. It may take a time or two to find the perfect time.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 16gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 819mgPotassium: 283mgVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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7 thoughts on “Air Fryer Italian Sausage

  1. Kris Marie says:

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious and easy! No more grease splatter all over the stove and me! And half the cooking time too! A keeper for sure! Thank you!

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