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So you bought a pack of boudin sausages (or maybe you even made them yourself from a boudin recipe. If you want to learn how to cook boudin sausage, there are 5 different ways to cook this delicious cajun sausage: boiling, roasting, grilling, and air frying!
This article will detail the steps for each method so you can cook the perfect boudin!
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What is Boudin Sausage?
Boudin sausage, a staple of Cajun cuisine, is a delicious combination of pork, rice (similar to dirty rice), and plenty of spice stuffed into a sausage casing. It’s popular in South Louisiana, and you can find it in every gas station and grocery store.
This cajun sausage can be spicy or mild depending on how much cayenne pepper has been used as an ingredient, and it’s so delicious when cooked right! There are also different ways to make boudin, whether that’s boudin balls, links, smoked boudin, and more.
If you’re in Cajun country or just trying to recreate this traditional Cajun sausage at home, knowing the best way to cook boudin is key to unlocking its delicious flavor.
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What to Serve with Boudin
Boudin sausages are often served alongside dishes such as gumbo, or jambalaya at restaurants in New Orleans. People also eat it with saltine crackers.
Sometimes, they’re also served for breakfast alongside eggs and grits with coffee refills included to wash it all down!
How to Cook Boudin – Boiled Method
The most common and one of the best ways to cook boudin sausages is by boiling it.
How To Boil Boudin:
- In a large pot, add enough water to cover the boudin links and bring the water to a boil on medium-high heat.
- Once water is boiling, turn down the heat to medium heat and gently place the boudin links in the pot, and simmer. Be careful not to boil on high, as the sausage casing might burst.
- Let the boudin cook at a lower temperature for about 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the sausage reaches 160 F. Use an instant-read thermometer to check.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer the links to a plate lined with paper towels. Let it cool to room temperature before serving.
NOTE: When boiling boudin sausages, people usually don’t eat the skin as it can be tough. To eat, either squeeze the links or bite into it to split it open and squeeze the boudin stuffing out into your mouth.
How to Cook Boudin – Pan-Frying Method
If you prefer a crispy casing, a cast iron skillet is your friend.
How To Pan Fry Boudin:
- Heat the skillet to medium heat and add oil.
- Place links of boudin in the skillet, turning them occasionally.
- Once the boudin is golden brown and crispy, remove it from the skillet and place it on paper towels to drain any excess grease.
How to Cook Boudin – Roasted Method
Learn how to cook boudin the best way by roasting the links! This cooking method is so easy to do, quick to make, and it gives boudin links a nice crispy exterior that is out of this world delicious. It’s my all-time favorite way to cook boudin!
How To Roast Boudin:
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or silicone baking sheet (recommended method). Alternatively, you can spray the pan with olive oil.
- Place the boudin sausages on the baking sheet in a single layer, making sure to leave some space between each link.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning sausages every 10 minutes.
How to Cook Boudin – Grilled Method
If you’re looking for a way to intensify boudin’s smoky flavor, grilling the links is the best way to cook them to get that crispy skin.
How To Grill Boudin:
- Preheat your grill to medium heat (approximately 400-425F) and lightly grease the grill grates with butter or olive oil.
- Place boudin links on the grill, evenly spaced. Close the grill lid and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Open the lid and flip the boudin links so it can cook evenly on the other side. Close the grill lid again, then cook for another 5 minutes.
- To check if the sausages are done, use an instant-read meat thermometer to see if the boudin links have reached an internal temperature of 170F.
- Transfer the links to a plate lined with paper towels and allow to cool for a few minutes. These grilled boudin can be eaten as is or paired withcajun mustard on a bun. ENJOY!
NOTE: when grilling boudin, the casings should turn brown and crispy. You can choose to eat the crispy casing, or split it open and just eat the stuffing. Your choice!
How to Cook Boudin – Air-Frying Method
A newer, but increasingly popular way to cook boudin is using an air fryer. Air fried boudin is great for when you want a delicious flavor with less grease!
How To Air Fry Boudin:
- Preheat your air fryer, lightly coat the boudin with cooking spray, and place them in a single layer. Air fry at a lower temperature until the outside is crispy and the inside is cooked through.
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