Are you tired of dealing with sputtering fat and pan fires when cooking sausages on the stove? Look no further! This Smoked Sausage In Air Fryer recipe is a game-changer. It takes the guesswork out of cooking sausages and makes cleaning up a breeze. Plus, dinner will be ready in just 10 minutes!
No More Sputtering Fat
Gone are the days of struggling to cook sausages evenly in a pan or having to add water to raise the internal temperature. Thanks to the even air heating in an air fryer, your sausages will come out perfectly fried, with no burnt skin and zero sputtering. Serve them on a hot dog bun with sauerkraut or air fryer potatoes, or go low carb with a gourmet mixed green salad.
Why We Love This Recipe
- Evenly Cooked Sausages: Say goodbye to unevenly cooked sausages with this foolproof recipe.
- Versatility: These delicious smoke-flavored sausages pair well with almost any carbs and vegetables.
- No Additional Oil: No need to add extra oil—let the air fryer work its magic.
- Easy and Travel-Friendly: This simple recipe is perfect for lunch boxes or on-the-go snacks.
- Low-Carb Option: If you’re watching your carb intake, these sausages are a great choice.
What Are Smoked Sausages?
Smoked sausages are made from pork, beef, or other meats and are cooked through the smoking process. Drying, curing, and smoking are methods used to extend the shelf life of meats and other foods. It’s important to note that not all smoking processes are equally effective. Some sausages can be consumed without further cooking, while others need to be cooked before eating.
To keep it simple, always check the label to see if the sausages are ready to eat or require cooking. If you’re unsure, consult your butcher. Ready-to-eat cured deli meats include pepperoni, salami, and prosciutto. Ready-to-eat smoked sausages include Andouille sausage, Keilbasa (Polish sausages), and Spanish Chorizo. On the other hand, Mexican Chorizos and Italian sausages are fresh and require cooking.
Can You Cook Smoked Sausage in an Air Fryer?
Absolutely! Although sausages are cooked through the smoking and curing process, they can still be cooked in an air fryer to heat them up. Just make sure to follow the internal temperature guideline of 165°F (71°C) for food safety. Whether you’re using cured or raw sausages, always prioritize food safety.
How to Make Smoked Sausage in an Air Fryer
- Cut the sausages into slices approximately 1 inch thick.
- Arrange the sliced sausages in a single layer in your air fryer basket, ensuring some space between them.
- If your air fryer basket is too small, cook the sausages in multiple batches.
- Air fry at 360°F (180°C) for 8 to 10 minutes. Around the halfway point (5 minutes), shake the basket to ensure even cooking.
- Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature has reached 165°F (71°C).
- Serve with toothpicks for grease-free handling and enjoy with a side of our easy Homemade No-Cook BBQ Sauce, sauerkraut, and mustard.
How To Cook Sausage In Air Fryer
Preventing Your Air Fryer from Smoking
Air fryers have a heating element and a fan that circulates hot air. If there is grease accumulated at the bottom of the air fryer bowl, it can heat up and start smoking at a certain temperature. To prevent this, follow these tips:
- Clean out the grease: Remove the air fryer bowl and clean it thoroughly. Wipe down the bowl and other parts with a kitchen towel. If you have time, wash the air fryer basket and bowl with soap and warm water.
- Soak grease with bread slices: If you’re short on time, place a layer of bread slices over the fat in the air fryer bowl. The bread will soak up the excess fat, reducing the amount of oil available to smoke.
- Kitchen Exhaust: Keep your kitchen exhaust on high and place the air fryer closer to the exhaust. This helps to absorb some of the smoke and circulate it away. Although not as efficient as the first method, it can still be helpful.
Cooking Time and Temperature
To cook smoked sausages in an air fryer, set the temperature to 350°F (180°C) and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes. Remember to shake the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking. If you’re cooking frozen sausages, you’ll need to increase the cooking time to 12-15 minutes. Always check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure they are cooked through.
What to Serve with Smoked Sausages
Here are some delicious serving suggestions for your smoked sausages:
- BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Cheesy dips, Sour Cream, or your favorite dip
- Roast Potatoes
- Hot Dog Buns, Mustard, and Sauerkraut
- Green Salad
- Air Fryer Vegetables
- Air Fryer Smoked Sausage and Vegetables
Storing Smoked Sausages
Store these delicious sausages in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze them for up to 3 months.
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Disclaimer: The information provided here is for general purposes only. Please consult with your doctor if you have specific dietary requirements. While we strive to provide accurate nutritional values, please verify them independently.