For hearty flavor and pure comfort, nothing beats scrumptious Italian sausage. I’ll show you how to cook Italian sausage on the stovetop, in the oven or on the grill so it’s crispy brown and juicy every time.

Italian sausage fits into so many fabulous recipes, such as sausage and peppers, sausage and pasta, or sausage hoagies with mounds of caramelized onion. Minestrone soup with Italian sausage cut into rounds is practically a feast all on its own. And it’s all made possible by proper preparation of the sausage.

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What is Italian Sausage?

Italian sausage is made from seasoned ground pork stuffed into casing shells to produce links about 6 inches long. Typically it’s made with fennel seed and red pepper flakes. That combination gives Italian sausage its distinctive flavor and character.

How to Cook Italian Sausage

Unlike smoked sausage, Italian sausage needs to be cooked to 160°F as it is a raw ground pork product.

Cooking sausage too high, too fast and unevenly can cause links to be too dark on the outside and still raw at the center or the skins to split and disintegrate.

Gradually bringing them up to heat, and turned for even browning will allow for perfect sausages. To avoid them curling you can skewer them lengthwise or place in a barbecue clamp.

Do You Need to Pierce the Skin?

No, please don’t! This is a common tip that appears on many recipes but it’s not ideal.

Unfortunately, this will cause all those lovely juices to escape as well, sort of defeating the whole purpose of encasing meat in an impermeable membrane to hold the juices in.

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Note: Cooking times will vary based on thickness of the sausages.

Stovetop

  1. Place links in a skillet in water.
  2. Bring slowly to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 -12 minutes, covered
  3. Uncover, allow water to evaporate and continue cooking, turning frequently until browned.

Oven

  1. Place links on foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Place in cold oven and turn heat to 350°F
  3. Cook for 25-35 minutes or until internal temperature registers 160°F.

Grill

  1. Place on a 375°F grill and close the lid.
  2. Turn every until uniformly browned about 15 to 20 minutes or until the pork reaches 160°F.

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How to Cook Italian Sausage

This recipe will show you How to Cook Italian Sausage. Whether cooked on the stove top, oven or grill, these sausage links will turn out perfect every time!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 4 Italian Sausage Links or as many as desired
  • water

Instructions 

  • Place sausage in a large skillet.
  • Add water to ½" depth. Bring to a simmer and cover.
  • Simmer for 12 minutes. Remove lid and continue to simmer until water evaporates turning sausages occasionally to brown.

Notes

To Cook in the Oven
  1. Place links on foil-lined baking sheet. Place in cold oven and turn heat to 350°F.
  2. Cook for 25-35 minutes or until internal temperature registers 160°F.
To Grill
  1. Place on a 375°F grill. Close the lid.
  2. Turn occasionally until uniformly browned about 15 to 20 minutes or until the pork reaches 160°F.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 388 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 819mg | Potassium: 283mg | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian

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