Last Updated on 4th August 2022 by Pauline Loughlin
What’s the best way to make sure your breakfast sausage comes out looking lovely and tasting great when you cook it? One of the great things about trying to cook breakfast sausage is that it cooks so quickly and easily.
No matter which method you want to use, it shouldn’t take very long to cook the sausages all the way through.
Breakfast sausage tends to be very fatty and therefore flavorful. You probably won’t feel the need to put a bunch of seasoning on them or otherwise prepare the sausages before you cook them.
I want to share with you several different ways you can cook breakfast sausage up, and you can give some of these a try to see which works best for you and which method you prefer. And don’t forget that no breakfast is complete without some beautiful bacon that can be cooked and stored for up to 5 days, be sure to check out our guide on how long does bacon last in the fridge.
What Is Breakfast Sausage?
Breakfast sausage usually refers to link sausages. These are oblong pieces of meat that are about the length of your finger. Sometimes the name breakfast sausage can refer to sausage patties or Bratwurst, but it’s typically the links that people are talking about when they say breakfast sausage.
What spices are in breakfast sausage? That’s going to depend on which manufacturer made the sausages you’re going to eat. These sausages will typically include red pepper flakes, garlic powder and/or onion powder.
They may also include maple flavor or some other sweetener, depending on which variety you get.
How to Make Breakfast Sausage?
The most popular way to cook up breakfast sausage is in a frying pan. There’s no oil needed at all, as the sausage naturally cooks in its own juices and fat.
I’ll share with you a quick and easy method for how to make homemade breakfast sausage. You can buy these frozen or refrigerated. If they’re frozen, it’s best to thaw them out before cooking them.
Trying to cook them from frozen can end up burning the sausages and create a lot of steam in the frying pan as the ice melts. If they’re frozen, you can leave them to thaw in the fridge overnight or place them in the microwave to defrost for a short while.
You don’t need to preheat the pan before cooking the breakfast sausage in it. How long to cook breakfast sausage this way? If you turn the heat to medium, it should take a minute or two on each side to cook your sausage.
How long it takes will depend on how high your heat is and how big the sausages are. It’s good to turn them over, at least once, though you can make sure all the sides are evenly cooked if you want to micromanageme the cooking that much.
What to Make with Breakfast Sausage?
Are you wondering what else you can have with breakfast sausage that complements it well? Most people will cook up eggs to go with the breakfast sausage, usually either scrambled eggs or sunny side up eggs. For a healthy breakfast, try cooking your eggs with a little bit of water in the pan instead of oil or make hard boiled eggs.
Breakfast sausage also pairs well with hashbrowns, toast, yogurt, and fresh fruit.
How to Cook Breakfast Sausage in the Oven?
If you are making breakfast sausage in the oven, it’s going to take a little longer than on the stovetop.
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then place the sausage links into a baking pan. You want something with a little depth to it, since breakfast sausages can release fatty oil while they are cooking. Bake the sausages for 13 to 16 minutes.
You know they’re done when they’ve been cooked all the way through and fully browned. You should turn them once about halfway through the cooking time to ensure that they’re brown on both sides.
How to Cook Breakfast Sausage in Air Fryer
It’s a little faster to cook breakfast sausage in an air fryer compared to the oven, but not by much. This method for making breakfast sausage uses a conventional air fryer, and since each model varies a little, you will want to reference your fryer’s manufacturer instructions as you go through the steps.
Start by putting the sausage links into the air fryer basket or resting on the air fryer tray. Then, preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the sausages to cook for 10 minutes, giving them a turn at the five-minute mark.
When they’re finished, they should be brown and have reached an interior temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to Cook Breakfast Sausage Patties
You can cook sausage patties pretty much the same way as the sausage links. No matter which method you’re using, you want to flip them over halfway through so that they cook thoroughly and brown on both sides.
All of the cooking methods I’ve provided already for you with sausage links- using the fryer, oven, and stove top- use the same directions for sausage patties.
The only difference you need to pay attention to is that some sausage patties are very thick and may need to cook a little longer than sausage. Be careful about letting the patties stay on one side to cook for too long, as they can easily burn.
You don’t need to use any oil no matter which method you’re using, as the patties will cook in their own fat.
How Long Is Breakfast Sausage Good for in the Fridge?
Before you cook up the breakfast sausage, you can leave it in the fridge for up to two weeks before it has to be cooked. That’s as long as you don’t open it.
If you do open the breakfast sausage to cook some of it, you should seal the rest in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Once the package has been opened, the shelf life of breakfast sausage goes down to about four or five days.
After you’ve cooked breakfast sausage up, how long does it stay good in the fridge? It should last for about four to five days there, as long as you keep it in a sealed container.
If you need to reheat any of it, only reheat what you’re going to use and don’t put reheated breakfast sausage back in the fridge.