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Air Fryer Italian Sausage

Our Air Fryer Italian Sausage recipe is a simple but fantastic way to enjoy a classic favorite with a modern twist. This method simplifies the cooking process and results in deliciously juicy sausages with a perfectly crisp exterior. It’s a quick and easy option for a hearty meal, whether serving it with breakfast, adding it to pasta dishes, or simply enjoying it on its own.

Air Fryer Italian Sausage

There’s something irresistibly comforting about the aroma and taste of Italian sausages cooked perfectly. Using an air fryer for this classic dish is a game-changer. It’s a method that respects the integrity of the sausage while providing a hands-off approach. This means less monitoring and more time for you. The even heat distribution ensures each sausage is cooked uniformly, eliminating any guesswork. Plus, it’s an excellent way to enjoy a classic dish in a modern, healthier way, with less oil and fat compared to traditional frying.

Why use your air fryer for Italian sausage links? It’s all about achieving that ideal balance of texture and flavor with minimal fuss. The air fryer rapidly circulates hot air around the sausages, ensuring they cook evenly while retaining their moisture. This method also reduces the amount of oil needed, making it a healthier alternative to traditional pan-frying. Moreover, it’s a great way to avoid the splatter and mess that can come with cooking sausages on the stove.

You can use these sausages to eat all on their own, in a bun with your favorite toppings, or slice them up and toss them into a pan of Cajun Pasta or our Italian Sausage and Rice recipe.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Quick and Easy: Just set the air fryer and let it do its magic.
  • Less Oil, Healthier Option: Enjoy your sausages with reduced grease.
  • Even Cooking: Get consistent, delicious results every time.
  • Versatile Meal: Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Air Fryer Italian Sausage

Air Fryer Italian Sausages shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Italian sausage links
  • Air fryer

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Air Fryer Italian Sausage

How to make Italian Sausage in the Air Fryer

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Preheat your air fryer to 370°F.



Place the Italian sausage links in the air fryer basket.



Cook for 9-12 minutes, turning them halfway through.



Check that the internal temperature reaches 160°F.



Serve the sausages hot and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Italian Sausage FAQ

Yes, you can cook them from frozen, but it will take longer. I recommend thawing the day before you plan to cook for ideal results.

How do I prevent the sausages from bursting in the air fryer?

Cooking at a moderate temperature (like 370°F) and not overcrowding the basket helps prevent bursting—no need to pierce them.

It’s not necessary to pierce them. The air fryer cooks them evenly without the need for piercing.

Can I add seasoning to the sausages?

Absolutely! Feel free to season your sausages with herbs or spices before cooking, though Italian sausages are already pretty flavorful. A hit of your favorite BBQ rub would be pretty tasty I bet!

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Italian Sausage

Air Fryer Italian Sausage

This simple recipe for cooking Italian sausage is one of our favorite ways to cook Italian sausage! Simple, versatile, and

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 1 pound Italian sausage links


  1. Preheat air fryer to 370°F.
  1. Place sausage links in air fryer basket.
  2. Cook for 9-12 minutes, turning halfway through.
  3. Check internal temperature; should be 160°F.
  4. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 843mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 22g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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