Italian Sausage in Air Fryer

Making Italian Sausage in Air Fryer is quick and simple, so it’s perfect for busy weeknight dinners and easy lunches. Air Fryer Italian Sausages are an affordable and versatile dish everyone will love!

Suitable for gluten free, low carb, keto, and paleo diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

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the completed Italian Sausages in Air Fryer recipe on a plate

Making Italian sausage in air fryer is incredibly quick and easy, so it’s the perfect solution for those busy weeknights when you need to get dinner on the table fast. And when you cook Italian sausages in the air fryer you get deliciously juicy sausage every time.

This is one of my very favorite air fryer recipes because it’s just so darn simple. Buy sausage links, place them in the air fryer, tuck your cooked sausage links into a toasty sausage roll, top with cooked peppers and onions, and you’ve got a delicious, satisfying, and easy meal.

Yeap, air fryer sausage is so easy and fuss-free. And the best part is you can serve air fryer Italian sausage with other air fryer recipes like my Air Fryer Onions, Air Fryer Butternut Squash, and these easy Air Fyer Green Beans for a super fast, super satisfying meal that’s ready in just minutes.

top down view of Italian sausage in air fryer

P.S. Don’t have air fryer? No problem! Check out this post and learn How to Cook Italian Sausages on Stove.

What is Italian Sausage?

Italian sausage is a pork sausage seasoned with fennel and paprika. There are different varieties of Italian sausages, the most common being hot Italian sausages that are made with red pepper flakes, mild which doesn’t include red pepper, and sweet Italian sausage, which often includes a bit of sugar or honey.

Why Make This Recipe

  • It’s Fast – Cooking Italian sausages in the air fryer only takes 10-15 minutes.
  • Super Versatile – Pair with any of your favorite side dishes for an easy and fuss-free meal.  
  • Diet Friendly – This recipe is suitable for gluten free, low carb, paleo and keto diets.

Ingredients Notes

  • Uncooked Italian Sausages – choose your favorite sausage: mild Italian sausage, hot Italian sausage, or sweet.  
the completed Air Fryer Italian sausage sliced and served on a white plate

Ready to learn just how easy it is to cook Italian sausage in the air fryer? Good! Because I’m ready show you…

How To Cook Italian Sausage in Air Fryer

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees F / 182 degrees C.
  2. Place Italian sausages inside the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving plenty of space between them for air to circulate so they cook and brown evenly.
  3. Air fry for  10-15 minutes, turning the sausages halfway through the cooking time.
  4. Use a digital meat thermometer to check to ensure they are fully cooked. The internal temperature should be at least 160 degrees F / 71 degrees C when inserted into the thickest part of the sausage.
image collage showing the steps for how to cook Italian Sausage in Air Fryer

Expert Tips 

  • To avoid smoking, start with a clean air fryer basket that is free of any excess grease. Sausages have a high fat content and will drip during cooking. If your air fryer model has a drip tray, that must be clean as well.
  • Other tips for preventing smoking: place a perforated parchment paper liner in the air fryer basket, or add a small amount of water to the drawer underneath the basket.
  • Cooking a lot of Italian sausages? To prevent smoking, clean the basket between batches.
  • To reduce the cooking times, slice Italian sausages in half lengthwise before placing in the air fryer.
  • Air fryers may vary depending on the make and model. Use the cook time listed as a guide, check your food for doneness, and adjust the time as needed.
  • The total time needed will depend on the size and thickness of the sausages.
  • It’s important to note that Italian sausages and smoked sausage are not the same
  • Cook fresh Italian sausage within 3 days of purchasing or freeze it for later.  
  • Be sure the internal temperature of the cooked sausages reaches 160 degrees F / 71 degrees C before serving.

Want even more helpful air fry function info? Then you’ll want to read my 18 Air Fryer Tips for Better Air Frying!

close up view of cooked Italian sausage in the air fryer basket

Delicious Variations

  • Stuffed Italian Sausage – cut a slit on the top of each sausage and stuff it with mozzarella cheese before cooking.
  • Make a Sausage Sandwich – toast up some sausage rolls or hot dog buns, add Italian sausage links to each, then add peppers and onion, or top with sauerkraut, relish, and mustard.
  • Swap the Sausages – Swap the pork sausage for chicken sausage or turkey sausage instead.
  • Bangers and Mash – make air fryer Italian sausage with a side of Instant Pot mashed potatoes and gravy.

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – Air fryer Italian sausage can be cooked a couple of days in advance, then stored in the fridge for reheating when needed. 
  • Store – Keep leftover sausage in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or air fryer. 
  • Freeze – Italian sausage can be frozen for up to 3 months. 
five Air Fryer Italian Sausages on a white plate

FAQs

How Long Does it Take To Cook Italian Sausage In The Air Fryer?

Air fryer Italian sausages take about 10-15 minutes to cook, depending on the total size and thickness. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F / 71 degrees C before serving.

Can I Bake Italian Sausage?

Yes, to bake Italian sausages in the oven, preheat it to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees, place sausages in an oven-safe baking dish and cook for 25-30 minutes. 

How To Make Bacon Wrapped Italian Sausage Air Fryer?

Wrap each Italian sausage with a strip of bacon, and tuck in the ends or secure with a toothpick before carefully placing in air fryer basket. You may need to add a couple of minutes of cooking time.

How Do You Know When Italian Sausage Is Cooked?

The very best way is to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Sausages that have reached at least 160 degrees F / 71 degrees C are safe and ready to serve.
Another method is to cut into the center and do a visual inspection. The meat should be firm and the juice should be clear. If there is any pink, the sausages are not cooked enough.

the finished Italian Sausage in Air Fryer recipe on a plate and ready to be served

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Serving Suggestions

Weight Watchers Points

There are 10 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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Italian Sausage in Air Fryer

Air Fryer Italian Sausages are incredibly quick and easy to make!

Cook Time15 mins

Total Time15 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Italian, Western

Diet: Gluten Free

Servings: 4

Calories: 270kcal

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees F / 182 degrees C.

  • Place Italian sausages inside the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space between them for air to circulate so they cook evenly.

  • Air fry for  10-15 minutes, turning the sausages over halfway through the cooking time.

  • Use a digital meat thermometer to check to ensure they are fully cooked. The internal temperature should be at least 160 degrees F / 71 degrees C when inserted into the thickest part of the sausage.

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Notes

  • To avoid smoking, make sure the air fryer basket is clean. Sausages have a high fat content and will drip during cooking. If your air fryer model has a drip tray, that must be clean as well.
  • Other tips for preventing smoking: place a perforated parchment paper liner in the air fryer basket, or add a small amount of water to the drawer underneath the basket.
  • Cooking a lot of Italian sausages? To prevent smoking, clean the basket between batches.
  • To reduce the cooking time, slice Italian sausages in half lengthwise before placing in the air fryer.
  • Air fryer temperatures may vary depending on the make and model, so use the cooking time listed as a guide, check food for doneness, and adjust time as needed.
  • The total cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of the sausages.
  • It’s important to note that Italian sausage and smoked sausage are not the same. 
  • Cook fresh Italian sausage within 3 days of purchasing or freeze it for later.  
  • Be sure the internal temperature of the sausages reaches 160 degrees F / 71 degrees C before serving.
  • Storage – keep leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for 3 days.
  • There are 10 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 570mg | Potassium: 197mg | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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