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Cooking Sausages From Frozen

Getting your sausages cooked perfectly can sometimes feel like a challenge when you’re dealing with frozen items. You want them to look golden brown on the outside. You want them to be a little crunchy on the outside and fully cooked on the inside. OK, so cooking sausages from frozen, how to do it?

That’s a reasonable expectation, but more often than not, if it seems like you just can’t get it right, we have some help. Now, there are a few different ways in which you can cook a frozen sausage to make sure your next meal (or snack, no judgement) is delicious.

We will go through all that and make sure that the next frozen sausage you cook has a flavour and texture the way you like it. The only thing you should remember for all these methods is that you should give the frozen sausage some time to defrost.

How To Cook Sausages From Frozen

Option 1: Cooking In The Oven

If you want to cook the frozen sausage you bought in an oven, you will find that there aren’t a lot of complications to this method. All you need is the one thing you want to cook and get the timing right. Of course, you need a properly functioning oven too.

When you cook in an oven, you also have the benefit of not having to monitor it while the appliance does its job. And isn’t that the whole point! Frozen sausages stay good for almost 6 months if you store them properly in the freezer. And it’s about two months for fresh sausages.

If you like to stick them in the oven for a quick and delicious meal, you want to know how to get it right. And here’s how that is done. Let’s begin.

  • Step 1: Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 2: The temperature in the oven varies depending on the model you have. So, 375 degrees is for fan ovens. You want to start at 340 degrees Fahrenheit if you have a gas oven.
  • Step 3: Take out a baking pan and line it with just one tin foil sheet. This is to make sure that it stays clean.
  • Step 4: Add just one tablespoon of olive oil to the baking pan on top of the foil.
  • Step 5: Take the defrosted sausages and make sure you roll them around so that they get the oil.
  • Step 6: Leave them to bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Step 7: You want to turn the sausages around while they are being cooked, which means you will have to take two or three breaks from the baking in between the process.

You can also do this just once, in which case you should interrupt the cooking time at the halfway mark.

This is to make sure that they end up with the golden brown colour that we are aiming for.

  • Step 8: Make sure you remove the sausages one after the other as they turn to the desired colour. This is because they don’t all change colours in one go. Not always, anyway.
  • Step 9: Bring out the meat thermometer and see that the temperature is a minimum of 160 degrees Fahrenheit at the thickest portion of the sausage.
  • Step 10: Cut the sausage and make sure that the juices are clear and the meat is not pink in colour. If it’s still pink, you might want to cook it for 5 more minutes in the oven.

Option 2: Grilling Them

If you want to grill the sausages, here’s the procedure for it.

  • Step 1: Preheat the grill at the medium level for 10-15 minutes.
  • Step 2: Once it is preheated, switch off two burners so that there is only indirect heat.
  • Step 3: Locate the area where the sausages will get indirect heat and place the wire rack on it so that the sausages are cooked evenly. Put the defrosted sausages on the wire rack.
  • Step 4: If the grill has two built-in racks, use the top rack for this.
  • Step 5: Close the lid of the grill and cook the defrosted sausages for about 15 minutes. Halfway through this cooking time, flip them.
  • Step 6: Make sure the sausages are brown on both sides at a uniform temperature.
  • Step 7: Once again, make sure that the temperature of the thickest portion of the sausage is 160 degrees F.
  • Step 8: Then the sausages must be placed on a direct heat source for about 3 minutes. Once again, flip them so that they are evenly cooked. Of course, this step is optional and you must use your judgement here.

Option 3: Frying Them In A Pan

Then there is the option of just using the good old frying pan. And if you’re kicking it old school, here’s how you do it well.

  • Step 1: Take a large frying pan or a saucepan and fill it with cold water. Add the defrosted sausages to the pan and make sure they are submerged in the water. Cover the pan.
  • Step 2: Switch on the stove and keep it at medium-high. Let the water simmer which should take about 6-8 minutes.
  • Step 3: Once the water starts to simmer, your defrosted sausages will start to cook. This will also make sure that the sausages stay tender.
  • Step 4: Get a meat thermometer for this process too and make sure the temperature is at a minimum of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 5: At this point, don’t worry if the sausages still look grey in colour because they still won’t have any pink on the inside and that’s what matters.
  • Step 6: Now take another pan and add a coating of oil to it. You can also use the same pan but make sure there is no water residue.
  • Step 7: Switch on the stove once again but keep the flame on high this time. Wait for the oil to simmer a bit.
  • Step 8: Take the sausages and put them in the oil to get them to sear. Since the cooking process has already started, this won’t take too long.
  • Step 9: Wait till the sausages turn the golden colour of your choice and then take them out.

The good news about this method is that you can keep the sausages as they were or cut them into pieces any way you please to get them to cook faster.


Q: Is It Necessary To Pierce the Sausage’s Skin?

A: You really shouldn’t do that because then you run the risk of the sausages losing the juices and their flavour too.

Cooking Sausages From Frozen: here's how

Q: How Long Will It Take To Cook Them In An Air Fryer Or Oven?

A: If you’re cooking them in an air fryer, you need it to be at about 400 degrees Fahrenheit and it will take about 15 to 20 minutes. It’s the same as cooking in an oven. And then you wait for the sausages to turn into the colour you desire.

Q: Is Freezing The Sausage After Cooking It An Option?

A: Actually, yes. You can cook the sausages and freeze them for long-term storage. But you must see to it that they are completely cooled down before you freeze them. This will keep them good for consumption for about two months.

Cooking Sausages From Frozen: In Conclusion

Apart from the three methods mentioned in this piece, you can also cook frozen sausages in an air fryer. No matter which method you use, you should make sure that the sausages have been defrosted properly first.

Then you should follow the steps mentioned above. Once you think the sausages are cooked, check the temperature of the thickest part of the sausage. Make sure it is about 160 degrees F and you will be good to go.

You should also make sure that the juices are clear in colour and the meat in not pink anywhere. If it is, you should take the sausage back to your appliance and cook it for another five minutes.

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