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How to Cook Frozen Sausages in Air Fryer

Learning how to cook frozen sausages in an air fryer instead of deep fat frying them is one simple way of ensuring this snack time family favourite is as low in calories as possible.

If you have frozen sausages sitting around at the bottom of your freezer, here’s how to cook them in an air fryer!

How to Cook Frozen Sausages in an Air Fryer

Step 1

Step 1

Preheat your air fryer to 180 °C or 360 °F. This should take approximately 3 minutes if your air fryer doesn’t have a built-in preheat function.

Step 2

Step 2

Place the frozen sausages in the air fryer basket. Don not stack them on each other, they can be placed very close to each other, but no stacking.

Step 3

Step 3

Cook the frozen sausages for 7 minutes at 180 °C or 360 °F.

Step 4

Step 4

Open the fry basket and use a metal fork or other pointed prong utensil to prick 2 or 3 evenly spaced holes in the sausages. This prevents splatters that can occur when the sausage’s natural juices and fat content heat up. The holes also allow sausage grease to drip down making your finished sausage a bit healthier.

Step 5

Step 5

Flip the sausages to ensure they’re positioned with the holes facing down. Cook for another 5 minutes on the same temperature setting.

Tips and Considerations

  • If you have the time, it’s wise to defrost the sausages before you’re actually ready to cook them. You don’t have to, but it can save a bit of cooking time when you are ready.
  • If you’re cooking cocktail sausages in your air fryer you’ll need to reduce the overall cooking time.

FAQ

Do you need to defrost frozen sausages before cooking in air fryer?

No, frozen sausages do not need defrosting before going into an air fryer. Because they’re frozen, they will of course take longer to cook compared to fresh sausages.

How long to cook frozen sausages in an air fryer?

Frozen sausages will take on average 12-15 minutes to cook in an air fryer. An average Cumberland sausage for example takes roughly 12 minutes to cook from frozen.

Do you need to add oil when cooking frozen sausages in an air fryer?

No, you do not need to add oil when cooking frozen sausages in an air fryer. However, we do recommend using some frylight or a few sprays of olive oil to ensure the sausages do not stick to the fryer basket or come out dry.

Related: How to cook bacon in an air fryer!

Summing up

As you can see, cooking frozen sausages in an air fryer is simple and time-efficient. Not only that, but this cooking method significantly cuts down on grease consumption which can lead to high cholesterol levels which are bad for your overall health and well being.