The correct way to cook sausages

the correct way to cook sausages - sausages in a frying pan

If you’re like most people, you may feel that you already know the correct way to cook sausages. You’ve been cooking them for years and are happy with the results. There is the possibility, however, that with a few tweaks, you could be rustling up some of the best sausages you’ve ever had. Follow our recommendations and get ready to enjoy a sizzling sausage sensation!

 

This guide is aimed at those cooking sausages in the kitchen. We can offer alternative guidelines if you’re cooking on the barbecue.

 

Bring the sausages to room temperature before cooking.

This is a step that many are familiar with when it comes to cooking steaks, but it’s also important for sausages. Removing them from the fridge around 20 minutes before cooking helps them cook more evenly. In addition, there is less chance of the skins breaking.

 

Don’t prick them.

In days gone by, it was common for sausages to explode while cooking, hence why we call them “bangers”. This was down to the use of a range of cheap ingredients and low meat content to make them more affordable. Although pricking them reduced the possibility of the sausages exploding, this is an unnecessary step when you cook sausages of high quality. Furthermore, much of the juices will seep out resulting in a dryer, less tasty sausage.

 

Heat a heavy-based frying pan on a low to medium heat.

If it’s too hot, the sausages will burn on the outside before cooking in the middle. Be patient and let them cook gently.

 

Certain establishments like to deep fry sausages. It seems more efficient as it takes away the need to turn the sausages over every few minutes. However, deep frying usually results in dry sausages with tough skins.

 

Baking sausages is also not ideal as it doesn’t deliver the sort of umami flavour that is typical of frying.

 

Add around a teaspoon of fat to the frying pan.

It could be sunflower oil, peanut oil, or even goose fat if you’re feeling indulgent. Using fat adds to the taste and texture of the cooked sausage, but if you have a non-stick frying pan, you could go without fat completely.

 

Place the sausages in the pan. They should sizzle gently.

Turn them every couple of minutes so that they cook evenly and take on a golden-brown colour all round. A typical British sausage should take 15 to 20 minutes to cook through. If you have a temperature probe, aim for approximately 70°C.

 

Remove the sausages from the pan and allow them to rest for a few minutes.

Most meats benefit from a bit of time to relax immediately after cooking and sausages are no exception. A rest will make them juicier and more tender.

 

Serve.

Whether you pop them in a crusty roll with onions at a barbecue, or serve them with bacon and eggs as part of a hearty breakfast, following our simple steps will result in delighted faces all round.

 

Further reading

Now that you know the correct way to cook sausages, why not try your hand at cooking the perfect steak?

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