Air Fryer Italian Sausage

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These air fryer Italian sausages are crispy and juicy all at the same time! Every time you take a bite, you get a burst of flavor filled with Italian herbs and meaty sausage. So good!

fried italian sausages in an air fryer basket

Air Fryer Italian Sausage

As soon as those air fryer sausages were done cooking, I went straight to grab one for a “test bite”… which turned into eating the whole sausage link. They’re that delicious!

If you are wanting to mix things up, there are a few different kinds of sausages to choose from. You can go with sweet Italian sausage which tastes great with peppers. If you tend to lean towards spicier foods, you can go with spicy Italian sausages which gives you that little kick in the throat you might be looking for.

They are both scrumptious- it really just comes down to what flavor profile you are wanting.

roasted italian sausages on a white plate

If you don’t have an air fryer, there are other ways to cook Italian sausage! Before I got my air fryer, I heavily relied on my oven to cook my meals.

To make things easier and to have dinner ready in under 30 minutes, I would make these baked Italian sausages to add to some pasta and a side of roasted broccoli. To minimize my cleanup process, I would cook everything on one pan!

a bite of sausage on a fork

If you are wanting a softer bite and not looking for the crispiness, you should try to cook some Italian sausages in the instant pot in just under 15 minutes.

Even so, I think this ‘fried’ method still takes the cake!

removing sausages from air fryer basket with tongs

How To Air Fry Italian Sausage

This has to be one of the easiest and simplest air fryer recipes I have ever made!

Take the Italian sausages and place them at the bottom of the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure to not overcrowd the basket.

cooking italian sausages in air fryer

Cook the sausage at 400F for 15 minutes, turning the sausages over halfway through the cooking time.

air fryer italian sausages

Cooking Tips

  • Sausages tend to have a lot of excess grease, so I highly recommend laying down a sheet of parchment paper at the bottom of the air fryer basket to help catch some of it as it cooks.
  • Even if the Italian sausages seemed to have been cooked all the way, check the internal temperature of the sausages with a meat thermometer. Make sure it reads 160 degrees! If not, stick it back in the air fryer for a few minutes until you get to the correct internal temperature.

cooked sausages in air fryer basket

What To Serve With Italian Sausage

One of my favorite ways to eat Italian sausages is to put them in a hoagie and top it off with some roasted red peppers and onions.

If you are trying to keep to a low carb diet, you can omit the hoagie bun and simply serve the sausage and peppers on its own. It’ll still taste good, promise!

Here are a few more recipes you can make and serve with the Italian sausage:

air fryer italian sausage in black air fryer basket

More Healthy Air Fryer Recipes

If you loved this deliciously ‘fried’ Italian sausage recipe, check out some of my other air fryer recipes!

Here are my top 3 air fryer recipes that are on my current meal plan:

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Air Fryer Italian Sausage

This air fryer Italian sausage is amazing! Perfectly roasted, golden brown and juicy in 15 minutes! Once you try cooking Italian sausages in the air fryer, you'll never make it any other way!
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer sausage, italian sausage, sausage
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo
Servings: 4
Calories: 392kcal

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  • 1 lb Italian sausage

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  • Put Italian sausages in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Cook the sausage at 400F for 15 minutes, turning the sausages over halfway through the cooking time.


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Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 829mg | Potassium: 287mg | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Melanie sensie i found your site i have used my Air Fryer Pluss more then i have in the past year. I am not afraid of it so much. The Italian Sausage was cooked al the wat through and was crisped on the out side. My husband had 3 and i had 2 we will be masking more of them.

  2. 5 stars
    Too hot to cook and I didn’t want to go outside and stand over a hot grill, either. Enter your recipe for Air Fryer Italian Sausages! PERFECTION! I love them crispy on the outside and wasn’t too sure if they would be dried out. They were fantastic! Crispy and brown on the exterior yet the interior held all the juice and flavors. I expected the links to split open like they do when I grill them outside. Nope! I did cook them on a shallow piece of foil with the edges just barely turned up to contain the sausage oils. Pulled the links when they were done to rest. I added roasted chopped green chiles to the accumulated sausages juices and air fried till warmed through and added my keto bun to toasted inside as well. Soooo good! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for the family tonight. Gamy approved. Daughter said I can make this again. I will! Instructions spot on. So easy. Really enjoyed the crisp skin!
    Thanks for another taste treat. Luv your content. I make more of your recipe’s than anyone else I follow. ?

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