Instant Pot Breakfast Sausage Links

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These breakfast sausage links cook in no time using your Instant Pot! They are even oil free and will be perfectly cooked for your breakfast or brunch!

sausage links in instant pot with water

You will love making these breakfast sausages in the Instant Pot. They cook perfectly in only 7 minutes, making these an easy addition to a weekday or weekend meal for your family. You can make the whole package at once, making this an easy hands-off recipe, giving you time to cook something else if you want!

This dump and go recipe takes no time to prep and smells amazing when you take the lid off your Instant Pot! Serve on their own or with sides.

This recipe is also great for anyone on the keto diet!

If you love using your Instant Pot as much as I do, be sure to check out more of my pressure cooker recipes.

package of sausages in front of instant pot

How to Cook Breakfast Sausages in the Instant Pot

The only ingredients you need for this recipe are water and sausages! That’s it!

I use the Johnsonville original flavor for this recipe, but you can use whatever brand is convenient.

breakfast sausage links in the instant pot

The first step is to open the Instant Pot and pour in 1 cup of water.

Next add in the sausages in a single layer.

breakfast sausages in instant pot with water

Close the Instant Pot lid, seal the valve, and set it to Pressure Cook on High for 7 minutes.

close up of sausages in instant pot with water

When the time is done, manually release the steam valve. When the steam has released fully, open the Instant Pot and remove the sausages with tongs. Careful as they will be very hot!

tongs holding sausage link above instant pot

The sausages will be perfectly cooked, tender, and delicious! Yum!

tongs holding sausage link above instant pot

Now, you can eat them just as they are, or you can brown them under the broiler or use the sauté function on your Instant Pot for a few minutes. This is completely optional but will add some flavor from the additional cooking.

breakfast sausages cooked on a plate

Cooking Tips for Breakfast Sausage Links

  • Use raw sausage links for this recipe. They should be fresh or thawed out if previously frozen.
  • Cut open before serving to children as they will be hot.

What to Serve with Breakfast Sausage Links

You can serve these sausage links with a wide variety of sides for a more complete breakfast or brunch! Don’t forget the ketchup!

fork holding sausage link above a plate of sausages

Here are some of my recommendations for pairing:

fork holding cooked sausage above plate

Other Easy Instant Pot Meals

If you like this Instant Pot recipe, check out some of these other easy favorites!

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Instant Pot Breakfast Sausage Links

These breakfast sausages are so easy and quick to make in the Instant Pot! No dealing with grease in the frying pan!
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sausage
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 170kcal

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  • Sausage Links
  • 1 cup Water

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  • First open the instant pot and add 1 cup of water.
  • Next add the sausage links in a single layer.
  • Then pressure cook on high for 7 minutes.
  • Use the quick release function to release the steam.
  • When the pin drops, open the instant pot lid and remove the sausages with tongs.
  • Optional: Brown the sausages in broiler or on the sauté setting in the instant pot.
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Serving: 3links | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 490mg | Sugar: 1g
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  1. 5 stars
    Never in my mind did I ever think to make breakfast sausages in my Instant Pot. Total breakfast game changer for my weekday on the run breakfast. Sure, it took about 10 minutes to come to pressure. The time I saved not having to watch it cook on the stove, turn them and make sure there’s enough liquid so they won’t burn, takes much longer than this recipe. I took Melanies advice and cooked the entire package, so that’s more morning me time. I loved this recipe! Thanks for posting, Melanie.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is quick and easy! I have two toddlers who wouldn’t really eat breakfast sausage done the normal way (stove top) but now they gobble the sausage up!

    I personally do not like to brown them in the instant pot on saute. It doesn’t matter if I use my ceramic pot or the metal one, I find the skin sticks a little and makes a bit of a mess. Once they’re done cooking in the instant pot, I like to brown them on a pan on the stove and they turn out amazing!

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