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Once you try cooking Italian sausages in your Instant Pot, you’ll never make them any other way! So moist and juicy and ready in under 20 minutes!
Baked Italian Sausage is my go-to easy dinner. Before the Instant Pot, I would always bake it in the oven (see my oven baked Italian sausage recipe and BBQ baked sausage). Once I got the Instant Pot, I can now cook Italian sausages in half the time of the oven method!
You can cook Italian sausages in the Instant Pot from fresh or frozen! So go ahead and stash that package of Italian sausage in a freezer – this way you’ll always have a meal on hand for those busy weeknights!
How To Cook Italian Sausage In The Instant Pot
Cooking Italian sausage in the Instant Pot is very simple. All you need is sausage and water!
Pour 1/2 cup of water in the Instant Pot and add sausage links in a single layer. Close the lid, turn the valve to a Sealing position, press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button and set the time for 15 minutes. When it’s done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam. Perfectly cooked and tender Italian sausages are ready to be eaten!
If you want a more “browned” look, you can either saute the sausage in the Instant Pot on a “Saute” setting or put it in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes. I just eat it as is, as I’m lazy and don’t like any extra steps :)
What happens if you want to make more than one package of sausage at once? Yes, you can! You can put as much sausage in the Instant Pot as you can fit under the “Max Fill” line. The quantity of water remains the same (1/2 cup). Just be aware that when the sausages overlap, they stick together, and when you separate them, they have weird marks on them :) They taste just as good, but that’s something to be aware of if presentation is important. The way to get around the sticking issue is to separate the layers of sausages by sheets of foil.
How do you cook Italian sausages from frozen? Simply add 5 minutes to the cooking time (making a total cooking time 20 minutes). So if you have a package of frozen sausage in your freezer, you are less than 30 minutes away from a delicious hot meal!
What’s on the plate on the picture above with the sausages? Like what you see? The salad recipe is here: Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Salad. And believe it or not, these roasted sweet potatoes were also made in the Instant Pot! Check out my recipe for Instant Pot roasted sweet potatoes. Enjoy!
If you liked Instant Pot Italian Sausages, you will also love these easy recipes:
Instant Pot Chili – so easy you won’t believe it! Just dump all ingredients in the Instant Pot and enjoy a hot bowl of epic chili in 20 minutes!
Instant Pot Corn On The Cob – the juiciest moistest corn ever, made in minutes! Once you try making corn in the Instant Pot, you’ll never make it any other way!
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken – this amazing recipe is using just 2 ingredients – chicken and salsa! So easy and yummy!
Instant Pot Pasta – say goodbye to watching a boiling pot of water on the stove! Instant Pot pasta is truly effortless!
Instant Pot Baked Apples – stuffed with cinnamon and raisins, these apples are mouthwatering!
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- ½ cup water
- Pour water in the Instant Pot, then put sausages in the Instant Pot in a single layer.
- Close the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to Sealing position.
- Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time for 15 minutes.
- When the Instant Pot is done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam.
- Remove the Italian sausages from the Instant Pot using tongs and serve.