You are in a hurry and just grab anything you have in your fridge. Your only option is a pack of sausage. Actually, it is a pack of frozen, rock-hard sausage. You are getting late but you want to have a quick sausage meal to pair it with your egg and coffee. What could you possibly do?
How to cook frozen sausage? Sausages are one of the easiest and most convenient to cook if not frozen. But when it is hard as concrete, it becomes a new set of ball games. Enjoying a piece during the early morning rush helps you get the extra push of energy and zest to face the long and busy day.
How to cook frozen sausage
If you are planning to eat your pack of sausage early in the morning, giving it a head start in thawing the night before can spare you a lot of trouble. Some sausage packaging has instructions telling us to thaw them before driving them straight into the pan.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends an internal temperature for sausages at 160 or 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Getting them properly cooked ensures us that what you are getting is safe, bacteria-free, and mouth-watering sausage that is packed with all the good stuff.
They make sausages with pork, beef, or poultry. That is the reason it needs to be cooked through. Pork meats can harbor a lot of dangerous microorganisms that can make us terribly ill. We do not cook it properly. It does not spare beef and chicken meats from these dangerous microorganisms.
Follow the recommended temperature in cooking sausages and you will be going to be alright. Remember that although they have cooked sausages when they have it packed, it still has the possibility of having some food-borne bacteria that might have lurked inside them. Please stay safe and get your sausages cooked properly.
What are the nutrients we can get from sausages?
The United States Department of Agriculture states that two pan-fried pork sausages would give you the following nutrient contents.
- 180 calories
- 12 grams protein
- 14 grams of total fat
- 5 grams saturated fat
- 2 grams sugar
While a leaner sausage would have:
- 80 calories
- 10 grams protein
- 4 grams of total fat
- 1.5 grams saturated fat
- 0 grams sugar
That is exactly what you are getting if you consume a few pieces of sausages. Stay safe, always make it a habit to monitor your caloric intake, and don’t forget to cook your sausages properly to avoid any serious health problem when you consume a piece of not properly cooked one.
Steps on cooking frozen sausages
- Remove the sausages from the freezer – You need to get the sausages out of your fridge. Before doing anything, please read the label if you can cook it without spending some time thawing it.
- Heating your pan – Get your skillet and have it heated. Set the temperature to medium heat. Or if you choose to cook it in the oven, you may preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Turning them on all sides to ensure an even cook – You need to turn the sausages or flip them from side to side to ensure that every surface is properly or evenly cooked. An uncooked side may not taste great compared to a properly cooked one.
- Checking the temperature – If you have a meat thermometer, give the sausages a few pricks to check if you have them cooked properly given the recommended time. A frozen piece of sausage usually takes at least 12 minutes of cooking in a skillet or at least 10 minutes in an oven.
- Serve cooked sausages – When you checked them and the sausages are no longer pink at the center, it is time to get them off the heat and serve them. A nice set of coffee and omelet can make you enjoy it like a feast. Always make sure that you have cooked the sausages properly so you’ll not get any food-related infection. Stay safe and eat well.
Can you cook frozen sausage using an air fryer?
When you want a much healthier option, that is not using too much oil in cooking your sausages, you can use your air fryer to cook your sausages.
- You need to pre-heat your air fryer for 6 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius or 320 degrees Fahrenheit. If the sausages are sticking together, you can slowly separate them and apply or brush lightly with oil.
- Use your tongs to flip them side-to-side. You can increase the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius or 360 degrees Fahrenheit and cook them evenly.
- Check the sausages by sticking your meat thermometer on them. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can cut one piece in the middle and see if the inside is already one.
- Remove it from the air fryer and enjoy.
You can have your frozen sausages cooked using the microwave or you can broil them. But you need to check it on your label if the two options are possible. It is always best to eat cooked sausage as soon as you have finished cooking them. A cooked sausage that is not eaten right away may not taste great, like a freshly cooked one.
You can experience a few splatters of oil when you are cooking sausages. Please be careful, as the splatters can cause some burns. Use a thong or a spatula when frying a few pieces of sausages. In order to ensure that you will not burn your sausages, you can lower the heat or adjust it to a much lower one so you’ll get it perfect every single time.
Remember that you need to cook properly the sausages to prevent any disease-causing bacteria to wreak any havoc. We know sausages are a treat, but if you do not follow the correct temperature on how to cook them properly, you’ll endanger yourself in suffering serious stomach upset when you ingest an uncooked sausage.