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How to Cook Breakfast Sausage Links on the Stove Top

Lazy weekends busy weekdays are perfect for these delicious sausages and once you know how to cook breakfast sausage links on the stove top, you’ll be enjoying them all the time. WARNING, you can’t eat just one!

A hearty breakfast is the best part of the day, right? This easy recipe with even easier clean-up is the best method of cooking sausages whether its your first time or if you’ve done it a million times.

It’s just a few simple steps as I’ve outlined below and this easy meal is in the books with you enjoying breakfast with your family instead of slaving over the stove. These are terrific with our family favorite Sausage Gravy.

sausage links draining on a paper towel.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy to make with a short cooking time
  • No need to form patties, simply put them in the pan in a single layer and cook them
  • You’ll know how to cook them and how long!

Here’s How You Do It

black cast iron grill pan with oil.
Step 1. Oil the Pan and Allow it to Heat
raw sausage links on a cast iron grill pan.
Place the sausages on the hot pan and allow to cook on one side.
sausage links with grill marks on black pan on stove.
Step 3. Allow to cook on one side till browned and then turn to avoid breaking.
browned sausage links with grill marks on paper towel.
Step 4. Drain on paper towel.

What Different Types of Sausages Does This Recipe Work For

This recipe is written for little breakfast sausages, but will work for cooking raw sausages of different types. 

Type of Sausage that this recipe will work for: 

  • Chicken Sausage
  • Pork Sausages
  • Italian Sausage
  • Turkey Sausage
  • Homemade Sausages of Ground pork, other ground meat
  • Fresh Sausage Links

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is the Best Way to Cook Breakfast Sausage Links?

My favorite way is to cook them in a frying pan. You can also cook them in the oven on a parchment paper or aluminum foil lined shallow baking pan (similar to how to cook sausage patties in the oven). Either way gives the sausage a nice crispy outside texture and you can drain them on paper towels. 

How Do You Cook Raw Sausage Links for The Best Results? 

Add a little oil in a pan or baking sheet, and cook the sausage until there is no more pink color and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees as measured by a meat thermometer.

How Do You Cook These in a Cast Iron Skillet

Yes! Heat up a little oil in a cast iron skillet, and cook the sausage until there is no more pink color and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

How Do You Know a Sausage is Cooked? 

You know that the sausage is fully cooked when there is no more pink color, and the internal temperature is 160 degrees. 

Is a Little Pink in a Sausage OK? 

No, sausage should be completely cooked through and should be at an internal temperature of 160 degrees to be safe to eat.

What Happens If You Eat Undercooked Sausage? 

Undercooked sausage can carry food borne pathogens that can lead to food poisoning.

Where’s the Best Place to Buy These? 

You can purchase yours at the local grocery store, but honestly, the price at Sams Club (and probably costco is about half the grocery price). 

The Easiest Way to Store Sausages if You Have a Lot of Sausage Left Over

A great way to store cook sausage is to place sausages in an airtight container like a freezer bag or gladware type container for an easy breakfast. 

The hands-off method and easy way to reheat these leftover sausages for juicy sausages is to place on a sheet pan and place in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. 

Alternatively, you can reheat using this easy air fryer recipe by heating on 400 for a couple of minutes. Give a few extra minutes for thicker sausages. 

Other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I Freeze Breakfast Sausage Links?

Yes! Freeze Raw – simply put the sausages in a freezer safe bag, squeeze out as much air as possible and place into the freezer for up to six months or Freeze After Cooking – place the cooked links into a freezer safe container and press out as much air as possible and seal, place in freezer up to 3 months!

How Long Are These Good For?

These sausages will keep for up to 5 days if you keep covered in the fridge!

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t move the sausage links until they are ready while cooking. If you try to force them they might break apart. They will move freely when they have cooked enough to move. 
  • Cook on medium heat to prevent grease splatter. It would be faster to cook on high heat but higher heat causes grease to splatter everywhere. It makes a giant mess and you could burn yourself.
  • Letting the grease drain off the sausage is very important. This makes the sausage much more palatable.
  • Make sure that you are cooking the sausage links to the proper temperature. Here’s a great guide from the USDA

Watch Me Make These Sausages on the Stovetop

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browned sausage links with grill marks on paper towel.

How to Cook Breakfast Sausage Links

Lazy weekend mornings and punched up busy week day mornings are BOTH perfect for this herby pork taste and once you know how to cook breakfast sausage links, you’ll be enjoying them all the time. WARNING, you can’t eat just one!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook sausage links
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 182kcal


  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 4 sausage links


  • Place a 9-10” frying pan onto the stove top and set the eye on medium heat. Pour in the vegetable Oil and allow the pan to come to temp. The pan is at the right temperature when the oil appears to glisten and shimmer on the surface.
  • Add the sausage links to the frying pan and cook until there is no longer pink in the sausage link. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and allow to drain for 2 minutes before serving. Serve hot.


  • The links tear easily, allow them to stay in one place for at least 3 minutes once you put them in the pan before you attempt to roll them to the other side. This allows the skin to cook and release from the pan. (or use a non stick pan).
  • If you feel your link is not cooking as quickly as you like, sprinkle a small amount of water onto the hot pan (no more than 1 tsp) and quickly cover the links with a pan lid. This will steam the link and cause it to cook more quickly. WARNING: sprinkling the water on the pan will cause spatter. Do not burn yourself,.
  • Plan for 3-4 links per person.
  • When cooking sausage links, do not crowd the pan because then the links will steam rather than fry.
  • If you are cooking a large number of links, set the oven on the lowest possible setting and put the links onto a paper towel lined oven proof tray once they are cooked to keep them warm.
  • Usually you do not have to add salt and pepper to sausage links because they are already filled with enough, but you be the judge of that.
  • It’s fine to substitute some other kind of oil, just choose something with an acceptable smoke point. Butter doesn’t work well for this recipe. Olive oil is fine.
  • If you are using vegetarian sausage links, you’ll want to use the water sprinkling method mentioned above.


Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Breakfast Sausage Links
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 254mg11%
Potassium 99mg3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This article first appeared on the pages of Loaves and Dishes on February 21, 2020 and has been updated with new information, tips and tricks, frequently asked questions and more information in the recipe card.

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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

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Sunday 4th of June 2023

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Sunday 4th of June 2023

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Saturday 30th of April 2022

You have awesome recipes thank you.

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Thanks Rudy!


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Thanks for the advice!

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

You are so welcome!


Friday 25th of September 2020

This dish is delicious. I followed your instructions and I had a very good breakfast. Before, I didn't really like sausage, but now with this dish I prefer sausage. Your cooking is very good. Thanks!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 25th of September 2020

Thanks Elsa!

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 5th of March 2020

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