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When you’re craving a quick and easy meal, try this scrumptious Air Fryer Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions recipe! It’s packed with flavor from the juicy sausage, sweet onions, sliced bell peppers, and simple seasonings. Plus, the air-fried cooking keeps your kitchen mess minimal for easy clean-up!

A white serving plate filled with Italian sausage with slice onions and peppers.

Why our recipe

  • Easy Recipe: (My Favorite Cooking Method for Sausage): Pan-frying sausage can be messy. This air fryer method means easy cleanup, quick cooking time, no splattering, and no additional cookware is required.
  • No Heating up the Kitchen: This method keeps you from having to heat up that oven or turn on a gas stovetop. Which equals a cool kitchen on hot summer days!
  • Perfectly Cooked: This sweet Italian sausage is cooked to perfection with a crispy outside and tender inside because of the unmatched cooking method of the easy-to-use air fryer. 

Have you ever tried to cook Italian sausage in a frying pan? If so, you know the challenge of getting all sides evenly browned. Well, not anymore! You are going to be as amazed as my hubby was the first time I cooked them in the air fryer. Every bit of the outside gets so beautifully browned and crisp, locking all the juices inside. And I didn’t have to deal with grease splattering all over the stove- YAY!

Like me, you may never cook sausages in the frying pan again!

Any air fryer recipe is a great option for when you need an easy weekend meal or quick weeknight dinner with a contained mess and fewer dishes. Add more air fryer recipes to your weekly menu, like Crispy Salmon Bites, easy Air Fryer Hamburgers, and delicious Honey Garlic Chicken Wings.

Ingredient Notes

Image of labeled ingredients needed to make Italian sausage with peppers and onions in the air fryer.
  • Sausage: Start with your favorite brand of uncooked Italian sausage. Fresh or frozen sausage will work, so make sure to completely thaw the frozen sausages first. 
  • Peppers: You need a couple of bell peppers, rinsed, cored, and sliced to add color and loads of flavor to the Italian sausage recipe.
  • Onion: Compliment the sweetness of the sausage and peppers with an onion, thinly sliced. Use your preference, whether white, yellow, or Vidalia onion.
  • Oil: Just a bit of olive oil helps the bell peppers not stick to the air fryer basket. 
  • Seasoning: Sprinkle a little salt, black pepper, and your choice of seasoning to taste. Garlic powder and Italian seasoning blend work great for this recipe.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Hot Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipe: Add red pepper flakes, hot sauce, or sriracha sauce to the peppers and onions for a kick of heat.
  • Type of Sausage: You can use hot or mild Italian sausage, depending on your taste. Turkey or chicken Italian sausage is also an excellent option when you want something a little lighter.
  • Sausage and Peppers Appetizer: Make it an appetizer by cutting it into bite-sized pieces and maybe drizzle with a bit of marinara sauce.
  • Add Mustard: Mustard and sausage is a match made in heaven. Add your favorite mustard, from stone-ground mustard to dijon, for a yummy addition.

How to Make Air Fryer Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions Recipe

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Air fry the Italian sausage

Start by preheating the air fryer to 375℉, then arrange the uncooked sausages in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook them for 10-15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.

A collage image showing italian sausages added to air fryer basket and then cooked.

Step 2 |  Air fry the peppers and onions

While the air fryer is preheating to 375℉, combine the peppers and onions in a small bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and the seasonings. Then, place the veggies in a single layer in the air fryer and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until they are as soft or firm as you’d like, tossing them halfway through cooking. 

A collage image showing peppers and onions sliced in a bowl and then cooked in basket air fryer.

Step 3 | Plate and serve

Lastly, plate your sausage, peppers, and onions with a couple of yummy sides, or stuff it into a bun and serve with crispy potato chips– Enjoy!

A white serving plate filled with Italian sausages.

Recipe Tips

  • Start Clean: Always start an air fryer recipe with a clean basket! 
  • Cook All Together: You can cook them together by placing the onions and peppers in the bottom of the air fryer with the sausage links on top. Just add a couple more minutes to account for the crowding in the air fryer. This is why I like to cook them separately, but sometimes you just want to do it all in one cook.
  • Cooked Temperature: Using a digital meat thermometer, check the internal temperature of the sausages before removing them from the air fryer. They are done cooking when they reach 160 degrees F at the center of the link. 
  • Slice the Sausage: If you prefer, slice the sausages into smaller bite-sized pieces for a shorter cooking time.
  • Varying Cook Time: Keep in mind that the amount of time will vary depending on the size and type of air fryer you have.

Make Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Stuff the veggies and sausages into hot dog buns or hoagie rolls and top with a melty slice of provolone cheese. Then, finish it up with all your favorite toppings. Here are some tasty ideas:

  • Marinara sauce
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Pickled onions
  • Sauerkraut
  • Bacon pieces
  • Mustard
  • Red onion

How To Cook Frozen Sausage In The Air Fryer

If you’re using frozen sausages, you can first thaw them completely or cook them from frozen, if necessary. Here’s how:

Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F, then put the frozen Italian sausage inside in an even layer. Cook for 5 minutes and separate any stuck sausages, cooking for another 10-12 minutes and flipping halfway through. Make sure the sausages reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees before serving. Easy!

Recipe FAQs

Do I have to use Italian sausage? 

No, you can use chicken sausage, Polish sausage, or kielbasa, bratwurst. You can even make breakfast sausages. Just remember to adjust the cooking time depending on the size of the sausage.

Are sausages healthier cooked in an air fryer?

Air fryer sausages are super fast and easy to cook, plus they’re healthier since you use less oil. 

How do you keep sausages from bursting in an air fryer?

To prevent sausages from bursting in the air fryer, poke a few small holes in them with a fork before cooking. This lets steam escape while they cook, keeping them intact and juicy.

A fork with a slice of Italian sausage and peppers.

Storage

Storage: Leftover sausage, peppers, and onions can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Freeze: They can be stored in a freezer-safe container and frozen for up to three months for long-term storage.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Sausage and Peppers

Versatile Dish: Make it a sweet sausage roll topped with all your favorite toppings, enjoy in a simple red-sauce pasta, or serve it as a tasty bite-size appetizer! It’s also a great low-carb dish on its own.

Serve the sausage, peppers, and onions over Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes, or take it to the next level with this Loaded Mashed Potato CasseroleYum! And don’t forget a side of Air Fryer Texas Toast Garlic Bread to complete this easy dinner.

On the other hand, a soup and side salad combo is perfect when you’re enjoying sausage and pepper sandwiches. I suggest this Pasta Fagioli Soup and Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 Salad, which is especially fitting for a crowd and served family-style!

A bun filled with sausage with cooked slice onions and peppers.

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Air Fryer Italian Sausage with Onions and Peppers

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
When you're craving an easy meal the whole family will love, make this Air-Fried Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions your go-to recipe!
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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound uncooked Italian sausage, 4 to 5 sausages – thawed if frozen
  • 2 bell peppers, rinsed, cored and sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt, pepper, and seasoning, to taste

Instructions

Air Fryer Instructions for Italian Sausage

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375℉.
  • Arrange in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160℉
    If desired, you can place onions and peppers in the bottom of the air fryer and cook with the sausage links on top.

Air Fryer Peppers and Onions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375℉.
  • Mix peppers and onions in a small bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt & pepper to taste if desired.
  • Arrange in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10 to 15 minutes (depending on desired doneness), tossing halfway through cooking.

Notes

To Toast Buns: Butter buns and cook in the air fryer at 350℉ for 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 360kcal (18%) Carbohydrates: 6g (2%) Protein: 14g (28%) Fat: 31g (48%) Saturated Fat: 11g (69%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 69mg (23%) Sodium: 666mg (29%) Potassium: 362mg (10%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 1491IU (30%) Vitamin C: 64mg (78%) Calcium: 25mg (3%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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