Instant Pot pork Italian sausage is a quick and flavorful meal that’s always a hit at our house and I know will be a family favorite recipe at your house too. Making pressure cooker sausage with the instant pot only takes a few simple steps and can also be turned into a variety of meals too!
I love experimenting with my instant pot as a pressure cooker, and I’ve discovered with a few quick tips Italian sausage comes out juicy, flavorful and fast every time!
How To Make Instant Pot Pork Italian Sausage
Sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council. All opinions and recipe are my own.
When I first got my Instant Pot, it was a little bit of a learning curve, but sausage was one of the first meats I tried cooking in it. I thought of sausage because I love that it has both the sauté and the pressure cooker feature.
I like Italian sausage to have a nice browned crispy outside, so this means I could easily both brown my sausage and pressure cook it in the same pot.
Using the Instant Pot makes dinner fast and keeps it all contained in one pot. Sometimes I’ll make a little extra on purpose and use the leftovers for these breakfast sausage and egg muffin cups with veggies. They work great for a weekend breakfast or to make a grab and go hot breakfast for the week.
Once you get the hang of cooking Italian sausage in a pressure cooker, you won’t have to babysit it like you would if you were cooking it on the stove top. Plus, sausage does tend to sizzle as it cooks, by using the instant pot everything is contained and easier to cleanup after, win win!
Love instant pot dinners? Check out Instant Pot Pork Carnitas for super flavorful tacos, burritos and bowls. Or the Instant Pot Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin has the yummiest sauce. Both make great family dinners.
Can I Make Instant Pot Bratwurst Using This Recipe?
You totally can make instant pot brats using this recipe in method. I might change up the seasoning (but you don’t have to!). Any kind of link sausage can be used by using the steps in this recipe for sausage in the Instant Pot. If you are cooking sausage patties or breakfast sausage which is traditionally smaller, cooking times in the instant pot would be different.
What Temperature Should I Cook Italian Sausage To In The Instant Pot
Instant Pot Sausage and all sausage no matter the flavor or type should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees to make sure it is safe to consume. Cooking Italian sausage in the pressure cooked doesn’t change the temperature rules to make it both safe and delicious! To take the temperature, use a meat thermometer and test it in the center of the sausage.
How Long To Cook Italian Sausage In The Instant Pot?
Link style pork sausage such as Italian sausage, brats and other flavors should be cooked for 13-15 minutes in the instant pot.
If your meat does not come out to the correct temperature, you can put it back in the Instant Pot for an additional few minutes. All pork sausage including Italian sausage, brats, and all other flavors should be cooked all the way through with no pink in the middle.
Looking for more easy pork recipes? You have to try this one, it’s a fan favorite and the leftovers make the BEST BBQ pulled pork: Amazing Pork Loin In The Crockpot Every Time
What Do I Serve With Instant Pot Sausage
I like to slice Italian sausage and throw it with veggies like salad or roasted green beans. You can also slide it on to a bun!
Add peppers, onions (and provolone cheese if you like!) to make it Philly Style. Or slice your Italian pork sausage and add it to pasta all in the instant pot for just a few ideas!
Can I Use Frozen Pork Sausage For This Instant Pot Recipe?
Yes! I recommend increasing your cook time by 2-3 minutes. Check your temperature when the sausage is finished cooking to make sure it is cooked all the way through to 160 degrees and brown all the way through the sausage.
Can I Make Pork Breakfast Sausage In The Instant Pot?
Yes, you can absolutely make breakfast sausage in the Instant Pot using this method. Italian Sausage is a much larger piece of sausage. I’d recommend reducing your cooking time, but I have not experimented with this… yet!
What Instant Pot Do You Have?
I have an 8 Quart Instant Pot Ultra 8 Quart ten in one. This recipe should easily cook in a 6 or 8 quart instant pot without adjustments. If you have a 3 quart instant pot, your recipe may need to be cooked in smaller batches.
Do I Use A Quick Release Or A Natural Release For Instant Pot Sausage?
A natural release means you are allowing the pot to depressurize after cooking without letting out the steam yourself.
On the top of all Instant Pots is a “quick release” lever that allows the steam and pressure out of the pot much faster than letting the steam naturally release. Be careful when pushing the quick release lever, the steam is very hot.
I have found I like to let sausage naturally release for five minutes as it seems to help to keep them juicier. Then I carefully press the quick release lever to open the pot and release the rest of the steam before opening the pot.
Larger cuts of meat need a longer natural release time (10-15 minutes) to avoid drying out, but smaller sausages is ok to release after 5 minutes.
Can This Pork Sausage Recipe Be Made In Other Instant Pots?
This recipe can be made in a six-quart or eight-quart instant pot. If you have a different size, you may have to adjust your cooking time
Need more great fast pork dinner recipes?
My friend over at the Food Hussy has a great post with over 21 Meals With Pork You Can Make In Under 30 Minutes. (you may see my Instant Pot Sausage featured there too!) How’s that for putting dinner on the table fast?
How To Make Instant Pot Italian Sausage
Make Italian sausage right in your instant pot! This easy recipe will help you make delicious sausage perfect every time in the pressure cooker, cooking it fast. This meal is perfect to add to pasta, next to a salad or with potatoes and green beans for a quick and delicious dinner the whole family will love.
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- 5-6 Large Italian Sausage Links
- ½ Cup Chicken Broth
- .5 teaspoon garlic
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- Turn your Instant Pot to sauté mode and add your oil of choice to the pot.
- Once the oil is hot, add sausages in a single layer to the bottom of the pan.
- Brown the sausages on all sides, turning so they cook evenly. This should take 5-7 minutes.
- Add broth and Italian spices to the pot.
- Set your Instant Pot to manual mode/pressure cooker mode for 14 minutes. Close the lid and start the Instant Pot.
- Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for five minutes after the cycle has finished.
- Carefully press the quick release lever on the top of the pot to let out any additional steam, then open the pot.
- Check your sausage with a meat thermometer, it should register 160 degrees.
- Slice or add to a bun and enjoy!
Let the sausage naturally release for 5 minutes before you push the lever to let the pressure out. This helps keep your sausage juicy. Pushing the quick release lever too soon will also quickly remove moisture from the pressure cooker and can cause meats to become dry.
All pressure cookers do take time to come to pressure, usually about five minutes. Expect this dish will take you 5-7 minutes to brown, 5 minutes to come to pressure, 14 minutes to cook the sausage and 5 minutes to naturally release. The amount of time it takes for your pressure cooker to come to temperature can vary by a few minutes, but this recipe should take around 30-35 minutes from start to finish.
One of the best perks of cooking sausage in the instant pot is the easy cleanup. The drippings and grease all stay right in the pot with no splattering, and it’s much less messy than cooking them on the stovetop.
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Have you tried making Italian sausage in the instant pot? Tell me about how it went or how you’re serving your Italian Sausage down in the comments!