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Air fryer Italian sausage paired with colorful peppers and onions is savory, quick, and absolutely irresistible! Dinner just got a whole lot more exciting!

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Italian sausage with peppers and onions cooked in an air fryer basket

I love a easy and delicious weeknight dinner and these air fryer italian sausages are just that. They are the perfect mix of protein and veggies and are great when paired with a slice of bread, mac and cheese, or roasted potatoes.

Just imagine biting into a perfectly-cooked juicy sausage accompanied by sliced peppers and onions that have been caramelized to perfection.

Best of all, it’s a minimal prep with a dash of spices, and done in just 20 minutes in the air fryer.

And if you’re a sausage fan, you’ll also love my smoked sausages, chicken sausages, and even breakfast sausage patties!

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Why I Love Cooking Italian Sausages in the Air Fryer

  • You can throw all the ingredients in the air fryer and cook them together!
  • It’s faster than cooking them in the oven!
  • The italian sausage gets a nice brown crusting on the outside while the inside stays super juicy (my husband tells me these are the juiciest sausages he’s ever eaten!)
  • You can even toast a sausage roll in the air fryer for an added touch like I do with my meatball subs!
Ingredients needed to make italian sausage in the air fryer

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Bell peppers: I like to use a mix between green and red peppers, but you can use orange or yellow as well. You can even add in some jalapeno or poblano pepper strips for a nice kick!
  • Onion: I used a white cooking onion, but a sweet onion like a Vidalia onion will work great as well. If you’re in a pinch shallots can be substituted for the onions or you can just omit them.
  • Oil: To properly cook the peppers and onions, you do need some kind of oil. I used olive oil for this recipe, but you can also use EVOO, vegetable oil, or even corn oil. I talk a lot about the best oil when air frying here.
  • Italian Seasoning: I love using dried italian seasoning for a quick mix of herbs, but feel free to use basil, oregano, and thyme. You can also opt to just season the veggies with salt and pepper.
  • Italian Sausage: We’re making italian sausages here, so I do recommend using actual italian sausages. These are larger than breakfast sausage links. This recipe will also work with the Impossible Italian Sausages too. 
Air Fryer I recommend: Large, easy to clean, square basket, burner on top and bottom. Click to see it.

How to Cook Italian Sausage in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.

STEP TWO: In a large bowl, toss the peppers and onions with olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.

Peppers, onions, and seasonings in a glass bowl

STEP THREE: Once hot, add the peppers and onions to the air frying basket, then place the uncooked sausages on top.

STEP FOUR: Air fry Italian sausage, peppers, and onions for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F, rotating the sausages every 5 minutes.

STEP FIVE: Make sure the air fryer Italian sausage is cooked all the way through, then serve immediately.

Raw italian sausages, peppers, and onions in an air fryer basket ready to cook

Tips for Making the Best Air Fryer Italian Sausage

  • Choose a mix of bell peppers (red, yellow, green) for a vibrant dish both in taste and appearance like in my air fryer bell peppers recipe.
  • When you air fry Italian sausage, ensure even cooking by rotating the sausages every 5 minutes. This keeps them juicy inside and while letting them brown evenly on the outside. I do this in my air fryer brats recipe too.
  • Invest in quality Italian sausages. After all, they’re the star of the show! It’s entirely up to you if you want to get mild Italian sausage or go bold with hot sausage. I like Johnsonville sausages.
  • A sprinkle of fresh basil or parsley before serving can elevate the flavors even more.
  • Want your Italian sausage on a roll? Slice a sausage roll ¾ of the way down, add the air fryer sausage and peppers, then place it back in the air fryer at 380 degrees F for 1-2 minutes until your sausage sandwich is nice and hot!

What to Serve with Italian Sausages

These italian sausages can be served on a sausage roll and paired with sides such as a baked potato, garlic bread, or rice.

I also enjoy them with some homemade cornbread, mac and cheese, and a side salad.

How Long to Cook Italian Sausage in the Air Fryer

Italian sausage just takes about 15 minutes to cook in the air fryer! Use a meat thermometer to ensure the italian sausage hits 160 degrees F at its thickest point.

You’ll know when the sausage is done cooking by its rich, brown hue and the peppers and onions have a tantalizing caramelized edge.

Cooked italian sausage in the air fryer with peppers and onions

Can I Cook the Italian Sausage Without the Peppers and Onions?

If cooking just the italian sausage in the air fryer without any peppers or onions, cook at 370 degrees for just 8-10 minutes.

Are Italian Sausages too Fatty to Air Fry?

It’s a common misconception that a food like Italian sausages are too fatty to be air fried.

As long as you keep your air fryer clean from top to bottom and don’t pierce the sausage prior to cooking, it will air fry great!

If needed, you can always add a piece of bread or some aluminum foil under the basket inside the drawer to help catch any grease like I use when air frying bacon.

Do You Need to Preheat an Air Fryer?

Yes, you should always preheat an air fryer just as you preheat an oven.

Preheating your air fryer allows the food to get crispy on the outside while still thoroughly heating the inside. 

Italian sausages on top of cooked peppers and onions on a plate

How to Reheat Air Fryer Sausage and Peppers

Leftover sausage, peppers, and onions can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

Once you’re ready to enjoy, I think the best way to reheat your italian sausage in the air fryer! Since we’re working with fully cooked sausage, it only takes a few minutes.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lay the leftover sausage links, peppers, and onions in a single layer in the air fryer.
  3. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the sausages are heated all the way through.

How to Cook Frozen Italian Sausage in the Air Fryer

These directions are to cook just the italian sausages in the air fryer. It does not include adding in the peppers and onions, which is why it takes a shorter time to cook!

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F.
  2. Place the frozen Italian sausages in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  3. Air fry for 8-10 minutes until the sausages reach 160 degrees F.

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Italian sausage with peppers and onions cooked in an air fryer basket

Easy Air Fryer Italian Sausage

Samantha Erb
Dinner just got a whole lot more exciting! Air fryer Italian sausage paired with colorful peppers and onions is savory, quick, and absolutely irresistible!
4.46 from 88 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Air Fryer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 456 kcal


  • 3 bells peppers sliced thick
  • 1 medium onion sliced thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound italian sausages about 5 medium sausages


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 F.
  • In a large bowl, toss the peppers and onions with olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Once hot, add the peppers and onions to the air frying basket, then place the sausages on top.
  • Cook for 15 minutes at 400F, rotating the sausages halfway through.
  • Make sure the sausages are cooked through, then serve immediately.


Serving: 1gCalories: 456kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 23gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 978mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5g
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5 thoughts on “Air Fryer Italian Sausage”

  1. Been a fan of Italian Sausage subs for ever. Used to cook them in my Instant Pot, but it’s hit or miss. Sometimes they come out perfect- just like at the football stadium, sometimes they are a soggy mess.

    Just recently got an Air Fryer. Follow your above recipe and it came out incredible! 10/10. Thanks, it’s much appreciated.


  2. Hi, I’m going to air fry chicken apple sausages. I don’t have a AF pan for the peppers and onions, can I cook them with the sausage or should I do it separately? And at what temp? Thanks for your help.

  3. I have the Ninja sp351 which has a fairly shallow AF basket – can I still make the sausage and peppers in this cooker? Do the sausages create a lot of splatter in the oven?

    • Yes, you can still cook the sausage and peppers in that air fryer! It may take a couple of extra minutes to heat the sausage all the way through, so use a meat thermometer to make sure it’s cooked to 160 degrees F. I don’t have an issue with the sausage splattering when air frying it. Just avoid poking it with the thermometer until the very end, as that is what releasing any fat and juice.

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