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Air Fryer Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

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If I can find entire meals to cook out of my air fryer, I will do it. That’s why I came up with this Air Fryer Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions recipe.

I can make everything from the Italian sausage to the roasted red peppers and onions to toasting the rolls all in my air fryer.

That means one thing to me. Less cleanup!

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Air Fryer Italian Sausage Sandwich with peppers and onions on cutting board

This recipe is cooked in two waves. First, I sauté the peppers and onions in the air fryer. Then I cook the Italian sausage to crispy, but juicy perfection.

It can be cooked in the Power Air Fryer XL, Air Fryer Oven, Ninja Foodi, and more! See notes about how long to cook Italian Sausages in your Air Fryer to see how times could differ depending on your air fryer.

Title and Shown: Air Fryer Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions (on cutting board)
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How to Make Air Fryer Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions


How to Make Air Fryer Peppers and Onions

Air Fryer peppers and onions are perfect to have with this Italian sausage recipe or with your other favorite recipe.

First, slice the pepper into long slices. I prefer to use yellow, orange, or red peppers as they are sweeter than green peppers. If you like the taste of roasted green peppers, feel free to swap it out.

Once your vegetables are prepared, place an air fryer pan with oil inside your air fryer. I used the pizza pan inside of my Cosori Air Fryer Accessory Kit.

It’s super affordable and includes several useful tools to have when using your air fryer to take cooking in it to the next level.

Raw Red Peppers and Onions in Air Fryer in an air fryer pan

Cook the oil on 320 for 1 minute to heat up the oil. This acts the same way as when you heat up oil in a pan on the stove.

Add peppers and onions into the pan, mix to coat with oil, and cook on 320 for 10-12 minutes stirring occasionally.

Remove air fryer peppers and onions from the air fryer along with the pan and set aside.

Air Fryer Roasted Red Peppers and Onions in an air fryer pan

How to Make Air Fryer Italian Sausage

Air Fryer Italian Sausage is incredibly easy to make and requires no oil.

Now if your air fryer basket tends to stick, I recommend using an EVO oil sprayer to spray the bottom with a tiny bit of oil. Most air fryer baskets are nonstick and do not need this extra oil for the recipe.

I personally have never needed to use extra oil on the bottom of the basket for any recipes with all 3 of my air fryers.

Since you just finished using your air fryer to make the peppers and onions, it is already preheated well.

If you are not making the air fryer roasted peppers and onions in this dish, it’s important to preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees for about 5 minutes while you grab your Italian sausage.

This helps your food cook faster and more evenly.

Add the Air Fryer Italian Sausage to the air fryer and cook at 380 degrees for 10-12 minutes, moving the basket halfway through to rotate the sausages.

Remove Italian sausages from the air fryer.

Closeup of Air Fryer Italian Sausage Sandwich on cutting board

How to Assemble and Toast the Air Fryer Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Cut the sausage rolls down the middle about ¾ of the way down. This allows the sausage to sit inside the roll without going all the way through.

Place cooked Italian sausage inside the roll and add roasted peppers and onions onto each sandwich.

Carefully add each Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions sandwich back to the air fryer and cook at 380 degrees for 1-2 minutes.

This allows the entire sandwich to heat up while toasting the sausage rolls.

Enjoy immediately.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches assembled inside Air Fryer

How Long Does it Take to Cook Italian Sausage in the Air Fryer

When cooking from a refrigerated and thawed state, it takes about 10-12 minutes to cook Italian sausage to perfection in your air fryer.

This time could be different depending on the wattage of your air fryer is. I personally cooked this recipe in the Cosori Air Fryer, which is 1700 watts.

Higher wattage air fryers may take less time while lower wattage air fryers can take more time.

Hand holding Italian Sausage Sandwich


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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Air Fryer Italian Sausage Sandwich with peppers and onions on cutting board

A delicious Italian sausage dish served in a toasted roll with air fried peppers and onions.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 Italian sausage links
  • 4 sausage rolls, sliced down the middle

Instructions

  1. Cut the sweet pepper into slices, removing the stem, seeds, and membranes.
  2. Cut the top and bottom of the onion and remove the outside layer. Cut the onion in half and cut both halves into long slices.
  3. Heat oil in an air fryer at 320 degrees for 1 minute in an air fryer sized pan.
  4. Add peppers and onions into the pan and cook on 320 for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove peppers and onions from air fryer.
  6. Increase air fryer temperature to 380 degrees and add Italian sausage links.
  7. Cook at 380 degrees for 10-12 minutes, moving basket halfway through to rotate.
  8. Remove Italian sausages from the air fryer.
  9. Assemble sausage links, peppers, and onions on the sausage rolls.
  10. Place back in the air fryer at 380 degrees and cook for 1-2 minutes to crisp up the sausage roll.
  11. Enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 623Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 1009mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 23g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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