Breakfast sausage links are produced from a blend of lean ground pork, pork fat and spices. Generally smaller and milder in flavor than their Italian or Polish cousins, the sausages are sold in two forms: partially cooked that require very little cooking time, and raw uncooked links that must be thoroughly cooked. In addition to regular flavors, breakfast sausages are also available as maple-flavored and hot and spicy. The links can be cooked in just a few minutes on a skillet on the stove or baked in the oven in roughly 20 minutes.
Coat skillet lightly with cooking spray to prevent sticking and place it on stove burner over medium-low heat.
Place sausage links in the pan, allowing space between them for turning and for even browning. Cook for about 3 minutes, turning the links often to ensure crisping on all sides and until no pink color remains when you cut into the center.
Cook links a minute or two longer if you like them crispier. Remove from pan and drain briefly on paper towels before serving.
Place sausage links on a shallow pan that has been lightly coated with cooking spray, and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.
Turn the sausages and bake for about 10 more minutes, or until the sausages are completely cooked through.
Remove sausages from the baking pan and drain briefly on paper towels before serving.