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How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop

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author image Lillian Downey
A Jill-of-all-trades, Lillian Downey is a certified Responsible Sexuality Educator, certified clinical phlebotomist and a certified non-profit administrator. She's also written extensively on gardening and cooking. She also authors blogs on nail art blog and women's self esteem.
How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop
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If you're craving a brat during the grilling off-season, you don't have to suffer or over-pay for a restaurant brat. If you have a stove and some brats, you're just a skillet away from the snap of a juicy brat. The best way to cook brats over the stove is cook them all the way through with liquid before crisping up the outsides by frying them in oil. This prevents them from burning on the outside while they're still raw on the inside.

Step 1

How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop
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Open the packaging on the brats and drain away any of the juices that may have escaped.

Step 2

How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop
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Place the brats in a skillet so each sausage touches the bottom of the pan.

Step 3

How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop
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Pour 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil over the top of the brats to help them crisp up after they've simmered.

Step 4

How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop
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Add water or beer until the liquid covers the bottom half of the brats.

Step 5

How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop
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Turn on the heat at medium-high.

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Step 6

How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop
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Bring the liquid in the pan to a fast simmer, but not a full boil. A full boil will break and split the casing and cause the brats to lose their natural juices.

Step 7

How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop
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Reduce the heat to medium once the liquid begins simmering.

Step 8

How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop
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Cook the brats uncovered until the liquid evaporates completely, leaving behind the oil you added at the beginning.

Step 9

How to Cook Brats on a Stovetop
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Cook the brats in the same pan until the outside of the brats are brown. Add another 1 teaspoon of oil if the pan appears dry and the brats start to stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook longer over a higher heat if you prefer to blacken the brats. Check the internal temperature of the brats with a food thermometer to make sure they're cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

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