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How to Cook Beef Hot Links on the Stove

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A writer since 2000, Aya Pauli has covered a variety of topics including food, fashion, beauty, health, parenting, education, decor and crafts. Her award-winning recipes have been published in food magazines such as "Taste of Home," and she is also the author of a salad cookbook. Pauli's craft projects appear in major manufacturer websites, including Dow Styrofoam. She also holds a CDA in early childhood education and works as a preschool teacher in Wyoming.
How to Cook Beef Hot Links on the Stove
Beef hot links are spicy. Photo Credit Zoryanchik/iStock/Getty Images

Sizzling in flavor, beef hot links are a tasty dish for people who like spicy sausage. While the precooked links are ideal for grilling, they can also be cooked on the stove. The key to cooking links on the stovetop is to use water instead of direct heat. Direct heat can burn the outside of the sausage before the inside is heated. Boiling or simmering the sausage in water quickly heats the entire beef hot link without any scorching. It’s also a fat-free way to cook the sausages to perfection.


Step 1

Fill a pot with several inches of water. Place the beef hot links in the water and place the pot over high heat.

Step 2

Bring the water to a boil. Boil the sausages for around 10 minutes, or until heated thoroughly.

Step 3

Drain the water from the sausages. Pat the sausages dry with a paper towel and serve.


Step 1

Fill a heavy skillet with 1 inch of water. Place the beef hot links in the water and place the skillet over high heat.

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Step 2

Bring the water to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium. Simmer the sausages, turning frequently, for around 12 minutes. Add more water as needed to keep sausages halfway submerged during cooking.

Step 3

Remove sausages from skillet and pat dry with a paper towel.

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