How to Steam Sausage So It's Tender and Tasty

You can use beer of wine instead of water when steaming your sausage.
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Sausage comes in many different sizes and shapes and varieties, including breakfast sausage, Italian sausage and kielbasa. Sausages are typically formed into links or patties from ground meat such as chicken, pork or beef.


One of the easiest ways to cook sausage is to use steam. Steaming a sausage ensures that it gets cooked thoroughly, as the steam provides heat all around.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cylindrical sausage links

  • Frying pan with lid

  • 1/2 tbsp. butter

  • Tongs

  • Meat thermometer


  1. Place a medium-sized frying pan on a stove burner and turn the burner to medium heat.
  2. Put the butter in the frying pan and wait for it to begin bubbling.
  3. Place sausage links into the frying pan with tongs.
  4. Cook the links, turning them with tongs, until all sides are brown.
  5. Pour a small amount of water into the frying pan so that the entire bottom of the pan is covered with water. Use just enough water to cover the bottom, as excess water can dilute the flavor of the sausage.
  6. Place a lid on the frying pan and cook links for 5 minutes.
  7. Open the lid, turn the links over, replace the lid and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Remove the lid and insert a meat thermometer into the center of one of the links. The sausage is done if it meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements:
    • Beef, pork and lamb sausage must reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Turkey and chicken sausage must reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. Cook the sausage longer, if needed.
  10. Remove sausage links with tongs.


  • Beer and wine are two common replacements for water when steaming sausage.
  • Deglaze the frying pan with water, butter of olive oil to get a base for sausage gravy.

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