If you enjoy the savory flavor of link sausage but you're concerned about the fat and calorie content of pork, consider a switch to turkey link sausage. Three fresh pork link sausages contain approximately 165 calories and 15 grams of fat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database. In comparison, two links of fresh turkey sausage contain about 132 calories and 10 grams of fat. The flavor and texture of the two are similar, and the cooking process is nearly identical. You can also buy turkey sausage links that are fully cooked and need only to be thoroughly heated before serving.
Cooking Fresh Links
Coat a skillet or frying pan lightly with canola oil or olive oil, or spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Turn the burner to medium and allow the pan to preheat for about 30 seconds.
Place the turkey sausage links in the pan. Cook the links until the sausage is no longer pink, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Use an instant-read meat thermometer to ensure the sausage registers a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. To check the reading, insert the thermometer sideways into a sausage so the thermometer doesn't touch the hot pan.
Preparing Precooked Links
Spray a skillet or frying pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray or coat it lightly with olive oil or canola oil.
Place the pan over medium heat for about 30 seconds.
Place the precooked turkey links in the pan. Cook the links until they're completely hot -- about five minutes. Stir the links occasionally to prevent sticking.
Things You'll Need
Skillet or frying pan
Canola oil, olive oil, or nonstick cooking spray
Instant-read meat thermometer
Once you open a package of fresh turkey sausage links, use the sausage within two to three days.
You can also cook frozen turkey links. Add approximately six minutes for uncooked links and about three minutes for precooked links.
Always use a meat thermometer to ensure that fresh turkey sausage links are completely cooked to at least 165 F. Don't rely on appearance.