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Air Fryer Sausage with Peppers pairs the savory taste of Italian sausage with the sweetness of peppers for a perfect game day snack or an easy dinner. With a kicked up spicy ale mustard dipping sauce, it’s an easy recipe the whole family will love.
It is a low carb dish when served as an appetizer and quickly becomes a delicious meal when you add a crusty roll, marinara sauce and melty provolone cheese, similar to this Cheesesteak Sandwich or Philly Cheesesteak Sliders. Delish!
Love your air fryer? Check out more of my favorite recipes like Air Fryer Ravioli, savory Air Fryer Steak Tips, Easy Pigs in a Blanket and Korean Fried Chicken. No Air Fryer? No problem, when I am able I always provide oven instructions.
Why You Will Love this Italian Sausage in Air Fryer
- Simple Ingredients | Nothing fancy here! Aside from the 2 fresh ingredients, you likely have everything you need already at home!
- Healthier | Make it in the air fryer and skip the extra oil but not the taste! Low carb and Whole30.
- Meal or App | This sausage and peppers recipe makes a hearty meal served as a sandwich on a toasted hoagie roll with a side of spicy ale sauce for dipping. But it’s also a great option for a game day appetizer or an easy afternoon snack!
Tips for Two
This is such an easy meal to make no matter how large or small your group is. For two people, depending on how hungry you are, use 2-3 sausage links and 3 miniature sweet peppers. Add a crisp side salad and you are good to go!
What You’ll Need to Make Air Fryer Sausage and Peppers
Ingredients, directions and nutritional information in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.
- Dark Ale | The rich, malty flavors of Guinness adds a delicious depth to this sauce. For a creamy smoothness try Vanilla Porter. If you prefer not to use beer, try an alcohol free beer, the alcohol does cook out if that makes you feel better!
- Molasses | Rich and slightly sweet, I used organic.
- Spices | Cumin, Chili pepper flakes (more for an extra kick)
- Mustard | Use spicy brown mustard or Dijon; tangy and slightly spicy vs. its yellow, more mild counterpart.
- Italian Sausage Links | Mild, sweet, or spicy pork Italian sausage for juicy goodness.
- Miniature Sweet Peppers | A combo of mini yellow, orange and red peppers makes this a colorful choice. Red, orange, yellow or green bell peppers also work.
Healthy Twist for Air Fryer Sausage
- Chicken Sausage | For a lower fat option, try chicken sausage. You can find fresh chicken sausage at your grocery store meat counter, or my favorite Trader Joe’s.
- Turkey Sausage | A close cousin to chicken, but usually leaner and lower in fat with a mild and savory taste, turkey sausage is a great choice.
How to Make Italian Sausage in Air Fryer
Spicy Mustard Ale Sauce
In a small saucepan, stir together the ale, molasses, cumin and red pepper flakes. Whisk until molasses is incorporated and dissolved.
Bring to a boil on high then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer until it has reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the mustard. Set aside until the sausage is ready.
Sausage & Peppers
Slice the Italian sausage into 1 inch slices, and cut the peppers in half, making sure to discard the seeds.
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees C).
Working in batches if necessary, arrange the sausage and pepper pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes, shaking halfway through. The peppers will be soft and a meat thermometer will read 165 degrees Fahrenheit when inserted into the sausage. Cook time should not vary much.
Serve warm with a side of the Spicy Ale Mustard or your favorite Marinara sauce or dipping sauce.
Oven Roasted Sausage and Peppers
Preheat oven 400 degrees F (204 C). Place ingredients for sausage and peppers in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet pan (line with aluminum foil or parchment for easy clean-up) and toss with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Roast for 25-35 minutes.
Stovetop Sausage and Peppers
In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook sausage bites 4-5 minutes, remove to a plate. Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil, then saute the peppers over medium heat (and onions if using) until tender 8-12 minutes. Return sausages to skillet, heat until sausage is cooked through, another few minutes.
- Cosori Air Fryer is the next up, a dedicated air fryer with a larger square basket.
- Ninja Foodi Air Fryer & Indoor Grill — a nice wide and easy to operate air fryer. What I made these French toast sticks in.
- My favorite Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro (it does it all!), love, love this air fryer, countertop oven.
Variations & Substitutions
- Sausage | Experiment with different types of Italian pork sausage; hot Italian sausage is too spicy for me, but sweet Italian sausage is just right. You could certainly also use bratwurst, or your favorite chicken sausage.
- Hoagie rolls | If making a sandwich you’ll want a sturdy roll that doesn’t fall apart.
- Onions | In my opinion, all great meals begin with an onion! I love a good old yellow onion but red onions are often the choice for Italian sausage sandwiches.
- Olive Oil | In a large bowl, toss your sausage and peppers with a tablespoon of olive oil for an extra crispy skin on your sausage. Add 1 tsp of Italian seasoning and 1/2 tsp of garlic salt or garlic powder for extra flavor.
- Veggies | Feel free to add more of your favorite veggies in for an extra hearty meal.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most common sausage used in this recipe is Italian sausage. You can also use smoked sausage, polish sausage, andouille sausage, even stuffed sausage! Did you know there are over 200 types of sausage? Have fun experimenting!
Any combo of bell peppers, red, green, yellow or orange will make a flavorful dish. But if you have a preference, use the one(s) you love. You can also simply slice whole large peppers into slices for this dish.
If you really want to add some heat to this dish, try changing out your sausages – Italian Hot Sausages, Bratwursts or even Chorizo. You can also do a blend of the mild and hot Italian sausages to please everyone
Refrigerate | Store leftover sausage and peppers in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.
Freeze Leftovers | Freeze cooled sausage and peppers in a tightly sealed container or storage container for up to 3 months.
Reheat | Thaw in the fridge and reheat in the air fryer for 12-15 minutes at 290 degrees Fahrenheit (290 C), tossing every few minutes to ensure even cooking.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Sausage and Peppers
- Go for a grand Italian meal; make a large pot of my Italian Grandpa’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce recipe and your favorite pasta and don’t forget the garlic bread.
- Fantastic with a crisp green salad, like this Wedge Salad, or this Chopped Greek Salad.
- Smoked Mac and Cheese…need I say more?
- Make a large bowl of my Best Italian Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes; or my Antipasto Salad.
- Add more veggies with this Crudite platter.
- Try my Pesto Appetizer with Burrata in keeping with the Italian theme!
- Why not add another dip? Easy Beer Cheese Dip also goes great with my Pretzel Bites
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- If you are making the sausage and peppers for a meal, I recommend leaving the sausages uncut. First, cook the peppers (and onions) on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10- 15 minutes, stirring halfway, until onions and peppers have softened a little.
- Next, open the air fryer basket and lay sausage links on top of onions and peppers and cook for 20 minutes more, flipping the links halfway
Air Fryer Italian Sausage and Peppers with Spicy Ale Mustard
Spicy Ale Mustard Sauce
- ½ cup ale, I like Guinness or Vanilla Porter, but any dark ale will work, also try non-alcoholic beer if desired
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- ½-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup spicy brown mustard, or Dijon mustard
Sausage and Peppers
- 5 large Italian Sausages, mild, sweet, or hot or try Chicken Sausage, or use your favorite
- 6-12 mini bell peppers, washed, sliced in half and seeded, or use two large bell peppers (color of choice), sliced into 8 slices.
Spicy Ale Mustard
- In a small saucepan, stir together the ale, molasses, cumin and red pepper flakes. Be sure to still this together or whisk until molasses is incorporated and dissolved.Bring to a boil on high then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer until it has reduced by half, about 8 minutes.Remove from heat and stir in the dijon mustard. Set aside until the sausage is ready.
Air Fryer Sausage and Peppers
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F (204 C).
- Slice the Italian sausage into 1 inch slices and cut mini peppers in half, seeding and removing stems.
- Working in batches if necessary, arrange the sausage and pepper pieces in a single layer in the fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes, shaking halfway through. The peppers will be soft and a meat thermometer will read 165 degrees Fahrenheit when inserted into the sausage.
- Serve warm with a side of the Spicy Ale Mustard or your favorite Marinara sauce or dipping sauce.
✱ Kathleen’s Tips
- Stir the molasses well into the ale, until dissolved. It is quite heavy and can rest (and burn) at the bottom of the saucepan.
- Use hot Italian Sausage if you are looking for more of a kick.
- Store cooled leftovers in the fridge, up to 5 days in airtight container. The sauce will keep for a week. Freeze up to 3 months.
- REHEAT | Thaw in the fridge and reheat in the air fryer for 12-15 minutes at 290 degrees Fahrenheit (143 C), tossing every few minutes to ensure even cooking.
- Oven Sausage and Peppers | Preheat oven 400 degrees F (204 C). Place ingredients for sausage and peppers in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet pan (line with aluminum foil or parchment for easy clean-up) and toss with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Roast for 25-35 minutes.
- Stovetop Sausage and Peppers | In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook sausage bites 4-5 minutes, remove to a plate. Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil, then saute the peppers over medium heat (and onions if using) until tender 8-12 minutes. Return sausages to skillet, heat until sausage is cooked through, another few minutes
- Sausage | Use your favorite sausage; chicken sausage, turkey sausage, bratwurst, and even chorizo.
- Hoagie rolls | Use a sturdy roll if making sandwiches.
- Onions | Add sliced onions to the peppers, red or yellow onions.
- Extra Crispy | In a large bowl, toss sausage and peppers with a tablespoon of olive oil for an extra crispy skin on your sausage. Add 1 tsp of Italian seasoning and 1/2 tsp of garlic salt or garlic powder for extra flavor.
- Veggies | Feel free to add more of your favorite veggies in for an extra hearty meal.
The Fresh Cooky is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.
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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.