Sausages and sausage meat can be microwaved, whole or cut into chunks – and you don’t have to use any special dishes. Formal instructions will advise you to use a microwave browning dish, or a microwave roasting rack, but if you’ve neither of these then you can cook sausages in a microwave using whatever microwave safe dish you’ve got to hand. My dad used to simply lay the raw sausages down in the lid of a Pyrex casserole dish – I’ll often use a Pyrex jug to cook sausages and sausage meat from raw.
Sausages will not brown or colour in a microwave oven, so you have to either use a browning dish, or use something to colour them, or simply accept that they aren’t browned and not worry about it! Whichever you choose to do will depend on how you feel and what you have available.
To cook sausages in a microwave:
- Select your chosen dish.
- Lay out your sausages, cut or whole, depending on what you’re doing with them once cooked. If you’re using anything to colour them then use that now, when using a jug I’ll toss in 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce and give it a stir around.
- Cover the dish and microwave on high power for 2-5 minutes, depending on how many sausages you’re cooking. Turn the sausages over half way through the cooking time so they get a chance at cooking on all sides and to the middle.
- Check the sausages are cooked on the inside before serving – they should no longer be pink. If you have a digital meat thermometer, that’s handy, otherwise, do it by eye (I always do).
Microwave Sausage Cooking Times Chart.
Here is a chart to guide you in how long it takes to microwave sausages in a typical 700-800 watt microwave oven. If your oven is stronger then they’ll take a little less time:
Microwave Sausage Recipes:
I’ll typically use this method to cook sausages cut into chunks, or to cook sausage meat to serve in a pasta dish, such as sausage meat with spaghetti sauce.