How to cook frozen sausage patties on the stove? (Defrost and cooking guide)

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Time for breakfast! Breakfast foods are tremendous, with bacon, eggs, bagels, and, yes, sausages. When it comes to the preparation of breakfast sausages, there is always the temptation to throw them on the stovetop. Can you cook a frozen breakfast sausage on your stovetop? If so, what is the proper way to prepare the meat?

You can cook frozen breakfast sausage patties on the stove! Breakfast sausage patties can have preparation done to defrost the patty, then use the stove to cook them to the correct temperature. 

If you are wondering how to cook sausage patties without burning them, look no further as we get into the details below!

How to cook sausage patties on the stove?

What is the best course of action if you want to learn how to cook sausage patties on the stove? It all starts with the skillet. You need to have a nonstick skillet ready that you can take the time to preheat. 

Make sure you have your stove on a medium heat setting and place the skillet on top. With it in place, give it a few minutes for the surface to get warm.

When you have a skillet with the heat on medium, you can get it ready to accept the sausage patties. Placing the sausage patties on the skillet, you want to have a rough timer in your head, but the ultimate goal of the exercise is to get them to a temperature of 160 degrees (71 C) before you enjoy them. 

As the sausage patties cook, turn them every two to three minutes to ensure both sides cook evenly.

How long to cook sausage patties on the stove?

There is a lot of debate on how long you should be cooking sausage patties on the stove. If you leave them on too long, you will dry out the sausage patty and also likely burn it

If you want to learn how to cook sausage patties without burning them, you need the right tools. The rule of thumb is to cook sausage patties on a stove for around 10 to 12 minutes in total.

The two tools you need to figure out how long to cook the sausage patties include a timer as well as a thermometer.

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You want to get the sausage patties to an internal temperature of 160 degrees (71 C). The combination of the cooking time and thermometer will alert you when the patties are complete.

What is the best way to cook sausage patties on the stove?

The best way to cook sausage patties on the stove is with preheating of the skillet and the proper temperature setting. When working with frozen sausage patties, you want to give your patties the ability to thaw out. 

Throwing them onto the skillet frozen will lead to the external sides of the patty cooking, but not the internal. The outer sides of the patty will burn as a result, leaving you with an undesirable sausage.

Give the frozen sausage patties time to thaw. If you know you want to make sausage patties in the morning, throw the frozen patties in the fridge the night before. When you get up, the thawing is complete, and you can begin enjoying the breakfast.

When you have a frozen patty ready, throw it on the nonstick skillet and let it cook, turning every few minutes. You can add salt, garlic, rosemary, or other spices as you would like into the pan as the sausage cooks. Try experimenting with different things to change the experience and see what works best for your taste buds.

You also can benefit greatly from a bit of light oil in the pan. As the patty cooks in the oil, compress down on the middle of the patty to form a bit of a cup shape. This will help the internal parts of the patty cook faster while leaving the outside edges more moist. 

Light oil is key since sausages are already full of fat on their own. As they cook, they will release their oils, so no need to go overboard.

Can you make deep-fried sausage patties?

Many will wonder if there is the opportunity to deep fry sausage patties, and the answer is absolutely yes!There are two ways for deep frying a sausage patty. 

The first way to do it is with a naked sausage, while the other approach is to batter it.

The best way to go about the naked approach to deep-frying a sausage is to fill your pan with about two inches of oil. Once the oil warms up, place the sausage in there, turning it frequently for about four to seven minutes in total. Once the cooking is down, take it out and set it on a paper towel to dry off the oil before enjoying.

You can also create a batter around the sausage to deep fry it. One fun trick and arguably the best way to do this is to use pancake batter.

Create a pancake batter and from here, drench the sausage inside it. Now, place the sausage in the oil and cook for some time.

How to cook sausage patties in a cast-iron skillet?

To cook a sausage patty in a cast-iron skillet, you need to let the skillet warm up first. Creating warmth within the skillet will allow the natural flavors to seep into the sausage, adding to the taste. 

Cooking sausages in an iron skillet is the same as any other approach; let it warm with medium heat before beginning the process.

How to defrost sausages patties (fast and slow)?

The fast way to defrost sausages is to use the microwave. You can place frozen sausages in the microwave and, with the defrost setting, have them ready to go in a few minutes. 

The slow way is much more apparent. You can also leave frozen sausages out on the counter in the fridge overnight to get them to room temperature.

How to defrost sausages patties in the fridge, and how long?

It will take a sausage pattie around 24 hours to thoroughly defrost within the fridge. You want to place the sausages in a bowl or on a paper towel to collect the excess moisture as they defrost. Once defrosted, they can remain in the fridge for three to five days.

Can you cook sausage patties from frozen?

You can cook sausage patties from frozen, but it is not advisable. The best way to do this is with additional oil, more than usual, to help with patty moisture. You can also cook the sausage patty in a bit of water to get the inside temperature up while the exterior remains moist.


There is a skill to cooking frozen breakfast sausage patties on the stove. The more you attempt the cooking, the better you will get overtime. You can learn how to cook sausage patties without burning them by taking your time, paying attention to the meat while cooking, and using the internal temperature as a guide. Enjoy breakfast!


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Rok Jurca

I am a kind of person that would sneak a taste out of grandma’s pot when I was barely tall enough to reach it. I grew up in kitchens full of love and liveliness and have spent my whole live learning, experimenting and succeeding in the art of cooking. At Pro Family Chef, every day is an opportunity for a new meal and a brand new flavor. I created this website to connect people that love to cook, with the products designed to make their cooking easier, hassle-free and rewarding every time.

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