How to Tell if Sausage Is Cooked Boiled?

Last Updated on July 26, 2023 by Lauren Beck

As a seasoned sausage aficionado, I’ve spent countless hours perfecting the art of cooking boiled sausages to tender, juicy perfection. 

I’m here to share my expertise and reveal foolproof methods for determining if your sausages are cooked right.

 Get ready to unlock the secrets of sausage doneness like a true culinary pro.

Ways to Tell if Sausage Is Cooked Boiled:

  • Firmness Test: Gently press the sausage with a fork or tongs. If it feels firm and springs back, it indicates that your sausage is thoroughly cooked.
  • Internal Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the sausage. For pork sausages, aim for an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C), while chicken or turkey sausages should reach 165°F (74°C) for safe consumption.
  • Visual Cue: Observe the color of the sausage. A fully cooked sausage will be even brown throughout, with no traces of pink or raw meat.

How to Boil a Sausage Perfectly?

  1. Choose the Right Pot: Select a pot large enough to accommodate the sausages without overcrowding. This allows for even cooking and prevents them from sticking together.
  2. Add Flavorful Liquid: Enhance the taste of your sausages by adding flavorful liquid to the pot. You can use beer, broth, or a combination of herbs and spices dissolved in water to infuse extra flavor during the boiling process.
  3. Bring to a Gentle Simmer: Place the sausages in the pot and bring the liquid to a gentle simmer. Avoid rapid boiling, as it can cause the sausages to burst.

How Long to Boil Sausage?

Boil Sausage on a Pan

The cooking time for boiled sausages depends on the type and size of the sausage. As a general guideline:

  • Thin sausages: Boil for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Thick sausages: Boil for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Pre-cooked sausages: Only need to be heated through, so boil for 5 to 7 minutes.

Should I Boil Sausages Before Cooking?

Boiling sausages before cooking is a personal preference. While unnecessary, boiling can help reduce cooking time and ensure even cooking. 

Boiling can also remove excess fat from the sausages, making them slightly healthier [1].

How Long Do You Boil Sausage in Water?

Boiling sausages in water follows the same guidelines as mentioned earlier. Thin sausages typically require 8 to 10 minutes, thick sausages need 15 to 20 minutes, and pre-cooked sausages only need 5 to 7 minutes to heat through.

Tips for Boiling Sausages:

  • Prick the sausages: To prevent them from bursting, gently prick them with a fork or toothpick before boiling.
  • Flavor the water: Infuse extra flavor by adding herbs, spices, or other aromatics to the boiling water.
  • Finish on the grill or stovetop: For added texture and flavor, give your boiled sausages a final sear on a grill or stovetop to achieve a delightful crispy exterior.


In the realm of sausage cookery, knowing when your boiled sausages are perfectly cooked is the key to achieving culinary nirvana. 

By employing techniques like the firmness test, checking internal temperature, and observing color, you can confidently determine the doneness of your sausages. These simple yet effective methods will ensure that every bite bursts with savory satisfaction. 

So, trust your senses, rely on your cooking instincts, and embark on a flavorful sausage adventure. With these insights in your culinary arsenal, you’ll become a connoisseur of sausage doneness, delighting taste buds with each expertly cooked bite.


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