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Do you want sausages for dinner and only have frozen? Then let me show you exactly how to defrost sausages in microwave.
Today we will show you how you can defrost any sausages in the microwave, and then have them ready quickly ready for cooking for your next mealtime.
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You are probably wondering why I am talking about defrosting sausages after all, you can air fry frozen sausages, but if you are using the slow cooker, the only way you can enjoy sausages is if they are thawed.
What I find myself doing sometimes is planning what to eat on a weekend last minute. I can’t decide what I want to eat for a Sunday dinner and often will grab something from the freezer last minute.
The frozen sausages are often the best find because I can cook them in the air fryer from frozen, or defrost them in the microwave, or defrost and then load into the slow cooker.
Today, I wanted to show you how easy it is defrosting sausages in the microwave for your quick last minute go to.
Can You Defrost Sausages In The Microwave?
Yes, you can defrost sausages in the microwave and its one of the great reasons for having a microwave.
I have a favourite butchers and will buy their red onion sausages in bulk when I visit the butchers. It’s a 1 hour round trip from where we live so they will pack them into packs of 12 for me and then I can freeze them and then use them as I need them.
They often end up in our air fryer frittata, but before making the frittata I will defrost them first using the microwave.
Can You Cook Richmond Sausages From Frozen?
Yes, you can if you are NOT using the slow cooker. The slow cooker is dangerous for cooking meat from frozen unless it is a stock. But you can cook frozen Richmond sausages in the air fryer or the instant pot.
Can You Cook Pork Sausages From Frozen?
Yes, you can. The rules are the same regardless of what type of sausages they are. You can cook any sausages from frozen including pork sausages as long as you are not putting frozen sausages in the slow cooker.
I have even cooked pork sausages from frozen in the oven long before I fell in love with kitchen gadgets.
How Long Do Sausages Take To Defrost?
Then time to defrost sausages will vary depending on the method used. Most of the time in the Milner house we will leave them out overnight and then the next morning they are defrosted and ready for the slow cooker.
However, if you are looking at defrosting sausages FAST nothing beats the speed of the microwave.
I have found that defrosting sausages in the microwave can be as quick as 16 minutes if done correctly and without the edges of the sausages browning.
How Long Can You Leave Defrosted Sausages In The Fridge?
The time you can leave defrosted sausages in the fridge depends on how they entered the freezer. You see if you got them on yellow sticker (I do this a LOT) then they would have only had 1 day shelf life when they entered the freezer. So, this same rule applies when they are thawed.
But let’s say they had three days left on the date at freezing, then you have three days to cook the sausages.
Best way and to avoid confusion is to defrost the sausages and cook them the same day.
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Defrost Sausages Microwave Ingredients
Sausages – We used a pack of 12 frozen sausages from the butchers. They are thick pork sausages, but any will do.
Water – Because we are using our microwave steamer basket for an even defrost of the sausages, we need a little water into the steamer basket.
Steamer – Then our favourite steamer basket. We picked it up from Lakeland but this one will work too. You just add a little water to it and your sausages and then microwave your sausages to fully defrost them.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this defrost sausages microwave recipe it has just been our Panasonic Microwave Oven. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of microwave recipes.
How To Defrost Sausages In The Microwave?
- Water. Start by adding a little water to your steamer basket.
- Load. Next load your frozen sausages into the steamer basket add the lid and microwave on the defrost meat setting.
- Beeps. When the microwave beeps, separate the sausages as they are defrosted enough now not to be stuck together.
- Microwave. Then microwave for another 8 minutes on defrost or until fully defrosted.
And I am sure you can see now how easy it is defrosting sausages in the microwave and why it is one of my favourite defrosting hacks.
How Long To Defrost Sausages?
I experimented a LOT with defrosting sausages in the microwave and found that 16 minutes was ideal.
8 minutes to get the frozen sausages to separate and then a further 8 minutes to defrost the sausages.
Why Not Try Microwave Veggies?
Beyond defrosting sausages in the microwave, one of my all time favourites is to use the microwave and the steamer basket for steaming veggies.
Here are a few microwave veggie recipes to get you started:
- Microwave Broccoli
- Microwave Cauliflower
- Microwave Brussel Sprouts
- Microwave Corn On The Cob
- Microwave Carrots
- Microwave Green Beans
- Microwave Asparagus
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Defrost Sausages In Microwave
- Add a tablespoon of water to the bottom of the steamer basket.
- Remove frozen sausages from their packaging and place into the steamer basket. Add the lid and then place in the microwave.
- Microwave for 8 minutes on the defrost meat setting.
- When the microwave beeps remove the frozen sausages from the steamer basket and separate with your hands. Load the sausages separated into the steamer basket with the lid on and microwave for a further 4 minutes on defrost meat.
- Remove the steamer lid and microwave on the same setting for a final 4 minutes.
- Your sausages will now be fully thawed. Load onto a plate ready for the fridge or for cooking with.