One-Pan Wonder: Air Fryer Italian Sausage and Peppers

Upgrade your game day snacks with our mouth-watering Air Fryer Italian Sausage and Peppers. This one-pan wonder is easy to make and packed with flavor, making it the perfect appetizer for your next sports gathering.

Looking for an easy and delicious dinner that’s packed with flavor? Look no further than Italian Sausage and Peppers in the Air Fryer! This classic Italian dish features juicy sausages cooked to perfection in the air fryer, alongside colorful peppers and onions that are perfectly roasted and caramelized.

The best part is? This recipe is so simple and easy to make, even if you’re short on time or have little to no cooking skills.

And with a personal touch of your favorite side dishes, you can make it a meal that everyone in your family will love. (it’s a clear winner in mine!)

So fire up your air fryer, and get ready to enjoy this irresistible combination of savory and sweet flavors.

Required Ingredients

  • Italian sausages (obviously!)
  • Bell peppers (Orange and yellow are my favs), sliced
  • Onion
  • Olive oil or avocado oil (I prefer this because of the lower smoke point)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Lightly toasted Buns or Hoagie rolls (optional for sandwiches)
  • Slices of cheese (optional for sandwiches)

How to Make Air Fryer Italian Sausage and Peppers

One-Pan Wonder Air Fryer Italian Sausage and Peppers

STEP 1: Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (180°C). It is extremely easy to preheat the air fryer for efficient cooling. Set the temperature to 180°C.

STEP 2: Sliced the bell papers and onions into ½ inch trips.

STEP 3: Take a mixing bowl or a sealed plastic bag to toss the ingredients, combine sliced peppers, onions, minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss everything together until the vegetables are evenly coated.

STEP 4: Spread the coated slices of onion and peppers into the air fryer’s basket.

STEP 5: Place the sausages on the top of onions and peppers and cook for about 10 minutes. Make sure to roll/flip the sausages periodically.

STEP 6: After 10 minutes, add the seasoned peppers and onions to the basket and toss with the sausages.

STEP 7: Continue cooking for an additional 10-12 minutes or until the sausages are fully cooked and the vegetables are tender.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Note: Cooking time may vary depending on the type of air fryer used and the thickness of the sausage. Always check for doneness by cutting into the sausage to ensure it is fully cooked before serving.

If you are into Italian food, here’s my Air Fryer Italian Brats and Peppers recipe which is perfect for any occasion.

How Long Do You Cook Air Fryer Italian Sausage and Peppers?

The cooking time for Italian sausages in an air fryer will depend on the size and thickness of the sausages, as well as the air fryer model you are using. As a general rule of thumb, you can cook Italian sausages in an air fryer for 15-20 minutes at 350°F (175°C).

Nutritional Values:

Here are the approximate nutritional values for a serving size of 1 sausage and 1/4 of the vegetables used in the recipe:

  • Calories: 320
  • Total Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 600mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Total Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 14g

Sausage is high in fat and calories, and can also be high in sodium depending on the type used. Peppers and onions are good sources of dietary fiber and vitamin C, which are both important for overall health.

Overall, this dish can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. If you are looking for a lower calorie and lower fat version of this dish, you could try using chicken sausage or turkey sausage instead of traditional Italian sausage. For my family, we love everything sausages, and it’s usually a weekly affair, and so to spice things up a little, we alternate between the different meats, and add extra spices every now and then 🙂

 Side Dishes:

  1. Roasted potatoes: Potatoes are a classic side dish that pairs well with sausage and peppers. Cut some potatoes into small cubes, season them with salt and pepper, and roast them in the oven until crispy.
  2. Italian bread: Serve some warm, crusty Italian bread on the side to soak up any extra sauce or juices from the sausage and peppers.
  3. Salad: A light, refreshing salad can balance out the richness of the sausage and peppers. Try a simple green salad with a vinaigrette dressing, or a tomato and mozzarella salad with fresh basil. Always good to have some ying with that yang!
  4. Grilled vegetables: If you have a grill, you can grill some vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, or mushrooms to serve on the side. Brush them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper before grilling.
  5. Pasta: If you want to make a heartier meal, you can serve the sausage and peppers over some pasta. Choose short pasta like penne or rigatoni that can hold the sauce well.

How to Store, Keep, and Freeze?

To store and freeze these Italian sausage and peppers, follow these simple steps:

  1. Let the dish cool to room temperature before storing or freezing.
  2. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  3. To freeze, transfer the leftovers to a freezer-safe container or resealable freezer bag. Label the container with the name and date.
  4. The dish can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
  5. To reheat, defrost the dish overnight in the refrigerator. Then, transfer it to a skillet or baking dish and reheat it in the oven or on the stovetop over medium heat until heated through.
  6. Alternatively, you can reheat the dish in the microwave, stirring occasionally until heated through.

Note that freezing may alter the texture of the peppers and onions, and the sausage may become slightly crumbly. However, the dish will still be flavorful and delicious.

Air Fryer Brats and Peppers

Air Fryer Brats and Peppers – Juicy Bratwurst sausages cooked to perfection in an air fryer, paired with sweet and savory bell peppers. Using an air fryer means you'll get all the crispy goodness without the added oil. Slice up some peppers, fire up that air fryer, and enjoy a delicious, easy-to-make meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3


  • 1 Air Fryer


  • 4 Pieces Sausages
  • 2 Pieces Bell Peppers
  • 1 Piece Medium Onion
  • 1 Olive Oil
  • For Taste Salt and Pepper


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  • Toss the sliced bell peppers with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the Italian Bratwurst sausages into the air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, add the bell peppers to the air fryer basket and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until the sausages are cooked through and the peppers are tender.
  • Remove the sausages and peppers from the air fryer and serve immediately.


Keyword Air Fryer Brats and Peppers

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Serve with These?

In my opinion, when it comes to serving Sausage and Peppers, nothing beats the delicious flavors of Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Vegetables, Salad, Italian Pasta, or Italian Bread. These side dishes perfectly complement the rich and hearty flavors of the sausage and peppers.

What Type of Sausage Can I Use with This Recipe?

When it comes to making Sausage and Peppers, there are many different types of sausages that you can use. Here are some of the most popular options:

– Italian sausages
– Chicken sausages
– Turkey sausages
– Vegetarian sausages

What Type of Bell Peppers Can I Use?

For this Sausage and Peppers dish, you can use any color of bell peppers that you prefer or a combination of colors. Traditionally, green and red bell peppers are used for this dish, but you can also use yellow, orange, or even purple bell peppers if you prefer. (to me, the more colorful the prettier it looks, and the more nutrients)

The choice of bell pepper color depends on your personal taste preferences and the availability of the peppers in your local market. All colors of bell peppers will work well in this dish and will add a sweet and slightly crunchy texture to the dish.

How Can I Make This Recipe Spicier?

If you want to add some heat to your Sausage and Peppers recipe, here are some ideas:

– Use hot Italian sausage
– Add red pepper flakes
– Use spicy seasoning
– Add fresh chilies
– Serve with hot sauce

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