Sausage is a food that is common in many different cuisines. Sausages are generally made from pork that has been ground up and had spices added. The spices are what give the sausage its distinctive flavor and determine its type, whether it's Italian sausage, bratwurst or breakfast sausage. The finished meat is sent through a machine and into a casing to hold it together as links. Frying sausages on your stovetop is a classic way to prepare any type of sausage.
Heat a tablespoon or so of canola, vegetable or olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Use less oil if you have a non-stick pan.
Place the sausages in the pan and brown the outside for some color and to seal in moisture.
Reduce the heat to medium-low once the sausages are browned, and cook them slowly the rest of the way. Leave them in for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the size.
Rotate the sausages with tongs as they cook to ensure they are cooked all the way through. Remove from the pan when they are at an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice one open slightly and check if you are not sure. It should not be pink inside.
Serve your sausages cut up in pasta, with potatoes and vegetables, over rice or with breakfast, depending on the type of sausage you've prepared.
Add a few tablespoons of water to the pan and cover to steam the sausages if you need to cook them quickly.