Fresh breakfast sausage must be heated to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit before serving. Although the sausage may be cooked several different ways, par boiling, which uses a shallow amount of water to partially boil the meat, is a popular option. After the inside of the meat is cooked by boiling, the outside of the sausage is finished using direct heat. This cooking method provides sausage that is moist inside, yet crispy and flavorful on the outside.
Place breakfast sausage links in a heavy frying pan. Add water to cover the sausage.
Bring the water to a boil and cook the sausage for 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove the sausage and drain lightly on a paper towel, then use a fresh frying pan to cook the outside of the sausage until browned.