Do it like a pro! How to cook raw sausages

last update date 2023-09-19 | release date 2017-06-23

Do it like a pro! How to cook raw sausages

Are you familiar with raw sausages? Most of the sausages you can find at Japanese supermarkets are pre-cooked. So, a lot of you may not know how to properly handle these raw sausages. Don’t worry, though. We got you. Here’s a guide on how to prep, cook, and thaw our original raw sausages.

What are raw sausages?

Raw sausages, like the name suggests, are sausages that haven't been pre-cooked. The cooking method for these sausages is different from pre-cooked ones. Most of the sausages sold in Japan are pre-cooked, some form of smoking or steaming have been done to the sausages before they are packaged, so they can be eaten without heating.

In contrast, raw sausages have never gone through the heating process during manufacturing. The manufacturing process for these sausages is as simple as mixing raw meat with spices and seasonings before being stuffed in a fresh casing. After that, they are frozen. That’s about it. So, when you thaw these, you have a fresh and raw sausage. The ones offered by The Meat Guy are raw as well. After cooking, you get a nice, plump, and juicy sausage to enjoy!

Can raw sausages be eaten raw?

Can raw sausages be eaten raw?

NO! Though, we thought that goes without saying. This ain’t some prosciutto ham moment. If you eat these raw, you’ll get sick. So please... COOK THESE SAUSAGES BEFORE EATING.

How to enjoy raw sausages


If you thaw and cook the Meat Guy sausages right, you can enjoy the fresh flavors at home! Since this is unfamiliar territory for some of us, we’ll guide you through the whole process. Let’s go!



The key to getting delicious sausages starts even before they hit the pan. Thawing is an essential part! If you don’t do it right, you can end up with unevenly cooked sausages that are burnt on the outside and still raw on the inside. Yuck.
We recommend these two very simple thawing methods:

1. Low temperature thawing: Double-wrap the sausage pack in another plastic bag to prevent any leakage when thawing. After that, just place them in the fridge and let them thaw out naturally. This should take about 6 hours.

2. Thawing under water: Double-wrap the sausage pack in another plastic bag to prevent any leakage when thawing. Fill a bowl with ice water, place the bag of sausages in there and let it thaw out. This should take about 40 minutes.

Since The Meat Guy’s sausages don’t contain any preservative, please make sure to cook and consume the sausages within 3 days after thawing.



Once the sausages are completely thawed, it’s time to get cooking! Depending on the cooking method, you can get different textures. Treat these sausages gently, and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most delicious sausages ever! If you’re too rough with them, the casing can end up bursting while cooking and all that juiciness will slip out. That’s alright if you want dry and flavorless sausages... Not us. We like ‘em plump and juicy. So, to get the best results, try these cooking methods!


You can cook the sausage in either a standard frying pan or grill. Just make sure to put a little bit of oil in there to prevent the sausages from sticking to each other.
Flip it from time to time to ensure that they cook evenly. When the sausages are cooked through to the center, turn up the heat to brown the surface!

Steam → Grill (frying pan)

By steaming the sausages before grilling in a pan, you can preserve as much moisture resulting in juicier sausages. Use a steamer pot, fill up the bottom with about 2cm of water, turn on the heat, then cover. Once the water boils, you can start steaming. Steam the sausage for about 15 mins. Preheat a griddle or frying pan with some oil and cook the sausages until the surface is nice and brown!

Boil → Grill (frying pan)

Ordinary sausages are great boiled before frying. However, we don’t recommend this method for our Meat Guy sausages. Why? Well, we blend a good amount of seasonings and spices with our sausages. If you boil them, all that good flavor will be washed away.
If you still insist on boiling your sausages, we recommend boiling them in beer. Yeah, you read that right. BEER. It’s not very common, but we recommend giving it a try!

Place the sausages in a pan a pan and pour in your beer of choice until the sausages are a bit submerged. Simmer slowly at first. When it’s about to boil, quickly reduce the heat. These raw sausages are fairly delicate. If the liquid boils, the casing will break. It’s best to keep the temperature at 80 ° C for about 10 minutes.
Finish them by browning the surface on a griddle or frying pan.

Baking in the oven

Cooking in the oven is another way to get delicious sausages!
First, fill a tray with water and preheat the oven to about 180 ° C.
When the oven is full of steam, you're ready to go! By creating steam, you can shorten the cooking time. (Be careful when opening the oven, as hot steam will come out!)
Oil the baking sheet, put the sausage on it and place it in the oven. Bake at 180 ℃ for about 15 to 20 minutes and it's done ♪

If you’re in a hurry!

For those of us who just want a good sausage but don’t have the time to cook it slowly, here is the answer! Simply boil it without taking it out of the package!
Place the thawed pack in boiling water on low heat for about 10 minutes. After that, just brown the surface in an oiled fry pan, and you’re done!

Is that still too much work?! Well, there’s another easier way! Ignore the whole thawing process, and chuck those frozen sausages in a frying pan filled with water. Put enough water so that the sausages are submerged about half-way.
Bring it to a boil and wait until the water evaporates. When there isn’t any water left, put a bit of oil in the pan and cook the sausages until the surface is nice and crisp! How much easier can it get. ♪


We get that after all that work thawing and cooking the sausage, you’d want to dig in right away... Buuut, if you just wait about 5 minutes before cutting it up, you can get all those juices to stay in the sausage and not dripping all over your plate! Let the sausage rest, and it’ll reward you with probably the finest sausage you’ll ever taste!



Easy lasagna recipe using a Dutch oven! Sausages are a great addition to any barbecue. For other BBQ recipes, click here.♪



  • 1. Melt some butter on a pan. Cook the onions, garlic, and sausages until tender, then add the tomatoes and season with almighty spice.


  • 2. Simmer for about 30 mins. without a lid to let the water evaporate.


  • 3. While the sauce is simmering, mix the basil and cheese in a separate bowl.

  • 4. Boil the pasta until it’s still just a little bit stiff, or as directed on the product package.


  • 5. Apply butter or olive oil to the Dutch oven, and alternately layer the meat sauce, pasta, and the previously prepared cheese sauce.



  • 6. Cover the last layer of pasta with meat sauce, then top it off with shredded cheese.


  • 7. Put a lid on the Dutch over, and cook on low heat for about 45 minutes (*Make sure to check it occasionally to make sure it’s not burnt!)


  • And that’s it! Enjoy!



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