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Instant Pot and Duo Crisp Sausage and Onions

I love smoked sausage and onion and had always done them on the stove, but now I have take to making Instant Pot Duo Crisp sausage and onions using the air fryer lid.  You can also make this Instant Pot sausage and onion recipe in a regular pot.  It also works well if you have a Mealthy lid or can be made in a Ninja Foodi.

This recipe is keto friendly if you are looking for keto Instant Pot sausage recipes. Also check out our popular Instant Pot sausage and cabbage recipe

Update: This recipe also works with the upgraded Instant Pot Pro Crisp and Air Fryer, which you can view here at Amazon:  Instant Pot Pro Crisp. You can see user Instant Pot Pro Crisp reviews there too.

Instant Pot Duo Crisp Sausage and Onions Recipe

Instant Pot Duo Crisp Sausage and Onions

This recipe is super easy. Start with some sausage. I like to use regular pork smoked sausage and beef smoked sausage.   I usually use Eckrich sausage. 

smoked sausage

I use two onions when I make this recipe because I love onions and they tend to reduce a lot in size.  You can get away with using one if you want less onion. 

There are a lot of basic recipes out there for Instant Pot sausage and peppers and you could make that the same way by substituting bell peppers for the onion in this recipe.  I’m not a huge green pepper fan, so I use onions instead. This recipe also works to make Instant Pot sausage and potatoes. Simply add in potatoes!

Cut up the onion and saute it until it is translucent. Then transfer it and sliced up sausage to the air fry basket.  

Keto Instant Pot sausage and onion

Air fry on 400 for about 25 minutes until the sausage browns, stirring every five minutes or so.  

You definitely want it browned up well, that adds makes for nicely caramelized onions and tasty sausage!

Sausage and onion in Duo Crisp or Ninja Foodi

Instant Pot Sausage and Onions

If you are using a regular instant pot, saute the sausage on saute mode until it starts to brown, usually about 10 minutes. Then add the onions and keep sauteing until done. It will take 20 minutes or so. 

You can make this recipe on the stove top the same way. 

Finally, you can make this in your Instant Vortex or Instant Omni by air frying everything in a pan and giving it a good stir every five minutes. 

Serving Instant Pot Duo Crisp Smoked Sausage 

Instant Pot duo crisp sausage and onions

I often serve my smoked sausage and onion with some cheesy rice and vegetables.

Instant Pot Smoked sausage Duo Crisp

I sometimes serve this dish up with air fryer vegetables from the Vortex or Omni. 

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Instant Pot sausage and onions recipe


Instant Pot duo crisp sausage and onions

Instant Pot and Duo Crisp Sausage and Onions

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Instant Pot Duo Crisp and Instant Pot Sausage and Onions recipe. This is super easy and is particularly good when made using the air fryer lid on the Duo Crisp. this recipe is also keto and low carb friendly.


  • 20 ounces (or 2 packages) smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Saute the onion in the Instant Pot, salt and pepper to taste, and saute until translucent
  2. Transfer the onion to the air fry basket (if using the Duo Crisp) and add the sausage
  3. Air fry at 400 for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until browned
  4. Serve and enjoy!


If making in a regular Instant Pot saute the onions and sausage until browned. About 25 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 754Total Fat: 69gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 1925mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 28g
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Friday 25th of December 2020

Well i don't know about your Duo Crisp but mine had the sausage burnt in 10 minutes


Sunday 27th of December 2020

The time depends a lot on how browned you want your sausage and how caramelized you want the onions. The type of sausage used can affect it too. For example, beef sausage tends to brown very quickly while pork tends to take longer. Hence why the instructions note to stir every five minutes until desired doneness. I’ll update the post soon to add this information.


Wednesday 11th of December 2019

This may be the first recipe I make in my new DUO Crisp! My body does not tolerate onions well and my husband loves them so I'll sub out at least half the onions for a more traditional sausage & peppers dish.


Wednesday 11th of December 2019

It would work just fine that way! Enjoy your new Duo Crisp!!!

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