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This honey garlic smoked sausage skillet is a quick and easy appetizer that will please all! They are slightly sweet and simply irresistible!

sausage appetizer in a skillet

If you are looking for a quick and easy appetizer for your next party, then this honey garlic sausage recipe is just for you!!  They are sweet and savory and completely irresistible!  Plus, who doesn’t love one of the best quick and simple sausage appetizers ever??

I think these would go great with the homemade french onion dip and the sweet and spicy pecans.  You can see in the picture below that I made a small appetizer board with the three.  Add this easy fruit tray as a dessert option and you’ll be all set to host!  Don’t forget to try my reuben sliders & pepperoni pizza sliders to complete your party food table.  Also, try these Crockpot Glazed Kielbasa Bites from my friend Julie!

Why You Will Love This Smoked Sausage

  • The combination of honey & garlic is insanely good.
  • Sausage appetizers are always a hit with guests!
  • Only 15 minutes from start to finish.
  • Simple ingredients are all you need for this garlic sausage recipe.
  • Can be made in advance and warmed up before serving.
platter with smoked sausage

How To Make Sausage Skillet

Step 1: Combine Ingredients

Mix together the ketchup, honey, soy sauce, ginger, hot sauce, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Set aside.

Step 2: Cook

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Once hot, add the smoked sausage and cook until browned. Stir frequently. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add homemade honey glaze and cook until bubbly. Serve and enjoy!

Tips For Making This Garlic Sausage Recipe

  • Slice evenly. Cut the smoked sausage into the same size sliced pieces. It will cook more evenly and it’s easier to eat. Plus, the end result looks more appealing.
  • Make it hotter. For more spice, add more hot sauce or toss in a few red pepper flakes.
  • Fresh ginger is best. To get the most flavor in this sausage appetizer, use fresh ginger. In a pinch, you could use ginger powder as well. Fresh is the best.
side view of smoked sausage in a skillet


In most cases, smoked sausage is fully cooked when you buy it. So, you only need to cook it until it’s browned and has a slight crisp around the edges. This is to lock in the flavor.
If you are making this sausage skillet recipe with uncooked sausage, then you will need to cook it until it reaches 160 degrees.


For parties, you can add the honey garlic sausage to a platter along with other appetizers. Or you can add toothpicks for easy eating. Turn it into a main course by serving with a bed of rice and some roasted veggies.


Place the glazed smoked sausage in a slow cooker. Keep it on the warm setting and it will stay hot. You’ll need to stir it every once in a while.

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5 from 1 vote
Honey Glazed Sausages
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

This honey garlic smoked sausage skillet is a quick and easy appetizer that will please all! They are slightly sweet and simply irresistible!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sausages
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 55 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (I use reduced sodium)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce of choice (I usually use sriracha)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 (12-16 oz) packages smoked sausages, cut into 1″ slices
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  1. In a small bowl combine the ketchup, honey, soy sauce, ginger, hot sauce, and sesame oil; set aside. 

  2. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium to medium low heat.  Add sausages; cook stirring frequently, until browned.  (about 8-10 minutes)  Add minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Add reserved sauce and cook until bubbly.  

Recipe Notes
  1. You can easily make these in advance and warm them back up before serving.  
  2. You can also make these and transfer to a small crockpot to keep warm.  Just use the warm setting.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Glazed Sausages
Amount Per Serving
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 264mg11%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 62IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

4 thoughts on “Smoked Sausage Skillet Appetizer”

  1. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! I make it as a snack. Simple, fast and deeeelicious! I’m making it again tomorrow as a main meal.

  2. Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing ! The only thing I did differently was to add half a chopped red onion to the sausage as it was cooking just because I had it on hand. I served this with roasted butternut squash. My husband and I were very happy with dinner tonight !


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