How to Steam Cook Bratwurst

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Bratwurst is almost synonymous with German cuisine. Nothing is more homey than cutting into a thick sausage accompanied by small heaps of sauerkraut and fried onions. In each region of Germany, bratwursts are cooked differently, ranging from fried to braised to broiled. However, steam-cooking the sausage is an appealing way of preparing them for the entire family, maintaining their flavor without adding additional unhealthy fats.

Step 1

Set the frying pan on the stove. Place the bratwurst in one even layer on the bottom of the pan.

Step 2

Pour the beer or liquid into the pan so the sausages are covered halfway up their sides.

Step 3

Turn the burner to medium-high heat. Cover the pan and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are cooked. While cooking, keep an eye on the level of liquid -- if the pan is almost dry at any point during the cooking process, add more liquid. By the end of the cooking period, there should be little to no liquid left.