Meat free alternatives are becoming incredibly popular, as more and more people turn vegetarian, or at least try to reduce their meat consumption. If you have not yet embraced the Quorn revolution, you may be wondering how to cook Quorn frankfurters. Don’t worry, it’s actually really easy!
Here we have a few tips to help you embrace your journey into meatless alternatives, and how to make them as tasty as the real thing!
How To Cook Quorn Frankfurters?
Quorn frankfurters are ridiculously versatile. You can roast them, grill them, fry them, use them in casseroles – in fact, you can use them in any way that you would use an ordinary sausage!
The best way to cook them however is to boil them:
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil.
- Separate the frankfurters and add them to the pan.
- Bring the water back to the boil and simmer, uncovered, for around 15 minutes.
You can also steam your frankfurters easily – this is great if you are short on space and are cooking other things in boiling water:
- Separate the frankfurters and place them in a steamer tray, either a solid based one or one that sits over a pan.
- Cover the pan, and steam for around 17 minutes.
- You will want to turn them a couple of times during the cooking, to ensure that they don’t stick.
How Long Do You Cook Quorn Sausages For?
How long you cook them depends on the type of appliance you are using, and the type of end result you are aiming for.
Are you going for a sausage sandwich? Cold sausages to place on sticks for a party? Well browned sausage pieces that you can add to other dishes?
As a general rule, you should only need to cook your Quorn frankfurters for between 15 and 17 minutes.
It won’t do them any harm to be cooked for too much longer or shorter, however the taste and texture can be affected.
One of the great things about Quorn sausages as opposed to ordinary sausages is that they are very unlikely to give you food poisoning, even if undercooked!
If you fancy the idea of adding your Quorn sausages to other dishes, have a look at this mouth watering video showing how to make Quorn sausage casserole:
How Do You Cook Quorn Sausages On The Hob?
Cooking Quorn frankfurters on the hob is fantastically easy – you simply pop them in a pan of boiling water and away you go!
But, can you cook Quorn sausages on the hob in a different way? The answer is, of course, yes.
You can choose to fry your frankfurters, if you like a crispier skin on the outside:
- Take a heavy bottomed frying pan, and heat up a tablespoon of oil.
- Place the frankfurters into the pan – watch out as they will spit!
- Cook, turning regularly, for around 10 minutes, until browned all over.
- You can add some onions or a little garlic to the pan if you want to increase the tastiness factor.
- Serve in a hot dog bun, with sweated onions, ketchup and mustard. Dinner of champions!
Quorn sausages and frankfurters can be cooked from frozen with no troubles at all – you may just have to increase the cooking time slightly.
Quorn is actually a trade name, and many other companies make meat free frankfurters – you may decide that you like the supermarket own brand better.
Whichever you prefer, you can see that it is very easy to cook meat free frankfurters on the hob.
Are Quorn Sausages Healthier Than Pork Sausages?
Ah, the old “meat vs man mad” debate… The discussion rages on – it turns out there are advantages to both types.
Pork sausages are natural products, which humans have been eating for centuries. They can be fattier, and as such may not be considered as healthy.
Quorn sausages are man made, which may mean that they contain far more ingredients, not all of them totally natural.
Pork can be an unhealthy meat because the pigs that provide them are often routinely injected with antibiotics to keep them healthy.
Quorn sausages’ production can involve the sourcing of many different types of ingredient, which can add to their carbon footprint.
Both types of sausage are filled with protein and fibre, which makes them a good choice to include in your diet.
Pork sausages can be higher in fat, which makes them less suitable for those who are trying to lose weight.
Quorn sausages are generally made with Mycoprotein, which is derived from mushrooms, so anyone with an allergy or intolerance of mushrooms should aoid this type of sausage.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to each type. Your best bet is to eat both types, in moderation.
Can You Grill Quorn Sausages?
Grilling is a great way to cook your Quorn sausages. You can then eat them as they are, or add them to other dishes such as pasta bakes or casseroles.
It’s really simple to grill quorn sausages:
- Place them under a hot grill.
- Cook for 5 minutes, then turn about a quarter.
- Cook for a further 5 minutes, then turn again.
- Cook for 5 minutes more, then remove and eat.
- This method of cooking ensures that the sausages are cooked through, and retains their moisture.
Grilling the frankfurters will give them a slightly firmer texture on the outside than if you boil them; this is a good option for those who like the texture of meat.
As you can see, cooking with Quorn is not all that daunting. You can pretty much treat them like their meaty counterparts.
Once you know the best ways, you can enjoy your sausages guilt free, and impress your vegetarian friends as you do so!