4 Ways to Cook Chorizo

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4 Ways to Cook Chorizo
4 Ways to Cook Chorizo

Chorizo ​​​​ is a type of spicy pork sausage commonly found in Spanish cuisine. It can be made with side dishes or eaten alone, but it's usually added to other dishes after it's ready. Here is the recipe for how to prepare a chorizo ​​using a frying pan, grill or baking pan, with a few variations for serving.


Serves 5 people

  • 5 units of chorizo
  • 1/2 cup of water (125 ml)


Part 1 of 4: Frying Pan

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 1

Step 1. Apply a non-stick cooking spray to a skillet approximately 25 cm

Place it on the stove and heat the oven to medium-high.

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 2

Step 2. Add the chorizo

Put it in immediately, before the pan gets too hot.

  • You can also put it on before starting a fire.
  • Adding the chorizo ​​after the pan is very hot increases the likelihood of burning on one side.
Cook Chorizo ​​Step 3

Step 3. Cook for 5 minutes

It will start to brown.

Turn frequently, using tweezers, so as not to burn the meat on one side

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 4

Step 4. Reduce heat and add water

Lower heat to medium-low and add 1/2 cup (125 ml) of water.

Add water carefully to avoid splashing. Keep the skin on your face and arms away from the top of the pan as the hot steam that will rise from the pan after adding water can cause minor burns

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 5

Step 5. Cover the pan and let it cook for 12 minutes

  • When finished, the chorizo ​​will be brown.
  • Check the internal temperature by inserting an instant-read meat thermometer into the center of the sausage. When you're done, your temperature will be around 70 degrees.

Part 2 of 4: Grid

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 6

Step 1. Cover the grill with cooking spray or non-stick aluminum foil if desired

  • The non-stick aluminum foil makes less of a mess, but the grill marks won't look as dark. If using aluminum, drill holes in it with a fork to allow steam to enter.
  • The non-stick cooking spray is another alternative to prevent meat from sticking too much on the grills.
Cook Chorizo ​​Step 7

Step 2. Preheat the grill

Regardless of whether you use charcoal or gas, the grill should be on relatively low heat.

  • Preheat the gas grill to medium-low heat.
  • If using a charcoal grill, make a low pile of charcoal and distribute evenly across the bottom. After lighting the fire, let the flame burn until it starts to form ash.
  • Do not use high heat. It can scorch the chorizo, burning it on the outside while it's still cold and raw on the inside.
Cook Chorizo ​​Step 8

Step 3. Place the sausage ​​on the grill

Cover and leave it there for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it is brown and cooked through.

  • Turn the sausage frequently with tongs so that the sides are the same.
  • Closing the grill lid prevents unexpected flames. Fire can rise rapidly when exposed to too much oxygen.
  • When finished, the chorizo ​​must have an internal temperature of 70 degrees. Check by inserting an instant-read meat thermometer in the center of it.

Part 3 of 4: Oven

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 9

Step 1. Preheat the oven for 5 to 10 minutes to reach the ideal temperature

Most ovens have only one setting, but some give you the ability to bake things on "high" and "low" temperature. If your oven has both options, use "high"

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 10

Step 2. Add the chorizo

Give the pieces a distance so they cook better.

  • Putting a non-stick spray on the baking sheet is unnecessary and you should not cover it with aluminum. A roasting pan has an internal grid designed to keep the meat on the bottom of the pan, preventing the food from cooking in its juices while it heats up. Therefore, do not cover the grid with anything to prevent the fat from dripping.
  • If you don't have an oven baking dish, use an ordinary coated aluminum one. This type of baking sheet is not ideal. Keep an eye on the chorizo ​​as it boils to ensure there is no excess steam or other signs that the chorizo ​​fat has overheated.
Cook Chorizo ​​Step 11

Step 3. Place the baking sheet in the oven

Position so that it is 20 cm below the top of the oven's heating element.

This preparation mode uses only the top heating element. Do not use the bottom

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 12

Step 4. Let it bake for 11 to 12 minutes

The chorizo ​​must be well browned and its internal temperature must be around 70 degrees.

  • Turn the meat every 4 minutes with tongs so that the sides are evenly browned.
  • Check the internal temperature by inserting an instant-read meat thermometer into the center of the sausage.

Part 4 of 4: Variations

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 13

Step 1. Use the chorizo ​​in the paella

Add small cooked pieces to the end of the dish's cooking process.

Paella is a traditional Spanish dish consisting of rice and a variety of other ingredients, finely chopped. The chorizo ​​flavor combines with the other paella spices

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 14

Step 2. Cut the chorizo ​​into pieces and add to your scrambled eggs, fries and omelets

Tomatoes, chopped peppers and serrano ham complement the taste of chorizo ​​with eggs

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Step 3. Add the chopped chorizo ​​to your favorite recipes for a Spanish twist

Its minced and fried meat can add a special flavor to many lentil, bean and pea soups. It is also a sausage substitute in pizza recipes, for example.

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 16

Step 4. Fry the sliced ​​chorizo ​​in apple cider

As a pork product, it is complemented by the taste of apples.

Slice the chorizo ​​and fry until browned. Add a small amount of apple cider to the pan and cook the contents until the cider thickens and has the consistency of syrup

Cook Chorizo ​​Step 17

Step 5. Infuse the smoked sausage with the flavor of the red wine

Cut the meat in three or half and simmer in red wine for a few minutes.

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