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Sticky Honey Mustard Sausage Tray Bake

April 2, 2019 (Last Updated: December 7, 2021) by Chris Collins

Looking for a delicious and easy dinner recipe? Look no further than this hearty Sausage Tray Bake. Roasted in a sticky honey mustard sauce, it’s definitely one to add to your rotation dinners!

Sausage tray bakes are truly one of the easiest no-fuss dinners out there. One pan, minimal prep, minimal washing up AND it tastes beyond delicious! Follow me…

overhead shot of sausage tray bake fresh out the oven

Honey Mustard Sausages

There aren’t many things in life that go more beautifully with pork than honey and mustard. Not only does the honey mustard sauce add a punch of flavour to the tray bake, it also makes the sausages go nice and sticky when they cook! Here’s what you’ll need for the sauce:

  • Dijon Mustard – I recommend Dijon for it’s smooth texture and tangy sharp flavour.
  • Honey – Make sure it’s runny honey otherwise it’ll clump together.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Balances out the sweetness of the honey and spice from the mustard. It also works nicely with the apples added to the tray bake.
  • Garlic – Adds a punch of flavour.
  • Olive Oil – Ensures the sauce doesn’t burn and prevents the traybake as a whole from drying out.

Can I make the sauce ahead of time?

Sure! Just tightly cover in the fridge until needed.

Process shots: add ingredients to mixing bowl and season with s&p (photo 1), whisk until evenly combined (photo 2).

2 step by step photos showing how to make honey mustard sauce

The ULTIMATE Sausage Tray Bake

 Before we get into the who, what, when, why and how, let’s quickly see what you’ll need: 

  • Sausages – Invest in some good quality pork sausages, they are the star of the show after all!
  • Baby Potatoes – Cheap and easy to prep, slice ’em in half and you’re done.
  • Onion – Small white onions, quartered so they’re nice and chunky.
  • Fennel – Love it or hate it, it goes beautifully with pork.
  • Apple – I usually add 1 red 1 green, just for variety. But you can use any apple you fancy!
  • Rosemary & Thyme – Always fresh, keep them whole and chuck ’em straight in!
  • Honey Mustard Sauce – As discussed above.

For me, this is a marriage of ingredients that you simply can’t beat, and it’s all there to celebrate the main event – the sausages.

Pork and Fennel – Yep.
Pork and Rosemary/Thyme – Oh yes!
Pork and Apple – *drools*
Pork and Honey Mustard Sauce
 – NOW we’re talking!

…You get the point 🤣

Can I sub the Fennel?

Like I said, pork and fennel really is a match made in heaven. However, it definitely is an acquired taste. If you’ve never had fennel before, I usually describe the taste as quite similar to liquorice, with anise-like flavour. I personally LOVE it, but if you’re not keen or not sure you’d like it please leave it out. I’d sub a yellow pepper/capsicum instead.

What type of Sausages to use?

I usually go for a good quality Cumberland sausage, but you really can go for any variety you fancy. Make sure they’re nice and thick (no Chipolatas!) so they don’t dry out in the oven.

Process shots: add ingredients to large tray and pour over sauce (photo 1), toss to combine (photo 2), bake (photo 3), toss (photo 4), bake (photo 5), add apple and bake again (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make a sausage tray bake

Serving a Sausage Tray Bake

The great thing about tray bakes is that they’re pretty much set to serve as soon as they’re out the oven! If you wanted, you could heighten any of the main flavours by adding a drizzle of honey, a dollop of dijon or even some Apple Sauce if you fancied!

Can I prep this in advance?

Sure! Prep up until the point of place in the oven, then tightly cover and pop in the fridge overnight/until needed. Add another 5-10mins on to cooking time if baking straight from the fridge.

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this sausage tray bake shall we?!

overhead shot of sausage tray bake served on small white plate with silver fork on marble backdrop

How to make a Sausage Tray Bake (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of sausage tray bake fresh out the oven

Sticky Sausage Tray Bake in a Honey Mustard Sauce

Looking for a delicious and easy dinner recipe? Look no further than this hearty Sausage Tray Bake. Roasted in a sticky honey mustard sauce, it's definitely one to add to your rotation dinners!
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Calories per serving: 959kcal
Cost per serving: £3 / $4


  • Large Greaseproof Baking Tray
  • Small Mixing Bowl & Whisk (for sauce)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Spatula/Turner

Ingredients (check list):

Honey Mustard Sauce

  • 1/4 cup / 60g Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 cup / 60g Honey
  • 2.5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, very finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, plus more to taste when serving
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, plus more to taste when serving

Tray Bake

  • 12 Pork Sausages
  • 1.6lb / 750g Baby Potatoes, halved
  • 4 small White Onions, quartered
  • 2 Apples, sliced into thick wedges (see notes)
  • 1 bulb of Fennel, sliced (see notes)
  • few sprigs of fresh Rosemary and Thyme


  • In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup dijon mustard and honey, 2.5 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 finely diced cloves of garlic, 1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp black pepper. Place to one side.
  • In a large sized baking tray, add all of your tray bake ingredients and combine with the sauce. Pop in the oven at 190C/375F for 15mins, or until the sausages start to brown. Take out the oven and give everything a toss to re-coat in the sauce, then pop back in the oven for another 20mins.
  • Take out the oven, give everything another toss and slot in your apple wedges. Place back in the oven for another 15mins, or until the sausages are nicely browned, the sauce is sticky and the apple slices have softened slightly. Timings will differ slightly, but don't be tempted to turn up the temp as the honey will burn.
  • Plate up and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Fennel - If you're not keen on fennel, or not sure you'd like it, please sub for a yellow pepper/capsicum. Fennel has a very powerful and distinctive taste, quite similar to liquorice. It goes beautifully with pork, and the flavour will mellow as it bakes, but if you know you don't like it then I'd leave it out.
b) Sausages - As the sausages are the star of the show I recommend investing in some good quality ones! Cumberland sausages are my fave.
c) Apple - I use a combo of green and red apples apples, but use whatever apples you fancy. You want them a little soft, but not so much they turn to mush, hence why they're added at the end.
d) Oven Timings/consistency - Timings will differ slightly based on how big the tray is/how packed together everything is, so just be vigilant throughout. The sauce goes quite thin initially, so it's important to toss everything a few times throughout to make sure all the ingredients are coated. As it reduces down it'll start getting sticky.
e) Calories - Whole recipe divided by 4 (large portions):

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Nutrition Facts
Sticky Sausage Tray Bake in a Honey Mustard Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 959 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Fat 59.05g91%
Saturated Fat 16.587g83%
Trans Fat 0.207g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10.252g
Monounsaturated Fat 26.303g
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Sodium 1989mg83%
Potassium 1866mg53%
Carbohydrates 75.95g25%
Fiber 9.9g40%
Sugar 35.58g40%
Protein 36.9g74%
Vitamin A 820IU16%
Vitamin C 52.8mg64%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 4.58mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    July 19, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    My boyfriend can’t do honey….can it be substituted with brown sugar?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 19, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      Hey Miranda! I imagine it’d work in terms of flavour, but not sure you’ll get the runny texture you need to properly coat everything. You could certainly give it a go, I just can’t promise how it’ll turn out as I haven’t tested it. C.

  • Reply
    February 23, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious. Wasn’t sure about fennel and apple but flavours are subtle and it really works. Husband gave this 12/10 wow

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 24, 2023 at 10:21 am

      Great to hear! Thanks for the review, Tracey 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    March 6, 2020 at 6:00 am

    5 stars
    OH. MY. GOSH. Chris, this dish is divine. Thank you so much for sharing it. This becomes a family favorite now.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 6, 2020 at 9:26 am

      That’s awesome to hear! So glad it went down well 🙂

  • Reply
    Robin Gagnon
    April 4, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    5 stars
    The honey mustard on this sausage dish really zips it up! YUM

    • Reply
      April 5, 2019 at 10:45 am

      So much yum!!

  • Reply
    April 4, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    5 stars
    Honey and mustard sausages is one of my favourite comfort foods and we often make it in a tray bake. So yummy!

    • Reply
      April 5, 2019 at 10:45 am

      It’s the best isn’t it!?

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    April 4, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    5 stars
    I love everything about this, and I can’t wait to make it for dinner this week! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      April 5, 2019 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Jessica! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    April 4, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    5 stars
    Ahh I love fennel seeds! And I can only imagine how good it will taste with pork! Can’t wait to give this a go.

    • Reply
      April 5, 2019 at 10:46 am

      Pork and Fennel is THE best combo!

  • Reply
    Shashi at SavorySpin
    April 4, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so comforting and delicious! That honey mustard sauce would be wonderful on EVERYTHING!

    • Reply
      April 5, 2019 at 10:46 am

      Yup, I really do pour it over everything