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This easy homemade corn dogs recipe is amazing. They taste much better than those boxes of frozen corn dogs you find at the supermarket.

My earliest memories of eating corn dogs are family trips to Themed parks. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Great America, and Disneyland to name a few. And of course, how can you go to the county fairgrounds and not get a corn dog?

This American corn dogs recipe really hits the spot if you want to bring that classic taste and a bit of nostalgia home. If I can do it, you can do it, let’s get started!

What are corn dogs?

White plate with several homemade corn dogs on it.

A corn dog is a sausage most commonly a hot dog wiener on a stick and has been coated with a thick cornmeal batter or essentially a cornbread batter, which is then deep fried in oil. The result is a golden brown tasty treat enjoyed by many people in the United States. They are often sold as street food and are a staple at carnivals, the county fair, and theme parks.

Since the popular classic American corn dog was created other countries developed their own unique spin on it. For example, in South Korea, the corn dog is one of the most popular street foods. It is encrusted with French fries and eaten with Ketchup.

Who invented the corn dog?

The classic corn dog as we know it today was invented sometime between the 1920s and the 1940s. There is a bit of a discrepancy on who exactly invented them. Many people have claimed to be the inventor of them.

Maybe you want a breakfast version? Check out these awesome breakfast corn dogs!

Ingredients and Tools

Several corn dogs ingredients in glass bowls on a wooden table.

First, let’s gather together all of our ingredients and tools. You will need:

  • all purpose flour or plain flour
  • salt
  • cornmeal – if you ran out of cornmeal and don’t want to go to the grocery store, you can make your own cornmeal pretty easy with dried corn or popcorn kernels, provided you have that of course.
  • white granulated sugar
  • baking powder
  • eggs
  • milk – you can use whatever milk that you want including dairy-free milk.
  • hot dog wieners also known as beef franks, pork franks, or simply franks
  • wooden skewers – you can try thin popsicle sticks too.
  • oil for frying – Pick an oil with a high smoke point like canola oil, vegetable oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, or peanut oil. There are other oils you can use as well.

For the tools you will need a:

  • large pot or dutch oven
  • large bowl
  • whisk
  • spoon
  • tall glass
  • candy thermometer
  • tongs
  • paper towel
  • plate

How to make the best corn dogs at home

Get a large stew pot on the burner and add enough oil to fill it about halfway. You may also want to use a deep fryer as well.

Then turn the heat onto medium to medium-high and let the oil start to heat up, we need it to be 350 degrees F. (176C). Now let’s whisk together our dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cornmeal).

Hand holding metal whisk mixing corn meal and flour.

Completing the easy corn dog batter

Now finish off the simple batter by adding the wet ingredients the milk and eggs, then stirring with a spoon until the batter is nice and smooth. It will be fairly thick, which is what we want.

Metal spoon sitting in a glass bowl of corn dog batter.

Pour, stick, dip

Now let’s pour our batter into a tall glass, leaving about an inch of room at the top of the glass, otherwise, it will overflow when we add in our hotdog.

Hand dipping a hot dog on a stick in cornmeal batter

Next, take a skewer and stick it through your hotdog frank until the tip goes to the end. Then dip the skewered hot dogs into the glass with the batter. You may need to circle it around a bit to get the top coated, then pull it out, and it is ready to be fried up.

Dipped corn dog ready to be fried

These Franks/wieners are pre-cooked. No need to grill them or boil them first, although you certainly can. It depends on the kind that you buy if you will need to precook them first, before dipping them in the batter.

*Depending on the size of your pot, you may not want to use bun-length hot dog wieners. I always use the normal-length ones when I do corn dogs.

TIP: Also if you are having issues with the batter sticking, try patting the hot dog wiener dry first, then rolling it in flour or corn starch, and then into the batter.

Fry those easy corn dogs

Hand dropping a corn dog into hot oil

Now we check the oil with a candy thermometer, making sure we have 350 F (176C). Deep frying corn dogs is pretty easy just drop in the dog, and let it fry for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown, you can fry up to 4 at a time depending on the pot you are using.

It is important to not overcrowd them. You may also want to turn them with some tongs halfway through to ensure it cooks evenly all around.

Finished homemade corn dog coming out of hot oil

Once done, place it on a paper towel-lined plate, and finish the rest of them. Serve those delicious corn dogs with some ketchup and mustard or maybe you want to drizzle honey on them! Enjoy!

How long do homemade corn dogs last?

Place them in an airtight container in the fridge where they will last 3 to 4 days. Or you may freeze them after they have cooled. When you want to eat one, just pop it in the microwave for 35 to 45 seconds and they will be good to go! 🙂

Five corn dogs sitting on a white square plate with ketchup and mustard.

Do the hot dog weiners/franks/sausages need to be cooked first?

It all depends on the kind that you buy. The classic American Hot Dog wieners come pre-cooked in the package. So no need to cook them, use them straight out of the package. Technically you can just open the package and eat them cold if you want to. But most people will boil them, grill them, or heat them up in the microwave when making hot dogs.

If you are using sausages/franks that are NOT pre-cooked, then yes you need to cook them first. The corn dogs are not in the oil long enough to cook the uncooked sausages.

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Homemade Corn Dogs Video Tutorial

Now check out those steps in action by watching the video tutorial. 🙂

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Homemade Corn Dogs Recipe

Growing up I loved going to theme parks and county fairs and after a fun time riding the rides, eat a corn dog for lunch. Homemade corn dogs bring back that nostalgic feel and they are really easy to make.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, fun, kids, nostalgic
Servings: 8 corn dogs
Calories: 295kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt

Equipment

  • Large Pot
  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • spoon
  • Tall Glass
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Tongs
  • Paper Towel
  • Plate

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour 155g
  • 1 tsp. of salt 5g
  • 3/4 cup of cornmeal 120g
  • 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar 50g
  • 1 tsp. baking powder 4g
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of milk whole milk, 2%, 1%, etc. (180mL)
  • 8 hot dog wieners
  • 8 wooden skewers
  • oil for frying (canola, vegetable, peanut, etc.) pick an oil with a high smoke point

Instructions

  • First lets get a large stew pot on the burner and add enough oil to fill it about half way or use a deep fryer. Then turn the heat onto medium to medium high and let the oil start to heat up, we need it to be 350 degrees F. (176C). Now let's whisk together our dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cornmeal).
  • Now let's finish off our batter by adding our milk and our eggs, then stirring with a spoon until the batter is nice and smooth. It will be fairly thick, which is what we want.
  • Now let's pour our batter into a tall glass, leave about an inch of room at the top of the glass, otherwise it will over flow when we add in out hotdog. Now take a skewer and stick it through your hotdog, until the tip goes to the end. Then dip it into the glass with the batter, you may need to circle it around a bit to get the top coated, then pull it out, it is ready to be fried up.
    *Depending on the size of your pot, you may not want to use bun length hot dogs. I always use the normal length ones when I do corn dogs.
  • Now we check out oil with a candy thermometer, make sure we have 350 F (176C). Drop in the dog, and let it fry for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown, you can fry up to 4 at a time depending on the pot you are using. You may also want to turn them with some tongs half way through to insure it cooks evenly all around. Once done, place it on a paper towel lined plate, and finish the rest of them. Server them up with some ketchup and mustard! Enjoy!

Notes

TIP: Roll the hot dog wiener in flour or cornstarch before dipping it in the batter, it will help the batter stick better. If you don’t have an issue with the batter not sticking, then it doesn’t matter, no need to do that. 
*Note there will be some batter leftover in the cup, so the calorie count and rest of the facts are lower per corn dog. Typically homemade corn dogs have about 250 calories each. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal

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50 Comments

  1. Kendra Andrews

    5 stars
    Keep up the good work.

  2. Kendra Andrews

    5 stars
    Hi Matt! Kendra here from Trinidad. I must big u up 100% for such perfect and delightful recipe. I am into appetizers and and I must say I nailed this one…thanks to u!!! My kids love it very much, I am now known for my famous corndogs. Everyone always look forward to it at every party or function I attend. It’s perfect.. great recipe…great taste. Keep up d good work Matt!!!

  3. Kendra Andrews

    5 stars
    Hey Matt! Kendra here from Trinidad. I must big u up 100% for such great recipe. It is d best! I am into appetizers and I nailed this one. I am now known for my famous corn dogs. Thanks to u. Everyone always looks forward to it in every party or function dat I attend. Great recipe…great taste. Keep up the good work Matt. Want to try your macaroons next.

  4. 5 stars
    Best corndog I ever had! I used all beef angus uncured wieners and the corndogs were perfect. Thank you so much for this recipe. These were so easy to make and no mess at all. I will never buy the frozen kind again.

  5. 5 stars
    As a French, I only saw those corndogs in allmost every american movies and never taste them. And wow, it’s so delicious ! Thank you for the recipe.
    (PS: thanks for the quantities in grams and milliliters ?)

    • That is cool! So glad you were able to try them and experience a classic recipe here in the US. And you are very welcome! I try to always do a conversion in metric for people outside of the US.

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