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homemade corn dog recipe
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4.82 from 16 votes

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 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, fun, kids, nostalgic
Servings: 8 corn dogs
Calories: 295kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt


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


  • 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


  • 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!


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.