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This easy homemade corn dogs recipe is amazing. They taste much better then 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?

Homemade corn dogs really hit 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!

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

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

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

  • all-purpose or plain flour
  • salt
  • cornmeal
  • white granulated sugar
  • baking powder
  • eggs
  • milk
  • hot dog wieners/franks
  • wooden skewers
  • oil for frying

Pick an oil with a high heat point like canola, vegetable, avocado, coconut or peanut oil. There are other oils you can use as well.

For the tools you will need a:

Step 2: Whisk dry ingredients

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.

Step 3: Completing the corn dog batter

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.

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

Step 4: 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 out hotdog.

Next, take a skewer and stick it through your hotdog frank 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.

These Franks/wieners are precooked. 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 cornstarch, and then into the batter.

Step 5: Fry those homemade corn dogs

Now we check the 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.

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.

Once done, place it on a paper towel-lined plate, and finish the rest of them. Serve them up with some ketchup and mustard! Enjoy!

Have any fond memories eating corn dogs, drop a comment down below and let me know. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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

Homemade Corn Dogs Video Tutorial

Now check out those steps in action by watching the video tutorial. πŸ™‚

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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 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

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'sΒ whiskΒ 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 aΒ 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.Β 
*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.Β 

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40 Comments

  1. We don’t own a candy thermometer and with covid lockdown, there’s no chance of buying one, either. Is there a way I can judge the frying temperature of the oil without one?

    Can’t wait to give these a try

    • Hi Liz!! Set the heat to medium-medium high on the burner, 350 to 375 F (176 to 190 C). Allow the oil to heat up for 10 minutes. And that should be good. Drop a small dollop of batter into it and see how it bubble/fries. But 10 minutes should be plenty. If it is a gas burner, maybe even 7 minutes will be enough.

  2. Tried the recipe (converted everything to dl and gr) and they ‘vanished’ more or less as I made them! Haven’t had corn dogs since I was a 1/2 pint tall living in the states. These really brought back good memmories!! Thanks!!

  3. Hi there! I’m excited to make these for my movie night themed party! I was wondering if I could substitute the buttermilk for regular milk in this recipe because I’m also making your β€œTwo-bite Mac and Cheese Cups” for the party and that recipe calls for regular milk?

  4. 4 stars
    They were delicious!! I only saw a miss calutation. 180 ml of milk is not 96 gram but 138 gram.

    • Thanks! Yeah, Maureen, I am not sure why that 96 g was even there. haha, I usually only do the (ml) for liquid measurements. 180 ml is indeed correct which is 3/4 cup here in the States.

  5. 5 stars
    It looks amazing. I will definitely try it at my home.

  6. I havent had a corndog in years. I bet homemade ones taste betters.

  7. Since I’m a working mother so I am always on a lookout for some quick and super easy recipes for my kids. Thanks for easy-breezy yummy thing

  8. This looks like such a fun and yummy recipe that my coworkers would love! We have a hot dog roller in my office (don’t ask, lol), and the guys in my office love corndogs. I think I’ll surprise them with these next week. πŸ™‚ I’ll let you know what they think.

  9. 4 stars
    This is something I’d definitely try soon. I can’t wait to have a taste of it.

  10. 5 stars
    Your recipe is easy to follow. I hope to make my own Homemade Corn Dogs!

  11. 5 stars
    I never tried these before! They dont make in my country but now I can make them myself, thanks for sharing!

  12. 5 stars
    Hihi…I love this recipe! I didn’t think actual hot-dogs would be the centre-piece of it all. These should be easy to make. I wanna have a sample of them.

  13. 5 stars
    Delicious! My kids loved these! But to be honest, I think I may have eaten more than they did…! πŸ™‚

  14. How fun to make them at home. The kids love corndogs (including my grown ones).

  15. Those look good. I really have to try making them. Thanks for posting this, it’s given me the motivation to make homemade corn dogs.

  16. 5 stars
    These were fun to make with my teen daughter Matt! She liked the idea of making one of her favorite carnival foods. Thanks also for the list of equipment in the recipe card. She made sure we had everything ready in its place before starting. It’s like you’re teaching her to cook haha.

  17. 5 stars
    I LOVE corn dogs, and these homemade ones look out of this world. It doesn’t look too hard to do, either. I’ll have to give them a try, although it’s pretty handy to drop by Sonic LOL. Thanks for sharing.

  18. 5 stars
    My kids love corndogs! These will be perfect for my daughter’s birthday next week, too!

  19. I have ever only seen them appear in Movies etc, would have never thought its so easy to make homemade corn dogs – thanks for this recipe!

  20. Visboer Anton

    4 stars
    I made this recipe with some honey instead of sugar and the corn dogs came out perfectly; we loved them!
    I would recommend to not put a layer that is too thick on the sausages, because the inside will stay raw, thats what happened with my first batch πŸ˜‰

    Cook away brotherinos,
    Cheers

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