Homemade Corn Dogs

in Dinner, Snacks

Whenever the cafeteria in middle school served corn dogs, I was super psyched.  And every time I’d go to the State Fair, getting a cotton candy and a corn dog was a total must.  But nowadays, after having watched a lot of food documentaries, I kinda steer clear of them.  I love corn dogs.  I love hot dogs.  There’s seriously nothing better than a grilled hot dog in the summertime.  But those pesky undercover videos of people making hot dogs?

Gross city.

But I have a solution for all you lovely people: Homemade Corn Dogs! Yep! This way you can use any dog you like: veggie hot dogs, all beef hot dogs, Hebrew National hot dogs, grass-fed hot dogs–whatever you like. The world is your oyster.

Do you remember when you could peel the breading off of corn dogs?  That was kind of my favorite part. When I went digging for recipes for corn dogs, I wanted something in the middle. I wanted it soft and bready, but I also wanted there to be a bit of a crunch, for texture purposes.  And I think this amount of cornmeal does the trick.  It adds a bit of a bite to it. I think it’s pretty fantastic, especially when paired with a spicy mustard. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a grown-up corn dog, maybe a teenage corn dog is more like it.

Homemade Corn Dogs

Yields enough batter for 4-6 corn dogs

Print this recipe!

I fried these up in my cast iron skillet so I had to cut my skewers so the entire hot dog would fit in the pan.  A lot of people say using chopsticks is the way to go since they’re a bit thicker and sturdier. If you’re using a big deep fryer, I’d recommend using those for sure.

2/3 cups of all-purpose flour

1/2 cup of yellow corn meal

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1/4  teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne

1 egg

3/4 cup of whole milk

4 hot dogs or veggie dogs

4 tablespoons of cornstarch (for dredging)

4 skewers (cut to a 6 inch length)

Grab a pair of tongs and line a baking sheet with paper towels. (For the corn dogs after frying.)

Pour your oil in a cast iron skillet, dutch oven, or deep fryer.  Heat over medium-high heat until your thermometer reads 375F (Note: My thermometer broke (long story) so I eyeballed this. Obviously, this isn’t the way to go but I just tested the oil by putting a drop of the batter in. When it rose to the top, I knew it was ready).

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, yellow corn meal, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cayenne. In a large bowl whisk the one egg and whole milk.  Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients all at once, mixing until just combined.  The mixture will look a lot like pancake mix.  Don’t over-mix and let it rest for 10 minutes. Note: I found it easiest to transfer the mixture to a skinnier cup.  It made it much easier to dip in the batter.

While your batter is resting, lay your cornstarch on a baking sheet or big plate.  Place each hot dog on a skewer and roll in the cornstarch, being sure to pat off any excess.  Then quickly dip the hot dog in and out of the batter. Immediately place the corn dog in the hot oil.  Be careful! The oil will be hot and may splash back at you.  Cook until the coating is golden brown, 4-5 minutes.  Remove with tongs and place on paper towels for draining.  Serve with ketchup and mustard.

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Katrina June 3, 2010 at 3:52 am

I’ve always steered pretty clear of corn dogs simply because I was afraid of them! Who knows what’s in those odd shaped little guys at state fairs. BUT, you have given me a solution (plus it will give me peace of mind knowing how old the hot dog is inside). I’ll definitely make this for my boy.

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miss south June 3, 2010 at 5:29 am

As a Brit, I have always wanted to try a corn dog, but never been entirely sure what they are. This is such a well written clear recipe that I will be frying up a batch as soon as I can! Heart disease be damned!

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Erick Bair January 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm

You do not have to fry them! We just baked them in our oven at the temp for the cornbread and they came out nice and crunchy on the outside, also you can pour honey on opt of it, makes it sweet ;-) We also added crunched up pecans for some more nutrition and flavor.

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DessertForTwo June 3, 2010 at 6:32 am

These are perfect for summer! I would serve veggie hot dogs to anyone and dare to see if they can tell a difference.

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Indianapolis Amy June 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

OK- now I have a craving for corn dogs. Fantastic photos:)

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bob September 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

u guys r all fat asses stop eating corn dogs work out go run no wonder almost everybody is overweight

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Adrianna September 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

BE NICE!

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Karen September 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

You’re a fatass so shut the fuck up.

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Willie October 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Be nice! If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!

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Lina June 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Just because people eat corn dogs does not make them fat asses or couch potatoes! It’s called moderation. And what you have is called ignorance. I work-out, I work, I eat healthy and every once in a while I like a damn corn dog. Get over yourself.

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spencer April 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

Well i eat corn dogs all the time, and im a fat ass. BUT IT’S FUCKING AWESOME.Ill all the corndogs I want and Ill get so fat that i might break 200 lbs!

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Adrianna Adarme April 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Good for you!

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Brendan June 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I’m excited that you made these!

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Kristin June 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm

These look great! I’m with you that the best part was peeling off that crispy, slightly sweet cornbread coating. Yum! I definitely want to try these with veggie hot dogs.

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Happy Cook June 4, 2010 at 6:28 am

Wowo this looks so so good, more than good, super delcious. I am so trying this when i have some hotdogs here.

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Pamela June 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

Checking my RSS feed this morning and saw that ACozyKitchen had posted WHAT? Corn dogs!? As if I couldn’t love this site anymore– just when I think you’re going all classy on me… I had my gown on for a nice dinner with ACozyKitchen and you pick me up and take my ass to the Carnival. I love you for it. I’ll dip my dog in whatever you tell me to. These look so good!

Never tried a Hebrew National. What’s the deal with those anyway? For Jewish people? That’s what I’ve always suspected and if truth be told you got me in a little trouble this morning while I was out grabbing my coffee. I saw one of those Jewish people with the big hats and the whole wardrobe. He had some crumbs snagged on his beard so I told him. He wiped them out and I thought of this post and I asked, “those don’t happen to be corn dog crumbs, do they?” No response. Okay okay! TOO MUCH COFFEE!

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Ryan June 4, 2010 at 9:16 am

Um, I agree with everything that Pamela said…

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narrow kitchen table June 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm

This looks great. At least my kids will have something new during the afternoon!

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yummy supper June 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm

You must mind readers…. For years my kids and I have talked about making corn dogs at home. Never have given it a try and now here you are with a recipe for us:) Can’t wait to try them out.
Thanks for sharing!

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Louis Vuitton speedy June 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm

This looks great and yummy!
my wife said she just can’t wait!

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Betty Bake June 7, 2010 at 1:15 am

ooo yummy
thanks for posting this

Betty
http://bettybakeblog.blogspot.com

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Lizzy June 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

These look so yummy! I want to make veggie corn dogs for a party in a couple of weeks. Do you know if these can be made ahead of time and reheated in the oven?

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Adrianna June 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Lizzy–I actually made a decent size batch of corn dogs and couldn’t eat all of them so I reheated one a few hours after (in the oven) and it tasted great!

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Steph June 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

I love corn dogs too. Yours look great! Great photos too!

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Carla June 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

I just made these tonight. My husband loved them! We live in Switzerland and miss having corn dogs, so it was great seeing a recipe to make them at home. Thanks for the recipe.

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Emily June 13, 2010 at 11:06 am

Thanks for the recipe! My husband and I live in Ecuador and have been having some mean cravings for corn dogs so we made them today for lunch! They were delicious! I think the only adjustment I would make is to add a bit of sugar to the batter since I like it when the corn breading is a little sweet.

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Ruth June 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Sounds awesome! Looking forward to trying. Also you can put a wooden chop stick in oil and it will fizzle when ready for frying.

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Karen W June 14, 2010 at 11:35 am

Thanks for the recipe. My husband loves corn dogs and once I remember helping my mom make them. I’ve always told my husband that making them would be much better than buying them. I can’t wait to make these.

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Jennifer June 14, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I’ve made these twice since you’ve posted this (sigh)… and used Hebrew Nationals. My 7 year old son thinks I’m AMAZING. He was upset when I first made them because the plans for him to go out to eat that day weren’t going to happen, but after he tried the corn dog he goes HOW IN THE WORLD DID YOU MAKE ‘BETTER THAN RESTAURANT’ FOOD?! He seriously raved the entire time he ate it. I just can’t believe his sadness of not going out was totally fixed with CORNDOGS!! baaahahaah. Super cute. Anyway, thought I’d share that. Sidenote, I don’t get the cornstarch part since when I used the cornstarch the first time, it was hard to get the batter to stick and the second time it wasn’t as difficult. Does it change the actual breading once cooked? Interested to know more.

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Adrianna June 16, 2010 at 10:39 am

Emily–So glad they worked out! I tried the recipe with a tablespoon of sugar, but I preferred it without. though I do know a lot of people like their Corn Dogs a little sweet. I added a line about it as to give people the option. Thanks!

Jennifer–Ha! He’s super cute. In regards to the cornstarch, that’s really strange. I actually made them once without the cornstarch and the batter didn’t stick at all and kept sliding off. But if it worked for you, then I’d stick with that. :)

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Heidi June 21, 2010 at 6:08 am

I don’t have cornstarch. Would dredging the dogs in flour work just as well? They look so tasty!

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Adrianna June 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Heidi–In theory, flour should totally work. I’ve not tried it with these corn dogs specifically, but I’ve fried a ton of other things and flour works great. If you try it and it works, please let me know! I’d love to know I have the alternative.

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Sherry June 26, 2010 at 8:55 am

Ahh no way! I feel the same way about corn dogs from unknown sources that I just steer clear of them. But this is fantastic news=)

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Jesyka July 6, 2010 at 8:37 am

I am overly excited about this recipe. Corndogs and I go WAY back. The pull of craft fairs and festivals and such in the south is not the rides or the stuff people are selling…the corndog reigns supreme. My husband knows that the quickest way to get out of a place like that is to take me straight to get a corndog. I typically don’t eat pork, but it is rare to find a corndog that is either turkey or all beef. I never thought to make my own…
Thank you!

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angie July 7, 2010 at 3:12 am

Hi Adrianna! Thanks so much for this! I have been itching to find a recipe for these for so so long and was so excited when I stumbled across your blog post from Tastespotting. I made these on the weekend and just blogged about it!

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Trisha September 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm

YUM!! I made these for a picnic the other day, and they were a hit! They were a little soft after I wrapped them in foil, so I probably won’t try to transport them again. However, I made some mini-corn dogs for myself the next day for lunch and wow! So good! Thanks for a great recipe! :)

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cedar chests October 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

My kids LOVE these!!

THANK YOU so much for the fantastic recipe!!

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Nannette January 24, 2011 at 10:17 am

I HATE regular corn dogs but my husband convinced me that homemade were very different. I researched different recipes on line and found this was the one I wanted to try, I am SOOO glad that I did. We All LOVE these, they are fresh, light and delicious. Nothing like the cakey, heavy, too sweet to eat frozen ones from the store!! Thank you, Thank you for sharing this recipe with us! Oh and I rolled mine in flour instead of cornstarch and they did great.

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Nick February 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

….I’m in food coma right now. I just made these and they were so good I just couldn’t stop eating them. My taste buds took over my mind and won. Wow..I need to go run.

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Melanie June 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Can they be frozen? For future microwaving by the kids at lunchtime?

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Adrianna June 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Yes! I’d make them and then flash freeze them by placing them on a baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes. Then transfer them to a resealable plastic bag and freeze until you need them.

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Kylie July 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I’d like to make these for my daughters birthday party. How do you reheat them, in the oven or microwave and are they still crispy?

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Adrianna July 22, 2011 at 6:33 am

I’ve yet to try freezing them (and re-heating), but re-heating them via microwave should work just fine! I’d say for 2-3 minutes? They definitely should whole their crispness.

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Mary August 31, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Can’t wait to try the only I was missing today was the hot dogs–guess it’s just been one of those weeks :) I’m planning to use Gluten Free flour mix in place of wheat flour. I’ve not been able to have a corn dog since I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Very excited to try baking…. how long did you cook & temp? Totally planning to freeze for reheating.

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Adrianna September 1, 2011 at 5:34 am

Hi Mary, I didn’t bake them. I fried them. Not sure how they would work if baked. :( But they worked out super lovely fried!

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Cyndi Benavides Koehler September 14, 2011 at 11:51 am

Look delish! Can’t wait to make them for my family.

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flense October 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

these work great baked… i make them vegan, subbing banana for egg, almond milk for milk, and vegan dogs for hotdogs. i also cut the baking soda out and cut the milky ingredient to 2/3 cup.

tasty.

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Melanie December 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I just made these for my family, and they were a big hit! I even made a separate little batter for my daughter that needs hers gluten-free. I just eye-balled the proportions since I was only making two for her (using gluten-free Bisquick in place of flour). It turned out great – she hasn’t had a corn dog in years because I usually buy the frozen kind.

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Adrianna January 1, 2012 at 12:42 am

This makes me so very happy! So happy you could share ‘em with your fam.

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Maria E. April 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

I made these today with my kids and they were a hit, however I had to use more milk to get the batter liquid enough to coat the hot dogs. The first few had very little flavor so I added some sugar to the batter. They were much better but could have used even more sugar. Next time I would add sugar from the start– probably a 1/4 cup maybe even more.

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Cara May 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I loved the idea of these but I will have to change a few things next time I try them. My batter definitely wasn’t wet enough, it wouldn’t stick to the hot dogs at all. I was very careful with my measurements but I do live in a dry climate so who knows.

Then when I fried them, I measured the oil temp and it was perfect, 375. But they browned within a minute or two and by 3 minutes were getting too dark, and by 4 minutes were pretty crispy. I lowered the temp a bit for the next few, which ended up with them the perfect color but with some wet spots of batter on the inside. Definitely trial and error to get the cooking temp and time right.

After all that though, I will say that once I worked out those kinks they were delicious! My husband and son devoured them, and I ate two as well.

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Belinda June 25, 2012 at 7:53 am

Put your batter in a glass and the corndogs are easier to dip. :)

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Carol J. February 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Belinda, what a GREAT idea for dipping long + skinny. I’ve been doing it the other way so long that I’d never have thought of this. THANK YOU!!!

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guppie65 June 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

Is there any nutritional information available on these homemade corn dogs?

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Trish August 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

These seem really easy to try, however I have just one question. In the recipe it says to roll the hotdog in cornmeal before dipping into the batter, but the picture show the hotdog rolled in flour. Which is the correct method?

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Adrianna August 1, 2012 at 11:45 am

The batter has all-purpose flour AND corn meal. But the hot dogs are rolled in corn starch prior to dipping in the batter.

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Claire August 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

i’ve always wanted a corn dog recipe! i’m making these before the summer is over

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Mari November 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

This question is for Eric Blair – if you bake them per the directions on the corn meal how do you keep the batter from running all over?

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Sherrie February 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

These cooked up nicely I cut them in half ,,my family and I noticed they need some sugar so will add 2T next time !

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Ekin April 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

Hey, it is very hard to find corndogs in Turkey, I was searching for a recipe to give a try, and here it is! They really look great, and not hard to make. They’ll be our treats with beer tonight, I’m sure everybody would love them!

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Mona April 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I found that my grandchildren like them better if I cut the dogs in half and then batter and cook. After they cool they corn dogs fit perfect in their little hands

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Rebecca May 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm

I use to operate a corn dog stand for carnivals, state fairs etc, mid 60′s to mid 70′s. We had bags of corndog flour that we mixed up and dipped the dogs into. From the “dip” to the “fryer” had to be done quickly or we would have some really deformed corndogs…
Now, I have a son who has developed an interest in cooking. I thought him the old method of making carnival corndogs. He has added minced onion, peppers, parmesan cheese, bacon bits, beer, whatever he thinks would stay in the batter and taste good, he has tried. We prefer to use popsicle sticks , the dog stays on better and the sticks can be bought at any craft store.
Good to see this recipe….not a fan of ready made, store bought, frozen corndogs.

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colleen June 5, 2014 at 4:57 am

I’ve never made corn dogs, but will now. We got a deep fryer for Christmas. Have been disappointed with the corn dogs at the county fair and we were just talking about maybe trying them this year. Thanks for the receipe.

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