How to Make Homemade Corn Dogs from Scratch

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How to make homemade corn dogs from scratch

Easy Homemade Corn Dogs Recipe

Have you ever wanted to make you own homemade corn dogs? If so, you’ll be happy to hear that it is actually pretty easy. You can make fair-quality corn dogs right in the comfort of your own home.

Plus, by going homemade you have more control over the type of hot dog and other ingredients that are used. This means you can make it healthier than the store-bought ones or even adjust ingredients to cater to allergies or other needs.

How to Make Corn Dog Batter

This is a great recipe for corn dog batter. The flour helps even out the gritty texture of the cornmeal, while the eggs encourage the batter to puff while cooking.

All you have to do is just choose a good hot dog and you’ll be making corn dogs better than the ones you can buy! Here’s what equipment I use when making homemade corn dogs:

how to make homemade corn dogsFrying the Corn Dogs

I’m usually scared of this type of frying because I’m so inexperienced with it. I actually put off making this recipe for quite a while for that reason.

However, it ended up being easier and less messy than I expected. Then I just saved the oil for the next time I make them…is that what you’re supposed to do? I don’t even know!

Polder THM-515 Candy Jelly Deep Fry Thermometer, Stainless Steel

Polder Candy/Jelly/Deep Fry Thermometer, Stainless Steel

Final Thoughts + Serving Tips

My kids thought it was very fun to have homemade corn dogs for dinner. I like that I can use my hot dogs of choice – all beef, lower sodium, and so on.

Plus, corn dogs aren’t just for kids! My husband and I totally enjoy eating corn dogs too. Next time around I’d like to try adding honey!

Serve your homemade corn dogs with honey-mustard, ketchup, or even BBQ sauce. Then put out some fruits and veggies for a fun finger food meal.

This recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook

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How to make homemade corn dogs from scratch

How to Make Homemade Corn Dogs from Scratch

Learn how to make homemade corn dogs right in the comfort of your own home.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Serves: 8
Adjust Servings: 8


  • Dutch oven
  • Skewers


You will also need:

  • 8-12 wooden skewers 6-8-inch
  • 6 quart Dutch oven
  • 12 ounce tall drinking glass


  • Whisk cornmeal, 1 cup of flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cayenne together in larger bowl.
  • In separate bowl, whisk buttermilk and eggs together. Slowly whisk the buttermilk mixture into cornmeal mixture until combined. Let batter site at room temperature until needed; it will thicken slightly.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350°F/175°C
  • Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet. Thread hot dogs onto wooden skewers. Spread remaining 1/2 cup flour into shallow dish. Dredge hot dogs in flour, brushing off excess.
  • Just before oil is hot, stir batter to recombine. Transfer half of batter to tall drinking glass.
  • Working with 1 hot dog at a time, submerge in batter using skewer as handle, and twirl to coat completely.
  • Remove hot dog from batter allowing excess batter to drip back into glass, and add to hot oil; repeat immediately with 3 more hot dogs.
  • Fry hot dogs, turning occasionally with tongs, until deep golden, 4-6 minutes; transfer to wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter and hot dogs, adjusting heat as needed to maintain temperature.

Recipe Notes

Do not use stone-ground or coarsely ground cornmeal. Quaker cornmeal should work fine.
Hot dogs come in a variety of package sizes. You will probably have enough batter to make 12 hot dogs, if desired.


Calories: 3439kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 367g | Sodium: 1128mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g

Ingredients: All-purpose flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Buttermilk, Cayenne Pepper, Cornmeal, Egg, Hot Dog, Salt, Sugar, Vegetable Oil
Meal Type: 30-Minute Meals, Summer
Categories: Finger Food and Dips, Meat and Poultry, Camping/Dutch Oven

Comments & Reviews

  • I LOVE this recipe! There’s a corn dog stand at our county fair that makes the BEST corn dogs. I think they do use honey in their batter, instead of sugar. I don’t see any reason not to, being a baker myself, I substitute honey a lot, especially when I get a great deal on it. I’d like to try these in mini size for my kiddos, too. They always think they can eat more corn dogs than they really are able to. 😉 I’m meal planning for a month, so I’m going to make a huge batch of these for “lazy nights” and movie nights. I LOVE your BBQ chicken pizza recipe you posted a couple years ago. I still use it frequently and it’s always a hit!

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