July 5, 2013

Homemade corn dog recipe {kid-friendly recipe}

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Homemade Corn Dogs

As we continue our kid-friendly recipe series, we made Homemade Corn Dogs last night! This is yet another food item that is loved by children and hit-or-miss with the adult folk.


Let me just say – these were easier than I thought they would be. You mix up a batter, stick the hot dogs in batter, drop hot dogs in a vat of boiling oil. And you’re done! It was admittedly my first time “frying” on the stove top and I survived.


1/2 Cups cornmeal (a finer grind. I used a medium-grind and wish it had been finer).
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1 Cup all-purpose flour
About 1/2 cup extra for coating hot dogs before dipping in batter

1 Tablespoon baking powder

2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 3/4 Cups milk (or buttermilk)

4 large eggs, beaten

3 quarts vegetable oil (or other frying oil)

8 hot dogs



1.) Pour your oil into a large dutch oven, at least 6-quarts, on medium-high heat. You want it to be about 350 degrees when you start frying the corn dogs. I used a candy thermometer to track temp (I have no idea if this is a good idea or not, I’ve never fried anything on stove before). You’ll want a wire rack nearby to put them on after they are done cooking.

2.) Mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl

3.) In another bowl, mix together milk and eggs

4.) Mix both cornmeal mixture and milk/eggs together in a large bowl. Preferably a bowl with a pour spout indent – as you’ll be pouring batter into a tall drinking glass for dipping the dogs.

5.) Insert wooden skewers through hot dogs. Make sure the stick + hot dog length is not too long to fit in your dutch oven – because when you drop them in to the oil you don’t want part of it sticking out.


6.) Take a large plate and sprinkle 1/2 Cup of flour on top of plate. Roll hot dogs in flour. This light dusting of flour helps the batter stick to them.


7.) Whisk batter again and pour into a tall drinking glass. Tall enough to cover hot dogs. Dip hot dogs into batter. Let extra batter drip off.

8.) Drop hot dogs into oil. Cook for about five minutes – until golden brown. Use metal tongs to turn corn dog in oil.

9.) Remove corn dog from oil and place on a wire rack so excess oil can drip off. Be careful! The wooden skewer will be hot, too!

10.) Serve immediately with ketchup, mustard or whatever you like.


This recipe is part of our kid-friendly recipe series. If you send in a recipe and we feature it here on the blog you’ll earn a $10 Amazon gift card. Get the details for sending in your recipe here.


This recipe is modified from one found in The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook: A Faster, Smarter Way to Cook Everything from America’s Most Trusted Test Kitchen. A great bargain at $13.98, it has some great tips and recipes in it! 

Have you made homemade corn dogs before?


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  1. John McGarr says

    It was pretty thin to begin with. Worked a lot better after I doubled the flour and corn meal and left everything else the same. Could have easily done another eight corn dogs. Next time I’ll leave the flour and corn meal alone and half the other ingredients unless I need to feed tons of people.

  2. I followed directions specifically, as I couldn’t find my old corn dog recipe, I used this one. I regret it. The batter did not look the same as my prior recipe. Not impressed at all!

  3. I tried this recipe out today and I was unimpressed. I had to doctor up the recipe as I went along.

  4. You forgot the sugar!!!!!!

  5. How do you think these would freeze?
    September is creeping up on me pretty fast and these would be great if the kids could pop them in the toaster oven/microwave from the freezer.

  6. Wow, well i think im gonna stick with fair corn dogs!

  7. Editorial note – you may want to correct the recipe step 8 to read “drop hot dogs in hot oil” instead of “batter”. Otherwise, carry on. 😉

  8. Hello,

    I would love to use this recipe but have a major aversion to frying food (kinda for health reasons, but mostly cause it’s messy and I’m 95% sure I’d burn them.)

    Is this recipe easily converted to baked-corndog recipe?

  9. Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. 🙂

  10. The kids would be over the moon for these homemade corndogs! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  11. I never thought of making my own corn dogs. My kids would love them. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  12. I just love Corn Dogs and can almost taste this special treat, can’t wait to try one or two. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great summer weekend and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Homemade is always better, I’m sure your kiddos appreciated your efforts. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

  14. This recipe looks really good. I can’t wait it give it a try.

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