With this Corn Dogs recipe, you can make your favorite fair food at home! Hot dogs are hand dipped in a sweet, honey flavored batter and fried until golden.
Of all the food available at the fair, corn dogs are arguably at the top of the list. They are so popular that you can even get them in the freezer section of the grocery store and at restaurants as well. But now you can make this fresh, delicious corn dogs recipe at home.
Deep Frying Food
I want to share a little about how we go about deep frying food before getting to the recipe. There are a couple of options when it comes to deep frying food at home. You can use a deep fryer or use a large heavy bottomed pot on the stovetop with a thermometer.
We opted to purchase a deep fryer to use when frying food. The one we chose holds 8 cups of food and up to 12 cups of oil. This is the exact deep fryer we use. Here are a few of the reasons we chose to use a deep fryer:
- Temperature: The deep fryer heats the oil and maintains the temperature. You choose the temperature you would like the oil to be and a green light comes on when it is ready.
- Thermometer: The thermometer is built into the deep fryer. There is no need for an external one unless you want to double check the temperature.
- Wire Basket: There is a wire frying basket for lowering and raising food in the fryer.
- Cover: There is a vented, removable cover with a view window.
Always keep in mind that you need to be cautious when frying food. Keep the oil at a steady temperature and always stay close by.
How To Make Corn Dogs From Scratch
Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
What is corn dog batter made of?
Corn dog batter is made from simple ingredients you already have in your panty! It is a mixture of flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, buttermilk, egg, and honey.
Add the buttermilk, egg, and honey. Stir until combined.
Is there a buttermilk substitute?
I am right there with you! I rarely have buttermilk on hand. There are a couple of options. One is to store powdered buttermilk like this in your refrigerator. Simply mix it with water when you are ready to use it.
Another option is to make a buttermilk substitute. For one cup of buttermilk, mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice into 1 cup of milk. Allow the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes before using it.
Dry the hot dogs, coat them lightly in flour, and insert skewers.
Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365˚F (or use a large, heavy pot with a thermometer).
Dip a hot dog in the batter so that it is fully coated all of the way to where the skewer is inserted.
What should I do if my batter is too thick?
If the batter for your corn dogs is too thick, you can add a tiny bit more buttermilk at a time to thin it out. Keep in mind that if it is too thin it won’t coat the hot dogs.
How can I fix thin batter?
If your corn dog batter is runny, it is too thin. You can stir in a tablespoon of additional flour at a time to the batter until it is thickened. Keep in mind that if the batter is too thick, an excessive amount will stick to the hot dogs.
Carefully add the batter coated corn dog to the hot oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides.
Can I make this corn dogs recipe ahead of time?
There’s nothing quite like freshly fried corn dogs but sometimes it works better to make things ahead of time. Yes, you can make this corn dogs recipe ahead of time and reheat the corn dogs when needed.
How should corn dogs be stored?
Store fully cooked and cooled corn dogs in an airtight container or ziptop bag in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or freezer for 1-2 months. When storing in the freezer, wrap each corn dog with plastic wrap before placing it in the container.
Can corn dogs be frozen?
Yes, corn dogs can be frozen and reheated at a later date. After frying the corn dogs, allow them to cool completely. Tightly wrap each corn dog individually in plastic wrap. Put all of the wrapped corn dogs in an airtight freezer bag. Store in the freezer for 1-2 months.
How can I reheat corn dogs?
There are several methods you can use to reheat corn dogs. You can deep fry them again briefly like in this corn dogs recipe. They can also be reheated in the oven, microwave, toaster oven, or air fryer.
- Refrigerated Corn Dogs: Bake at 350˚F for 10-14 minutes. Or microwave on high for 25-30 seconds.
- Frozen Corn Dogs: Bake at 350˚F for 17-20 minutes. Or microwave on high for 45-50 seconds.
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Corn Dogs Recipe
- Mix together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center. Pour in the buttermilk, egg, and honey. Stir until combined. Transfer the batter to a tall glass or mason jar.
- Dry the hot dogs well, dip them in flour, and insert skewers.
- Heat oil in a deep fryer (or use a large heavy pot with a thermometer) to 365˚F.
- Dip a hot dog in the batter so that it is fully coated all of the way to where the skewer is inserted. Use a knife to help even out the batter on the corn dog, if necessary.
- Carefully add the corn dog to the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides.
- If the batter is too thick, stir in a tiny bit more buttermilk. If the batter is too thin, add a tiny bit more flour.