This Corn Dog Recipe is a classic fair treat that’s easy to make at home! Mix together a quick cornmeal batter, dip the hot dogs, and fry for a few minutes until golden brown.

Homemade Corn Dogs - In a Red Basket Dipping Into Ketchup

It’s amazing how much of a role nostalgia plays with food, isn’t it?

When I make these homemade corn dogs, all I think about is how much I have always loved gnawing the extra little bit of cornbread batter off the bottom of the stick, and I’ve done it ever since I was a kid. Because corn dogs are really about the cornbread batter, if you ask me.

There’s also Homemade Soft Pretzels which remind me so much of the pretzel kiosks at the mall (but so much better homemade), or Homemade Fruit Rollups like the ones I devoured as a child, but made with better ingredients.

If you’ve never made homemade corn dogs before, I think you’ll be surprised by how easy it is. The cornbread batter takes less than 5 minutes to mix together, and then you just have to dip some hot dogs in the batter and fry for a few minutes until golden.

Interior View of Corn Dog Showing Thick Batter

How to Make Homemade Corn Dogs:

Mix together the dry ingredients, which includes cornmeal, flour, leavening, sugar, salt, and a little nutmeg:

Flour, Leavening, and Spices in Glass Bowl

Always give the dry ingredients a little whisk to combine and evenly distribute the ingredients:

Whisked Dry Ingredients in Bowl

Mix the dry ingredients with buttermilk and eggs, and stir until the flour disappears.

It’s okay to leave some lumps in there, as you want to keep from overmixing.

Corn Dog Batter - In Glass Bowl with Whisk

Skewer your hot dogs on wooden sticks and roll the hot dogs in flour. Shake off any excess:

Hot Dogs on Sticks Rolled In Flour

Transfer the cornbread batter to a tall glass and dip the floured hot dogs into the batter, coating it all over.

Dipping Corn Dog Into Batter In Glass

Fry the corn dogs at 350 degrees F for 3 minutes and serve alongside your favorite ketchup or mustard!

Corndogs - In Basket Dipping Into Ketchup

These would also be fun to make for football watching or game day, along with these Baked Chicken Wings, Buffalo Garlic Knots, and Stuffed Mushrooms. Enjoy!

Can you freeze homemade corn dogs? Yes, just let them cool completely and store in an airtight bag or container for up to two months.

How to reheat corn dogs: Bake in a 300F oven to re-warm, about 15 minutes from a frozen state, or 10 minutes if they’ve been thawed.

 

Homemade Corn Dogs In a Red Basket Dipping Into Ketchup

Homemade Corn Dogs

Corn dogs are a classic fair treat, and now you can make them at home! Mix together a quick cornmeal batter, dip the hot dogs, and fry!
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 hot dogs
  • all purpose flour for rolling
  • vegetable or peanut oil for frying

Instructions 

  • Preheat the fryer to 350 degrees F.
  • To make the batter, whisk to combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, and nutmeg.
  • In another small bowl, whisk to combine the buttermilk and eggs, and mix this into the dry ingredients until there are no more streaks of flour, but be sure to leave lumps in the batter (do not stir those out, as you may overmix). Transfer the batter to a tall glass.
  • Skewer the hot dogs onto wooden sticks and roll the hot dogs in enough flour to coat, then shake the excess off.
  • Dip the floured hot dogs into the tall cup of batter and put them straight into the fryer for about 3 minutes, but be sure not to overcrowd your fryer. Depending on size, you might need to make two or three batches. The corn dogs are ready when the exterior is golden brown.
  • Serve the corn dogs with ketchup and mustard if desired, and enjoy!

Notes

 Recipe adapted from Cook's Country.

Nutrition

Calories: 376kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 837mg, Potassium: 467mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 195IU, Calcium: 160mg, Iron: 3.6mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

Updated with new photos and writing in June 2018. Originally published in 2013.