Homemade corn dogs are crispy golden on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside. These are super easy to make at home and the whole family is going to love how they taste!

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A plate of golden crisp corn dogs.

Corn Dogs Made from Scratch

These corn dogs are going to be the hit of the party. The cornbread like batter made light and tasty with the addition of buttermilk, smothers the hot dog perfectly. It fries up perfectly tender on the inside with a nice crunch on the outside. Exactly how a corn dog should be. Nothing beats a fresh corn dog straight from the fryer and into your mouth. Top it with your favorite condiments and have a party in your mouth.

One of the best things about making corn dogs at home is how much fun your kids will have helping you. I let them mix up the cornbread batter, skewer the hot dogs and the best part, dunk them! Adults need to do the frying but the kids will love helping with everything else. And the whole family is going to love the way these taste. You may never buy a corn dog at the fair again!

What You Need for Easy Corn Dogs

Always use your favorite brand of hot dogs to ensure the best flavor your family will love. These corn dogs will become a family favorite in no time! All measurements for homemade corn dogs is located in the recipe card below.

  • Canola Oil: Use 1 to 2 tablespoons just enough to cover the pan for frying.
  • Hot Dogs: Regular size and thickness is great for these corn dogs. Pick your favorite hot dog brand and style!
  • Hot Dog Sticks: Popsicle sticks, candy sticks, wooden skewers also work if you don’t have hot dog sticks.
  • Flour: This will help thicken the sauce for the outer layer.
  • Cornmeal: Creates that outer crusty flavor we all love!
  • Salt: Helps balances the sweet but also helps it to thicken.
  • Sugar: Sweetens the corn dog!
  • Baking powder: Helps to create a light fluffy outer layer when being dipped.
  • Egg: Gives it lift and texture on the corn dog.
  • Honey: A special ingredient that gives a slight hint of sweetness.
  • Buttermilk: Click the link to make your own buttermilk in a pinch or buy it at the grocery store.
  • Milk: Just enough to thin the corn dog crust, if needed!

How To Make Absolutely Delish Corn Dogs

Super easy and quick, dinner will be on in no time! Corn dogs are always a classic and family favorites. Since they are so simple to make you can create the perfect dinner for all ages any night of the week.

  1. Heat Oil: Heat about 2 inches of oil in a large pot or dutch oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Hot Dog Prep: Prep your hot dogs by patting them dry with paper towels and inserting the sticks. Set aside.
  3. Cornmeal batter: In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, and baking powder together. In another bowl or large liquid measuring cup, whisk the egg, honey, buttermilk, and milk together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine thoroughly. The batter will be thick, but smooth enough to evenly coat the hot dog once it has been dipped.
  4. Dunk it: Fill a tall drinking glass with batter. Dip the hot dogs all the way in the glass, going straight down and giving it a twirl in the glass. As you remove the hot dog, twirl it around to avoid leaving any air bubbles. If you see any bubbles or bare spots on the hot dog, dip it again.
  5. Fry: Gently drop the battered hot dog into the hot oil. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until nice and golden brown on all sides. Remove from the oil and allow to drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.
Skewering the hot dogs, making the cornmeal batter and coating them in the mix.

Homemade Corn Dog Tips and Tricks

Corn dogs are a family favorite, and once you try them you’ll understand why. With these tips and tricks you will be mastering homemade corn dogs in no time.

  • Cornmeal: Cornmeal is the main ingredient here, it brings the crunch and texture we all love. Look for finely ground cornmeal, avoid the coarse or medium ground cornmeal. If the package doesn’t say, it is mostly likely finely ground. It not only mixes up easier but will stick to the hot dog.
  • Hot Dog: Use your favorite brand, our family loves all-beef hot dogs, but you do what works for you and your family.
  • Hot Dog Sticks: When buying sticks for your hot dogs, make sure that you are not getting sticks too long for your fryer. They need to fit with the hot dog on them. Use candy apple, hot dog sticks, or even skewers.
  • Oil: Peanut or Canola oil are the best oils for frying. Use a thermometer to keep the oil at a steady 350 degrees.
  • Dipping the hot dog in the batter: You want to avoid air bubbles on the hot dog which can cause it to crack when frying. Stick the hot dog in the cup straight up and down. Twirl the hot dog till fully coated and keep twirling as you lift it out. If you notice bare spots, dip again.
  • Batter not sticking: Pat the hot dogs dry with a paper towel if you are having trouble getting the batter to stick. That should do the trick.
  • Too thick: If your batter is too thick, you can use a splash of milk to thin it. Be careful it doesn’t get too thin, it won’t stick to the hot dog.

Frying the corn dogs.

What to Serve with the Best Corn Dog Recipe

There is a huge debate among corn dog eaters, and there are strong opinions out there. Are you a mustard person or a ketchup person. It can be quite a heated topic, even among family and friends. Whether you prefer the sweeter ketchup or the tangier mustard both will be the perfect companion for these homemade corn dogs. For other sides and fun serve up these recipes with them for a great anytime meal.

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