Homemade Corn Dogs


I really love a good corn dog!  The best ones can be found at Disneyland or places in the mall like Hot Dog on a Stick.  I can’t bear to eat those frozen versions from the store.  they just aren’t worth my time.

I remember my mom making corn dogs once when I was younger but never attempted it myself.  I recently saw a recipe for them on Babble and decided it was time to give it a try.

There are two things you must have for a good corn dog.  You need a good quality dog to start with.  I happened to choose Hi-Grade Meats hot dogs.  This is what you make with those higher priced hot dogs go on sale at the store.

Then you need a good thick batter.  The recipe below is my adaptation of the recipe on Babble.  The original was not thick enough to give a good coating so I adjusted it.  They were perfect.  Everyone enjoyed them and they were so worth making.

I also used a wooden skewer in them that I found in the produce department of my local store.  It is the type that is usually used for caramel apples and are called brochettes. You can also use regular wooden skewers if you cut them in half.

Homemade Corn Dogs

  • 1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
  • scant 1 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 10-12 hot dogs
  • brochettes or wooden skewers, cut in half
  1. Preheat some oil in a deep fryer or large skillet to 365 degrees. You need it to be a couple of inches deep and the pan needs to be large enough to fit the corn dogs in.  I used my Le Cruset oval dutch oven.  You want to completely submege the corn dogs in the oil.
  2. Place 1 Tbsp of the vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measure cup.  Then add enough milk to measure 1 cup.  Stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour,corn meal, sugar, baking powder,salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.  Add milk and eggs then whisk until well combined.
  4. Insert skewer in hot dog and dip in batter. Coat hot dog well and fry in 356 degree oil until golden brown. Drain on towels.
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24 comments on “Homemade Corn Dogs

  • leave the sugar out. why sugar in every thing. good corndog needs no sugar, get the sugar sack down and spoon eat all you want

  • Why Sugar???? Seems to make it tast better add sugar!!!! put sugar in peas, greens, sauages, cabbage.!! no wounder everyone is dietbetic!! I have made corndogs for years never put sugar in mine. kids & grand kids love them, People try leaving the sugar in the sack!!!case

  • i like mine a little sweeter, but other than that they were PERFECT. I have tried to make corndogs before and they didnt turn out so well. So when these came out i got to shove my success in my Man’s face! HAa!

  • I live in England, and tried these when i came to America, i loved them! So glad i can make them here at home for my friends to try! I Can’t wait to try these!! :D

  • I can’t wait to get off my diet so I can try this one. I’m wondering if buttermilk could be substituted for the sour milk. And for Stephanie, who said they were lacking in taste, I intend to add just t pinch of cayenne pepper (which I tend to add to EVERYthing, even ice cream…well, not my coffee…). I’ve found that cayenne pepper, just a grasshopper hiccup, sensitizes the tongue, enhancing flavor and temperature.
    AND, since I intensely dislike cleaning up after frying, I’ll be cooking them in my new hot dog maker. Not fair ground, but easier and less messy.
    Thanks for this one!

  • Plan to make these with \smart dogs\ as we are vegetarian and my kids used to love the Morningstar Farms mini veggie corn dogs (apparently off the market). I will serve them with mustard mixed with Sriracha :) Hope to one day find a decent baked version but, for now, we will enjoy these and then a long walk on the beach to burn off some of the fat calories while watching the sunset! Thank you!

  • Made these tonight and they looked awesome! And not too hard to make. The only thing is we thought the batter was lacking. It was plenty thick, but not much flavor. My husband and I couldn’t decide if more salty or more sweet would be better, but it was definitely missing something to make these good corn dogs great.

  • Just made these and they were delicious!! And extremely easy to make. Followed the directions exact then found i needed to add a few extra tbsp of milk to slightly thin it. Even after that it was really thick but i left it at that. Just pinned you on Pinterest!

  • I made these and they were delicious, but mine weren’t as pretty. They had a flat bottom. Any idea why that might happen? Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Can’t wait to try these….my little girl loves corndogs.
    Thanks for your fun recipes.

  • I love corn dogs! I never thought to make them myself, but it looks pretty easy…except for the frying bit! Great looking dogs!

  • oh Laura, you definitely know the way to this girls heart <3

  • My daughter and I just tried these for lunch. They were fantabulous!! I think next time (and there will be a next time!!) I will do as you suggest and cut the skewers in half. The bottoms didn’t get done since they were sticking out of the oil :) Also, I’ll use a drinking glass or canning jar to coat the hot dog as Wendy S. suggested. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  • These sound so delicious! I don’t suppose it would work to bake them instead of deep frying?

  • Homemade corndogs are a summertime staple at my aunt’s and I would highly recommend trying them to anyone. This recipe is new to me so I can’t wait to give it a whirl.

    We did find that the easiest way to coat the dogs was to pour the batter into a tall drinking glass or canning jar. Makes dipping the dogs much less messy.

  • Ooh those look so good! I’ll admit I’ve never been brave enough to try and make my own corn dogs ;)

  • It makes me happy to hear another adult say they love corn dogs! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try these at home!

  • That just seems way too cool! Too bad I don’t have a pan big enough to fry them in…

  • Do you think they would turn out ok if soy milk was used? My daughter has a milk allergy…

  • You are the coolest mom ever! I have never been brave enough to make homemade corn dogs.

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