Kid-Approved DIY Corn Dogs

Corn Dog with ketchup

Sure, you can always grab some frozen corn dogs from the freezer section of your local grocery store. You know, the ones that you put in the microwave for a few minutes? They might be okay when you’re starving, but if you’ve ever been to a state fair, you know they just can’t measure up to that level of deliciousness. When you microwave a corn dog, it loses all of that crispiness and crunch that makes it so tasty in the first place. And why settle for that when you can have the real thing? Surprisingly, it’s not that difficult to make corn dogs of your own. Check out this easy DIY recipe, and you’re sure to thrill your kids at the dinner table.


Let’s take a look at what you’re going to need for this corn dog recipe:

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 thick wooden skewers
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 quarts peanut or vegetable oil, for frying

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Now that you’ve gathered everything you need, it’s time to put it all together. First, mix together all the wet ingredients, and mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. When they are all combined, you can mix them together. This will create the batter.

Then, take your hot dogs one at a time and put the skewers into them. Be careful, as you don’t want to accidentally put a skewer all the way through a hot dog. Only go about halfway up the dog. Next, pat off the hot dogs so they’re not wet, and dust them with cornstarch. At this point, you can start heating your oil in a Dutch oven on the stove, waiting until it gets very hot.

Next, dip the corn dogs into the batter mixture, swirling them around a bit so that they are well-coated. Immediately place them in the oil to fry. You’ll probably only want to do one or two corn dogs at a time, so be patient with this part of the process.

All you have to do now is take the corn dogs out of the oil and let them cool. Remember, they’re going to be really hot, so don’t serve them right away. When you are ready to serve, use ketchup, mustard, or any other kind of sauce that suits your fancy. It really is that easy.

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