Homemade Corn Dogs

This corn dog batter recipe is fantastic if you are looking for a recipe to recreate those classic corn dogs that you get at a show, festival, or fair.

Corn Dog Batter

This batter will cook to be a lovely golden color and have that excellent crunch we all expect with a good corn dog. As with any corn dog, it’s best with a good dousing of ketchup and mustard.

To recreate the famous fair corn dog right at home simply follow this super easy recipe. It’s pretty straightforward, and the result is absolutely delicious.

Tips for Making Corn Dogs

Making mini corn dogs is ideal for when making these at home. They will fit better in most home deep fryers, and you should be able to cook quite a few at a time.

I wouldn’t personally tinker with the corn dog ingredients too much as it’s very easy to stuff up a batter. If you do find it a little thick, you can add a little bit more milk.

You can make this recipe gluten-free by doing a few simple substitutions. Simply ensure that you use gluten-free cornmeal, GF plain flour, and a GF baking powder. You might need to adjust some ingredients, such as adding a little bit more flour.

Be careful around the deep fryer as it’s very easy to burn yourself. Gently add the corn dogs into the oil, and you should be fine. Coating the hot dogs in the batter near the deep fryer will help reduce mess and after accidents from rushing.

Deep Fry or Shallow Fry

Even though I have instructions on how to shallow fry, I do still highly recommend that you deep fry them for the best result.

If you shallow fry, you may have issues with the batter not staying on as well as you probably would like. To avoid having the batter fall off, avoid handling the corn dogs as much as possible.

Mini Corn Dogs

I do not recommend baking or using an air fryer. Both of these methods will work fine with the frozen corn dogs but not with this homemade batter recipe. It’s likely to make one big mess.

I made use of some wooden skewers for these corn dogs, but something like popsicle sticks will work pretty well as well. Using a skewer of some sort is ideal as it makes it so easy to eat.

Can you Reuse the Corn Dog Batter

Personally, I would make this batter fresh every time I need it. Even after one day, the batter will start to lose quality, so make it fresh if you want the best quality.

Watch the video below to learn how to make these fantastic homemade corn dogs. Underneath the video, you will find a full written recipe.

Corn Dogs Recipe

5/5 (100%) 1 vote
Prep Time10 Minutes
Cook Time5 Minutes
Total Time15 Minutes


  • 8 hot dogs
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Oil for cooking
  • Wooden skewers


  1. Mix the dry ingredients until combined.
  2. Add the eggs, milk and mix until there is little to no lumps left.
  3. Pour the mix into a tall glass for easy coating.
  4. If deep-frying, start preheating the oil to 175°C (350°F)
  5. Insert a skewer into each of the hot dogs.
  6. Coat the hot dogs in the batter mix one by one then add to either a deep fryer or shallow pan.

To Deep Fry

  1. Deep fry at 175°C (350°F) oil. Cook for about 5 minutes, turning them if required.
  2. Once they are completely golden brown remove and drain on some paper towel.

To Shallow Fry

  1. Heat the frypan until it is nice and hot.
  2. Place the hot dogs into the pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  3. Once they are completely golden brown, remove from the oil and drain on some paper towel.

Recipe Tips

  • You can make mini-corn dogs that are great for parties or platters. To do this just cut the hot dogs into thirds or quarters and use toothpicks instead of the skewers.
  • A great way to easily coat the hot dogs is to fill a drinking glass with the batter and then merely dip the hot dogs into the glass.
  • If you scale down the recipe, you may need to use a half an egg, so make sure you use half an egg and not put a full one into the mixture. Otherwise, your mix will be runny and very hard to use.
  • You can adjust this corn dog batter recipe to make it more to your liking. Adding mustard powder and other spice and herbs can significantly change the overall taste of the corn dog hot dog.
  • If you plan on baking these in the oven, you should make note that these will not come out as well as the batter may slide off of the dog.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 280g (9.9 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories Per Serving: 506
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 29.8g
Saturated Fat: 9.1g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrate: 43.7g
Dietary Fiber: 2.2g
Sugars: 15.1g
Cholesterol: 163mg
Sodium: 1705mg
Protein: 17.4g

The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.

Other Recipes that you might Love

If you love using hot dogs in recipes, then something like the crunchy pigs in a blanket recipe might also interest you. Much like this recipe, it features hot dogs, but they’re instead wrapped up in puff pastry then baked.

Another dish that you should try if you love deep-fried food is fried camembert. It’s delicious gooey cheesy coated with breadcrumbs, I absolutely love it and highly recommend it.

If you have any questions, variations or anything else about these homemade corn dogs, then please feel free to drop a comment below.

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    Dk on

    Love, love this recipe is so easy and Sooo yummy ! I added 1Tbs of honey to my batter and boiled dogs for 3 min. Let them cool and rolled in corn starch before dipping in batter. Soooo yummy goodness!

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