The Best Way to Cook a Corn Dog




When I was growing up my mom cooked us corn dogs for lunch.  She cooked the dogs in the microwave.  This was just fine because I did not know any other way of cooking it.  When I grew up a corn dog was cooked for me in the oven.  What a difference.  The oven gets the out side batter crispy.  Now I had a problem.  From then on when I wanted a corn dog I wanted it to be crispy but I did not want to have to wait the 15 minutes that the oven requires.  There had to be a better way.  Well hear it is.

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Step 1: Chose the Best Corn Dog

There are many different types of corn dogs.  Some of them have different sizes and shapes. Some may be made form different ingredients.  These different types will require some tweaking to the cooking times.  I normally use the normal dogs but for this ...ible I used a jumbo dog because that is what we had in the freezer.

Step 2: Microwave

First use the microwave to do most of the cooking.  When you cook a corn dog in the microwave, the outer shell can split.  This can be avoided by cooking it at a lower power level for about a minute and a half.  Cook the dog just before the outer shell splits.  (You will have to play with this step and find the best time and settings to get the corn dog hot but not split.)

Step 3: To Crisp the Dog

Now that the corn dog is unthawed and warm, it's time to get the outside crispy.  At first I tried to use a gas stove and hold the dog above the open flames.  This worked well but great care had to be taken so that your fingers do not get burned. 

Later I moved and my new kitchen did not have a gas stove and the electric stove did not work as well. 

Then I found the toaster.  A toaster works perfectly.  Set the toaster to the hottest setting and push the slid down to turn it on.  Then you lay the dog horizontally on top of the toaster.  The dog will start to make the mouth watering sizzle sound.  Use the stick of the corn dog to turn the dog so that all sides will be crisp.  The stick will not be hot because it is sticking out of the hot spot.  

Step 4: Final Step

You can leave the dog on the toaster long enough so it gets the cool looking grill marks on it.  Well all you need to do now is make your fry sauce, or you can just use ketchup or mustered and chow down.   Total cooking time is about 5 to 7 minutes.

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    3 years ago

    Warning not sure what happen we never had issues with are tostet but might be because I use older toaster or because corn dogs are fryed prior little grease go in as would not shock me that or ..we never have are setting over 3 and turning up to highest a 6. I was making this had turned once already as it Brown's quick then toster started smoking. I stop right away as was not like smoke were toaster needs cleaned type smoke so stoped quick.. It still kept smoking still so unplugged it still after unplugging filled my kitchen up with smoke with in few mins my kitchen hard to see because all smoke ... I will do frying pan like other person sujusted below as look like buying new toaster due to this. Don't give me wrong this worked. But not worth needing buy new toster worth work... or having to wake people up in house in middle night telling them if smell smoke its toaster it had malfunctioning


    7 years ago on Introduction

    They're probably made with "mystery meat", but, at 65 I still have to have one occasionally! Of course, it's gotta be drowned in ketchup and mustard! The toaster tip is great after microwaving, unless... you have several to do, so I throw them in a heated skillet on the stove, turning as needed. I prepare frozen Egg Rolls the same way.


    9 years ago on Step 4

    Shaggs- this is a great idea. But by not having a side of ketchup *and* mustard, you have disgraced the gods on Mount Corndog and must be cast down to the underworld, where little corndog people will poke you with corndog sticks and there are rivers of boiling oil and everything smells like the state fair and Styx is played over the loudspeakers. Sounds like a good place no?

    I will grant you clemency, because the toasting idea is brilliant. I wonder what a george foreman corndog is like?

    Your best friend,


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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 4

    "I wonder what a george foreman corndog is like?"

    It would be named George. And the top will be bare. That is all.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I invented this when I was in California. I would have made fry sauce but we are out of Mayo.


    9 years ago on Step 4

    Nice idea. However, the ABSOLUTE best corn dog is DEEP FRIED! But this method will be much less fat! And works if you don't have a fryer.

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