Homemade Corn Dogs

There is a litte town about 20 minutes from where I live called Veyo. They have a popular pool there that is nestled and surrounded by trees and rocks. I have so many fun memories playing and swimming there as a kid. We would catch crawdads that crawl around outside the pool, play at the arcade and have a blast swimming. They also serve amazing food! They are known for their to-die-for corn dogs!

I crave their corn dogs every now and then, so I decided it was time to try making some at home. They turned out unbelievably delicious! I don’t own a deep fryer, so I just used a medium pot to deep-fry the corn dogs in. Although it seems a little intimidating, they were really easy to make.

My kids loved them and my Hubby inhaled three! I ate one, but dreamed about eating five…

I will be making these again soon, without a doubt.

Homemade Corn Dogs
Serves 10
Delicious homemade corn dogs! They taste just like the ones from the fair. These are a family-favorite!
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  1. 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  2. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 egg, beaten
  7. 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (regular milk works too)
  8. 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  9. 1 Tablespoon honey
  10. 1 (10 count) package Hot Dogs
  11. 10 wooden skewers or chopsticks
  12. 2 Quarts Vegetable Oil, for frying
  1. In a medium or large pot, add the oil. Turn heat to medium and heat oil to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir together. Then add the beaten egg, buttermilk, oil and honey. Stir until combined. (Batter should be a little thicker than pancake batter)
  3. Remove hot dogs from package. Wipe them all dry with a paper towel (this will help the batter stick to them better) Insert one skewer or wooden stick into each hot dog.
  4. Pour the batter into a tall drinking glass. Holding by the skewer, take one hot dog and dunk it into the batter, coating all of the hot dog. Slowly remove from batter and let a little excess batter drip back into the cup. Immediately place it into the hot oil, while still holding the stick. Turn as necessary to brown all sides. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until all sides are a deep golden brown. Remove from hot oil and place on paper towels to drain grease. Repeat with all hot dogs.
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  1. says

    I’ve been craving corn dogs lately too and thought they would be fun summer dinner! Thanks so much for posting another fab recipe!

  2. says

    Those look amazing! I love corn dogs, but have never had a homemade one. I cannot even imagine how much better homemade corn dogs are than from a store or Sonic. They look so easy, too! Great post!

  3. says

    Cool recipe, these look professional!

    Hey Mrs Lofthouse, are you okay with people Pinning a link to your recipes as long as they give credit to where it came from? Or no? I like to save recipes I like in one place but since Pins are public I figure it’s good etiquette to ask first. Thanks!

  4. says

    My daughter wanted corn dogs immediately after seeing this posted on Pinterest. We gathered all the ingredients and began making them. I had to add extra flour and meal, by the tablespoon, until I got it to the consistency is should be. After trail and error of 4-5 hotdogs loosing their coats, it finally worked. I am not sure what we did wrong.

    • says

      Ashlynn, sorry you had trouble with yours. I’ve made these twice since posting them (cause we love em’ so much! Lol) and they always turn out awesome! Just make sure you’re drying the hot dogs really well before you try coating them with the batter. That’s what helps make the batter stick.

  5. says

    These look awesome! Haven’t had a corn dog in years! I know the recipe makes enough batter to coat 10 hot dogs so I wanted to find out if it can be stored in the fridge and used later? As a singleton with no kids, there’s no way I will eat 10 corn dogs on my own:-) Thanks!

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  7. says

    As soon as I put them in the hot oil, the corn batter came off, they looked nothing like the picture you posted, and I followed the recipe to a T. What happened?

    • says

      Just Me- I honestly am not sure. Was your oil not hot enough? If its at the right temp it should fry immediately. Like I said above I’ve made these a few times now and have never had that problem.

  8. says

    Hi! I just stumbled upon your recipe and those corn dogs look really delicious. There’s just something I would like to ask.
    I have a gluten intolerance, so would it be possible to leave the all purpose flour out of the mix? Do you know if the result will be the same?

  9. says

    Yes, the oil was hot enough, the only thing I can think of is I used a skillet, and didn’t submerge them all the way?

    I was making cupcakes the same day, so I used the leftover batter and made three corn muffins, they were pretty tasty.

    Melody, I think using Almond flour would make them delish.

    • says

      I think using a skillet is the problem. You need to use a deep pot so the hot dogs can submerge fully into the oil. No wonder the batter fell off it was hitting the skillet…

  10. says

    I never had a corndog in my life because I’m a vegetarian but there are tofu-dogs and this would be perfect for me and my brothers who have never tried corndogs. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to make these for my brothers. Thank you, Thank You, Thank you!!! :) 😀

  11. says

    I made these. Some substitutions because of allergies but they tasted great! Gluten free flour instead of regular flour and soy milk instead of buttermilk. They didn’t look as pretty as yours but tasted awesome! I miss food like this so thanks for sharing!

  12. says

    I haven’t tried the corn dogs yet but THE VEYO POOL??!!! I spent my summers in that pool! I too remember the yummy food and can hear in my memory the sounds of kids jumping of the diving board, splashing in the pool, and the slam of the doors on the changing rooms! That pool was the greatest! Thanks for sharing this recipe and the fun memory.

  13. says

    I haven’t tried the corn dogs yet but THE VEYO POOL??!!! I spent my summers in that pool! I too remember the yummy food and can hear in my memory the sounds of kids jumping of the diving board, splashing in the pool, and the slam of the doors on the changing rooms! That pool was the greatest! Thanks for sharing this recipe and the fun memory.

  14. says

    I just now made these, and while they do taste good, the batter did not stick as well. As soon as I pulled them out of the batter it would slide off and I followed the directions to the T. Dried them and all. The batter was too thin and when fried there coating was too thin. :(

  15. says

    My husband and I tried these yesterday and while the batter tasted good, we had the same problem others have posted. We dried off the hot dogs but the batter just kept coming off as soon as we put them in the fryer. Might try the cornstarch idea and/or adding more flour and corn meal. While these didn’t work as corn dogs well out of frustration we just cut our dogs into three pieces, coated them with batter and dropped them in to make corn dog bites instead with much better success:)

  16. says

    Would love to make these but my daughter is allergic to colours,flavours and preservatives so we can’t use hot-dogs(or frankfurters as we call them in Australia) Does anyone know of a substitute? Someone mentioned tofu-dogs?

  17. Sandy Henrie says

    I grew up going to Veyo. Best swimming and snack bar ever!! Loved their corn dogs, fries and hamburgers. Can’t to try and make these at home.

  18. erika says

    Just made these and were perfect, I did have to add about a half cup more flour because it wasnt thick enough but after the adjustment they came out just perfect, beautiful color awesome crispiness!! Excellent!!

  19. says

    I hope this reply gets posted under the corn dog recipe (http://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/homemade-corn-dogs/#comments)…not sure if “Trackbacks” is a different article. I tried the corn dogs and at first the batter was too thin and slid off of the hot dog as soon as it hit the hot oil. So I added about 1/8 cup of corn meal and the same amount of flour, and then it worked. The corn dogs were okay, but I’d put more honey in the batter next time, as I like them sweeter. Also, I thought the meat would be hot after boiling in oil, but the hot dogs were only lukewarm, which I found unappetizing, so I zapped five at a time in the microwave for a minute, and that warmed up the meat while leaving the coating unaffected. My corn dogs turned out darker brown, perhaps because we don’t keep white sugar on hand, so I substituted natural (brown granular) sugar. Also, I live in Mexico, where it’s hard to find buttermilk, so I made my own by adding 1 Tbsp white vinegar to a cup of whole milk and letting it sit five minutes. We don’t have corn meal either, surprisingly—there’s either corn or masa (corn flour for making tortillas)—and corn meal is “más granulada”—had to get that in the States. Finally, we are at high altitude in San Miguel de Allende, in the middle of the country, so that may have affected the cooking, as well. I made five, not ten, so we have leftover batter and being from Minnesota, missing the food-on-a-stick at the Minnesota State Fair, I’m going to skewer a pickle, dry it off and try coating it with batter. My partner, who is Mexican, wants to use the leftover batter for milanesas de pollo (pounded chicken breasts coated in batter and sauteed).

  20. says

    Definitely recommend adding an extra 1/2 cup of yellow corn meal and an extra 1/2 cup of flour to the mix. I followed the recipe to a “T” & the batter slid off the first one as soon as it hit the frying oil BUT they fried up perfectly after I added the extra flour & corn meal. Wonderful recipe, thanks!

  21. says

    I made this tonight and it was great! This is the second time I’ve tried a recipe from your site and they’ve both been amazing (the first one was sweet and sour chicken)!! Thanks for this recipe!

  22. says

    We make quite a few corn dogs at our house. I decided to try this recipe in lieu of my old one, with some minor changes.

    I omitted the sugar (we don’t like johnny cake-my husband’s too southern for it). I also used Crisco instead of oil (it made the dough crispier).

    If you’re having trouble with the dough sticking to the dog (and you’ve patted it dry with a paper towel), try plunging the dog in and out while slowly going up. It might take a few tries to get the hang of it.

    Also, we always boil the hotdogs before frying them to ensure they’re hot. Use a few paper towels in your hand to spear it so you don’t burn your hand (simultaneously drying the dogs).

    My kids love corn dogs!

    • says

      I just place them on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up the grease. You can even wrap the paper towels around them and gently press to get rid of that excess grease, too :)

  23. Kona says

    My boyfriend and I just made these, and wow they taste good. I didn’t have any problems with my batter like the others on here. I made sure hot dogs were dry, and when I put them in the cup of batter, I swirled it so that the batter would cover the end by the stick. I then left it in for about 2 minutes. As soon as I started frying 1 dog, I put another in the batter and let it set until the pan was empty again. We only ate about 3 of them, very filling, so I am going to put them in a bag and freeze them. I will tell you if they turn out alright after freezing

    • Jennifer says

      Just to let you know…we froze them. When we wanted one, I rolled it in a paper towel and put in microwave for 30 seconds then rolled it halfway and put it back in for another 30 seconds…came out perfect!

  24. Angie says

    Just made these tonight and they came out wonderful! For some odd reason the batter kept falling off when I used the whole hot dog, so I cut them in half so they were smaller and then they turned out just great (also cuter, because mini food is just the best). My brother, who is a very picky eater, said they were the best corn dogs he’s eaten. Everyone was eating them as fast as I could make ’em. I followed the recipe to a T and used low fat milk. Thanks, Holly L!

  25. Veniece Ramos says

    One night I was looking for something different to make for dinner, and I thought ohhh I wonder how hard it would be to make corn dogs, so I looked at several recipes and came across this one. I held my breath and mixed the batter cut the hot dogs into bite size pieces, and made the corn dogs, well THEY WERE A BIG HIT!!! I have been asked to make them twice a month,
    My husband says these are the best!!!

  26. Lindsey says

    Just made these tonight and they turned out great. I had to let the batter sit for about 10 minutes waiting for the oil to heat up and that helped thicken it up. I also made sure to let the oil get to exactly 350 degrees before I started frying the corn dogs. I think that and letting the batter thicken on its own kept the batter from sliding off.

    I only made 5 corn dogs because it was getting late and my family was hungry. I used the rest of the batter to make muffins and decided to experiment and fried a little bit of the batter by itself just by dropping a spoonfull into the oil. Very yummy! With some adjustments to seasonings, this batter would make some delicious hush puppie, but that will be an experiment for another day. :-)

  27. tammy says

    I don’t have a pot deep enough, so I cut the franks into fourths and fry them in my fry daddy for mini corn dogs. My family won’t let me buy store bought corn dogs anymore. I am about to make a few batches to freeze so that my kids have something they can just grab and warm up for a snack this summer.

  28. Amy S says

    What caught my eye on pinterest was the “lofthouse” at the bottom. Familiar family name that you don’t always see alot. :) Corn dogs look good too!

  29. Dani says

    This recipe worked great! I didn’t have honey so I substituted with an extra spoonful of sugar and I used closer to 1 and 3/4 cups buttermilk to get to the thickness I wanted. Recommend cutting the hot dogs in half, drying the hot dogs with a paper towel and dusting with flour before you dip them in the batter. I used an at home fryer with peanut oil (2L), they were the best corn dogs I’ve had in years. Very authentic fair food but more sanitary lol

  30. Emily W says

    I have been having the best time planning my weekly meals using your website. The corn dogs brought me here a year or so ago and now i have tried and loved many of your recipes. I revisited this one today for a 4th of July dinner…this time my now 3 year old ate and loved both the corn AND the dog I made mini corn dogs and hush puppies out of the leftover batter. Delish! Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • says

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Emily! I’m so happy my blog is helping with your meal plans, and glad the corn dogs were a hit :) We love those too!

  31. Gina Gentry says

    Hi! I have 2 questions, if I use self-rising cornmeal do I still need to use baking powder? And can these be frozen & then microwaved later? :)


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