How to Deep Fry Hot Dogs at Home

How to Deep fry a hot dog
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Deep frying a hot dog sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. It’s simply a hot dog cooked through oil. Other than flavor, there’s not a whole lot to it. That being said, there are still some things you should know. We’ll cover everything you need to know with our guide on how to deep fry a hot dog.

What is a deep fried hot dog called?

Fun Fact: A deep fried hot dog may be referred to as a “ripper” because as a hot dog cooks in oil, its ends or casings start to rip apart. It’s similar to how a hot dog may look after nuking it in a microwave.

How to Deep Fry a Hot Dog Overview

Deep frying a hot dog is pretty simple. There are only a few things you really need to consider.

  1. What equipment do you want to use to deep fry your hot dog? A Deep fryer or a pot/pan would both do the job.
  2. Are you deep frying your hot dogs thawed or frozen? (We recommend thawed)
  3. What Temperature to Deep Fry a Hot Dog and for how long do the hot dogs need to deep fry for?
  4. Do you want to coat your hot dog? Before putting your hot dogs in oil, you may want to coat it in batter or maybe even wrap it in bacon. If you’re coating it in batter, it really becomes a corn dog, which we already have a guide for here.

What equipment to use to Deep Fry Hot Dogs

The chances are, you already have everything you need to deep fry a hot dog. If you lay a hot dog down, they don’t have a lot of height, so you really could use a fairly short pot/pan. If you plan to completely submerge the hot dogs for a “deep fry” then we do recommend something with a lid. However, if you don’t have a good pot/pan to use, consider using a deep fryer. A deep fryer can be used to deep fry just about anything, and all you need is a little bit of oil and a power outlet. Regardless of the kind of deep fryer you may want, check out our best deep fryer list, it’ll cover everything from cheap and simple to deep fryers that may be a little more elaborate with its special features. 

Regardless of the equipment that you decide to use, don’t forget the oil. If you’re simply keeping things simple, vegetable oil is about as casual as you can go.

How long do you Deep Fry Hot Dogs?

Thawed- A thawed hot dog deep fries in a fryer for 2-4 minutes at 350°F (175°C). The crispier and browner you want your hot dog will dictate how long you leave it in there.

Frozen hot dogs are a little trickier because they simply don’t cook as well as a thawed hot dog would. We definitely recommend deep frying thawed hot dogs for an even cook. However, if you do decide to deep fry a frozen hot dog, simply put it in the deep fryer for 1-2 minutes at 350°F(175°C) , take it out and split it in half length wise, and return it to the fryer for another 1-2 minutes.

The Best Deep Fried Hot Dog Recipes

We’re simply giving you simple instructions to deep fry a hot dog. However, you may be looking for a special recipe to bring the most flavor out of your deep fried hot dog experience. If that’s what you’re looking for, here are three excellent and completely different recipes we’ve found throughout the web.

  1. Deep Fried Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs @
  2. Beer-Batted Fried Hot Dogs @
  3. Cheesy Fried Hot dogs @


Whether your new to deep frying or a professional chef, there’s nothing wrong with a deep fried hot dog. It as simple as it is quick, and with a bit of creativity, you could make quite a few exciting dishes with a deep fried hot dog.

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