There are many different ways to cook hot dogs. However, today, you will learn how to boil hot dogs on the stove and the microwave in easy steps. Boiled hot dogs are a perfect BBQ or kids parties side dish or lunch for the family.
Boiled Hot dogs
Boiling hot dogs is so easy and quick to do especially since the meat is already pre-cooked before and all you are doing is reheating it to get rid of all the bacteria that might make it bad for you when you eat it straight out of the jar or tin.
If you were wondering if hot dogs or frankfurters are raw or cooked, they are pre-cooked, therefore the packaging directions advise to boil, microwave, grill, or pan-fry them first.
This is a quick and straightforward tutorial, let's get to it.
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Why do you need to boil hotdogs
- It is fast, ready under 5 minutes and cooks evenly.
- You only need water and it will still be flavourful
- The hot dogs come out plumpy, juicy, and delicious
- Boiling hot dogs is best when making a large quantity.
A saucepan large enough for the numbers of hot dods you will be boiling
How to boil hot dogs on the stove
Remove the hot dogs from the container and arrange them in a saucepan. Decant the brine
Cover the hot dogs with water and bring to a boil for 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness.
If cooking frozen hot dogs, cook for 6-8 minutes
Remove the sausages with a tong and drain on a kitchen paper towel
PS: you will know the hot dog is properly cooked when it is lighter in color, plumpy, and floppy when you hold it.
Serve and enjoy!!!
Add the hot dogs to a large microwavable bowl
Add water to the bowl just enough to cover the hot dot dogs/frankfurter, and place the bowl in the microwave
Microwave the hot dogs for 60 - 90 seconds depending on the thickness
Tip: don't cook the hot dogs longer than stated to avoid overcooking them which may result in them splitting lenghtwise along the seam sides of the casing. You also lose flavor from the meat this way.
How to serve
Serve with hot dog bun, french fries, potato salad, green salad, or other side dishes
Hot dog toppings ideas
Here are a few topping ideas on how to eat boiled hot dogs
- Pickles, sliced cucumbers, sauerkraut
- Grilled onions
- Caramelized onions
- Chilli sauce, taco sauce, or barbecue sauce.
How long to boil hot dogs on stove
Depending on the thickness of the hot dogs, it will usually take around 3-4 minutes to fully cook them through.
How long to microwave hot dogs
If you are microwaving the hot dogs, it will usually take around 30 seconds-90 seconds to cook them through depending on the thickness.
Should I prick hot dogs before boiling
There is no need to prick hot dogs before boiling them. In fact, pricking them might cause the skin to split open.
How long to cook frozen hot dogs in the air fryer
If you are cooking frozen hot dogs in the air fryer, it will usually take around 6-7 minutes to cook them through at 400C/200F.
Can I put boiled hot dogs in the fridge
Yes, boiled hot dogs can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. However, it is best to serve immediately, also, do not reheat it more than once.
frankfurter vs hot dog, what is the difference?
They basically mean the same thing however the name given to it is dependent on the location. For example, Frankfurters are typically from Frankfurt, Germany or Vienna frankfurter while hot dogs are typically from the United States.
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How To Boil Hot Dogs
- 5 hot dogs
- Remove the hot dogs from the container and arrange them in a saucepan.
- Cover the hot dogs with water and bring to a boil for 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness.
- If cooking frozen hot dogs, cook for 6-8 minutes
- Remove the sausages with a tong and drain on a kitchen paper towel
- Serve and enjoy!!!
- Add the hot dogs to a large microwavable bowl, cover with water and place the bowl in the microwave
- Microwave the hot dogs for 60 - 90 seconds depending on the thickness or until hot to your liking.