Boiling is one of the most popular ways to cook hot dogs. But you have more options than just the stovetop! Pressure cookers, slow cookers, your microwave, and more can all be used to cook dogs for one or many.
In this article, we breakdown just how you can use your many appliances to prepare hot dogs, and how you can keep those dogs warm once they’re done.
How do you boil the perfect hot dog?
Fun fact: many hot dogs are already fully cooked, so what you’re actually doing is reheating them to kill any bacteria.
To boil a hot dog on the stovetop, simply add one quart of water to a large saucepan and allow to boil. Add your hot dogs to the boiling water and then bring them to a full boil for four to five minutes. If you’re cooking a frozen hot dog, boil for around eight minutes. Always use tongs to remove that hot dog so you don’t burn yourself.
Do hotdogs float when they’re cooked?
Not all dogs are created equal, so not all dogs float! Dogs with more meat sink, while dogs with more fat and gristle float. Which ratio of meat to fat to gristle you go with is up to your own personal preference!
How do I know when my hot dogs are done?
The hot dog’s done when it’s cooked just how you like it! Some people like them steaming while some like them just above cold.
How do you keep hot dogs from bursting or splitting?
Skins are more likely to split if you use other cooking methods like grilling or microwaving. If you’re concerned about ending up in Splittsville, just poke some holes into your dog with a fork.
Can you over boil a hot dog?
If you boil a hot dog for too long it’ll change its taste, texture, and even its color. And once the dog has absorbed too much water, it’ll split!
Is boiling hot dogs bad?
It comes down to personal taste, but if boiling hot dogs is wrong we don’t want to be right!
Can I eat uncooked hot dogs?
You shouldn’t. Even in the case of hotdogs that are precooked, eating them straight out of the package puts you at risk of getting Listeria monocytogene, which can lead to many unpleasant symptoms.
- Muscle ache
If the infection spreads to your nervous system, you can develop other symptoms.
- Stiff neck
- Loss of balance
Cook those dogs!
Can you boil frozen hot dogs?
Yes, you just need to double the cooking time
Why shouldn’t you boil hot dogs?
If you prefer them grilled!
Why do boiled hot dogs taste better?
“Better” is subjective. Some hot dogs contain more salt, and since boiling can draw out the salt that will make the hot dogs more palatable to those who want less salt flavor. The brand of the dog and what kind of casing it has will make a difference. As will how long you boil them. Boiling them for less time can make them softer while boiling them for longer can give them more snap.
What can I do with my hot dogs once they’re boiled?
Once your hot dogs are done, you can dress them with the topping and condiments of your choice. You can get creative, or follow a recipe.
You can also make use of the rest of your stovetop. For example, you can boil the hot dogs, split them down the middle, and then make a grilled hot dog in a hot pan with the fat or oil of your choice. Remember, different fats and oils will add different flavors to your hot dog!
You can also place your hot dog bun in a frying pan with some butter or olive oil to make a toasted bun.
How do I keep my hot dogs warm once they’re cooked?
As hard as it is to imagine hot dogs being left out for over two hours without them getting all eaten up, it does happen! But you shouldn’t let it happen because hot dogs left out for that long could become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, just like any other food. If you don’t want to put them in the fridge, consider keeping your dogs warm.
- Use a chafing dish.
- Keep them warm in a crockpot.
- Wrap them tightly in aluminum foil.
- Keep them in hot water that’s kept in a thermos or insulated plastic cooler.
Can you boil a hot dog in the microwave?
Yes, fill a microwave-safe bowl with water with about an inch of room at the top. Put in the hot dogs, and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Alternatively, soak a paper towel and wrap it around your dogs.
Can you cook hotdogs in a slow cooker (Crock Pot)?
Yes, and it doesn’t even take added water! Put the hot dogs in your slow cooker standing up, unless you can’t close the lid, in which case you should put them on their sides. The moisture inside the hotdogs will be enough to cook them. Just set the slow cooker on high for 2.5 to 3 hours. They’ll come out just like they would as if they were cooked in a hot dog cart!
The added benefit of the slow cooker is that you can also keep the hot dogs warm inside.
Can you cook hotdogs in a pressure cooker (Instant Pot)?
To make an Instant Pot hot dog, seal your hot dogs and some water in your pressure cooker. Depending on your make and model, select the “pressure cook” or “manual” options and then set the time to zero minutes on high pressure. The hot dogs will cook as the pressure cooker comes to pressure. Once it gets there, quick release the steam.
Can you sous-vide hot dogs?
According to Life Hacker, you can sous-vide a hot dog! Set the sous-vide “bath” to 155℉, and let the hot dogs boil for 45 minutes.
What are “Dirty-Water Hot Dogs”?
Dirty-water hot dogs are the hot dogs you get from a pushcart. They get their name from the fact that they’re boiled in water that becomes “dirty” with salt and hot dog juices. In that way, almost every boiled hot dog is a dirty water hot dog!
Bottom Line: Should I drink the hot dog water?
Are you going to gulp down that ham water? Chug some HotDog2O? Cool off with some beef juice? We’re not going to yuck your yum if you like to drink the water when your dog’s done. And if you think there’s no possible way someone would drink hot dog water, think again!
At one festival, “Unfilter Hot Dog Water” sold for upwards of $37! And, it even came with a dog in the bottle. The drink was touted for its utility in dealing with dehydration since the protein and salt are great when you’ve been sweating a lot. So, maybe next time you’re dehydrated, you can consider boiling some dogs. You’ll have yourself a tasty treat and an alternative to Pedialite or sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade. Think of it as Hot Dog Ade!
Just an added perk of boiling hot dogs, one of the fastest and easiest ways to prepare America’s most iconic food.