Corn dogs are the quintessential American snack. I believe you’re not truly a ‘Murican’ till you’ve had corn dogs. They are not just quick-fix snacks; they are an emotion! Much like its fun name, the thoughts and things associated with corn dogs are always fun and happy. This nostalgic state fair snack is loved and adored by all.
So it’s not a surprise that one may want to have corn dogs on demand. Luckily, we can get this state fair staple easily in the comfort of our homes! Get yourself some frozen corn dogs if you haven’t already, and let us begin.
What is a Corn Dog?
A corn dog is a hot dog sausage skewered on a wooden stick with an outer shell of cornmeal. First, a hot dog sausage is skewered on a wooden stick, then dipped in a batter consisting primarily of cornmeal, and then deep-fried. The result is a smooth cylindrical tube attached to a stick that acts like a handle. The batter should be crunchy and somewhat soft inside, and the hot dog should be moist and juicy.
|Fun fact: The inventor of the iconic corn dog remains a mystery, as many people have claimed to be its inventor.|
How to Cook Frozen Corn Dogs in an Air Fryer
Things you need:
- Your favorite brand of frozen corn dogs
- Oil Spray
Cooking Frozen Corn Dogs in Air Fryer
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 Degrees F.
- Apply oil spray to the tray or basket of the air fryer.
- Place the frozen corn dogs on the oiled tray leaving space between each dog.
- Cook them for 8-10 mins.
- You may flip them over after half of the time has passed.
- Take them out and let them cool off for a while.
- Serve them with or without dips.
If you follow these steps, you will have state-fair-worthy crispy golden corn dogs that satisfy your craving.
Always use gloves or grabbing tools provided with the air fryer when handling the tray or basket as it is very hot and causes severe burns. Use prongs to take the corn dogs out of the basket or tray.
Tips : Do not overcrowd the basket or tray. Flipping the corn dogs after half the time has passed ensures even coloring and cooking. If the corn dogs don’t fit properly, you may break the sticks to fit them in. Each air fryer is different, so always inspect the corn dogs after half of the time has elapsed and reduce the cooking time as you see fit. Do not stack the corn dogs.
Now let us take a look at how to serve the corn dogs.
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How to Serve Corn Dogs
My personal favorite and guilty pleasure is nacho cheese or cheddar cheese dip! You can serve the corn dogs with whatever your heart desires. Let us look at some popular dips and sauces to serve your delicious corn dogs with.
- BBQ sauce
- Tartar sauce
- Thousand Island dressing
- Sour Cream and Chives
- Yogurt dips
- Hot sauce
- Blue cheese dip
The list is endless as there is no perfect dip. The best dip is whatever you, your family, and your guests love. You can serve the dogs with an assortment of these dips in small cups or bowls.
Tip : You can sprinkle on some fresh chopped parsley or cilantro to add a contrasting color to make your corn dogs look prettier! You can drizzle the sauces using a bottle with a nozzle in zig-zag patterns to increase their beauty further!
How to Store Leftover Corn Dogs?
Simply store the leftover corn dogs after they have cooled down to room temperature in airtight containers and refrigerate them. They will stay good for up to 3 days inside the fridge, and you can easily reheat them in the air fryer again before consumption. Just heat them in the air fryer for 2 minutes at 400 degrees F.
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Why make corn dogs at home?
You should make corn dogs at home because it’s easy and often better than the ones available at the stands.
How to make the corn dogs crispy?
Do not overcrowd the tray or basket; leave about 1/2inch space between each dog.
How to cook mini corn dogs in air fryers?
Same process as big corn dogs, but the cooking time should be lesser, so keep an eye on them.
Can I cook mini corn dogs and regular corn dogs together?
Yes! Just keep an eye on them, and do not overcrowd the tray or basket.
Do I need to thaw the frozen corn dogs?
No! Thawing them and then cooking them sometimes ruins them!
Do I need to add oil to it?
No! Air fryers were meant to cook and fry things without oil.
What are some good brands for corn dogs?
Some of my go-to brands for corn dogs are Foster Farms Corn Dogs and Trader Joe’s Turkey Corn Dogs.
Corn Dogs are not just junk food. They are comfort food!
Follow my instructions and tips to satisfy your cravings for corn dogs, and have a great day ahead! They take little to no time to be ready, and when paired with your favorite dip, these delicious brown crispy dogs can make even the worst days of your life a bit better and give you the feeling of nostalgia and remember the good happy times.