Pan frying is a popular way to prepare your hot dogs. It is not more difficult than cooking them, but frying makes your hot dogs more flavorful and more delicious.
As I mentioned in my recipe How To Boil Hot Dogs, Hot dog is no raw meat, so cooking through is not necessary. So we do not aim to literally “fry” them, but to make them more tasteful. Adjust frying time to your own taste preference.
Whichever way you choose to fry it, it is worth cutting 6 to 10 cross-hatch patterns in your hot dogs. Do not cut them up, don’t cut deeper than half the thickness of your hot dogs.
These cuts will open during frying your hot dogs. On one hand this enables your hot dogs to be evenly cooked. On the other hand this is the most proper way to fry them and your fried hot dogs just will look more desirable.
Plan on serving 2 to 6 hot dogs for each adult – portion sizes depend on how hungry your guests are, and how your baked hot dogs will be served; as an appetizer, with side dish or as a main meal.
How To Fry Hot Dogs
Fried hot dogs can be prepared pan-fried, grilled or deep fried.
- To make pan fried hot dogs it is advisable to put a small amount of oil or fat into your pan. I added 1 tablespoon high-quality duck fat when frying 10 hot dogs. This will make your hot dogs even more delicious, and they won’t stick to the pan while frying. When your frying pan is hot enough, place the hot dogs into it. Turn them a few times, and let them cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Grilled hot dogs are prepared in almost the same way as Pan fried hot Ddgs, but there is no need to add extra fat.
- Deep-fried hot dogs (a.k.a. “ripper dogs” or “hot dog roses” in Europe). By deep frying your hot dogs, a thicker crust develops during frying, and they become a bit more curved. Simply place your hot dogs in the hot pan, and deep fry them for 4 to 5 minutes.
Serving Fried Hot Dogs
Fried hot dog is a perfect dish even without side dish, just like cooked hot dogs. Enjoy them as an appetizer or a main dish with a slice of bread. Season them with mustard, ketchup or mayonnaise to give it a zing – you can enjoy them almost any time during the day.
Fried hot dogs go also great with vegetable stews.