How to Deep Fry Hot Dogs

deep fried hot dog

Deep fried hot dogs are a common occurrence in New Jersey and Connecticut and are loved by deep fried foodies and inebriated college kids. The best deep fried dogs are when they’re fried long enough for the skins to rip open. Then to top the nice crisp deep fried dog you can use a million different combinations of sauces, relishes, vegetables, and such to add more flavor and texture.

To make deep fried hot dogs at home you need a pack of your favorite hot dogs, a deep fryer, some oil, paper towels, and toppings. I use natural casing hot dogs when I can to get a crisper skin that snaps as I bite into it. The optimal temperature for frying your dogs is 350 degrees Fahrenheit (at least that’s how they do it at the famous Rutt’s Hut in New Jersey). Fry at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes (or if you like a really done and mangled “ripper” dog try for 7-9 minutes). Drain off on some paper towels, slap on a bun and pile on your choice of toppings.

I like to pile mayo, celery salt and fresh chopped onions on my dog and lay it into a nice potato bun. You can try all sorts of toppings including:

  • relish
  • cheese whiz
  • mayo
  • ketchup
  • salsa
  • onions
  • gravy
  • cottage cheese
  • mustard
  • chili
  • gravy

This isn’t the most healthy dish in the world but rocks for parties, kids who only eat junk food, and when you want some heart-stopping deep fried food after a night of bar hopping.

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