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10 MINUTE RECIPE for The BEST boiled hot dog recipe ever! I’ll show you How To Boil Hot Dogs!

Make Your Own Steaming Hot, Rich, Flavorful and Homemade on a Perfectly Toasted Bun When you know the secret to Perfectly Cooked How To Boil Hot Dogs!

The ends of two dogs poking out from the edge of a bun on a blue plate

Perfectly Cooked Homemade Hot Dogs on a Split Bun

Why This Recipe Works…

  • This recipe is EASY and FAST!
  • READY in 10 MINUTES!
  • Works for ALL HOT DOGS!

Here’s How To Boil Hot Dogs….


Pour 1 Quart of Water into a sauce pan (4 Cups) and set the burner on HIGH. Use up to one 8 dog package for this amount of water.

a hand pouring a quart jar of water into a sauce pan

Using Fresh Clean Cool Water to boil hotdogs


Put the number of hotdogs you want to make into the water.

Hand adding three hot dogs to a sauce pan

Hot dogs become curved a little when you cook them this way.


Allow to come to a full rolling boil for 5 minutes. Turn the burner off, drain and serve.

Sauce pan of full rolling boil with three submerged

Full Rolling Boil

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Long to Boil Hot Dogs

Bring small saucepan filled halfway with water to simmering boil on high. Add hot dogs to boiling water. This will stop boiling, but leave heat alone, it will boil again. Once water returns to boil, hot dogs will heat through in about 5 minutes.

Are Hot Dogs Already Fully Cooked?

Yes, all hot dogs are fully cooked when you purchase them from the store. They are completely safe to eat right out of the package.

HOWEVER, it is BEST to fully cook the hot dogs because there have been some cases where Listeria develops after packaging. 

What’s in a Hot Dog Anyway?

Here’s an interesting article about how Hot Dogs are Made, if you are curious!

How Long To Boil Hot Dogs?

  • If the hot dog is frozen: 8-10 minutes.
  • If the hot dog is just refrigerated: 5 minutes

How Do You Cook Hot Dogs Without A Grill?

When you do not have a grill, boiling hot dogs is the very BEST way to cook a hot dog!

Do You Boil Hot Dogs BEFORE You Grill Them?

You DO NOT have to boil hot dogs BEFORE you grill them.

Hot dogs are already fully cooked, when you grill OR boil them, you are really just heating them up.

How Long Are Hot Dogs Good For?

  • Once the package is opened, hot dogs are good for about 5 days as long as you keep them in a sealed package in the refrigerator.
  • When hot dogs have been cooked, they will keep for about 5 days as long as you keep them in a sealed package in the refrigerator.
  • Don’t let hot dogs sit out unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours at a time.

What’s the Best Way to Reheat a Hot Dog?

  • The best way to reheat a hot dog is to wrap it in aluminum foil place it in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes.
  • You can also, reboil the hot dog for 5 minutes.
  • Heat in the microwave for 1 minute in a bowl of water, repeat for 30 sec intervals till heated through.
  • Grill for a few minutes.

Can I FREEZE Hot Dogs?

  • Yes, you can place the whole package as purchased from the store in the freezer for up to three months.
  • You can also freeze cooked hot dogs in freezer safe containers for up to 3 months.

Can I BOIL a FROZEN Hot Dog?


  • just put the frozen hot dogs (even if they are stuck together) in the water,
  • follow the directions below for how to boil hot dogs and
  • allow an extra 5-8 minutes of full strength boiling.

How Long To Boil a Frozen Hot Dog?

Frozen Hot Dogs will need to boil 8-10 minutes at a full boil to completely defrost and heat through.

How To Defrost a Frozen Hot Dog Quickly

  • You can simply put the frozen hot dog into the pan to boil and it will defrost as it heats up.
  • If you plan to grill or cook your hot dog another way, then to defrost your hot dog, place it in a zip lock type bag and allow it to float in luke warm water in a bowl in the sink until thawed (about 20 minutes or so).
Two Hot dogs resting in buns on a blue plate on a cutting board.

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Toast the Bun

  • Split the bun.
  • Paint the inside and outside with melted butter.
  • Then broil in the oven under the broiling till toasted on one side, flip and do the other side.

Add MORE Flavor to the  Hot Dogs:

Doing ONE or BOTH of the FOLLOWING..

  1. Add more flavoring to the water you boil in.
  2. Add more toppings and ingredients to the completed Hot Dog.


  1. Boil the Hot Dogs in THIS BEER Recipe…

Pour one whole beer into a sauce pan( your choice of flavors – pick one that you personally like).

Then add..

  • 1 Cup of water
  • ½ a stick of butter (4 Tbs).
  • 2 Tbs Hot Sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2  tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  1. Set this on medium high, add the hot dogs.
  2. Allow to come to a simmer.
  3. Cut the heat back to medium when simmering.
  4. Simmer for 5 minutes then drain and serve.


Boil the Hot Dogs in Flavored Broths

  • Chicken Broth,
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Beef Broth

 Boil the hot dog in a can of beef consume mixed with one can of water.

What to PUT ON the Hot Dogs…

Of course, there’s the obvious…

  • Ketchup,
  • Mustard,
  • Chili
  • Slaw,
  • Onions
  • Sauerkraut

But what about….

  • Mayonnaise
  • Cheese
  • Butter

What Can I Serve With Hot Dogs?

Hot Dogs are PERFECT with a Garlic Dill Potato Salad, Lexington Style Red Slaw and some perfectly cooked Hamburgers 

and don’t forget to have some delicious Southern Sweet Tea!

If You Enjoyed This Recipe, You Might Also Enjoy

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Holiday Sausage and Rice

IN FACT, Any of our Main Dish Recipes will interest you!


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How To Boil Hot Dogs

Make Your Own Steaming Hot, Rich, Flavorful and Homemade on a Perfectly Toasted Bun When you know the secret to Perfectly Cooked How To Boil Hot Dogs!
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to boil a hot dog, boiled hot dogs
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 130kcal


  • 1 Quart of Water
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1-8 Hot Dogs


  • our the water into a medium sized sauce pan and set the heat on medium high.
  • Add the salt to the water.
  • Place the hot dogs in the water.
  • Continue heating on medium high until water begins to boil. Cut the heat back slightly so that pan won’t boil over. Simmer like this for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and drain and serve.


General Information:
  • Hot Dogs are fully cooked when you purchase them, so boiling is really just heating them up.
  • Make sure to give guests plenty of options for toppings.
  • Toast the buns with butter! You won’t be sorry!
The recipe above is the BASIC hot dog recipe.
If you REALLY want to add flavor choose one of the following:
  • Add a bouillon cube to the cooking water at the start (any flavor works).
  • Cook the hot dogs in a chicken, beef or vegetable stock!
  • Cut the water by ½ (2 Cups) and add a can of beef consume soup to the water, let the hot dogs boil in that soup.
  • Add a beer, ½ stick of butter, 1 tbs of hot sauce, 1 tsp of onion powder and 1 tsp of garlic powder to 2 cups of water and boil the hot dogs in that mixture.


Nutrition Facts
How To Boil Hot Dogs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 189mg8%
Potassium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Since I’m traveling today and trying so hard to use my talents for good, this verse resounded with me and I hope it does with you too.

1 Peter 4:10

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms

Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

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Saturday 11th of May 2019

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Saturday 11th of May 2019

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