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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!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to boil a hot dog, boiled hot dogs
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker


  • 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.


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 8mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg