How to Boil Hot Dogs

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    Learn how to boil hot dogs in just 10 minutes from start to finish. A quick and kid-friendly lunch idea that’s so simple to make! 

    My kids love hot dogs. Which I definitely don’t mind, because they couldn’t be easier to whip up…especially when boiling on the stove. Sometimes we even cut them up and make mini corn dog muffins. So yummy!

    hot dog on white plate with ketchup

    Now I know most of you don’t need a recipe for this, but since I get a lot of requests for easy lunch ideas for kids during the summer, I thought I would share one of our go to’s. Boiled hot dogs are so easy to make and are the perfect simple lunch option for when you don’t feel like cooking.

    When grilling isn’t an option (or there isn’t room on the grill) it’s nice to be able to boil them instead. They’re super easy to make on the stove and only take 10 minutes from start to finish. Then place them on top of a toasted bun and add all your favorite toppings!

    boiling frozen hot dog in water

    How long to boil hot dogs

    Because they are already cooked, it doesn’t take long to boil them. Simply add them to a large pot of boiling water and cook over medium-high heat for about 4 to 5 minutes. They will be fully heated through at this point. Using tongs, remove them from the pot and then place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess water.

    Boiling frozen hot dogs

    We always have a package or two in the freezer and it’s super easy to pull them out and boil them. Simply add the frozen hot dog to the boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes, or until heated through.

    hot dogs lined on a paper towel lined plate

    Topping ideas

    There are so many hot dog toppings that we love to add. In the summer we even love doing a hot dog toppings bar. Below are a few of our favorites:

    • Onions
    • Tomatoes
    • Jalapenos
    • Relish
    • Ketchup
    • Mustard
    • BBQ sauce

    hot dog with ketchup on white plate

    Favorite sides dishes for serving:

    hot dog on white plate

    Boiling Hot Dogs

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: boiling hot dogs
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 7
    Calories: 111
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Learn how to boil hot dogs in just 10 minutes from start to finish. A quick and kid-friendly lunch idea that's so simple to make! 


    • 7 hot dogs
    • 1 quart water

    Pinch of salt

      For serving: hot dog buns, ketchup, mustard, relish


        • Add water to a large pot over medium-high heat. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
        • Add the hot dogs and boil for 4-5 minutes. If adding frozen hot dogs, cook for 8-10 minutes.
        • Remove with tongs and place on a paper towel lined plate. Add on top of a hot dog bun with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


        Tip: Place the buns in a toaster oven or broil for a minute to toast them before serving. 


        Serving: 1hot dog | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 66mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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