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State Fair Corn Dog Recipe

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If there's one thing I can't resist when summer rolls around, it's the irresistible aroma of corn dogs wafting through the Texas State Fair. But who says you have to wait for fair season to indulge in this classic treat? This homemade corn dog recipe will transport you straight to the fairgrounds, no matter the time of year! With just a few simple pantry staples like cornmeal and flour, and some easy steps, you'll be enjoying this warm, crispy, golden-brown state fair corn dog recipe right at home.

A plate of five corn dogs arranged on a white and blue dish, with one partially eaten. Red cherry tomatoes are used as garnish. The background features red, white, and blue stripes reminiscent of a State Fair.

The Secret to Perfect State Fair Corn Dogs

  • Crispy Cornmeal Batter: This corn dog batter recipe is a simple blend of cornmeal and flour creates a batter that fries up to that iconic golden-brown, giving you that satisfying crunch with every bite.
  • Touch of Sweetness: A bit of sugar balances the savory flavors for a truly authentic taste.
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  • Endless Customization: Use your favorite kind of hot dogs, cheddar cheese sticks or even veggie dogs, and top with your favorite condiments – think yellow mustard, ketchup, or even chili and cheese!
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State Fair Corn Dog Recipe

This easy recipe recreates the iconic taste of State Fair corn dogs with simple ingredients and a few easy steps. Achieve the perfect golden-brown crunch with a simple cornmeal batter, a touch of sweetness, and endless customization options for your favorite hot dogs and toppings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes 

Cook Time: 15 minutes 

Total Time: 30 minutes 

Yields: 6 corn dogs

Ingredients for a state fair-inspired recipe, including sausages, flour, egg, milk, cornmeal, oil, and various spices arranged on a marble countertop.

Ingredients:

  • 6 hot dogs
  • 6 wooden skewers or wooden stick
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup buttermilk (or regular milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar/lemon juice)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
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Equipment:

  • Deep fryer or large pot
  • Thermometer
  • Tall glass or container for batter
  • Slotted spoon
  • Paper towels
Four hot dogs skewered on sticks are arranged in a row on a white marble surface, resembling a State Fair recipe, and accompanied by a small sprig of cilantro.
A white bowl with two types of flour and four white oval dishes containing powdered ingredients, on a marble surface. A sprig of green herbs is placed next to the bowl, evoking the charm of a State Fair recipe preparation.
A raw egg is cracked into a glass bowl containing liquid, ready for the perfect corn dog recipe, placed on a blue and white checkered cloth on a white marble surface.
A glass bowl of yellow batter sits on a checkered cloth, ready for the perfect corn dog recipe, with two skewered hot dogs beside it on a white marble surface, evoking the nostalgia of your favorite state fair treats.
A bowl of yellow batter with three corn dogs on sticks beside it and a smaller bowl of the same batter, placed on a blue and white checkered cloth on a marble surface, just like you'd find at a State Fair.
Three skewered sausages next to a small bowl of mustard on top of a blue and white checkered napkin, reminiscent of a State Fair favorite, garnished with parsley.

Instructions:

  1. Dry the hot dogs and insert skewers, leaving space at the bottom for dipping.
  2. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients: cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and buttermilk. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until just combined. The batter should be thick but pourable.
  4. Heat enough oil in a deep fryer or pot to 350°F (175°C). Check the temperature with a thermometer.
  5. Pour batter into a tall glass. Dip each skewered hot dog, turning to coat completely. Allow excess batter to drip off.
  6. Carefully lower the corn dogs into the hot oil and fry in batches for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Remove the cooked corn dogs with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve hot with your favorite condiments.
A plate with several delicious corn dogs, reminiscent of a State Fair, garnished with cherry tomatoes and parsley. Dips of mustard and ketchup are perfectly placed in the background.

Tips for Corn Dog Success:

  • Pat the hot dogs dry for better batter adhesion.
  • Combine dry and wet ingredients separately before mixing for best results.
  • Ensure oil is at the correct temperature (350°F or 175°C) for crispy corn dogs.
  • Cook in batches to prevent overcrowding.
  • Use a tall glass for easier dipping.
  • Experiment with different dipping sauces and seasonings.
  • Leftover corn dogs can be refrigerated and reheated.

Corn Dog Companions: The Best Sides

  • Classic Fair Food: Pair your perfect corn dogs with other favorites like funnel cakes or freshly popped popcorn.
  • Crunchy Slaw: A tangy coleslaw cuts through the richness of the corn dogs.
  • Fresh Fruit Salad: A light and refreshing fruit salad balances the savory flavors.
  • French Fries: Definitely the perfect match to homemade corn dogs.
Close-up of several corn dogs, with one partially eaten, revealing the sausage inside. The corndogs are arranged on a white surface with green leaves and a red pepper in the background, reminiscent of a State Fair treat.

FAQ: state fair corn dog recipe

Can I make these without a deep fryer? Absolutely! A heavy-bottomed pot like a cast iron skillet or dutch oven works perfectly.

Can I use a different type of oil? Yes, peanut oil or soybean oil are also good options.

What can I do with leftover batter? Don't let it go to waste! Use it to make mini corn dogs or fry up some vegetables for a tasty snack.

A plate of six corn dogs on sticks, reminiscent of a State Fair treat, with one partially bitten, served with cherry tomatoes and garnished with green leaves.

This easy homemade corn dog recipe brings the magic of the fair right to your kitchen table. So fire up the stove, gather your ingredients, and get ready to enjoy the best corn dogs you've ever had! No need to wait for the next fair to enjoy this traditional favorite – you can have this perfect snack anytime you crave it!

Let me know how your state fair corn dog recipe turn out, and don't forget to share your favorite topping combinations!

Yield: 6

State Fair Corn Dogs

A plate of five corn dogs arranged on a white and blue dish, with one partially eaten. Red cherry tomatoes are used as garnish. The background features red, white, and blue stripes reminiscent of a State Fair.

This easy corn dog recipe recreates the iconic State Fair treat with pantry staples like cornmeal and flour. A simple batter, fried to golden perfection, creates the signature crispy exterior. Customize with your favorite hot dogs and toppings for endless possibilities.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 hot dogs
  • 6 wooden skewers or sticks
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup buttermilk (or regular milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar/lemon juice)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

    Dry the hot dogs and insert skewers, leaving space at the bottom for dipping.

    In a bowl, combine dry ingredients: cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar.

    In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and buttermilk. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until just combined. The batter should be thick but pourable.

    Heat enough oil in a deep fryer or pot to 350°F (175°C). Check the temperature with a thermometer.

    Pour the batter into a tall glass. Dip each skewered hot dog, turning to coat completely. Allow excess batter to drip off.

    Carefully lower the corn dogs into the hot oil and fry in batches for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

    Remove the cooked corn dogs with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve hot with your favorite condiments.

Notes

Tips for Corn Dog Success:
Pat the hot dogs dry for better batter adhesion.
Combine dry and wet ingredients separately before mixing for best results.
Ensure oil is at the correct temperature (350°F or 175°C) for crispy corn dogs.
Cook in batches to prevent overcrowding.

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