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How to Boil Hot Dogs

Step-by-step instructions for boiling the perfect hot dog!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer hot dogs, boiling hot dogs, how long to boil hot dogs, how to boil hot dogs
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 112kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 6 hot dogs refrigerated or frozen
  • 1 1/2 quarts cold water or beer (6 cups or 3-4 cans)


  • Fill a medium saucepan or skillet with the water and place over high heat (medium heat if using beer).
  • Once the liquid is boiling, carefully add the hot dogs using kitchen tongs to avoid splashes.
  • Boil 5 minutes for refrigerated dogs or 10 minutes for frozen dogs. For jumbo size wieners, add 3 minutes extra.
  • Using tongs again, remove the dogs to a plate for dressing. Serve hot.


  • Hot Dogs: Buying quality hot dogs will reduce the likelihood of blemishes and split casings.
  • Leftover water in the pan can be re-used to boil consecutive batches if desired.
  • When doubling the recipe, use a large pot to avoid crowding.


Serving: 1hot dog | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 66mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg