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Air Fryer Corn Dogs

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Have you ever craved that state fair flavor in a corn dog but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of deep frying? The air fryer transforms regular frozen corn dogs into a delicious, quick lunch with all the fairground taste right at home!

Skipping the microwave and instead using this air fryer method ensures crispy corn dog exteriors while keeping everything simple and clean—no wet batter or messy deep fryer involved.

Plus, learn all the times and temps of air fryer frozen foods here.

corn dogs made in ninja foodi air fryer

Why Choose Making Corn Dogs in the Air Fryer?

Not only does air frying make foods like pizza rolls, corn dogs, and even Oreo’s taste like they’re freshly fried, but it also maintains your kitchen’s cleanliness and keeps things healthier. Nothing is worse than wiping up a greasy stove or wasting an entire container of oil to deep fry.

Trust me, once you air fry corn dogs, you might never return to the conventional oven or microwave again!

Air Frying Regular Size Corn Dogs

You need: Frozen corn dogs, Air Fryer (any model)

Using My Ninja Foodi For this guide, I used my 6-quart Ninja Foodi All-In-One Air Fryer. It’s a game changer for making full-sized and mini corn dogs with minimal effort.

Frozen Corn Dogs in Air Fryer (Full size) ninja foodi
  1. Preheat: Heat your air fryer to 390 degrees for 5 minutes.
  2. Arrange: Place the corn dogs in the basket. Ensure they’re spaced well to cook evenly.
  3. Cook: Set your air fryer to ‘Air Crisp’ at 390 degrees and cook for 8-10 minutes. Remember to flip them halfway through for that perfectly crisp exterior. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, and bam, the easiest kid-friendly dinner ever!

Air Frying Mini Sized Corn Dog Nuggets

Like chicken nuggets, frozen mini corn dogs cook faster, so they only need about 6-8 minutes under the same conditions.

mini Frozen Corn Dogs in Air Fryer

Perfect Golden Brown Corn Dogs with These Tips

  • Keep them at a Single Layer: Avoid overcrowding your air fryer to ensure each corn dog cooks evenly and with a crunchy texture.
  • Safety First: The corn dogs and their sticks get hot, so handle them carefully. I personally find that using tongs to remove it is the easiest way.

Do I need a non-stick cooking spray or cooking oil?

I think the entire point of using an air fryer is to use a cooking method that doesn’t require any oil. You still get delicious corn dogs without the oily guilt. I know some people will recommend it, but personally, the value is letting the air fryer do its job.

Dipping Sauce Suggestions

I don’t really need to tell you that dogs go with classic ketchup, but there are other ways to chow down with sauces. My favorites are:

corn dogs being dipped into ketchup

What side dishes go with corn dogs?

It’s easy to pair corn dogs with a side dish. As a classic choice, you can’t go wrong with some crispy French fries or tater tots. If serving the dogs at a BBQ, make some coleslaw, fruit salad, or potato salad.

Baked beans and mac and cheese are perfect if you’re looking for something hearty and also typically have leftovers for later meals. If you want something without baking and a bit quicker, freshly sliced raw veggies or pickles are super simple.

side dishes for corn dogs suggestions.

Air Fryer Recipes Chart

Times and temps for the most popular frozen foods

Air fryers are a game-changing kitchen gadget akin to a countertop convection oven. They brilliantly crisp up the food’s exterior while keeping the inside perfectly cooked. Using an air fryer recipe frees up your main oven, keeps your kitchen cooler, and offers a healthier way to enjoy traditionally fried foods.

Food Temp Time
Full Size Corn Dogs390°F8-10 minutes
Mini Corn Dogs390°F6-7 minutes
French Fries400°F15-20 minutes
Meatballs400°F10-15 minutes
Onion Rings400°F8-10 minutes
Chicken Nuggets400°F10-12 minutes
Fish Sticks400°F10-15 minutes
Mozzarella Sticks400°F6-8 minutes
Vegetable Spring Rolls400°F8-10 minutes
Pizza Rolls380°F6-8 minutes
comprehensive chart for air frying various popular frozen foods

And if you have learned to handle all the boxed frozen foods, try something new!

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Air Fryer Corn Dogs (From Frozen)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Enjoy fair-style corn dogs at home with this air fryer recipe! Achieve State Fair quality with minimal effort as the air fryer perfectly crisps the outside while keeping the inside dog tender and juicy. Ideal for quick dinners, easy lunches, or dippable snacks, air frying frozen corn dogs ensures a crispy, golden brown exterior without any mess, making microwaved mushiness a thing of the past.


  • air fryer


  • Frozen Corn Dogs keep frozen
  • Dipping sauce


Full-Size Corn Dogs:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Place full-sized frozen corn dogs in the air crisp basket and close the lid.
  • Set the air fryer to ‘Air Crisp’ (or ‘Air Fry’ on similar models) at 390 degrees.
    Frozen Corn Dogs in Air Fryer (Full size) ninja foodi
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the center is hot.
  • Remove with tongs and serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

Mini Corn Dogs:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Add mini frozen corn dogs to the basket and close the lid.
  • Set the air fryer to ‘Air Crisp’ or ‘Air Fry’ at 390 degrees.
    mini Frozen Corn Dogs in Air Fryer
  • Heat for 6-8 minutes or until the center is hot. Remove with tongs and serve immediately.


Please note that these corn dogs were made in the Ninja Foodi All in One 6 quart basket. The instructions should remain the same for other brands, however time may need to be adjusted by a minute or two depending on size and depth of air fryer basket.
  • 1 regular size corn dog is a serving. Box is 16 ounces and has 6 dogs/6 servings. 
  • 4 mini corn dogs is a serving. Box is 11.25 ounces and has 16 pieces or 4 servings. 


Serving: 1corn dog | Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 994mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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