Featuring a blend of a crispy, sugary coating enveloping a juicy sausage and gooey cheese, Korean corn dogs are a testament to the magic of popular street food – casual, innovative, and incredibly satisfying.
Sweet and salty, these battered and fried hot dogs are far more than just a simple snack. With their mouth-watering mix of flavors and indulgent textures, they have rightfully earned a place on the table for lunch or dinner.
The viral popularity of this delicious fusion of classic American and Korean favorites proves that diving into this trend is well worth it.
Why you will love making TikTok Korean Corn Dogs.
A Tasty Adventure: Korean corn dogs are a delightful fusion of flavors and textures that offer a fun twist on a familiar treat.
The sweetness from the sugar coating paired with the gooey, melty cheese and savory sausage creates an irresistible combination. You’ll be delighted by the surprise of every bite – crunchy, soft, sweet, and savory all at once!
Easy and Customizable: Making TikTok Korean corn dogs at home means you can play around and personalize your snack. Want more cheese or less sausage? You can make it happen!
Perfect for Sharing: These treats are not just delicious, they’re also super Instagrammable (or TikTok-able?). Korean Street Food is bright, colorful, and exciting—perfect for sharing on social media and impressing your friends and followers.
See the recipe on TikTok
You can see various videos, from how to make Korean hot dogs/corn dogs to people testing them out. We loved how cute the video from Amber was.
See her test out a Cheeto-covered corn dog below.
- Panko bread crumbs
- hot dogs
- Mozzarella cheese sticks
- all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and baking powder
- salt, egg, and milk
- vegetable oil for frying
- ketchup, mustard, and ranch dressing for serving
- wooden skewers
How to make Korean Corn Dogs.
- Heat about 2″ of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat on the stovetop.
- Place panko crumbs into a shallow dish. Set aside.
- Cut half the hot dogs and string cheese sticks to have six of each.
- Thread the hot dog onto a skewer and then the cheese stick, making sure the stick goes through the entire cheese stick. Set aside.
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add egg and milk and mix until combined. Pour the mixture into a tall glass.
- Dredge each corn dog skewer into the mixture and immediately place it into the panko.
- Coat all sides of the hot dog with panko.
- Fry for 4 minutes, 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown, and serve topped with mustard, ketchup, and ranch dressing.
Are Korean Corn Dogs even Korean?
They are not what we would call traditionally well-known Korean food like Kimchi, but they are popular on the streets of South Korea as what is considered a “street food.” Street food has taken hold in trending modern recipes, and we have seen some great things brought to the kitchen, like grape tanghulu and the many inspired Elote dishes.
What is the difference between a Korean corn dog and an American Corn Dog?
While similar in concept, American and Korean corn dogs have distinct differences in ingredients and preparation.
Here’s how they typically differ:
American Corn Dog Recipe:
An American corn dog is a sausage (usually a hot dog) coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter and deep-fried. It is typically served on a wooden stick.
The cornmeal batter provides a sweet and grainy contrast to the savory sausage. Classic corn dogs are commonly served with ketchup and mustard.
Korean Corn Dog:
Korean-style corn dogs (Korean hot dogs or ganja-hotdog) offer a unique twist. Like the American version, a Korean corn dog is a sausage coated in batter and deep-fried.
However, the batter often mixes regular wheat and rice flour, giving it a slightly different texture. One defining feature of a Korean cheese corn dog is adding additional ingredients, such as chunks of cheese, potatoes, french fries, cheetos, puffed rice, or fried ramen noodles.
After frying, Korean corn dogs are often rolled in sugar and then topped with various sauces like ketchup, honey mustard, or even sweet chili.
Use Good-Quality Sausages and Cheese: For an elevated taste, use good-quality sausages and cheese. You want a flavorful sausage and a cheese that melts well.
Remember, the ingredients inside will play a significant role in the final taste of your Korean corn dog.
Remember the Sugar: After frying your corn dogs, roll them in sugar while they’re still hot. This step may sound strange if you’re used to American corn dogs, but the sugar gives Korean corn dogs their characteristic sweet-savory balance.
Toppings Galore: After frying and adding a sprinkle of sugar, don’t be shy about adding sauces and toppings.
Korean Corn Dogs (TikTok Viral)
- 3 hot dogs cut evenly in half
- 3 mozzarella cheese sticks cut evenly in half
- vegetable oil for frying
- 1¼ cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 cups Panko Crumbs
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- Begin by heating approximately two inches of your preferred vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. The oil needs to be hot enough to sizzle but not smoking, which should take around 5 minutes.
- Next, pour the panko breadcrumbs into a shallow dish or plate and set it aside.
- Start preparing the hot dogs and cheese sticks. Cut them evenly into halves, creating six equal pieces each. It's the perfect ratio for a balanced blend of savory sausage and melting cheese.
- Proceed by threading a skewer through each piece of hot dog, followed by a piece of cheese stick. Ensure the skewer runs through the entire length of the cheese stick to keep everything in place during frying. Set these prepped skewers aside.
- For the batter, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add an egg and milk to the dry ingredients and stir until you get a smooth, lump-free batter. Batter should be enough to make 5-6 Korean Corn Dogs.
- Pour the batter mixture into a tall, narrow glass. This will make it easier to coat the skewered hot dogs and cheese uniformly.
- One by one, dip each skewered hot dog and cheese into the batter, making sure it's thoroughly coated. Immediately after, roll it around in the panko breadcrumbs, pressing gently to ensure the crumbs stick on all sides.
Fry Corn Dogs
- With your corn dogs ready to go, it's time to fry. Cook each corn dog in the preheated oil for about 2 minutes on each side. They should turn a beautiful, crispy golden brown. Time may vary depending on how hot the oil in your skillet is and your stove itself.
- Serve your Korean corn dogs hot and topped with a variety of sauces. Traditional mustard, tangy ketchup, and creamy ranch dressing make excellent dipping sauces, but feel free to experiment with your favorites.
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