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air fryer corn dogs in a basket with a red and white napkin

Air Fryer Corn Dogs

This Air Fryer Corn Dogs recipe is homemade and from scratch. Making your own state fair dogs can't get any better than these! A frozen batch can be reheated and air fried to save time for weeknight meals.
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer corn dogs, frozen air fryer corn dogs, homemade corn dogs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 331kcal



  • Add the dry ingredients (corn meal, flour, baking powder, sweetener and salt) to a large bowl and stir.
  • Add in the wet ingredients (beaten egg, melted butter, and buttermilk). Stir.
  • Pour the batter into a large drinking glass to dip the dogs.
  • Remove the hot dogs from the packaging and dry them completely. This will help the batter stick to the hot dogs.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cut the hot dogs in half. I use a Cosori 5.8 quart and the corn dogs fit fine.
  • Thread the hot dogs with the skewers. Push each stick into the hot dogs about 3/4ths of the way into the hot dog.
  • Line the air fryer basket with air fryer parchment paper. I have tested this recipe with and without the paper. It works best to use it.
  • Dip each hot dog into the batter in the drinking glass and ensure each is coated.
  • Set the hot dogs in the parchment paper-lined air fryer basket. If there are areas of the hot dog that are missing batter, use a spoon and add more batter to those areas. This is easier to do once you get the corn dogs in the air fryer.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Spray the corn dogs with cooking oil.
  • Air fry the hot dogs for 8-12 minutes on 400 degrees until golden brown. I did not flip the corn dogs.
  • Cool before serving.



  • Typically, wooden skewers should be soaked in water for 20 minutes prior to using them. I have tested soaking them and not soaking them and found them to work fine either way.
  • While testing this recipe I also noticed cook time varies based on how much batter landed on the hot dog. Some hot dogs may have more batter than others, which results in a longer cook time.
  • When you bread the hot dogs and place them in the air fryer basket, some of the breading will leak along the side of the corn dog. This is expected. I like to leave it. Leave it because it will harden and form around the hot dog as it cooks. For presentation, you can always slice off any excess breading once the corn dogs have finished cooking. This is what I do.


Serving: 1corn dog | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 18g