Whenever I want to whip up a quick and totally satisfying meal that even the pickiest little eaters will gobble up with excitement, these frozen hot dogs are my ultimate go-to!

They are an absolute lifesaver in the kitchen!

Hot dogs in buns lined on a white rectangle serving platter.

What Makes This Recipe So Irresistible

These always take me on an exciting trip down memory lane!

I can’t help but reminisce about the incredible times as a kid, chowing down on ballpark hot dogs while cheering for our favorite team during a thrilling baseball game. Good times, indeed!

Cooking frozen hot dogs without a microwave is a total game-changer! Not only do you get to relish the enhanced flavor and better texture, but the best part is, it is such a simple and satisfying process!

Plus, you can totally customize it to suit your taste buds – it’s an absolute win-win!

Golden seared hot dogs.

Boiling frozen hot dogs? Really?

If hot dogs were part of your childhood, get ready to be amazed! Every time I dig into these, it’s like a blast from the past.

I must admit, boiling hot dogs doesn’t initially sound inviting or even appetizing. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with the traditional BBQ method; my family and I adore BBQ hot dogs.

However, there are instances when grilling is not practicable due to time constraints.

Boiling them in a dutch oven can be a quicker alternative. Moreover, after the hot dogs are thawed, they are seared in butter, resulting in a delightful flavor that simply melts in your mouth.

Related: Did you know just about anything can be boiled? Try these boiled scallops next!

A hot dog in a golden bun drizzled with mustard on a plate with fries and a splash of ketchup.

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The Best Frozen Hot Dog Recipe

Once you give this recipe a try, you will understand what the hype is all about. So, get ready to be blown away by the incredible flavors and make it a new favorite in your kitchen!



  • 8 frozen hot dogs
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of butter

Add the water to the dutch oven and place frozen hot dogs carefully into the pot.

Frozen hot dogs about to go into a dutch oven filled with water.

Bring the water to a boil, uncovered. Once the frozen hot dogs begin to soften, you can separate them with a butter knife. (wear oven mitts to protect your hands)

Frozen hot dogs thawing in a dutch oven.

Continue to boil until heated through.

Boiling hot dogs in a cream colored dutch oven.

Remove the hot dogs to a plate and drain the water. Heat the butter in the bottom of the dutch oven and sear the hot dogs.

It only takes a couple of minutes to get the crispy finish, but if time is of the essence, you can totally skip this step!

Hot dogs being seared with butter in a dutch oven.

Serve and enjoy.

Fresh out of the dutch oven are hot dogs stacked on a glass plate.

Tips for cooking frozen hot dogs

  • If you are having trouble with your hot dogs splitting open, try poking a few holes in them beforehand. Though it would be much easier if they were defrosted first 🙂
  • Now, I know some people prefer a little extra seasoning on their dogs, and if that is you, go ahead and add whatever spices suit your fancy right to the water!
  • Don’t let those leftover hot dogs from the amazing outdoor BBQ go to waste! You can easily freeze them and use them later for boiling, creating another delightful meal!

Serving Suggesting

Burgers and hot dogs, accompanied by a side of hot french fries, make for a timeless and scrumptious combination that is universally adored for its irresistible flavors and appeal.

To take the flavor experience to another level, try pairing hot dogs with your favorite chili, or try this venison chili recipe.

It makes for a delightful combo loved by many, adding a savory and satisfying twist to this classic favorite.

Both hot dogs and fries can be customized to individual preferences. Hot dogs can be topped with various condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, onions, relish, and more.

Fries can be seasoned with different spices or served with dipping sauces, allowing for a wide range of flavors.

On a rectangle plate is a hot dog, french fries and some ketchup.


Do you have to thaw frozen hot dogs? For this recipe, the answer is no. You can cook them directly from frozen, which saves time and makes the cooking process even more convenient.

Can you freeze hot dogs? Absolutely. Freezing hot dogs is a common and effective way to extend their shelf life. Just make sure to store them properly in an airtight container or freezer bag to prevent freezer burn.

How to quickly defrost hot dogs? Boiling hot dogs is a quick and effective way to defrost them, and they will be ready to enjoy in just a few minutes.

Why Do Hot Dogs Taste Better Boiled? Hot dogs taste better boiled because boiling ensures even cooking, retains moisture, and imparts a softer texture, resulting in a juicier and more tender bite.

Is it better to boil or microwave hot dogs? Boiling hot dogs is generally preferred over microwaving due to its ability to provide more even and thorough heating, resulting in hotter, juicier, and more flavorful hot dogs compared to microwaving, which can sometimes lead to uneven heating and potential loss of moisture.

Delicious hot dogs on a plate sitting on a wooden cutting board.

Until Next Time

I’ll be honest with you, it was incredible making these hot dogs for this post. It brought back so many memories as a kid and much to my surprise, they were quite delicious!

So if you need a last-minute meal idea, grab those hot dogs out of the freezer and try your hand at boiling hot dogs. You are going to love it, trust me.

Once you try this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment telling me how much you enjoyed it! And if you are new to boiling, you have to check out some of these favorites below!

How to Cook Frozen Hot Dogs

Laura Ascher
Whenever I want to prepare a fast and satisfying meal that even the most selective kids will enjoy, I can count on these frozen hot dogs.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Dutch Oven Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 8 frozen hot dogs
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of butter


  • Add the water to the dutch oven.
  • Place frozen hot dogs carefully into the pot.
  • Bring the water to a boil, uncovered.
  • Once the frozen hot dogs begin to soften, you can separate them with a butter knife. (wear oven mitts to protect your hands)
  • Continue to boil until heated through.
  • Remove the hot dogs to a plate and drain the water.
  • Heat the butter in the bottom of the dutch oven and sear the hot dogs.
  • Serve and enjoy.
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