How Long To Boil Hot Dogs

Boiling is the most common way of preparing hot dogs. But do you know how to prepare them this way? Exactly how long to boil hot dogs?

How Long To Boil Hot Dogs?

How long do you boil hot dogs? The answer is simple.

You should simmer your hot dogs in hot but not boiling water for 5 minutes. You can actually turn the heat off during the cooking process, or turn it to low.

No Need To Literally Boil Them

When you are searching for the answer to the question how long should you cook hot dogs, you should actually know that you don’t need to literally boil them.

Hot dogs are pre-cooked products. They are not raw when purchased. You could even eat them cold, right from the fridge, e.g. in a hot dog salad. So you don’t need to boil your franks as you would do with any raw products, you just actually need to warm them up. They should actually explode if left in boiling water for long, resulting in a not so desirable food.

That’s why the process of cooking or boiling your hot dogs is actually very simple. You bring up the water to a boil, then turn off the heat. Place your hot dogs in the water and cover it with a lid. Leave your hot dogs in the hot water for 5 minutes to let them heat all the way through.

And that’s it! That’s the way you boil hot dogs.

Classic hot dog in a bun with mustard and ketchup

Boiling Hot Dogs

Balazs Szilagyi
Yummy franks ready in 5 minutes
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Base Recipe
Cuisine American, Classic, European
Servings 4 servings


  • saucepan
  • cooking pot


  • 4 hot dogs


  • Bring water to boil in a saucepan or pot.
    Boiling water
  • Once it's boiling. put the hot dogs in the hot water and turn off the heat.
    Boiling hot dogs 1
  • Let the hot dogs simmer in the hot water for 5 minutes, covered.
    Boiling hot dogs 2
  • Serve your franks in a bun with your favorite condiment or sauce.
    Classic hot dog in a bun with mustard and ketchup
Keyword easy, quick
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