Mini Corn Dogs in Air Fryer are a tasty treat that comes together in minutes. Kids and adults alike are happy to munch on these cute corn dog nuggets.
It doesn’t matter if you are sad that you didn’t make it to your local State Fair this year (where we used to get the best corn dogs!) or if you are just in the mood for a yummy treat, corn dogs in the air fryer is where it’s at!
The outside is deliciously crispy and slightly sweet. Then, you have the savory hot dog in the center for the win! Using mini corn dogs is key because they cook perfectly and are great for an appetizer or easy dinner for the whole family with no prep time needed. Plus, they are bite-sized so what is better than that?
🍽️ Why This Works
Quick | Because you using store-bought pre-packaged food, there are no long drawn-out steps. Drop those frozen corn dogs in the air fryer and next thing you know they are ready!
Easy | You can decide at the last minute to cook a batch and barely have to put in any effort to get the job done. We all have nights when we need a recipe like that!
Taste Great | I am an adult and I seriously can’t get enough of these. Imagine what happens when you put a plate full in front of hungry kids. They will disappear because they taste so good.
Mini Corn Dogs | Any frozen mini corn dogs will work. We typically buy the State Fair and Foster Farms mini corn dogs because we love how they taste and the texture. Go with something you already like and you can’t go wrong.
Dipping Sauces | Use small ramekins to mix up sauces to dip in. We used mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce, Chick-fil-a sauce, honey mustard and ranch.
⏲️ Equipment and Tools
Air Fryer | You need an air fryer to get the job done. There are many air fryers on the market, but we typically prefer Ninja, Cosori, or Gourmia brands. We used our Ninja 5 qt for this recipe and have used our Instant Vortex 7 in 1 as well. The Vortex does cook everything faster than the Ninja so always test your timing for every recipe you use.
Ramekins or Sauce Cups | Keep several of these on hand. They are perfect for adding just a little bit of dipping sauces.
Step One: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F degrees.
Step Two: Add the frozen mini corn dogs to the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 8-10 minutes. Be sure to shake halfway through. They will be golden brown when done. Always leave space between the food as the AF needs circulating air to make a crispy exterior to the food.
Step Three: Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, and enjoy!
⏲️ How Long Does it Take to Cook Mini Corn Dogs in the Air Fryer
Cooking at 375°F degrees, it should take 8-10 minutes.
⏰ How Long to Cook Corn Dogs in Air Fryer | Full Size
Full size frozen corn dogs cook at 370°F for 8 minutes, flip over and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
❗ Expert Tips
- Allow space between the corn dogs when adding them to the basket. Doing so, allows the air flow to properly cook them.
- Don’t skip flipping the corn dogs or shaking the basket halfway through. Otherwise, one side may be overly done while the other is undercooked.
- If you prefer a crispier crust, add a little bit of olive oil to the corn dog before cooking. Just do a light layer so they don’t end up soggy.
- If all the corn dogs don’t fit in the basket, work in batches. Warm your oven to 175 degrees and store the cooked corn dogs in there until they are all done and ready to serve.
🍽️ Leftover Storage
Place the cooled cooked corn dogs in an airtight container. Refrigerate for 3-4 days. The longer they sit, the soggier the breading will become, so check them before reheating to make sure they are still good.
🥄 Reheating Instructions
Place the corn dogs in the air fryer and cook for 4-6 minutes at 375 degrees. They won’t need to cook as long because they aren’t frozen when you are reheating them.
Feel free to swap the mini corn dogs for regular sized corn dogs. You will need to adjust the cooking time to 12-18 minutes because they are larger. Always start with the lowest time the first time cooking them.
🥦 Serving Suggestions
Serve as an appetizer or make them the main course! Consider making an Air Fryer Charcuterie Board when you are serving guests. Fill it with fries, sauce and all your favorite veggies! Check out my guide on how to put a charcuterie board together for inspiration.
This one was made with lots of colorful veggies to offset the Air Fryer Waffle Fries, Air Fryer Curly Fries, Air Fryer Mini Corn Dogs. Swap this idea out and make it with Air Fryer Pickles, Air Fryer Raviolis, Air Fryer Cheezits or Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp.
🍟 Best Frozen Foods for the Air Fryer
We’ve tried over 20 different foods from the frozen food department and these have come in as the best ones cooked in the fryer. Always use a Cheat Sheet to reference so you know how long to cook each one or scope out the recipes.
Typically, they cook in 8-10 minutes and are perfectly done. But because every air fryer is a little bit different, you may need to adjust the cooking time based on your model. As you get closer to the end, check them as needed to make sure that they aren’t overcooking or that you don’t need to add a little bit of extra cook time.
While it’s not required to use oil spray, it’s going to give you a crispier breading. You should spray the corn dogs lightly before cooking, but I don’t think it is typically needed.
While many models don’t have a preheat option, you can still preheat the unit. Simply turn the air fryer on to the desired temp. Let the air fryer heat up for 4-5 minutes. Then turn off the unit, add the food and cook as directed.
Yes, absolutely! They do take a few extra minutes because they are bigger but other than that it’s going to give you the same results. It’s important to preheat the air fryer for full sized corn dogs or cook them longer if needed. They will take about 12-18 minutes to cook.
Any sauce works, but here are our favorites:
– Spicy Mustard
– Honey Mustard
– Barbecue Sauce
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Mini Corn Dogs in Air Fryer
- 10 Mini Corn Dogs frozen
- Heat the air fryer up to 375 degrees. If your air fryer has a pre heat function, allow it to do so.
- Place the mini corn dogs FROZEN into the air fryer and cook for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Shake half way through the cooking cycle.