How To Cook Hotdogs in Microwave (A Detailed Guide) 

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Hot dogs are a full-filling supper, especially for children. We all love how simple they are to prepare and get so delicious!! But can you put some hot dogs in the microwave tonight to prepare dinner? If that’s the case, how do you microwave hot dogs? 

Cook Hotdogs in Microwave

Well, we have listed below hot dog cooking methods in the microwave so that you save your time researching. 

This article will teach you all you need to know about microwave hot dogs. We’ll review the above methods first, then explain how to check if your dogs are thoroughly cooked. You won’t want to miss out on it!

Can Hot Dogs Be Microwaved?

Yes, hot dogs can be microwaved. These short steps will tell you how:- 

  • Place your hot dogs on a paper plate and cover with a paper towel.
  • Separate the hot dogs so they don’t cook side by side.
  • Microwave for 30 or 40 seconds, adding 30 seconds if the hot dogs aren’t cooked. 
  • Remove the hot dogs gently to prevent getting scorched by the steam.

What’s In A Hot Dog?

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  • Meat is the major component of hot dogs, which can be beef, pig, or poultry (such as turkey or chicken). 
  • Conversely, the meat is derived from trimmings, which are bits and pieces of sliced flesh. For example, Chicken trimmings are leftovers from dividing chicken into thighs and breast parts. 
  • In addition, hot dogs may include up to 15% mechanically separated pork and poultry. 

However, no bone particles should be present in hot dogs. According to the USDA, the technology used to create mechanically separated pigs and poultry cannot crush or grind the bones; they must be removed almost intact.

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How Long To Cook Hot Dogs For?

You can tell when a hot dog is done cooking when its internal temperature rises after exposure to heat for a long time. 

  • Hot dogs should have an interior temperature of at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit before ingesting. 
  • Examining its texture is another common rule for determining if a hot dog is cooked. For example, a Fully cooked hot dog will develop wrinkled skin and darken in color. 

Steps To Microwave A Hot Dog?

There aren’t many stages in making the perfect hot dog in the microwave. We have listed the most important steps below:- 

Step 1: Use a paper towel to cover your hot dogs.

You can cook your hot dogs on the microwave grilles if you like. However, be careful that the gushing hot dog fluids can leave you a mess to clean up after supper. Alternatively, you can use a paper plate or a microwave-safe plate for the hot dogs.

Cover the hot dog with a paper towel if you don’t want to use a plate. Lay a paper towel over the franks for hot dogs on a platter.

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Step 2: Separate the Hot Dogs

Do you prepare more than one hot dog at a time? Then, allow them some distance from one another. They can both be cooked in the same kitchen.

Step 3: Microwave for 30 to 40 seconds in 30-second increments.

You know your microwave best, so you can decide how long to cook the hot dogs for at first. The average wait time is between 30 and 40 seconds. However, some individuals wait up to 50 seconds. And, if you don’t have a more powerful microwave, this can take a long time!! 

Step 4: Microwave for 30 seconds more if necessary.

Wait for some time before taking it out!!. When the microwave does, it beeps and opens the door to inspect your hot dogs. If you notice any cold spots, put them back in the microwave for at least 30 seconds. If your microwave isn’t particularly powerful, you must repeat the process thrice.

Step 5: Take the hot dogs out of the microwave. Avoiding the Steam with Caution

When your hot dogs are done, carefully remove them from the microwave. Allow them to cool for a time before removing the paper towel. Also, be careful; since the paper towel holds all of the steam, it can cause your skin to burn.

All done!! Just serve your excited family members their hot dogs. 

Note:- Microwave the hot dog buns for about 15 seconds to get them toasty like you’d receive at a baseball game. 

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Do Hot Dogs Explode In Microwaves?

We’ve all had it happen to us at some point. You microwave your hot dogs, go away, and return to find that both ends of the frank have burst. Cooking hot dogs on lower power or for a shorter period the next time prevents the ends from exploding.

This is the incorrect approach. Hot dogs will “explode,” so to speak, due to steam rather than cooking time or microwave power. When you microwave a hot dog, very hot vapor builds up within the frank. These steam pockets are what cause the dog to explode.

Placing a paper towel over your hot dog traps the steam, and your hot dog will not explode. Please do not use a fork to poke the hot dogs. The fork holes can assist in venting steam, but the hot dog juices will also seep out. This leaves you with bland, dry franks.

Are Hot Dogs Already Cooked?

Can’t you just save yourself the hassle of microwaving your hot dogs? After all, a different sh fresh out of the package appears cooked in your perspective. It’s rather chilly. You’re not mistaken.

According to the USDA, you should always reheat your hot dogs if you have a higher risk of developing foodborne diseases. Listeriosis, a bacterial illness caused by food contamination, can be caused by Listeria monocytogenes. According to the USDA, Listeria monocytogenes multiply more when food is refrigerated than when it is heated through cooking.

That seems like a compelling argument to start cooking your hot dogs from now on, unless you really cannot, such as during a power outage or while out fishing.

How Can You Tell If A Hot Dog Is Fully Cooked?

You’ve probably heard the trick where a thoroughly cooked hot dog floats in a jar of water. This is ridiculous and does not accurately determine when a hot dog is done. Hot dance dogs will float whether or not they are cooked.

To assess if your hot dog is cooked, glance at it the first time it comes out of the microwave. When the hot dog skin develops visible creases, especially at the ends, the hot dog is thoroughly cooked.

You can also glance at the external color of the hot dog. The hot dog will begin pink and then become deeper brown. But don’t allow the frank to become black; it’s a sure indicator that you’ve overcooked it!

Roll Or Microwave Hot Dogs?

Although we’ve focused on microwaving hot dogs in this post, it’s far from the only way to prepare one. You can also cook them in the oven, on the grill, pan-fry them, or boil them.

Blanching a hot dog in a kettle of water is the first step in boiling it. Pour in at least a quart of water, boil, add your hot dogs, and simmer for about five minutes. It is more handy, especially if you need to prepare eight hot dogs or more, but is it superior to microwaving?

While it is a personal opinion, most people agree that microwaving a hot dog is preferable to boiling it. There are several explanations for this. Compared to microwaved dogs and especially grilled franks, boiled dogs lack flavor. The dogs can  appear plump, but they become floppy and sloppy when boiling.

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How Long Should You Microwave Four Hot Dogs?

One to two hot dogs require 30 to 40 seconds in the microwave, but what if you’re cooking for hot dogs simultaneously? How long should they be cooked?

It all depends on the power of your microwave. Assuming your microwave has an average power range of 800 to 1,000 watts, you should cook four hot dogs for at least a minute and a half and no more than two and a half minutes. Adding a fifth or sixth hot dog would take at least three minutes to cook.

Final Thoughts

Put a paper towel on each hot dog to make cooking in the microwave easy. Also, avoid poking holes in the hot dogs since they will lose their juices. The next time you need a quick meal to please the entire family, you’ll know exactly what to make!

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