How to Microwave Hot Dogs

// Perfectly cooked hot dogs made and served in the glass Anyday dish, providing juicy and evenly heated hot dogs. This method ensures quick and convenient cooking, ideal for a fast meal or snack.

Prep Time

2 mins

Cook Time

1-2 mins

Free Time

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If you think that microwaving hotdogs is breaking the cardinal rules of cooking, think again. People boil hot dogs every day, and microwaving them can be just as effective if done correctly in a vented Anyday dish. Sure, there’s a fear that microwaving can cause hot dogs to explode or dry out, but any food can turn out poorly if not cooked properly, no matter the cooking method. It’s quick, easy, and works with any kind of hot dog, making it perfect for a fast and tasty dinner.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Shallow Dish

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Select your serving size and microwave wattage in the dropdown. The recipe will change accordingly.

2 hot dogs

Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Medium Shallow Dish


  • 2 hot dogs
  • ¼ cup (60ml) water


  1. Place the hot dogs and water in an Anyday dish and cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the hot dogs are plump, slightly darker in color, and are heated through.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Quickly finish your hot dogs on a hot grill for that extra smoky flavor and grill marks.
  • For a summery twist, top your hot dogs with our delicious Zucchini Butter.
  • Cut the hot dogs into small bites and stir them into this easy Mac and Cheese. Kids (and adults!) will love it.

Recipe notes

  • Use any type of hot dog: beef, turkey, mixed, or meatless. No matter the size or variety, steaming them in the microwave will be successful.
  • For extra flavor, use broth or beer, or season the water with cayenne, garlic powder, or miso paste.
  • Enhance the flavor of the hot dogs by using bone broth, beer, miso broth, or ramen broth instead of water
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match Up: Hot Dogs

See for yourself— microwaving hot dogs is simply faster, start to finish. *Includes preheat time

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 1-2 mins
Grill* 12-16 mins
Stovetop* 12-16 mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 15 mins
*Includes preheat time

All You Need to Know About Microwaving Hot Dogs

Can I Microwave Hot Dogs?

Ingredient Water Cook Time
2 hot dogs (regular or jumbo 1/4 cup (60ml) water 1-2 mins
4 hot dogs (regular or jumbo) 1/4 cup (60ml) water 1-2 mins
8 hot dogs (regular or jumbo) 1/4 cup (60ml) water 3 mins
12 hot dogs (regular or jumbo) 1/2 cup (120ml) water 5-6 mins
16 hot dogs (regular or jumbo) 1/2 cup (120ml) water 7-8 mins
Cook time calculated for 700w microwave

Yes, you can definitely microwave hot dogs! It's a quick and convenient way to fast track your way to one of America’s favorite foods. Just follow our simple steps to ensure they're cooked perfectly every time.

How Long Does It Take to Cook Hot Dogs in the Microwave?

Cooking time for hot dogs in the microwave generally ranges from 1-2 minutes for two hot dogs. Factors like the quantity of hot dogs, microwave wattage, and desired texture can affect cooking time. Start with the lower time range and add more time as needed for the best results.

Can I Cook Different Varieties of Hot Dogs in the Microwave?

Absolutely! You can cook almost any type of hot dog in the microwave, including all beef, chicken, pork, turkey, and even meatless options. While cooking times might vary slightly depending on the size and type, the microwave process is as easy as pressing a button!.

How Can I Boost the Flavor of Hot Dogs?

Enhancing the flavor of microwaved hot dogs is easy! Season the water with spices like garlic powder, chili flakes, or dried herbs before microwaving. For a smoky twist, add a small amount of liquid smoke. You can also use beer, chicken stock, or beef stock in place of water for extra delicious results.

Should I Poke Holes in Hot Dogs Before Microwaving?

It's not necessary, but you can poke a few holes in the hot dogs to ensure any added seasonings in the steaming liquids can penetrate better. This works great if you choose to cook the hotdogs with something other than just water.

How Do I Know When Hot Dogs Are Done in the Microwave?

Your hot dogs are ready when they look slightly darker and plump, and there is a considerable amount of steam when removing the lid. If you're unsure, test a small piece for doneness. Remember, microwaves vary, so you may need to adjust cooking times accordingly.

How Should I Store Leftover Microwaved Hot Dogs?

For best results, store leftover hot dogs in an Anyday dish with the remaining cooking liquid to keep them from drying out. Cover with the lid and refrigerate. They typically stay fresh for 1-2 days. To reheat, simply microwave for a few minutes, checking periodically until they reach the desired temperature.

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