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You might have many options for fried food, but corn dogs are exceptionally delicious in proportion to the amount of time needed to prepare them. This quick-to-make treat can taste incredibly good when you know all the right ways to make it.
An average corn dog batter is made of cornmeal, egg, milk or buttermilk, baking powder, and simple seasonings like salt, pepper, and sugar. Since you don’t use any exciting ingredients, particularly seasonings in corn dogs, it can end up tasting incredibly bland.
Unless you prefer simplicity in your food, you would want to dip your corn dog in a succulent dipping sauce. Your dip is crucial if you’re going to make your ordinary dog taste extraordinary.
Whipping up some delicious dressing will help you make your corn dogs taste better. Here are a few dip and dressing concoctions you can try to make more flavorful corn dogs.
Honey Mustard Sauce
- Ground Black Pepper or Red Chilli Flakes or Both.
Why Pair With This?
This classic dip is timeless in taste. You can use it as a dip or dressing for anything savory, and you will never go wrong with it. It enhances the taste of the food and makes it more appetizing.
Honey mustard sauce is a taste bomb. It is savory yet sweet and has a subtle touch of tanginess that is irresistible. Drizzle it over your corn dog, and you will not need anything else.
Corn dogs are a super greasy treat unless you opt for air fryer corn dogs. Mayo dips have a greasiness that makes them unappetizing with fried food, which is already oily. However, the vinegar and mustard in the honey mustard sauce cut down the grease and make it taste tangy and refreshing, which is why it is a great accompaniment to corn dogs.
Fresh Sriracha Dressing
- Sour Cream
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Sriracha Sauce
- Sugar (Optional)
Why Make This?
The sriracha sauce is a Thai condiment famous for its sweet and tangy taste. However, it can often be too salty and spicy, so adding sour cream tames the spice and reduces the salt content. If you feel like there isn’t enough salt in the dip, you can always add salt to the taste.
This fresh dressing goes exceedingly well with not just corn dogs but any fried food. It is also comparatively less unhealthy than any mayo dip.
However, sour cream is still quite high in saturated fat, so you can always replace it with greek yogurt. You might want to go easy on the lime juice if you feel like yogurt is making the dip too tangy.
Sriracha is still a hot sauce and hence not too overwhelmingly sweet, so add some sugar if you want your dressing to be sweeter.
Korean Corn Dog Dressing
- Gochujang(Korean Fermented Red Pepper Paste)
- Finely Chopped Garlic
- Rice Wine Vinegar or Regular Vinegar.
- Sesame Oil
Why Try This?
Koreans love corn dogs, and it is a popular street food there. They call it “Gamja Hot dogs.” In this version, the sausage is dipped in batter and then rolled in small cubed potatoes(gamja) and coated with bread crumbs. The result is a delicious corn dog covered in tiny french fries.
However, you don’t need fancy corn dogs to dip in this gochujang dressing, as it will pair perfectly with any kind. Korean fermented foods like doenjang, kimchi, gochujang, etc., have been gaining popularity for their digestive benefits. Gochujang is widely available these days, thanks to its popularity.
Make sure the garlic is finely chopped, and mix the ingredients well. Gochujang paste is quite thick, and it becomes even more condensed when left in the fridge, but the oil, vinegar, and honey will thin it out.
Ranch Tartar Sauce
- Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
- Sour Cream
Why Use This?
Ranch dressing is an allrounder dip for many fried snacks. Tartar sauce is something people mostly eat with fried seafood snacks. So, why mix these two?
Relish goes well with corn dogs, which is why this sauce is an instant hit accompaniment for them. Just drizzle this sauce on your corn dog to bring a fresh yet creamy twist to it.
Many people don’t like ranch dressing despite its raging popularity as a salad dressing and as a dip. So adding the relish can bring a tangier flavor, making it taste more appetizing. You can also try mixing bottle ranch dressing with pickle relish to make a quick version of ranch tartar sauce.
- Marinara Sauce
- Chopped Pepperoni
- Diced Olives
- Chopped Fresh Basil Leaves
- Red Pepper Flakes
Why Try This?
Especially when you are using Italian sausages to make your corn dog, using an Italian dressing is a great idea. And, what better ingredient to make Italian dressing with than marinara sauce.
Marinara sauce is often a favorite choice for homemade gourmet gifts. Marinara sauce is made of tomatoes and is an excellent replacement for tomato sauce. The addition of garlic and basil only makes it better. Adding diced olive gives it a juicy and tangy bite.
If you love protein, you can use beef marinara sauce. If you like more spice in your sauce, you can add more red pepper flakes. This is a more flavorful tomato dressing for times when you get tired of the regular ketchup-mustard combo.
Mexican Salsa Drizzle
- Fresh Tomatoes
- Green Bell Peppers
- Fresh Lime Juice & Zest
- Fresh Cilantro
Why Drizzle This?
Salsa is a common dip for nachos and works as a side dish for almost any main from steak to fish. It is tangy and flavorful, so it cuts down the greasiness of your corn dog.
Even though this is also a tomato sip, the flavors in this dressing are entirely different. This simple Mexican-styled dressing can spice up any corndog. Try to use fresh ingredients for this recipe, as any Mexican dish tastes better that way
Throw the ingredients into the blender and make a coarse paste. Don’t blend into a fine paste because it might become too runny.
You can also try mincing your veggies finely, but you will have to blend your spices to get a perfect consistency. If you like a crunch in your dressing, this is a must-try.
Melted Four-Cheese Dressing
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Cheddar Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
- Monterey Jack Cheese
- Fresh Cream
Why Try This?
This four-cheese melt is the only warm dressing on the list. Take a nonstick saucepan and bring the fresh cream to a simmer. Add all the cheese, stir with a wooden spoon. Add more cream to make it more liquid.
Once everything is mixed together, drizzle it on your corn dog hot as it will become rubbery if you wait. This super cheesy dressing is a guilty pleasure, but it’s worth the calories.
You can add some herbs like basil or cilantro to add a little flavor. But, if you love cheesy delights, this can be your go-to dressing. You can also top this with chopped chives or spring onion. Cheese and sausage go well together, so this is a must-try dressing for cheese lovers.
If you don’t feel like drizzling this or your dressing has become too thick, you can dip your corn dog instead. If you dip your corn dog and let the dressing dry up and you will end up with an extra cheesy coating.
Indian Chutney Dressing
- Green Chillies
- Fresh Coriander
- Fresh Spearmint
- Lime Juice
- Tamarind Paste
Why Use This?
People in India tend to pair all their fried food with chutney. This spicy yet tangy and fresh condiment goes well with anything greasy. Throw the ingredients in a blender and blend until it forms a thick paste. Pour it over your corn dog and enjoy a refreshing snack.
Be careful with how many green chilies you use, especially the Indian variety, as they can be pretty spicy. Tamarind can be super sour, so use it in moderation and use the sweet kind.
Go easy with ginger and garlic unless you prefer strong flavors.
Add salt and sugar according to personal preference. If your chutney dressing ends up being too spicy, add more sugar.
Chutney is extremely refreshing, as the mint provides a light coolness. If you have never used coriander, don’t go overboard with it as it has a strong flavor.
Give the regular ketchup and mustard combo a rest and try any of these dressings the next time you make corn dogs at home. Some of these dips will be comforting while others will give an international twist to your corn dogs.