Korean Corn Dog (Gamja Hotdog)

Korean corn dogs are hot dogs, cheese, rice cakes, or fish cakes fried in a batter on a stick and dressed with sugar, ketchup, mustard, and/or mayo. They are a sweet & savory treat that can be made in a variety of different ways!

The first time I tried this version of a Korean corn dog was in Myeongdong. My sister and I were both dying to try it because we had NEVER seen french fries in a corn dog batter before! Cheese corn dog + french fries + ketchup & mustard is truly a bite of heaven. And the sprinkle of sugar really brings it all together- it’s such a tasty sweet & savory snack! 

What is the difference between a Korean corn dog and an American corn dog?

There are a few things that make them different- I think the main thing is the batter. American corn dogs are usually made with corn meal and use eggs as a binder, while Korean corn dogs are made with a yeasted batter and coated in panko bread crumbs.

The result is a crispier batter, which I think is much better. American corn dogs usually have a soft, doughnut-like batter.

Korean corn dogs are also known to sometimes have potato added to the batter to make french fries. I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t think I have ever seen an American corn dog like that. I could be wrong, but I think that is a Korean innovation of the corn dog. 

Another thing that differentiates Korean from American corn dogs is the added sugar, or use of rice cakes or fishcakes instead of a hot dog. 

Ingredients: 

  • Batter- water, all purpose flour, sugar, active dry yeast, and salt. 

  • Panko–  the panko breadcrumbs will help hold everything together and give it a nice color & crisp.

  • Hotdog– you can use whatever kind of franks/sausages you like. I used to make these with hotlinks but I think beef franks actually taste better with this recipe. Use whatever you like!

    *NOTE: most sausage links/hotdogs are already cooked. The one I’m using is precooked and just needs to be heated through, which is done through the frying process. If yours isn’t, you need to cook it first. 

  • Cheese- you can also use whatever cheese you prefer! Mozzarella is what most people use. I recommend cheese SLICES to wrap around the hotdog, instead of a 1/2 block of cheese with 1/2 hotdog. This way, you get both in every bite. A single slice per hotdog is good for me, but if you want it extra cheesy, wrap with two slices. 

  • Potato- this is optional! The little potato bites in the batter will fry up like little french fries- it’s a little more work to pack this into the batter but it’s soooo innovative and good! You can also use packaged frozen french fries instead. 

  • Condiments- the usual ketchup and mustard, but add a sprinkle of sugar all over for a sweet and savory treat!  I know it sounds a little weird but it’s actually pretty common for Korean snack foods to have this type of combo.

Tips for making the best Korean corn dogs

Cheese- most places or recipes will do a half block of cheese and half block of hotdog on a skewer. I don’t like this method for two reasons: 1. It’s just too much cheese, and 2. I want cheese AND sausage in every bite. So instead, I recommend getting cheese slices to wrap around the sausage!

You may need to microwave them for a few seconds so they are more malleable, or let them come to room temp. Then wrap around the hotdog and place them seam side down on a tray and freeze it for 20-30 minutes.

Batter– make sure you measure the batter ingredients out exactly- lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cups and level off the excess using the back of a knife.

I tested and tested the batter recipe until I got the perfect measurements for a batter that is easily manageable, and fries to crispy golden perfection. I HIGHLY recommend letting it rise in the fridge overnight so the cold batter can hold its shape better. 

Getting the batter onto the skewer- dip the skewers into the batter and use a twisting & pulling motion to evenly wrap it around the skewer. You may need to use your fingers to even it out.

Getting the potatoes to stick– this is probably the hardest part of the entire process. They will stick much easier if you coat them in cornstarch first. This will also make them crispier.    

Frying– hold the battered corn dogs in the refrigerator until you are ready to fry them so they can hold their shape. 

Variations

These corn dogs are completely customizable! Here are some options to consider:

Skewer- hot dogs/sausage are not the only options! You can also use:

    • Fish cake

    • Rice cake

    • Spam

Cheese- so there are a few things about the cheese:

    • If you don’t like cheese, just leave it out! You can use just sausage if you prefer

    • Use whatever cheese you like. I use pepperjack pretty often, but Mozzarella is what most of the street vendors use.

    • Make a half cheese and half sausage skewer 

    • For cheese lovers, you can make a skewer with only cheese

Condiments- here are some common condiments that are added to Korean corn dogs:

    • ketchup

    • mustard

    • mayo

    • sugar

    • condensed milk

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Korean Corn Dog- 감자핫도그 (Gamja Hotdog)

5 from 28 votes
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Korean
Servings 4 corn dogs

Equipment

  • 4 wooden chopsticks

Ingredients
  

  • 4 beef franks or sausage, rice cake, fish cake, cheese
  • 4 to 8 slices cheese
  • 1 russet potato
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying

Batter

  • 1 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour spooned & leveled
  • 1 cup warm water measured by volume (240 ml)
  • 1 packet active dry yeast about 2 tsp
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Condiments

  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • sugar

Instructions
 

Make the batter:

  • Add sugar and yeast to warm water and let it sit for a few minutes, or until the yeast has dissolved and becomes slightly foamy.
  • In a large, shallow container, mix together 1 and 3/4 cups flour and 1/2 tsp salt. Then mix in the yeast/water mixture until smooth. I recommend allowing this to rise overnight in the refrigerator, but you can also just let it rise at room temp for 1 hour. Refer to the photo for the consistency we are looking for before allowing it to rise.

Skewer the hotdogs

  • Skewer the hotdogs on wooden chopsticks, then wrap the cheese around and place it seam side down on a tray. Put in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to harden to it holds its shape.
    *It depends on the brand of cheese, but sometimes they are not very malleable and may crack when you try to roll them. I recommend letting them come to room temp before wrapping, or you can microwave them for a few seconds.
  • Take the batter out of the fridge at this time, so that it can rise a little more while the hotdogs are in the freezer.

For the potatoes (if using)

  • Dice a potato into small cubes, then boil in 3 cups of water and 1 tsp coarse salt for 3-4 minutes.
    Note: the potatoes need to be small enough that they will cook through when fried for about 5 minutes.
  • Rinse the potatoes in an ice bath then dry them with paper towels.
  • Add 1 tbsp corn starch to the potatoes and toss until well coated.
  • Dip the partially frozen skewers into the batter using a twisting motion to wrap around the skewer. You may need to use your fingers to spread it more evenly.
    Note: You don't want the batter to be too thick or thin. You need enough for the potatoes to stick, but you also don't want too much breading.
  • Roll the battered skewer into the potatoes, then pack in panko bread crumbs. You will need to use your hands to firmly press everything together.
  • Carefully drop the corn dog into oil at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and fry for about 5 minutes in vegetable or canola oil.
  • Remove from oil when it is golden brown and rest on a cooling rack.
  • Add your choice of condiments- I like sugar, ketchup, and mustard 🙂
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This Post Has 42 Comments

  1. Alejandra Castillo

    5 stars
    One of my favorites bc I didn’t know these were even a thing until I watched them in your IG post!
    Giveaway @alejandra.castillo.m

  2. Emma Pandya

    5 stars
    Love this recipie, such a great treat and wonderful instructions!

    For the giveaway @emmakb98

  3. Rebkka Davis

    5 stars
    My kids loved these we have gotten them at restaurants before but my kids likes this version so much better I will definitely be making again

  4. Odalis Garcia

    5 stars
    I love Korean corndogs and this recipe is great!! Easy and delicious. I will being making this very frequently.
    – @oxdx__

  5. Summer

    5 stars
    First time making corn dogs from scratch, so I figured they should be Korean! Really great recipe and easy to follow.

    @sumstran

  6. Amy G

    5 stars
    Thanks for figuring out this recipe! We live in a town where it will be decades before a k-dog shop opens — happy to make them at home!

    IG: @amyngillen

  7. Amy Gillen

    5 stars
    Thanks for figuring out this recipe! We live in a town where it will be decades before a k-dog shop opens — happy to make them at home!

  8. Saqiya kousane

    5 stars
    I’m a huge corn dog fan ,when I made it was the best one so far because of your recipe I am corn dog expert ,thank you .
    @saqiyakousane
    hoping to get the 10 piece steel Cookware set.

  9. @stellablee

    5 stars
    I personally don’t like paying for this so making it at home has been so great!! This is one of the best recipes I’ve tried! I’ve done like 2 other ones and this one always turns out perfect!

  10. Jennifer Han

    5 stars
    So good~ I just wish I had better tools!
    The batter came out really good, I didnt try with the gamja but still loved it.

    I’d recommend really leaving it for the time she stated.

  11. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this for my son

    IG konamkid

  12. Sara_jordan

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to make this with my daughter who loves Korean corn dogs!

    IG: sara_jordan

  13. Kaila N

    5 stars
    Best and easiet Korean corndog recipe! I have made this multiple times and everyone thats tried it fell in love. Thank you Stella for making recipes so easy to follow and very yummy at that!

    IG: _kaiiiiiii_

  14. Thuy To

    5 stars
    Love this recipe . Simple, step-by-step directions

    IG name:thuyvito

    1. Sana

      5 stars
      I really like your Korean Corn Dog recipe! It’s very detailed and looks amazing.

      Thank You!
      @sana.song1

  15. Nini Truong

    5 stars
    Best Korean corn dog recipe! So smart to use sliced cheese instead of the block!

    IG: nini_tru

  16. Maria

    5 stars
    This is a crowd pleaser! I make these a lot and I always get compliments and comments like “these must be hard to put together.” Or “ohhh! You went all out.” In reality this recipe makes it easy and it’s delicious so it’s a win! I tried making these with another recipe and it was a fail and when I saw this one I attempted one last time and I’ve been using it ever since.

    -@Mia_j_14

  17. Monica

    5 stars
    I’ve made this a couple times now and they’re a bit tricky to get the dough on. After frying, everyone loves them.

  18. Danielle

    5 stars
    This one brought me back to my childhood of love for corn dogs 🤤

  19. Evelyn G. Delgado

    5 stars
    Made this recipe with my boyfriend for a date night and it was absolutely scrumptious! Reminded us of Two Hands corn dogs in LA! Thanks for sharing!
    Insta Handle: @eviiilyn

  20. Tiffany Williams

    5 stars
    I made this recipe without ever having a Korean hot dog before and I must say, this recipe made me a huge fan! I’ve tried other recipes after this one, and even ones from Korean restaurants, but nothing compares to the light & airy, yet crispy and deliciousness of this recipe. Thank you Stella for sharing this recipe! Xoxo, @tiffanyine <3

  21. Life is Sweet KC

    5 stars
    First time trying Korean hot dog and it’s delish! My 11 year old son made these together because it has everything he likes (he is a picky eater) East to follow recipe and fun to make with kids. Thank you for the recipe ❤️

  22. Hai lun

    And would this still work if I air fry it? Sorry I have a lot of questions 😭 if air frying isn’t a good option what oil should I use?

    1. Stella

      You can air fry, but in my opinion it is nowhere near as good. Any neutral oil with a high smoke point will work best, like vegetable or canola oil.

  23. Hai lun

    Hi! Do you know the measurements in grams? I would love to make this but I can’t find any recipes with the grams measurements

    1. Stella

      Hi! I did a quick conversion of the measurements to grams, here they are:

      5 g kosher salt (for boiling potatoes)
      720 g water (for boiling potatoes)
      20 g corn starch
      42 g panko
      210 g all-purpose flour
      240 g warm water (for the batter)
      6 g active dry yeast
      25 g sugar
      2.5 g kosher salt (for the batter)

      Hope this helps!

  24. Roxan

    5 stars
    Hello!
    Question: Do you mix the ketchup, mustard and sugar all together?

    1. Stella

      You can if you want to! There’s really no wrong way to do it, it would just look better to add them separatey.

  25. Simon Zook

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe! I’ve been obsessed with korean corn dogs since a place that sells them opened near me, but now I’ve found this recipe I don’t think I’ll go there again since this tastes exactly the same as the kind I get, and it’s much cheaper to make myself (as well as fun). Thank you so much for sharing this!

  26. Joanna

    Hi can I just double up on the measurements to make more corn dogs

  27. Skim

    Hello,
    Can I use instant yeast instead of the dry yeast? Will it make big difference?

  28. Tendai Mac

    5 stars
    Again another winning recipe in my house Stella. Best hotdogs I have ever tasted hands down even though they come out of my own kitchen.
    I live in the UK and I find it hard to get mozzarella slices, so I tend to buy the grated version and melt it in the microwave and press it on the dogs. It just means that the cheese is less stringy but it does the job. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

  29. H

    Hey, what type of cheese slice did you use? Medium Cheddar? I’m in the Uk so I just have to make sure I’m getting the right type of cheese.

    1. stellanspice

      You can use whatever cheese you prefer 🙂 I used pepper jack this time but I’ve also use Monterey Jack and mozzarella.

  30. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Hi! How did you wrap your cheese around the hotdog? Mine kept breaking 🙁 so I tried microwaving it for a few seconds but it was a complete mess lol

    1. stellanspice

      Hi! I first let the cheese warm up a tiny bit at room temperature so that it isn’t so stiff right out of the refrigerator. The brand you’re using might also just be too stiff to use. The one I always get for this is Lucerne cheese slices. Hope that helps!

  31. Molly

    I’ve made the batter, and it’s really thick more like a dough! What should it do?

    1. stellanspice

      Did you put the correct amount of water? It’s 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp water. It should not be thick like dough! Hope that helps.

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