Hot dogs cooked in the microwave oven are a quick and easy snack, lunch or dinner. (Fenway Franks are my favorite but turkey dogs are also pretty great as well!)
Let me begin by stressing that all microwaves have different strengths. They range in power from 500 watts to over 1500 watts. Just inside the frame of your microwave door there should be a label indicating the strength of your microwave.
Knowing the strength of your microwave is very important. Otherwise you may be following cooking directions exactly and still end up with burnt popcorn or an under cooked baked potato! I have an 850 watt microwave oven. All of my directions are based on that wattage. (Here is a great microwave wattage conversion chart.)
Hot dogs are already cooked when you buy them. All you need to do is heat them up. Place 1 to 4 hot dogs on a paper plate or a microwave-safe dish with a paper towel. (If you are cooking more than 4 hot dogs, do it in stages.)
With the tip of a sharp knife, pierce the hot dog three times; on one end, in the middle, and on the other end. You only need to break the skin. This allows the steam to escape so they don’t explode!
Cover the hot dogs with another paper towel.
Cook on high for 35 seconds. That should be enough to heat them through, but you may have to add another 10-15 seconds.
Remove the hot dogs from the microwave.
Wrap the bun in a paper towel and zap it for about 15 seconds.
You only want to warm the bun. If you over cook the bun in the microwave it will get very hard and chewy as it cools.
I don’t recommend putting the hot dog in the bun and heating everything at once. The steam from hot dog makes the bun very soggy.
For a real treat try toasting the hot dog bun under the broiler. It will make the bun a bit firmer and able to hold all the extras you’re going to pile on!
I like my hot dogs with ketchup, mustard and relish…hold the onions please!
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