How to Boil a Hot Dog

By James Holloway

The mention of hot dogs brings the idea of grilling to mind, but when the weather fails to cooperate -- or you just can't be bothered -- you can cook hot dogs quickly and easily in a pot of boiling water.

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Boiled hot dogs are less prone to splitting than microwaved ones.

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Getting Started

Fill a saucepan with enough water to completely cover the hot dogs. Bring the water to a boil, and add the hot dogs just as the water begins to boil. Don't put hot dogs in water that's already at a rolling boil as this makes them more likely to split. Alternatively, you can put the hot dogs in cold water, and then bring it to a boil -- this also reduces the likelihood of a split.

Ready to Eat

When the water returns to a boil, cover the pot and let it boil for a minute. Turn off the heat and let the hot dogs stand in the pot for 5 to 7 minutes. Once the hot dogs float, they should be heated through and ready to eat.