This is how easy it is to make Instant Pot hot dogs. Cheap and easy dinner you can make during the summertime, for a potluck, picnic or year round really. This favorite food for kids only takes a few minutes to become plump and juicy, ready for all the fixings. Use cased or traditional wieners and follow this hot dog pressure cooker recipe.
In just ONE minute in most cases you can cook these Instant Pot hot dogs so they are plump and ready to be smothered with your favorite toppings! One of the easiest Instant Pot recipes kids love here on The Typical Mom. (affiliate links present)
Pressure Cooker Hot Dogs
Hot dogs and kids just kinda’ go together. They are an easy meal for lunch or dinner and perfect during the summer when you’re outside and have friends over.
There are several methods of heating them up and now there is another using your pressure cooker.
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- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
- This is a great InstaPot cookbook and a set of wooden utensils are great to grab too.
- I HIGHLY recommend you buy this non stick pot.
- You should still deglaze pressure cooker after sautéing but it won’t have as many issues with this better liner.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.
- We started by making these Instant Pot brats and sauerkraut. My husband loved those, but the kids just wanted some good old fashioned hot dogs.
The sausages we used for that were uncooked so they took a bit longer. They tasted amazing using beer, we used water to cook/steam these. If you want to know how to cook frozen hot dogs it isn’t much different other than separating them first, then follow this timing.
Since our Instant Pot hot dogs are precooked I knew it wouldn’t take long at all.
I first started with these traditional wieners we found at the store for $.99, you know the kind. They were fatter than regular cheapo hot dogs but that didn’t matter as far as the timing was concerned, they just plumped up more.
- Regular hot dogs you buy in the store traditionally don’t have a casing around them, meaning the outer “skin” you would see on a traditional sausage, so they don’t take much more than a minute.
I personally prefer sausage and hot dogs with a casing, but a tough one, because I think they taste better, typically are made with more quality meats, and have that sort of snap to them when bitten into.
I’ll tell you how to cook both, hot dogs in the Instant Pot with casings and those without (aka cheapo hot dogs ;)) Both are just a few favorite Instant Pot kids recipes for sure.
Really you can cook a bunch of them using this pressure cooker hot dog method, just throw them in and set the timer. WAY easier than waiting for water to boil on the stovetop like I used to do!
Here’s what you need to make some easy Instant Pot hot dogs
- Hot dogs
- Type of hot dogs with casings
- Traditional hot dogs at the store
- 1 beer
- 1/2 beer 1/2 water
What is a dirty hot dog?
That means you add seasonings into the liquid. That makes it look cloudy.
- Add into liquid if desired for flavor
- garlic powder
- cayenne pepper
We have a recipe for air fryer hot dogs, frozen hot dogs in air fryer you can try, and pressure cooker corn dog bites too!
Remember, you are really just warming them up so it doesn’t take long whether they have a casing or not.
If you cook just 1 package of traditional store bought skinny hot dogs you just cover them with just enough liquid to cover them and 1 minute is sufficient.
How do you bulk cook hot dogs?
- If you are cooking Instant Pot hot dogs in bulk you may increase pressure cook time to 2 minutes.
- Use enough water to go about halfway up the pile of hot dogs.
- Do not fill past 3/4 mark inside pot.
- Cook on low pressure for 2 minutes, or 1 minute on high pressure followed by a quick release
You are really just steaming them so they don’t all need to be submerged. If you’re adding some flavor to the water then add the water, sprinkle in your garlic powder or whatever, stir, and then add your hot dogs.
Want some crisp to them? Try our fun air fryer pigs in a blanket recipe too.
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Instant Pot Hot Dogs
- 8 hot dogs with casings will take a bit longer, can use packaged without casings too
- 3 c water or can use beer, or half and half
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt optional
- 1/4 tsp cayenne optional
- Put hot dogs into Instant Pot or pressure cooker with water (I used enough to cover them barely, if you’re cooking multiple packages just cover about half way up, 3 c. is usually sufficient).
- If using hot dogs with casings set to low pressure for 3 minutes, if using packaged hot dogs without casings set for just 1 minute (2 minutes if cooking a bulk of hot dogs at once.
- Quick release and put into buns with all the fixings.
Tuesday 14th of April 2020
I did frozen hot dogs yesterday I cooked them for 3 minutes they turned out great.
Sunday 29th of March 2020
Can we throw in frozen regular hot dogs? If so, how long should I cook them?
Thursday 5th of March 2020
Can't wait to fix for our Trunk or Treat hotdogs for our church come Halloween. We always serve the Trick or Treaters a hotdog to go along with all their treats. We will now be ready for the "rush"! Thinking it would be easy to just toss them on a hot BBQ to give them a few grill marks. THANKS, THANKS, THANKS!!!
Monday 30th of December 2019
I never thought to make hot dogs in the Instant Pot. This is so super easy. I'm booking marking this.
Monday 30th of December 2019
What a great idea to make hot dogs like this!! I can't wait to try this out