Two-point, 75 calorie CORN DOGS! A kid’s (and adult’s, let’s be honest) dream! These were pretty easy to make and were seriously SO GOOD. The crisp on the shell was amazing and I loved every moment of this dinner. Try this out, you will not regret it.
Don’t they just look absolutely amazing!!
What You Will Need
The first thing you will need, is of course, your air fryer. I am absolutely obsessed with my double basket air fryer. It allows me to cook two different items at the same time! Each basket is controlled separately, allowing for different cooking methods (there’s 6 different cooking methods to choose from) and times, at the same exact time. So for this meal, we could cook the corn dogs in one basket and the French fries in another. Getting the perfect meal all at once. You can order my favorite air fryer here.
Next you will need all of your ingredients. There are not too many ingredients for this dish, you should pretty much have most, if not all of them.
- Six 97% fat free beef franks
- Liquid egg whites
- Confectioners sugar replacement
- Cooking spray
I grabbed some skewers for this photo; however, they were too difficult to eat with those massive skewers and I do not recommend it.
First question that I know you have is, “which hot dogs” and then “where do I get them”
Here is a photo of the ones that I used. They are only one point (or 45 calories) and they taste really good!
I grabbed mine at Publix, my favorite grocery store but I know they sell them at Walmart too. If you grab a different hot dog, be sure to account for that in your point calculation.
Next, let’s talk about liquid egg whites. I prefer liquid egg whites for most recipes, especially recipes like this, because the coating goes on so much smoother, there are no clumps and it is WAY easier and cleaner. Cracking an egg, for me, adds unnecessary work and clean up, when liquid egg whites just work much better. If you do want to use egg, just whisk two of them together very well for this recipe.
My favorite confectioners sugar replacement is Swerve brand. You can use Splenda in this, if you prefer.
And of course, I always always always suggest using butter flavored cooking spray. We have been LOVING the Publix brand lately. It tastes like straight butter and is so good on a dish like this.
What To Do
The first thing we will do is grab three small, shallow bowls. I prefer to use a Tupperware container because they are the perfect size and height. Place flour in the first one, the liquid egg whites in the second and then, in the last one, whisk together the cornmeal and seasonings, including the sugar replacement.
I like to set up an assembly line and have my hot dogs at the beginnings, all my Tupperware bowls, then my air fryer, greased and ready to go. Here is what that looks like. (We’ll excuse the messy counter for now, oops!)
The assembly line is the easiest way to do something like this. Then you know exactly what step comes next and you avoid some messes by having everything right next to each other.
You will only use about half the flour, half the eggs and 1/4 cup of the cornmeal. However, it is important to have some extra in the bowl to ensure a fully and perfectly coated hot dog.
Let’s Get Started
One by one, take each hot dog and coat it in flour then drop it in the egg mixture and cover it in the eggs. Grab the hot dog and transfer it to the cornmeal and completely cover it in cornmeal. Place that, gently, in the greased air fryer.
Repeat this step for each hot dog. It is very important in this recipe to not let the hot dogs touch while cooking. The coating is very sensitive until it is fully cooked. We put four in our air fryer and cooked the other two in another batch.
Here is what they will look like when ready to go into the air fryer!
Set the air fryer to 400 degrees and cook the hot dogs for 3 minutes. It is important to get the batter heated up before spraying it with cooking spray. This prevents the cooking spray from seeping into the cornmeal and getting it wet, instead of crispy. Waiting for it to heat up simulates an actual oil frying.
After three minutes, spray the hot dogs with cooking spray (the butter flavor of course). Then air fry for two more minutes. Carefully turn the hot dogs over, spray with cooking spray and then air fry for another 5-7 minutes. How much longer you cook them depends on how crispy you like them.
They turned out absolutely perfect! I was so excited for these and I know you will be too. I mean, just look at that perfect coating!!!
What About The Oven?
I get asked this question every single time. But this time, sorry, no, it is not going to work! Order an air fryer here. You’ll thank me later. But really, we tried, it was not the same and did not turn out right.
Sides? and Dipping Sauces?
I served my corn dogs with fries, of course. We used some Ore Ida crinkle cut fries. I dipped everything in some G Hughes sugar free ketchup. It is my favorite ketchup. You can get that here.
Now, onto the recipe!
Air Fried Corn Dogs
- 6 97% fat free beef franks
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
- 1/3 cup cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar replacement Swerve
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Grab three small, shallow bowls. In one bowl, add the flour. In another, pour out the liquid egg whites. In the last one, whisk together the cornmeal and seasonings (including the sugar).
- One by one, take each hot dog and coat it in flour then drop it in the egg mixture and cover it in the eggs. Grab the hot dog and transfer it to the cornmeal and completely cover it in cornmeal. Place that, gently, in the greased air fryer.
- Repeat this step for each hot dog. It is very important in this recipe to not let the hot dogs touch while cooking.
- Set the air fryer to 400 degrees and cook the corn dogs for 3 minutes. Open the air fryer and spray them with cooking spray. Air fry for another 2 minutes.
- Flip the corn dogs over and spray again with cooking spray. Air fry for another 5-7 minutes, until desired crispiness.
WW Points per Serving
Should I make a kid friendly group? I feel like 95% of my recipes are kid friendly so I never thought it was necessary. But this dish is SUPER kid friendly. Let me know your thoughts.