When it comes to cookouts, there’s nothing more classic than corn dogs. They’re easy to make and always a hit with guests of all ages. But what do you serve as a side dish?
For instance, I remember the time when I was younger, and I tried to serve my corn dog side dish in a bowl. It was a complete disaster. My parents were so confused about what I was trying to do. I think they were even more surprised when they saw the actual side dish I had chosen. Let’s just say that it didn’t go over well.
Now that I’m older and wiser, I know that certain side dishes just go better with corn dogs. And trust me, I’ve tried them all! So whether you’re looking for something classic or something a little out of the box, I’ve got you covered. Here are my top picks for corn dog side dishes:
Best Side Dishes for Corn Dogs
- Spicy Slaw
- Fried Green Beans
- Baked Beans
- Deviled Eggs
- Corn on the Cob
- Potato Salad
- Steamed Veggies
First up is a Spicy Slaw. And guys, I’m tellin’ you, this Spicy Slaw is the perfect side dish for my Corn Dogs. The sweet cornbread pairs so well with the zesty slaw. And the prepared mustard dressing gives it just the right amount of tang.
Now, I ain’t gonna lie, it’s a bit of work to get this slaw just right. But it’s worth it, I promise. First, you gotta shred them cabbage real fine. Then you mix in the mayo, vinegar, sugar, and pepper.
Some folks like to add in a little hot sauce at this point. But that’s entirely up to you. Once everything is mixed together real good, just pop it in the fridge for an hour or two so the flavors can come together. And that’s it!
Now wasn’t that easy?
This Spicy Slaw also goes great with pulled pork sandwiches and fried chicken. So go on now and give it a try. I guarantee you’ll love it as much as I do.
Next on the list is salad and it’s a great side dish for corn dogs! The freshness of the salad ingredients contrasts nicely with the richness of the corn dog, and the crunch of the salad provides a great textural contrast. Plus, the healthy vegetables in the salad help to balance out the less healthy corn dog.
To prepare a salad that goes well with corn dogs, start with a base of leafy greens such as romaine or iceberg lettuce. Then add in some chopped vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.
For a bit of sweetness, add in some fruit such as diced apples or grapes. Finally, top it off with your favorite salad dressing. I like to use a vinaigrette or a light ranch dressing. This same salad also makes a great side dish for burgers or fried chicken.
Fried Green Beans
This next side dish might sound a little strange, but trust me, It’s delicious! And what’s even better is that it can all be made in one skillet. So if you’re short on time or just don’t feel like putting out too much effort, this is the perfect side dish for you.
I’m talking about Fried Green Beans. The reason why this combo works so well is that the beans provide a crunchy contrast to the fluffy cornbread coating on the dog. Plus, the beans are a healthy option that helps balance out the calories in the corn dog.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even add a dipping sauce to your fried green beans. BBQ sauce, ketchup, and mustard all go great with this side dish. And if you want to mix things up, you can also use other types of beans, like wax beans or haricot verts.
Following the trend of beans as a side dish, I have Baked Beans. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably thinking that baked beans are more of a main dish than a side dish. But believe me, when paired with corn dogs, they make the perfect side.
The reason why baked beans go so well with corn dogs is that they provide a sweet and savory contrast to the corn dogs. Plus, the beans add some much-needed fiber and protein to the meal. And if you’re looking for a bit of a crunch, you can always top your baked beans with some chopped onions or bacon bits.
While there are tons of different recipes for baked beans out there, my personal favorite is this recipe for Slow Cooker Baked Beans.
It’s so easy to make and the beans come out nice and tender. Plus, the molasses in the recipe gives the beans a delicious sweetness that pairs perfectly with corn dogs.
Another one of my personal favorites is deviled eggs. The creamy filling and crispy exterior of the egg pair perfectly with the hot, juicy corn dog. Plus, the added bonus of a little bit of heat from the mustard makes this combination irresistible.
Of course, you can always customize your deviled eggs to suit your taste.
For example, if you like things a little spicier, you could add some hot sauce to the filling. Or, if you prefer a more mellow flavor, you could omit the mustard altogether.
Regardless of how you prepare them, I guarantee that deviled eggs will make an excellent addition to your next corn dog meal.
Corn on the Cob
Up next, is corn on the cob. This side dish is the perfect complement to corn dogs because it ties the whole meal together. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy a vegetable dish for the day.
There are two ways that you can prepare corn on the cob to go with your corn dogs. You can either grill it or boil it.
If you choose to grill it, I recommend brushing the corn with a little bit of butter and then sprinkling it with some salt. Then, simply place it on the grill for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the corn is cooked through.
If you choose to boil your corn, simply place it in a pot of boiling water and seasonings then let it cook for about five minutes. After, drain the corn and brush it with a little bit of butter.
Either way, you choose to prepare it, It’s sure to be a winner!
From my experience, corn dogs and potato salad are a classic combination. The savory hot dog pairs perfectly with the creamy, tangy potato salad.
Also, I like to add a little bit of sweetness to my potato salad with some diced red onion and celery, and a touch of apple cider vinegar.
Likewise, for an extra special touch, you can top your corn dog with a dollop of your favorite mustard. This combination is perfect for any summertime picnic or cookout.
And if you’re looking for other ways to use your potato salad, it also goes great with grilled chicken or fish.
And last, but certainly not least, enter steamed veggies. The mild taste and delicate texture of steamed veggies allow the bright flavors of the corn dog to shine while providing a satisfying crunch that takes this awesome combo to the next level.
Personally, I like to use a mix of broccoli, carrots, and green beans for my steamed veggies. But you can really use any type of vegetable that you like.
Generally speaking, the key to making this side dish is to make sure that the vegetables are cooked through but still have a little bit of crunch to them.
Moreover, I like to season my steamed veggies with a little bit of salt and pepper which really makes the veggies’ natural flavor pop. However, feel free to get creative and add any other seasonings that you like.
What goes with hot dogs at a party?
There are a few different things that you can serve with your hot dogs at a party. Some popular options include corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, deviled eggs, and steamed veggies.
What is the best side dish for a BBQ?
Some of the most popular options to serve as a side dish at a BBQ include corn on the cob, potato salad, and coleslaw.
What is the best drink to serve with a hot dog?
There are a variety of drinks that you can serve with your hot dog. But, some of the most popular options include lemonade, iced tea, and soda.
The bottom line is that there are a variety of different side dishes that you can serve with your corn dog.
So, whether you’re looking for something to complement the flavors of your corn dog or just want a satisfying crunch, I hope that this article has given you some ideas.
And, for what it’s worth, you don’t have to just stick to one side dish. Feel free to mix and match until you find the perfect pairing for your next corn dog meal.