Whether you're trying to make hot dogs for a crowd or just a small batch for your family, this Instant Pot recipe is easy and low maintenance.
Cooking hot dogs in the instant pot is one of my favorite ways to do it without heating up the house too much. Perfect for summer! While I am a fan of air fryer hot dogs, the Instant Pot is great for when the dogs are frozen and stuck together, or I need to cook a large batch at once.
If you have hot dogs left over, make sure to check out my Hot Dog Fried Rice!
Why This Recipe Works
- The hot dog skin is crispier than boiling. Because you're steaming the hot dogs, they're exposed to more air than in a pot of water, so the skin can thicken nicely. Plus, there's no large pot of hot dog water to dispose of afterward.
- They're quick and easy. My two favorite words when it comes to recipes! All you need is hot dogs and water. A moment of prep and a little patience. Your meal is ready in almost no time at all.
- Great for large and small amounts. You can make one pack or several, and there's no change needed! Perfect for potlucks, gatherings, parties, and more.
Hot Dogs- You will need some of your favorite hot dogs for this recipe. Feel free to use as many as you can fit into the Instant Pot, or as many as you need for your meal.
Water- You will need water to help your instant pot get to pressure and cook these dogs.
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make Instant Pot hot dogs with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Place one cup of water into the Instant Pot and add in the hot dogs.
Stack your hotdogs on a trivet or stand them upright in a steamer basket.
Close the lid and seal the vent.
Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 0 minutes.
The hot dogs will cook as it comes up to temperature.
Quick Release the Pressure and open the lid.
Your hot dogs are cooked and ready to eat.
Serve as desired, and enjoy!
🍴 Recipe Tips
If you're looking forward to making a batch of perfectly steamed hot dogs, there are only a few quick things to note.
One- if you're only doing one pack (8 hot dogs) then having the hot dogs stacked on the trivet as shown is preferred. For larger batches, standing the hotdogs upright in a steamer basket is better.
This is because you can fit much more in there and the best news- no matter how many you add to the pot, the cooking time does not change!
Absolutely! You can make a lot or just a few hot dogs in Instant Pot. For a small amount (like one package of 8 count), then do not change the time at all. For larger amounts, adjust the cooking time to 1 minute instead of zero.
Yes. You can use water, broth or stocks, or even beer! All of them work great but just make sure you have 1-1.5 cups of liquid in the Instant Pot as that will help it to get up to temperature and cook properly.
Here are some more great Instant Pot recipes to try
- Instant Pot Cauliflower
- Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling
- Instant Pot Beef Back Ribs
- Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti
Instant Pot Hot Dogs
- 1 package Hot dogs ($1.00)
- 1 cup Water (for cooking) ($0.00)
- If only cooking 1 package of hot dogs, use the Instant Pot trivet to stack them in layers. 4 going in one direction and 4 on top going in another. If cooking more than one package, a steamer basket is recommended for standing them upright.
- Place one cup of water into the Instant Pot and add in the trivet or steamer basket.
- Lay the hot dogs down in layers or stand them up as described in step1.
- Close the lid and seal the vent.
- Set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 0 minutes. The hot dogs will cook as they come up to pressure.
- Do a Quick Pressure Release and open the lid.
- Your hot dogs are ready to serve and use as desired.