How Long to Cook a Hot Dog in a Microwave

Introduction

Hot dogs are a quintessentially summer food. They’re quick, easy to make and delicious. But what if you want to enjoy a hot dog but don’t have the time or equipment to cook one in the traditional way? This is where microwaves come in handy: They’re perfect for heating up hot dogs and keeping them warm until you’re ready to eat them. Unfortunately, microwaves aren’t very good at cooking meat evenly—so how long do you need to microwave a hot dog before serving it with sauerkraut and mustard?

1. Cook for 20 seconds.

The recommended cook time for a hot dog in a microwave is 20 seconds. This will be enough to heat the hot dog and also heat up your bun, so it’s a good starting point for beginners who want to get started with cooking hot dogs in their microwaves.

If you’re looking for more details on how long it takes to cook other types of meat in your microwave, check out our article “How Long Should I Cook Meat?”

2. Cook for 40 seconds.

Now, you’re ready to cook your hot dog. The first thing to know is that you shouldn’t overcook it. A good rule of thumb is 40 seconds per side–but don’t be afraid to experiment! You might find that 30 seconds works better for you, or maybe 50 seconds will get your dogs just right. If they’re undercooked and pink in the middle, try again with a little more time on one side (or both).

As long as there’s no metal touching your food while microwaving–like forks or knives–you should go ahead and use plastic utensils like these ones from Ikea:

3. Cook for 60 seconds.

Cook the hot dog for 60 seconds. The hot dog will be hot, but not crispy. It may be a little soft and warm in the middle as well.

4. Cook for 80 seconds.

  • Place the hot dogs on a microwave-safe plate, and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Cook for 20 seconds in a 1000 watt microwave, or 30 seconds in a 1500 watt microwave (if your microwave does not have a turntable, rotate the hot dog halfway through cooking).
  • Uncover, flip over and re-cover with plastic wrap; cook for an additional 20 seconds (or 30 seconds if your microwave does not have a turntable). The hot dog should be warmed all the way through but still soft enough to bite into easily without breaking apart or becoming rubbery

5. Cut your hot dog in half and cook each side separately in 20-second increments until it is heated through and starting to turn crisp at the edges (about 30 seconds per side).

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  • Cut your hot dog in half and cook each side separately in 20-second increments until it is heated through and starting to turn crisp at the edges (about 30 seconds per side).
  • If you don’t want to cut your hot dog, just cook it whole for 2 minutes on high power, flip it over and cook another 2 minutes on high power.

You can cook a hot dog in a microwave in a few easy steps!

To cook a hot dog in a microwave, you need to put the hot dog on a plate and put it in the microwave for 20 seconds. Then take it out and see if it’s cooked enough for your liking. If not, put it back in for another 10 seconds and check again until you get the right amount of time needed to make sure that your hot dog is cooked all the way through.

You can also do this by cooking other meats like beef burgers or chicken breasts as well!

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a quick way to cook your hot dog, this method is perfect. You can even make two at once by cutting them in half and cooking each side separately in 20-second increments until they are heated through and starting to turn crisp at the edges (about 30 seconds per side).

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