Hot Dog Fried Rice

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Hot Dog Fried Rice is savory, satisfying, and bursting with flavor. This mouthwatering hot dog recipe features sauteed onions, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil. It delivers the comforting flavors of American cuisine with a snappy Asian twist. 

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Hot Dog Fried Rice

Looking for a fast, easy, and creative weeknight dinner? This hot dog fried rice recipe is your ticket to success!

This is one of those insanely delicious and incredibly inventive recipes that puts common household ingredients together in unexpected ways. 

This simple, scrumptious recipe is my favorite way to use leftover rice, and it is always a total crowd-pleaser.

The combination might seem unconventional at first glance, but I assure you — one bite and your family will be convinced! 

Prefer a more traditional route? I’ve got recipes for pork fried rice and an easy Panda Express copycat that I know you’ll love.

bowls of ingredients for hot dog fried rice

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Hot Dogs – Any hot dog of your choice will do the trick — beef, pork, turkey, or even plant-based options!
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil is my top choice, but you can any vegetable oil with a decently high smoke point like avocado, canola, or sunflower oil.
  • Rice – White rice is the traditional choice for fried rice recipes. You are welcome to swap it out for brown rice if you prefer, just as long as it is cooked and cooled.
  • Mixed Vegetables – Frozen mixed vegetables are my favorite choice for this hot dogs and rice recipe.

    I almost always have a package ready and waiting in the freezer!
  • Sesame Oil – While this ingredient is optional, I highly recommend it. It adds a lovely nutty flavor that takes this hot dog recipe to the next level. 
cooked onions and hot dogs in a skillet

Hot Dog Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t thaw frozen veggies. Toss them right into the skillet and they will heat up perfectly!
  • Feel like adding fresh veggies? Dice up 2 fresh carrots and add them to the skillet when you add the onions, then use frozen peas instead of mixed veggies.

    Broccoli, cauliflower, celery, or any of your favorite stir fry vegetables would be tasty too. Just be sure to keep the vegetable to rice ratio somewhat similar.
  • Use day old rice. Freshly cooked rice will only result in mushy, undesirable results. If you have to make it fresh, at least pop it in the fridge until completely chilled.

    For the best hot dog fried rice, cook your rice a day or two ahead of time — or use up leftovers!
  • Swap the protein. You can follow this same basic recipe for fried rice using chicken, shrimp, pork, or beef instead.
rice, vegetables and hot dogs cooked in a skillet

Storing and Reheating Leftover Fried Rice

Store any leftover hot dog fried rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Leftovers are best when reheated in a skillet with a dash of oil. 

If you end up with a lot of leftovers, you can also freeze hot dogs and rice

Allow the dish to cool completely, then store in freezer bags with as much air removed as possible. Store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Thaw frozen leftovers in the refrigerator for a few hours before reheating, or defrost in the microwave if you are in a rush. 

adding scrambled eggs to skillet of hot dog fried rice

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need

  • A Large Cast Iron Skillet or Wok– There are countless options, but this one is the best combination of quality and affordability. 
  • Sturdy Wooden Spoon – Essential for stirring your fried rice to perfection. 
  • Quality Knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.
  • Garlic Press – Of course you can mince by hand, but a good garlic press will save your precious time and energy. 

Hot Dog Fried Rice FAQ

What are the main ingredients in fried rice?

While recipes vary, the primary ingredients in any fried rice recipe include rice, mixed veggies, soy sauce, oil, and eggs. 

Depending on your preferences, you can add in seasonings, your favorite vegetables, and your choice of protein. 

For example, this hot dog fried rice recipe features hot dogs for protein and garlic and onion to spruce up the flavor of the dish. Mixed frozen veggies round it all out for one satisfying side!

Should I boil hot dogs before frying them?

This step is totally unnecessary, especially for this hot dogs and rice recipe. Hot dogs are almost always precooked before packaging. 

Boiling your hot dogs before frying them will water them down and steal much of the savory flavor of this recipe. 

How do you jazz up hot dogs?

If you are looking for more creative ways to use up your hot dogs, you are in luck! In addition to this hot dog fried rice, we’ve also come up with more creative recipe ideas. 

Here are a few I am sure you will adore!

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hot dog fried rice on serving spoon

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Hot Dog Fried Rice

Donna Elick
Hot Dog Fried Rice is a fun, easy, and flavorful meal that comes together in no time. Try this creative hot dogs and rice recipe today!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 4 – 6


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 hot dogs, sliced into half coins
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked white rice, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, optional


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until it softens, around 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the sliced hotdogs and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the hotdogs start to brown and become fragrant.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • Add the rice and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the veggies are heated through.
  • Push the rice mixture to one side of the pan. Add ½ tablespoon of olive oil to the bare side of the pan, then add the beaten eggs. Lightly scramble the eggs until almost cooked. Combine the rice and eggs.
  • Add the soy sauce and sesame oil and cook for 1-2 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Serve warm, garnished with sliced green onions and hot sauce if desired.

Donna’s Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat in a skillet with a dash of oil or in the microwave. 
Adding the sesame oil at the end is optional but highly recommended. The sesame oil adds an additional layer of depth and flavor to the dish. 
Ensure your rice is thoroughly chilled before making this dish. Freshly cooked rice does not hold its shape and will become mushy. I recommend using 1-2 day-old cooked rice.
You do not need to thaw the vegetables before adding them to the fried rice. They will heat through just fine from frozen.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 421cal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 898mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published June 2023

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Never thought of putting hot dogs in fried rice. It turned out so good, though! My husband loved it and I was able to use up my hot dogs in something yummy! Definitely making this again 👍🏻

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