This vegan Korean corn dog recipe should most definitely be on your list of things to make this week! These are vegan mozzarella sticks and/or vegan hot dogs battered, deep-fried, coated in sugar, and drizzled with ketchup and mustard. They’re the most delicious, junky, and fun snack I’ve had in a while! These vegan Korean corn dogs are also relatively easy and quick to make!
What Are Korean Corn Dogs?
Korean corn dogs are a super popular street food from Korea. Hot dogs and/or mozzarella are battered and panko-breaded, deep-fried, and coated in sugar. Then they’re topped with condiments like ketchup and yellow mustard. However, there are several variations of Korean corn dogs. They’ve gone as far as being battered and breaded in french fries and even ramen noodles!
Korean Corn Dog VS American Corn Dog
- The filling for Korean corn dogs is not limited to hot dogs! Different sausages and cheese can be used, too!
- Korean corn dogs are coated with panko breadcrumbs, giving them a super crunchy texture. Like I previously mentioned, some versions are even covered using french fries, ramen noodles, and cornflakes!
- The Korean version is sprinkled with sugar after being deep-fried!
If you make my vegan Korean corn dogs, don’t forget to post a picture to Instagram, tag me @chefsummerstorm, and #gardengrub so I can see your recreation!
How to Make Vegan Korean Corn Dogs
- Craft sticks
- Paper towel
- 1 quart vegetable oil
- 1 package vegan mozzarella, cut into sticks (I used one package of Follow Your Heart's mozzarella slices and cut the "block" into 4 sticks. READ my "tiparooskis," located below the written recipe, for important tips!)
- AND/OR vegan hot dogs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp organic cane sugar, plus more for coating the corn dogs
- 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp almond milk, plain, unsweetened
- 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- Pour the vegetable oil into a medium-sized saucepot or a deep fryer, and allow the oil to come up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while you work on the recipe. I usually set my burner to medium heat, and then I adjust it depending on what my thermometer says. Please use a thermometer to get a precise temperature!!!
- Cut the block of vegan mozzarella slices into four sticks. Then, CAREFULLY press a craft stick 3/4 of the way through the long way while holding the cheese together with your other hand to prevent it from coming apart.
- If you want to use hot dogs, you can press a craft stick through the hot dogs the long way, or you can cut them into shorter pieces and put a piece on a stick with a small stick of mozzarella! If you put a piece of hot dog and mozzarella onto the same stick, put the hot dog on first, and then push the mozzarella on. Again, only press 3/4 of the way into the piece of mozzarella to avoid it from breaking.
- Now, place the prepared sticks on a parchment-lined sheet pan and set it in the freezer while you prepare the rest of the recipe. This will help prevent the mozzarella from falling apart!
- To a medium-sized, wide, shallow mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Then add the milk in and stir until evenly combined. NOTE: the mixing bowl should be big enough to coat the corn dogs in it.
- Pour the panko bread crumbs onto a large plate.
- Before battering a stick, make sure the oil is completely preheated, and do not batter and fry more than one stick at a time. To batter a stick, remove one from the freezer and carefully cover it in the batter, coating it completely. Try to do this is as gently as possible to avoid the cheese breaking off the stick since it is technically in slice form.
- Then, let any excess batter drip off and place the stick into the bread crumbs. Coat it entirely by sprinkling the panko on to it, rolling the stick around, and patting the crumbs on as needed. Once the cheese or hot dog is coated, I like to gently squeeze the bread crumbs onto it to help keep everything intact, and then I roll it in the panko one more time.
- Carefully float and drop the battered corn dog into the pot of oil and deep-fry it for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Line a sheet pan or plate with a few sheets of paper towel. Place the fried corn dog on top for just a few seconds to allow any excess oil to be soaked up. Now, while the corn dog is still hot and "damp" with oil, sprinkle it entirely and generously with sugar!
- If desired, drizzle across ketchup and mustard! Or, you could simply dip the corn dog instead.
Welcome to my tip section of the vegan Korean corn dog recipe! Here I provide my top tips to help you perfect the recipe. Sometimes, I also give substitute suggestions that I think you may find helpful.
- If you use the Follow Your Heart mozzarella, you must be very gentle with it! Because their mozzarella is technically in slices, it is incredibly fragile when poking the wooden stick through the cheese. So, when poking the stick through, hold the cheese tightly with your other hand the entire time, and only press the stick 3/4 of the way to the top. Then, when battering it, grab the cheese and turn it over versus turning it over by its wooden stick. Lastly, batter it extremely well, and once the panko is on it, I like to squeeze it onto the cheese stick and then sprinkle more panko on top. The batter and panko act as glue, holding the cheese slices together.
- I have tried this recipe using Miyoko’s mozzarella. I didn’t like it as much; otherwise, I’d have used it instead of Follow Your Heart’s for my final recipe. However, Miyoko’s mozzarella was A LOT easier to work with since it is in a wheel form and not slices, making it incredibly easy to put onto a stick and batter. With that being said, Miyoko’s mozzarella didn’t give a melty-gooey texture, like how Follow Your Heart’s did. I still enjoyed the flavor that Miyoko’s cheese gave, but it was worth it to take the slightly more challenging route (using Follow Your Heart’s slices) because it provided a better taste and texture to the Korean corn dogs in the end!
- Please, for the love of everything, use a thermometer to check the oil’s temperature accurately! If the oil isn’t hot enough, the breading will be soggy, and if the oil is too hot, the breading will burn. This is also very important to ensure that the cheese has enough time to melt completely.
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