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Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"These cute little guys will be a hit at any kids party, fun get-together, or in a child's lunchbox!"
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11 m servings 148
Original recipe yields 6 servings (12 octodogs)


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  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cut hot dogs in half. To make the 'legs' of the octodog, make 3 cuts on 1 side of each hot dog, leaving about 1/3 the rounded top of the hot dog for the 'head'. Turn hot dog over and make 3 more cuts, so you have 8 'legs'.
  3. Place the octodogs in the boiling water until cooked through and the 'legs' curl up, about 1 minute.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use sesame seeds or bits of nori (dried seaweed) to create little faces on the octodogs if you wish. These guys have a lot of character on their own though! Use different sizes of hot dogs to create different sized octodogs!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 148 calories; 13.3 1.8 5.1 24 513 Full nutrition

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I've been making these for 12 years since I first saw the recipe in the TOH May/June 2001 issue (a LONG time ago lol). The only difference is I don't cut them in half and I serve them on top of ...

What a fun way to do hotdogs. The kids loved them. If you cut them the wrong way, as we did with one, it looks like a palm tree. Hubby said he would prefer his served on a sea of chili next ...

I grew up on these things... i've been having them for approx. 30 years now! Heck, I even make them when i'm having hotdogs alone sometimes at home... this is a recipe that will never leave my r...

bought mustaches to put on...

Rating a five for cuteness! My grandkids love hot dogs and what kid wouldn't get a kick out of these?

My 3-year old just loved these! He already likes hot dogs but making crazy animals with them just made it more fun. Thanks for the great idea!

Our whole family loved this cute idea. We floated ours in a sea of chili!

Not a fan of boiled hotdogs as they tend to loose flavor. 2/3 kids liked them and would eat them again. Easy fun way to prepare hotdogs for school lunch using a Thermos. I used Hebrew National h...

My grandsons LOVED these. I set one over a bowl of chili, and the other on top of the hot dog bun. So cute.