Hot Dog Stroganoff

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Hot Dog Stroganoff! A family favorite, hot dog slices sautéed with onions in a sour cream sauce, served with noodles. Easy to make, easy on the budget, and kids love it! Takes only 20 minutes, start to finish.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

I had to laugh when I first heard about this recipe from my friend Heidi H.

In fact, at first blush the thought of it was not particularly appetizing. You take slices of hot dogs, sauté them in butter with onions, and add sour cream.

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That’s it. Serve it with pasta. But then I recognized the brilliance. This is just a stroganoff, made with hot dogs, or sausages, instead of strips of beef.

Heidi’s mom Jill used to make these so-called “fancy hot dogs” for her kids and now Heidi makes it for her family. Her kids love it!

If you want to make a more grown-up version, use a fine German bockwurst instead of hot dogs. Heidi thinks her mom made it because it’s so easy on the budget. Which it is, but it also tastes great and cooks up quickly. Perfect for a mid-week, get-it-on-the-table, family meal.

Hot Dog Stroganoff Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

You can use any kind of hot dog. Kosher hot dogs are good. If you want to take the recipe up a notch, try it with a mild bockwurst sausage.

If you are serving this dish to young children, cut the hot dogs into smaller, bite-sized pieces, as hot dog rounds can be a choking hazard for young children.


  • 1 tablespoon butter (more if needed)
  • 6 standard sized hot dogs (plan 1-2 per person, or fewer if you are serving kids), sliced into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)


1 Sauté onions and sliced hot dogs in butter: Melt butter in a large skillet (cast iron works well for this purpose) on medium high heat. Add the chopped onions and sliced hot dogs.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and the hot dogs are nicely browned, 5-10 minutes.

2 Add the sour cream and water, stir until creamy. Heat until steamy.

3 Serve: Serve with cooked egg noodles, elbow macaroni, or favorite pasta. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Melanie

    This was edible and an ok way to use up leftover hotdogs I guess. Very cheap and fast if that’s what you need. The only other recipe I know for leftover hotdogs is faux ham salad…so..


  2. Christa

    I made something very similar based off of this recipe. I used garlic, onion power(kid doesn’t like onions) parboiled rice, milk, , mushrooms, hotdogs, sourcream, chicken stock, salt, pepper.. I cooked it all together and just kept adding milk as needed and the rest to taste. Turned out very well. I bet bacon would be great in it as well..

    My 4 yr old ate 2 bowls

  3. Richard

    Easy to make. Added sauteed mushrooms and served on pappardelle. Went well with Cabernet sauvignon but next time would try Pinot noir or Syrah blend,


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  4. Andrea A.

    You know, I just got teary-eyed looking at stroganoff recipes here. I used to make this hot dog version when I was a grad student, and I’ll be making the steak version tonight for dinner. (I actually have leftover cooked ribeye and sautéed mushrooms/onions, which I definitely did not have in grad school). I’ve been reading SR since at least 2008, when I was still in college. You were on my Google Homepage, remember that one? I have a straining bookcase full of cookbooks and have followed other blogs over the years, but SR is still the first place I check for recipes. Elise, you and your parents have given me such a lovely gift via this blog. You were there for my first Thanksgiving, you were there when I was a newlywed in a foreign country, and when I a was broke, recently divorced grad student. Today, you help me feed my blended family of seven. Thanks for teaching me how to cook!

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  5. Susan

    I made this to show my young adult children an easy and expensive meal they can make living on their own. Great with GF noodles, and broccoli. I am on keto diet so Skipped the noodles, and enjoyed it with just broccoli!


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