Instant Pot Dirty Water Hot Dogs taste just like they came from the carts of New York hot dog vendors. Low carb and keto too!
Close your eyes and imagine standing on the curb, eating a hot dog from a vendor in Times Square.
Those hot dogs are referred to as “Dirty Water Dogs.” The vendors, with their Sabrett umbrellas continue to add new hot dogs to the water in their carts, without changing the water. Hence the term “Dirty Water Hot Dogs.” I have no idea if the water ever gets changed at all, but for now, I’m not going to think about that. Ha!
I was inspired by a friend of mine to try dirty water hot dogs in my Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker after he posted about a recipe he saw from a once renowed chef. My hubs, who is from New York says, “you can’t make Dirty Water Hotdogs using fresh water.” Challenge accepted and voilà, here it is!!!
The spices and vinegar replicate the water in the vendors carts after sitting for a while. You are going to LOVE these!
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Ingredients for Instant Pot Dirty Water Hot Dogs
- Hot Dogs in casings (not skinless)
- Vinegar – I would also imagine, that the vinegar gives the water some history, longevity if you will….at least that is what I would imagine.
While the street vendors use Sabrett hot dogs, my personal favorite dogs are now the Kayam brand. They have that wonderful snap and burst of juice similar to Sabrett and Hebrew National, but I find them more flavorful and juicy.
One of the wonderful things about this Instant Pot Dirty Water Hot Dogs recipe is that it is very hands off and can be made at any time of the day.
How Many Hot Dogs Can I Make at Once?
- Easy, as many as you can safely fit in your Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker.
- You will need to add more water and seasonings for larger recipes.
I imagine you could feed a whole stadium using this 14 Quart Pressure Cooker. Oh my, that sure is a big one!
For grating fresh nutmeg, a microplane works well.
Nutmeg is pretty strong and will penetrate the dogs and add that special vendor cart flavor.
Best of New York, New York
- In keeping with the New York theme, you’ve got to make the BEST Cheesecake ever. Lindy’s in New York makes the best and now you can make it yourself.
- My Instant Pot New York Cheesecake recipe is the Number 1, insanely popular and truly, it is the best cheesecake you will ever taste.
Pro Tip: Make the cheesecake in little the night before as it needs to set up overnight.
The vinegar and spices give the impression of a long soak in “dirty” water.
Can Dirty Water Hot Dogs be Made in Advance?
- The longer the hot dogs are soaked, the more flavor they absorb. The flavor is not over powering and is quite subtle, so don’t be afraid to let them soak.
Pro Tip: Freeze the water used to make the hot dogs and use it again the next time!
There are so many side dishes, which pair well with Instant Pot Dirt Water Hot Dogs.
What to Serve with Instant Pot Dirty Water Hot Dogs
- Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese [Instant Pot] is always yummy with hot dogs!
- Instant Pot Best Macaroni Salad Recipe is an easy recipe and perfect for picnics and feeding a crowd.
- Instant Pot Baked Beans [Pressure Cooker], come on, it goes without saying……
- Easy Coleslaw Recipe (a/k/a Cole Slaw), this! You have to make coleslaw. It is so delicious to pile on the hot dog bun!
Pro Tip: All the above recipes travel really well!
If you already have some of my delicious baked beans in your freezer, all you have to do is add them to a pan and let them warm up while cooking the hot dogs.
A wonderful set for cooking PIP (“pot in pot”) is this Ekovana Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Stackable Pans Set. This is something every pressure cooker owner should have in their arsenal of accessories.
Canned beans will work as well.
If those fluffy hot dog buns look great to you, how about making them yourself using leftover whey (or water if you don’t have whey) from my fabulous Instant Pot Greek Yogurt (Thick and Creamy) recipe and following my Japanese Hokkaido Milk Hotdog Buns recipe!
More Instant Pot New York Recipes to Make:
- Instant Pot Salt Potatoes [Syracuse, New York]
- Pressure Cooker New York Cheesecake [Instant Pot]
- Instant Pot Bagels Lox and Cream Cheese Pasta + Video!
- New York Style Pizza Dough (proof the dough in your Instant Pot!)
How do you like your Dogs? I like a little brown mustard and hot dog relish and/or tomato onion relish (recipes coming soon). The hubs likes them with just brown mustard. Sometimes, I like them totally plain.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Stainless Steel Trivet
- 1.5 Quart Stainless Steel “Pot in Pot” Bowl
- Japanese Hokkaido Milk Hotdog Buns recipe
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- 6 Hot Dogs with casings (not skinless)
- 1 quart Fresh Water
- 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar Balsamic or White Vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon Whole Nutmeg freshly grated
- 6 Hot Dog Buns
- Add water Water, Vinegar, Cumin and Nutmeg to your Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
- Toss in the hotdogs.
- Lock on the lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook on Low Pressure for 2 minutes. When beep is heard, wait 10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure. (The longer the dogs sit in the water, the better.)
- Serve on Hot Dog Buns, allowing some of the water to drain onto the bun.
How Many Hot Dogs Can I Make?
- As many as you can safely fit in your Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker.
- Just add more water and seasonings to cover the hot dogs.
Make in Advance
- Use low pressure and let the hot dogs sit in the pot as long as you like.
- The longer the hot dogs are soaked, the more flavor they absorb. The flavor is not over powering and is quite subtle, so don't be afraid to let them soak.