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How to Make a Hot Dog Squid

Updated on April 11, 2017

Hot Dog Squid !!! Kids Love Them !!!

Kids love to eat fun food - Why not try jazzing up the typical hot dog ! Make it a Squid Dog or a Hot Dog Octopus...

Step by step directions on how to make the hot dog SQUID as well as the hot dog Octopus. They are quite easy just takes a few minutes and a tiny bit of creativity.

Surprise the kids tonight with a silly dinner. You'll be a cool Mom!


The "Octodog" - a Frankfurter Converter!

A Fast and Easy Tool to Make Hotdog Squids/Octopus

Many people want to make these squids and octopi, but find it too tedious. With this tool, it takes only seconds, and they come out great!

Check out the Octodog

(The photo at top of lens is of a hot dog made with this tool.)

How to use the Octodog

This is a video review from TV that they go through the process with the "Octodog" Frankfurter Converter Tool (just in case you don't quite understand it ...)


Have you ever made a Hot Dog Squid / Octopus ?

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Directions to make the Big Squid/Octopus - Without the "octodog" tool...

Takes a bit more work than with the Octodog tool, but can be done.

  1. Take a hot dog and cut it lengthwise, leaving about 1.5 inches uncut.
  2. Turn and repeat, so that there are 4 sections at the bottom.
  3. Now Turn again and cut each of the 4 in half lengthwise again so that there are 8 pieces with one common section at the top.
  4. If Squid is desired and not Octopus, you may want to put a little notch at the top and point the top as well ... to make it more squid-like and less octopus-like.
  5. Be creative, you can twist knife to make 2 small holes for eyes and a little slit for a smile, and they will be noticeable after cooking.
  6. Cook as desired - microwave for 30 secs (for 2) to have long floppy legs.

    - boil to plump it up and have the legs curl.

Which do you like better ?

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How to make Hot Dog & Spaghetti Squid - These really look like Squid, not Octopus

  1. Cut Hot Dogs into pieces that are approximately 1 inch long
  2. Stand a piece up on it's cut end
  3. Take a piece of uncooked spaghetti and break in half
  4. push one of the pieces of (previously broken in half) uncooked spaghetti into the upright hot dog piece until it hits the surface below
  5. Repeat this several times till there are many pieces of spaghetti sticking up out of the hot dog
  6. If your creative, you can twist knife to make 2 small holes for eyes and a little slit for a smile, and they will be noticeable after cooking, but this part is optional ...
  7. Boil them - with hot dogs and spaghetti both submersed in water
  8. When spaghetti is done as desired, remove from pan and serve

    These are also great served swimming in tomato soup!!

Directions to make the Little Squid

  1. Cut a hotdog in half.
  2. Take each of the halves and cut them lengthwise in half again - to make quarters that are flat on the bottom but half a hot dog in length.
  3. Take one of the quarters, and notch the top to make a point at the top (can be nearly a point with a little flat part at top).
  4. Make 2 more notches about half inch down - to be the bottom of the squid's head.
  5. Now make several slits that come up to the last notch you made to make the squid legs.
  6. Boil to plump the hot dog and separate the squid legs.

    Then serve!

Directions for the Little Octopus

  1. Cut Hot dogs in half
  2. Working on one half at a time, slice halfway up the remaining hot dog and follow the directions above for the big Octopus.

This hot dog slicer is great for two reasons:
1. It's adorable and gives the kids some fun while they eat.
2. It cuts up the hot dog nice and quick - especially if you have a few kids.

I have this slicer and it always makes for a nice treat for the little ones.


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    • norma-holt profile image


      5 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      5 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Just stopping back to take a peek at my favorite food - yep - hot dogs. And of course to wish you a very happy Halloween. Have a yummy one.

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      6 years ago

      haha, never thought about it - maybe because it's too simple :-)

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very cute idea. Good idea for a Finding Nemo party for kids.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Food should be fun. Thumbs up to your creativity!

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      Maurice Glaude 

      6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Very cute! Pinned to my GoldStar Pinterest board.

    • norma-holt profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice information and great fun for little ones. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      6 years ago

      This is great... Tofu dogs here I come!

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      6 years ago from Florida

      This is so cute. I smiled when I saw your hotdog squids.

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      6 years ago

      Just stopping by again to post this lens to FaceBook. Its so cute!

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      6 years ago

      Very nice idea for a "glittering" party appetizer! :)

      Thanks for sharing!

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      6 years ago

      Looking forward to the pictures coming, until then I will give it a try- TODAY. Have to admit that I also like hot dogs....not only the kids.

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      ForestBear LM 

      6 years ago

      wow these are great! love this lens. thank you!

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      6 years ago

      For your uniqueness of this article ... *blessed!*

    • Inkhand profile image


      6 years ago

      It's always fun to play with your food.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hot dog squids look like such a fun idea.... :)

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      7 years ago

      What a fun idea!

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      7 years ago

      I've been wanting to make these for a while

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kids must love these...never thought of doing this.

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      NorDac LM 

      7 years ago

      great ideas for a kids party

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I've never heard of doing this. How creative. It would make a fun party food for a gathering of Squidoo lensmasters.

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      7 years ago from Sweden

      Hehehe. Now I have seen the ultimate lens =)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Really cute idea. I think I will make some for my husband. LOL (My children are grown) Yes, I know what you are thinking, "and her husband is not." I see you point; but my husband is still a child at heart. He loves this kind of stuff.

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      Heidi Reina 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hot dog squids seem a bit weird, but I definitely finicky eaters among the knee-high set who would love these.

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      Chris-H LM 

      7 years ago

      Lol! My kids are so picky, I think they'd turn their noses up at it--and then reach for a regular dog. But I've got to admit it's a very creative idea so I may just have to make one for my own plate. They can squeal while I eat it! :p

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Oh so very cute. I love the octodog or squiddog as it may otherwise be known. lol... cute cute.

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      7 years ago

      This is cute! Glad I just ate, or I'd be wanting a funny looking hot dog.

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      Seeking Pearls 

      7 years ago from Pueblo West

      These are really cute. Although my children are 10 I think they still would enjoy these cuties. Thanks for a really fun idea.

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      7 years ago

      What a great idea!

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      A RovingReporter 

      7 years ago

      Great idea. Certainly will go down well with kids.

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      7 years ago

      What a perfect idea for Squidoo - great work on this! :)

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      7 years ago from USA

      OMG How adorable and creative!!!

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      7 years ago

      This is such a fun and cute idea. I know that kids would love it, but, I am sure all the squidooers love it here too!!!!

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      Cynthia Davis 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh

      These hot dog squids look like something a kid would certainly enjoy!

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      Sami4u LM 

      8 years ago


      A sprinkling of Angel Dust for Christmas :)

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      Senora M 

      8 years ago

      So funny. I have seen this on a blog before. Gonna have to give it a try.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      8 years ago from Idaho

      What a cute idea, I had no clue what a hot dog squid was, the kids will love these!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Cute! Thanks for the cool ideas.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      These are so cool! Perfect for us Squid-aholics, too! :)

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      8 years ago

      LOL Fun!

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      8 years ago

      How much fun! Hot dog Squids...I'll have to make some for my granddaughter.

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      8 years ago

      Absolutely adorable! Great, unique idea. *Blessed

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      8 years ago from AZ

      I am definitely going to try these! Blessed by an Angel :)

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      8 years ago

      What a delightful article. Will have try this. I am sure kids (and adults) will enjoy eating these. Looking forward to reading more of your lenses.


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