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A Steamie is a Steamed or Boiled Hot Dog in a Steamed Hot Dog Bun. It refers to the cooking method, more so for the bun. Some places will serve the hot dog with one cook method and the Bun as a Steamie or a Toastie.

Hot Dog Types

There are many Hot Dog types and you can pick up and use any kind you like. There are even cured variety of Hot Dogs. However in the East Coast the brand to pick up is Larsens Hot Dogs. These are only sold on the east coast I believe. Shopsys is another good brand of hot dogs that I like.

Hot Dogs are precooked before packaging and only need to be reheated thoroughly before consuming.

Cooking the Hot Dogs

The Steamie more so refers to the Cooking process of the Bun but can be applied to the Hot Dog as well.

To Steam or Boil Hot Dogs. Wait until the water comes to a boil and either drop the Hot Dogs into the water or steam the Hot Dogs for about 5 minutes in both cases. You can also boil in Broth or Beer.

You can also combine both techniques (Steamed, then Fried) by Boiling or steaming the Hot Dogs then frying them up. This way is a favorite of ours.

Steamie Hot Dog Buns

For Steamed Hot Dog Buns. Brush the Buns with Butter and Steam until Softened but not Soggy. They only need a few seconds.

To Steam the Buns I usually fill a Pan with some water and bring to boil. Drop the Hot Dogs in to Boil and place a Pizza Screen on top so that I can place the Buns and Cover with a Lid that will still leave room for the Buns. Steam for a few seconds before flipping over and steaming again for a few seconds.

Steamie Toppings

Top these off with anything you desire to create a wide variety of Doggies. However in Quebec which is where the term Steamie and Toastie originate from, there are three main Doggies.

All Dressed

The All dressed version popular in Montreal is dressed with Mustard and Chopped Onions with Plain chopped Cabbage or Coleslaw or Sauerkraut can be used. Ketchup & Relish can be added.

Michigan Doggie

Topped with Spaghetti or Chili Sauce with or without chopped Onions


The Supreme Doggie is topped with Cheese & Bacon.


However you like your hot dogs. A nice Steamie is good to have once in awhile. Top with your favorite Sauce & Toppings.


Boiled, Steamed and/or Fried Hot Dog on a Buttered Steamed Hot Dog Bun. Topped with your Favorite Sauce & Toppings.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: All Dressed Steamie, Hot Dogs, Michigan Steamie, Steamie, Supreme Steamie
Servings: 1 portions
Author: JAH


  • 1 Hot Dog
  • 1 Buttered Hot Dog Bun


  • Bring a Skillet with a bit of water to cover the Hot Dog to Boil over max heat.
  • Once the Liquid is boiling, place the hot dog in and boil for about 5 minutes.
  • At the Same time Place a Pizza Screen on top and place the Buttered Hot Dog Bun on top. Cover with a Lid that will allows room for the buns and steam for a few second. Flip the Bun over and steam again for a few seconds.
  • Place the Hot Dog in the Bun and Top with your Favorite Sauce & Toppings.


Optionally you can use Stock or Beer to boil the hot dogs. The left over liquid can be used to cook some Onions for a Topping.
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