This recipe for Air Fryer Corn Bread is made with simple staple ingredients like cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and creamed corn. It’s an easy and quick way to make perfectly crispy and moist bread every time.
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Making air fryer corn bread is even easier than baking it in the oven. Who doesn’t love this incredibly useful kitchen appliance? The air fryer provides a perfectly crispy exterior and moist interior.
This bread is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, making a weeknight meal, or just in the mood for a snack, you can’t beat corn bread. Give it a try and enjoy the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
By the way, this Air Fryer Cornbread goes really well with Traeger smoked chicken thighs, in case you have a smoker or pellet grill and want to give it a try.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Cornmeal – Yellow cornmeal is perfect for this recipe. Make sure you use cornmeal and not corn flour, which is ground finer and won’t produce the same texture.
- All-Purpose Flour – Make sure your flour hasn’t been left open too long and is fresh.
- Sugar – I use granulated white sugar for this recipe to add just a bit of sweetness, but not too much.
- Baking Powder – Make sure your baking powder is fresh and hasn’t been opened for longer than a few months.
- Egg – I use one large free-range egg.
- Creamed Corn – I buy canned cream style sweet corn from either Del Monte or Green Giant. Use whatever brand you like.
- Vegetable Oil – The oil helps enhance the flavor and texture of the bread.
How to Make Air Fryer Corn Bread
Lightly grease a 7” round silicone cake pan. This pan needs to fit inside your air fryer basket or tray, so be sure to measure it first. You can use a smaller pan, if necessary, though you might need to pour in slightly less of the batter.
Mix the cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a bowl. Add the egg, creamed corn, and oil. Stir well to combine. Don’t over stir. Just get it all combined. There will still be some lumps.
Pour the mixture into the cake pan. Set the pan in the air fryer basket or set it on the tray, if you have a toaster style air fryer.
Bake at 300°F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. This is an important step to make sure the center is cooked.
It’s difficult to get the center of the cornbread to cook through. If you find that after 25 minutes the center isn’t done, turn off the air fryer and leave the pan in the closed basket for an additional 10 minutes.
The steam produced by the heated (but not turned on) air fryer basket will help to cook the center through without overcooking the tops and edges.
You can use a box of Jiffy cornbread mix to make air fryer cornbread if you’d rather not make it from scratch. Follow the box instructions to mix the batter, then continue on with the baking instructions above.
Additional Helpful Tips
- Don’t overmix the batter as this can result in a tough and dense cornbread.
- If you prefer sweeter cornbread, add a little more sugar to the batter.
- Use a toothpick to check if the cornbread is fully cooked in the center.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of cornmeal should I use?
To prepare my cornbread, I use steel ground yellow cornmeal or stone ground cornmeal. You can also use white cornmeal, but it won’t have the same bright yellow color. Cornmeal is a slightly coarser grind than corn flour, so be sure you’re buying the correct thing.
Can I use polenta to make Air Fryer Corn Bread?
Yes, you can use polenta to make air fryer corn bread. It’s actually a slightly healthier alternative and can be used as a 1:1 substitution in the recipe, so instead of 1/2 cup of cornmeal, you’d use 1/2 cup polenta.
How do I store leftovers?
You can store leftover corn bread in the refrigerator or freezer. To reheat, simply place in the microwave for 15-30 seconds or in the air fryer for about 1 minute on 400° F. Keep cornbread in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator or 2 months in the freezer.
Can I make this in a different shape or size?
Yes, you can make Air Fryer Corn Bread in different shapes or sizes, such as mini muffins or a loaf pan. As long as the pan fits inside your air fryer and is oven safe, you can use it. You will have to adjust the cooking time for muffins or a loaf, however. Use the toothpick test to determine when it’s done.
How do I know when the cornbread is done?
You can check the internal temperature of the corn bread with a kitchen thermometer, and it should reach around 205°F. Another way to check is to insert a toothpick into the center of the bread, and if it comes out clean, the bread is done.
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Air Fryer Corn Bread
- 1/2 cup (90 g) cornmeal
- 1/2 cup (63 g) all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup (67 g) sugar
- 2 teaspoons (10 g) baking powder
- 1 (1) large egg
- 1/2 cup (128 g) creamed corn
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) oil
- Lightly grease a 7” round silicone cake pan.
- Mix the cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a bowl. Add the egg, creamed corn, and oil. Stir well to combine.
- Pour the mixture into the cake pan. Set the pan in the air fryer basket.
- Bake at 300°F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Unplug or turn off the air fryer and leave the pan in the air fryer basket for 10 minutes.
- It’s difficult to get the center of the cornbread to cook through. If you find that after 25 minutes the center isn’t done, turn off the air fryer and leave the pan in the closed basket for an additional 10 minutes.
- You can use a box of Jiffy cornbread mix to make air fryer cornbread if you’d rather not make it from scratch. Follow the box instructions to mix the batter, then continue on with the baking instructions above.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
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