Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

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Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is a quick and easy way to make this tasty side dish and summer barbecue staple. Brushed with salted butter, the corn turns out savory and perfectly crunchy.

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Corn on the cob made in the air fryer is one of our dinner staples, for many reasons. It’s incredibly easy to just toss some ears in the air fryer and let them cook – no pot of water to boil, no real prep, besides shucking and trimming the ears of corn. Change up dinner with these fun corn ribs in the air fryer.

In my 5-quart air fryer, 4 ears of corn that are trimmed fit perfectly. Two fit in the bottom and two are placed crossways on top of the others. You’ll turn them around once during cooking, so they’ll get cooked evenly.

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air fryer corn on the cob

How to Make Corn on the Cob in the Air Fryer

The most important thing about cooking corn on the cob in the air fryer is adding oil or butter so the kernels don’t get dried out while it cooks. The circulating air in the air fryer can lead to dried corn, if you don’t coat the kernels.

For this, I like to use salted butter. The butter gives flavor to the corn and keeps it moist as it cooks.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a bowl and use a basting brush to liberally paint on the butter. If you don’t have a basting brush, you can put the butter on a dish and roll the corn in it.

If you’d rather not use butter, you can spray the ears of corn with olive oil. I wouldn’t use a lesser-quality cooking oil or spray like Pam, because it can add off-flavors to the corn.

Air fry at 370°F for 12-16 minutes, flipping half way. 

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Additional Toppings for Corn on the Cob

I think the best topping for corn is butter and a little salt and pepper. But you can dress up your corn in so many different ways. Give one of these a try:

  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Cojita or feta cheese crumbles with paprika
  • Mayonnaise and cajun seasoning

Try this authentic Mexican street corn variation with mayo, cotija cheese, cilantro, and chili powder.

What to Serve as a Main Dish

There are so many options for main dishes to serve with this side dish. You can make these all in the air fryer or in the oven, if you wish.

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air fryer corn on the cob

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is a quick and easy way to make this tasty side dish. Brushed with salted butter, the corn turns out savory and perfectly crunchy.
4 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 pieces
Calories 128 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ears corn small enough to fit in your air fryer
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Shuck the corn and trim the ends so the ears fit in the air fryer.
  • Brush with butter.
  • Air fry at 370°F for 12-16 minutes, rotating the corn half way through cooking.

Video

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 80mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 419IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Corn
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Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

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