Air Fryer Corn Ribs

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These delicious Air Fryer Corn Ribs are not only super fun to eat, they are just the right amount of crispy, sweet, and juicy. We love them for snacking and to take as an appetizer for parties.

Corn ribs

While cutting a cob of corn this way is difficult and can be dangerous when not done correctly, it’s so worth it! As they cook, they curl up to look like a rib, and this makes them super easy to eat, just like a rib. To avoid the difficulty, you can now buy corn ribs already cut at some stores.

You might have seen these on Tik Tok or at a local restaurant. They became quite popular and everyone was raving about them. If you try them, you’ll see why.

Why You’ll Love Them

  • Crispy Texture: Air fryer corn ribs achieve a delightful crispy exterior while keeping the corn kernels tender and juicy, offering a unique and satisfying texture contrast.
  • Flavorful Char: The air fryer gives corn ribs a beautiful char and grilled flavor without the need for an actual grill, enhancing the natural sweetness of the corn with a smoky note.
  • Convenient and Mess-Free: Cooking corn ribs in an air fryer is not only quick and easy, but it also reduces the mess associated with traditional frying or grilling methods, making cleanup a breeze.

Ingredients You Need

Uncooked corn ribs
ingredients to put on the Corn ribs
  • Corn ribs – You can now buy frozen corn ribs in some grocery stores and at Costco. If this is an option for you, I’d go with it. It’s much easier than cutting your own.
  • Fresh corn on the cob – Buy and use your corn as fresh as possible. This will make it easier to cut through the cob and ensure the juiciest kernels.
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil adds a nice flavor and it’s good for you. You could also use melted butter or ghee.
  • Seasonings: Paprika, garlic powder, salt, ground black pepper
  • Sauce: Mayonnaise and lime juice make a zesty and delicious sauce for the corn ribs
  • Garnish: I use Tajin seasoning and crumbled cotija cheese as a garnish. You could also use paprika, chili powder, or Parmesan cheese and even a sprinkle of cilantro.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
  • Basting brush: You’ll need a basting brush to coat the kernels with the seasoning rub. Make sure you get the seasoning down into the grooves for the most flavor.
  • Sharp Chef’s Knife or Butcher’s Knife: In order to make cutting the corn easy and safe, be sure to use a sharp knife that is up to the task. You can’t use a utility knife or any smaller knife. It has to be a large, sharp knife.
Corn ribs

Helpful Tips

  • If you have a sharp, large knife, approach cutting the corn like chopping wood. Get it started a little bit so you can hold the knife in both hands, then pound the corn against the cutting board as the knife slices through the cob. Once you get it cut in half, you can set it flat side down and cut through it again.
  • You can actually buy corn riblets at many grocery stores now.
  • Be very careful cutting the corn into strips. I suggest heating the cobs for 2 minutes in the microwave to soften them first. Use a large, sharp knife. Do not place your fingers below the knife.
Corn ribs

Air Fryer Corn Ribs

These delicious Air Fryer Corn Ribs are not only super fun to eat, they are just the right amount of crispy, sweet, and juicy. We love them for snacking and to take as an appetizer for parties.
4.9 from 77 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 422 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 ears fresh corn on the cob
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons (4 g) paprika
  • 1 teaspoon (3 g) garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.2 ml) black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) lime juice
  • Tajin seasoning for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon (17 g) cotija cheese for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Take the husks off the corn and chop off the ends. Carefully and with a sharp knife, cut the cobs into quarters, lengthwise.
  • Mix together the olive oil and the seasonings. Brush on the corn ribs.
  • Place them in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 12 minutes on 400°F (200°C), flipping halfway through the cook time.
  • Whisk mayonnaise and lime juice together in a bowl.
  • When the ribs are ready, serve them with the sauce drizzled over the top, a sprinkle of tajin seasoning, and some crumbled cotija.

Notes

  • Be very careful cutting the corn into strips. I suggest heating the cobs for 2 minutes in the microwave to soften them first. Use a large, sharp knife. Do not place your fingers below the knife.
  • If you have a sharp, large knife, approach cutting the corn like chopping wood. Get it started a little bit so you can hold the knife in both hands, then pound the corn against the cutting board as the knife slices through the cob. Once you get it cut in half, you can set it flat side down and cut through it again.
    You can actually buy corn riblets at many grocery stores now.

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: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 5gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 580mgPotassium: 292mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 381IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
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How to Cut the Corn

The hardest part of this venture is cutting the corn. It might seem easy, but the cob is actually quite hard and can be very difficult to cut through. So the first thing we want to say is, always, always practice safety in the kitchen and be very careful when doing this. Proceed at your own risk. We assume no responsibility for accidents that might occur.

The best tips I’ve gleaned from doing this myself are:

  • Heat the cobs in the microwave for 2 minutes and then let them cool before slicing. This will soften them up a bit.
  • Use a very sharp knife but be very careful of your hand placement when cutting, so you don’t end up slicing through your hand instead of the cob.
  • Stand the corn upright and slice through it vertically to keep the corn from rolling out from under you.
  • If you have a clever-style knife, you can get it started, then chop it against the cutting board like you’re chopping through a log, so your other hand is not near the knife.
  • If it feels unsafe at any point, stop and enjoy your corn some other way.
Cutting corn on the cob

Substitutions

  • If you don’t like mayonnaise, you can substitute with Greek yogurt or sour cream.
  • If you don’t have Tajin seasoning, you can sprinkle on some chili powder, paprika, bbq rub, or just leave it off.
  • You can use butter instead of olive oil.
  • To keep it vegan, just use the olive oil and seasonings.
Corn ribs

What to Serve with This Dish

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

25 Delicious Air Fryer Main Dishes to Try

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6 thoughts on “Air Fryer Corn Ribs

  1. E Calderon says:

    5 stars
    The charred edges and perfect texture were a game-changer. Added a bit of lime and chili powder for an extra kick. Delicious!

  2. Olivia M says:

    5 stars
    Just tried this recipe last night, and wow, the corn ribs were a hit! The air fryer made them so crispy yet juicy on the inside. Definitely a new favorite in our house!

  3. lily says:

    5 stars
    I loved how easy it was to prepare (I used store-bought ribs), and the cooking time was spot on. The corn ribs came out perfectly. Served them with a homemade garlic aioli, and they were devoured in minutes.

  4. gemma says:

    5 stars
    The air fryer corn ribs were a great conversation starter. Everyone wanted the recipe! I don’t really recommend cutting them yourself though. It is dangerous, as expected.

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