Easy Air Fryer Corn Bread Muffins

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These Easy Air Fryer Corn Bread Muffins are so simple to make, you might find they start to appear at every dinner. Using a box mix, they turn out moist and tasty – perfect size for a side dish.

Corn bread muffins

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix never disappoints and it’s an easy alternative if you don’t want to buy all the ingredients to make corn bread from scratch. Though I don’t mind mixing it up myself, I find the box mix to be just as delicious.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Using an air fryer to bake the corn bread in a silicon muffin pan makes it just that much easier. These bite-sized muffins turn out fluffy and perfect for popping in your mouth. We make these for dinner, for breakfast, and just to snack on.
  • The hot air circulation in the air fryer achieves a delightful crispy exterior while maintaining the moist and tender texture inside. This contrast in textures elevates the humble corn muffin to a whole new level, providing a satisfying experience for your taste buds.
  • With minimal prep and cleanup, you can enjoy golden-brown, crunchy muffins without the need for a traditional oven. You can whip up a batch in no time.

» You might also like Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls and Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits.

Ingredients You Need

You can make this recipe either from a box mix (we recommend Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix) or by mixing together the ingredients from scratch. We’ve given both options here.

Ingredients for air fryer corn muffins

If making from a box, you’ll need:

  • Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix: Has most of the typical from-scratch ingredients, but they are premeasured for you.
  • Milk: Brings moisture to the cornbread mix.
  • Eggs: Add moisture and bind all the ingredients together.

If making from scratch, you’ll need:

  • Egg: Acts as a binding agent, making sure everything stays together.
  • Buttermilk: The buttermilk reacts with the baking powder to help the cornbread rise.
  • Vegetable oil: I recommend sticking with a mild oil, something like olive oil or coconut oil will change the flavor of the cornbread.
  • Yellow corn meal: This is the main ingredient of cornbread. It gives the bread its famous golden color. For the right texture, you need cornmeal as opposed to corn flour or polenta.
  • All-purpose flour: Flour gives the cornbread a nice spongy texture, thanks to the gluten.
  • Sugar & salt: The sugar balances out the corn flavors and brings a hint of sweetness. While the salt brings out all the delicious flavors of the cornbread.
  • Baking powder: Helps the cornbread dough rise during baking.

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.
  • Silicon egg mold – Here’s a larger one that you can use in the Instant Pot or air fryer.
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large pourable measuring cup pour the batter in here from the mixing bowl, so it’s easier to pour through the spout into the egg mold
Corn bread muffins

Helpful Tips

  • You can easily change the amount of sugar you add into the cornbread. In the South, many use little to no salt in their cornbread. It depends on your preferences. You can adjust these ingredients to suit your taste.
  • It is best to mix the ingredients by hand to make sure you don’t overmix the dough. It will still be gritty when fully mixed so don’t keep mixing until it’s smooth.
  • Check your cornmeal hasn’t gone bad before starting this recipe. The cornmeal should have a sweet smell. If it smells musty, then don’t use it in this recipe.
  • If the toothpick is only slightly wet, close the air fryer and let the muffins sit in the air fryer for 5 minutes. The residual heat will finish the cooking process. 
  • Don’t remove the muffins right away. If you allow them to cool, they will come out of the mold easily and intact.

How to Make Air Fryer Corn Bread Muffins

This recipe is for a silicon egg mold that fits inside a 3.5-quart or bigger air fryer. You could also cook this in a single round pan if you don’t have an egg mold, but it will need additional time to cook through.

Step 1: Mix the Batter

Batter, mold and air fryer

If you’re making this recipe from a box, mix together the box mix, milk, and egg in a mixing bowl. Whisk until fully combined. Transfer the mixture to a large pourable measuring cup so you can easily pour the batter into the mold.

If making from scratch, whisk the egg in a mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk and oil. Whisk until combined. Then add all of the dry ingredients to the bowl and fold it all in until it’s all incorporated.

Step 2: Fill the Mold

Raw corn bread muffins in the air fryer

Lightly grease the wells of the mold. This isn’t absolutely necessary, but doing it will make it easier to pop the muffins out of the mold without them sticking.

Fill each well 3/4 full with the batter. If you fill them any higher, the muffins will puff up over the top and they don’t look as good when done.

Step 3: Air Fry

Corn bread muffins in the mold

Bake at 325° F(165°C) for 8 minutes. Test the muffin with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out wet with batter, then cook for one more minute. You can continue doing this until the toothpick comes out clean.

When the toothpick comes out clean, remove the mold from the air fryer and set it on a cooling rack. Let muffins rest in the mold for 5 minutes. To remove the muffins push up on the bottom of the mold and they will pop right out. 

Repeat the process until all batter is used. The recipe makes about 14 muffins, depending on the size of your egg mold.

Substitutions & Variations to Try

  • When using the boxed version, you can substitute the milk with a plant-based milk instead, like almond milk or oat milk. Just make sure to use an unsweetened, unflavored version.
  • If you want to add some spice to this cornbread, you can add chopped jalapenos or a can of chopped green chilis. You can also add shredded cheese or corn kernels to give it a different taste and texture.

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.

20 Delicious Air Fryer Main Dishes to Try

Questions About the Recipe

What can I eat it with?

There are so many ways to enjoy cornbread. My favorite is with some chili or Baked beans. You can also eat them as is with a bit of butter and honey.

What kind of cornmeal should I use?

Though you can technically use white cornmeal, it is best to use yellow cornmeal. White cornmeal won’t give you that same golden color yellow cornmeal does. Make sure not to use corn flour, as it will not give you the desired texture.

Is there a gluten-free version of this recipe?

To make this cornbread recipe gluten-free, simply switch out the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free baking blend. Look for a blend that has a label stating it is a 1:1 blend. If you are making it from the box, simply look for a mix that is gluten-free.

Corn bread muffins in the mold

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Corn bread muffins

Easy Air Fryer Corn Bread Muffins

These easy Air Fryer Cornbread Muffins are so simple to make, you might find they start to appear at every dinner. Using a box mix, they turn out moist and tasty – perfect size for a side dish.
5 from 64 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 14 Muffins
Calories 155 kcal

Ingredients
 

From a box:

  • 8.5 ounce (241 g) box of Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) milk

From scratch:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (237 ml) buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (159 g) yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (12 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt

Instructions
 

If starting from a box mix:

  • Mix the Jiffy corn muffin mix according to the box directions.

If starting from scratch:

  • Whisk the egg in a medium mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk and oil. Whisk until combined.
  • Add all dry ingredients to the bowl and fold until combined.

For both mixes:

  • Grease the wells of the mold. Fill each well 3/4 full with the batter.
  • Bake at 325° F(165°C) for 8 minutes. Test with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out wet then cook for one more minute.
  • When the toothpick comes out clean, remove the mold from the air fryer and set it on a cooling rack. Let muffins rest in the mold for 5 minutes. To remove the muffins push up on the bottom of the mold and they will pop right out.
  • Repeat the process until all batter is used.

Notes

  • You can easily change the amount of sugar you add into the cornbread. In the South, many use little to no salt in their cornbread. It depends on your preferences. You can adjust these ingredients to suit your taste.
  • It is best to mix the ingredients by hand to make sure you don’t overmix the dough. It will still be gritty when fully mixed so don’t keep mixing until it’s smooth.
  • Check your cornmeal hasn’t gone bad before starting this recipe. The cornmeal should have a sweet smell. If it smells musty, then don’t use it in this recipe.
  • If the toothpick is only slightly wet, close the air fryer and let the muffins sit in the air fryer for 5 minutes. The residual heat will finish the cooking process. 
  • Don’t remove the muffins right away. If you allow them to cool, they will come out of the mold easily and intact.

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: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 280mgPotassium: 74mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 45IUCalcium: 74mgIron: 1mg
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6 thoughts on “Easy Air Fryer Corn Bread Muffins

  1. Henry L says:

    5 stars
    I use my egg mold all the time. I was so happy to find this recipe. These little corn muffins are the perfect serving size.

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