Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
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Air fryer corn on the cob tastes just as good as grilled corn, and it’s a real time saver! You can have this easy side dish on the table and ready to be buttered in minutes. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Juicy and flavor-packed. Just like grilled corn on the cob, the ends will char just slightly, which really enhances the natural flavors and sugars of the corn. The flavor condenses inside each kernel and I find myself using little or no seasonings after cooking it this way!
  • Super versatile. Corn on the cob is a summer staple in my house. It’s just the perfect side to any meat, whether it’s chicken, burgers, or steak. It’s great with veggie burgers and other vegetarian main dishes too!
  • Quick and simple. I love to use this air fryer recipe when I’m short on time, or when it’s super hot out and I don’t want to turn on the stove or the grill. All I have to do is pop them in the fryer, set the time, and take them out – that’s it.

Why Use an Air Fryer?

Air fryers are truly a gift to the kitchen – they’re hands down the fastest way to cook corn evenly! There is no waiting for the water to boil of for the grill to heat up, and there aren’t any uneven cooking spots from your microwave.

By using your air fryer, you can enjoy your corn on the cob in just minutes. They only need 10 minutes to cook, which I find to be incredibly helpful when I’m trying to throw dinner together on a tight schedule!

However, if you want to grill your corn instead, I have a perfect recipe for how to make the best Grilled Corn!

Ingredients for air fryer corn on the cob.

Ingredient Notes

Here are the 4 ingredients you will need for this recipe. Check out the recipe card below for exact ingredient amounts.

  • Corn cobs – Fresh corn cobs are best. You might want to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Olive oil – This will keep the corn from sticking to the air fryer and keep it juicy. You can also use avocado oil.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Air Fryer

Scroll down to the recipe card below for the full set of directions.

  • Prepare. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F to ensure even cooking. Then, remove the husks from the corn cobs and trim them to fit in your air fryer.
  • Place the corn in the air fryer. Brush the basket of the air fryer with olive oil and place the corn cobs evenly spaced apart.
  • Season the corn. Coat the corn cobs with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on all sides.
  • Cook. Cook the corn at 400°F for 5 minutes. Then, flip the corn cobs over and return them to the air fryer to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Serve. Serve with fresh herbs and a healthy slice of butter, as desired!

Tips for Success

  • Thaw frozen corn if you are not using fresh. If you are going to use frozen corn, let it thaw for about 30 minutes before you put it in the air fryer. (Fresh corn works the best, but frozen is still tasty.)
  • Use olive oil to prevent sticking. Spraying the corn with olive oil or cooking spray will keep it from sticking to the bottom of the air fryer. It will also keep the corn juicy!
  • Adjust the cooking time. Cooking time can vary between different appliances, so you may have to adjust the time according to your fryer.
Corn cobs with 2 pads of butter on a plate next to some greens.

Topping Ideas & Serving Suggestions

BUTTER. ALWAYS BUTTER. My favorite way to enjoy corn is with simple butter, salt, and pepper so the natural flavor of the corn stands out. I also have an amazing recipe for Mexican Street Corn – you can cook the corn in the air fryer and then top it with all the delicious toppings.

But if you are looking for a change, try these fun variations:

  • Cilantro Lime Corn: Melt butter in the microwave, add a teaspoon of lime juice and cilantro, and drizzle it over the corn when it is done cooking.
  • Spicy Air Fried Corn: Sprinkle a little bit of paprika and cayenne pepper on the corn before cooking for a little extra heat.
  • Spicy Cheetos Corn: I saw this at the fair and everyone I asked loved it! I’m not a spicy Cheetos fan, but if you are, crush some up and dunk your buttered corn into the crushed Cheetos. Enjoy it immediately before it gets soggy!

Proper Storage

  • To store. You can keep leftover air fried corn on the cob in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • To reheat. Place the corn in the air fryer (heated to about 350F) and reheat until warmed through (this usually takes 2-3 minutes).
  • To freeze. If you like, you can keep your leftover corn in the freezer, in an airtight container, for 2-3 months.

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Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob tastes just as good as grilled corn, but it's so much easier to make! You can have it buttered and on the table in minutes. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 fresh corn cobs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • olive oil

Instructions 

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F. This step helps to ensure even cooking.
  • Prepare corn cobs by removing husks and trimming to fit in your air fryer.
  • Brush the basket of the air fryer with olive oil and place corn cobs evenly spaced
    apart.
  • Coat the corn cobs with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on all sides.
  • Cook corn at 400°F for 5 minutes.
  • Flip the corn cobs over and return to the air fryer to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Serve with fresh herbs and a healthy slice of butter, as desired!

Notes

  • *Please note air fryer times vary greatly between brands*
  • To store. You can keep leftover air fried corn on the cob in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • To reheat. Place the corn in the air fryer (heated to about 350F) and reheat until warmed through (this usually takes 2-3 minutes).
  • To freeze. If you like, you can keep your leftover corn in the freezer, in an airtight container, for 2-3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 116kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 265mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g

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