The Best Air Fryer Corn on the Cob Recipe

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The Best Air Fryer Corn on the Cob Recipe – tender juicy corn on the cob with a lightly charred crunch like grilled – right from the air fryer!

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Perfect Air Fried Corn Cobs

If you’ve never had corn on the cob in the air fryer, you’re going to lose your mind for how delicious and easy this recipe is!

It is light, sweet, a tiny bit smoky, and full of flavor – and it seriously can’t be any easier than this super simple method for making corn on the cob.

Air frying helps circulate hot air around food quickly – it isn’t really fried, but it is a more intense heat than baking – giving foods a lovely, delicious flavor.

Air fryer corn on the cob is so delicious, you’re going to want this easy air fryer recipe all the time!

We love to serve this corn on the cob with air fryer steaks, air fryer broccoli, or air fryer chicken tenders – it’s also delicious alongside our famous baked pork tenderloin, easy ribeye roast, and Baked Everything Salmon!

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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How To Air Fry Corn

To make this recipe, we will need the following ingredients:

  • Olive oil. The olive oil in this air fryer corn on the cob recipe adds moisture and helps the seasoning stick to the corn.
  • Salt & pepper. Fresh cracked pepper brings a bold, spicy flavor, while salt enhances the natural sweetness of the corn.
  • Corn on the cob. The 4 ears of corn, shucked and cleaned, are the star ingredient that will cook to tender perfection in the air fryer.

After you’ve prepped your tools and ingredients, we will use this process:

  • Preheat. Preheat air fryer at 375F for 5 minutes while removing husk and silks from corn. Drizzle olive oil over corn and rub to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper, according to your preference.
  • Air fry. Add to air fryer basket. Air fry at 375 for 15 minutes.
  • Flip. At about 9 minutes, flip corn in air fryer to ensure even cooking. Cook until soft to the touch and slightly charred.
  • Enjoy! Serve with butter.
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Tips and Tricks to Perfect Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

How long to air fry corn. Corn on the cob takes a while to cook – and cooks best when not directly over the heat to prevent burning. This is solved well by air frying to get a bit of crispy charred crunch, without overcooking the corn. Aim for 10-18 minutes in the air fryer, occasionally checking, for doneness. Flip corn when in air fryer to make sure corn is cooked on all sides.

How To Tell When Corn Is Done. Grilled corn is done when the kernels look slightly wrinkly, are soft to the touch, and have a lovely golden char to each side (be sure to flip your corn and rotate it often so it’s evenly charred on all sides.) 

Recipe FAQs

  1. How long do you cook corn on the cob in an air fryer?
  2. Do you need to soak the corn before cooking it in an air fryer?
  3. Can you cook frozen corn on the cob in an air fryer?
  4. Can you add butter to air fryer corn on the cob? Yes, you can add butter to air fryer corn on the cob after cooking. Simply brush the cooked corn with melted butter and sprinkle with additional seasoning if desired.
  5. What other seasonings can you use on air fryer corn on the cob? In addition to salt and pepper, you can use a variety of seasonings on air fryer corn on the cob, such as garlic powder, smoked paprika, or chili powder. You can also add fresh herbs like chopped parsley or cilantro for extra flavor.
How long can corn last in the refrigerator?

After air frying, corn can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container or plastic bag.

Do you need to soak corn in the air fryer before frying?

No, you don’t need to soak the corn before cooking it in an air fryer. Simply shuck the corn and remove the silks, then brush with oil and seasonings before cooking.

Can you air fry frozen corn on the cob?

Yes, you can cook frozen corn on the cob in an air fryer. Simply adjust the cooking time to 12-15 minutes at 400°F, turning the corn halfway through.

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The Best Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

The Best Air Fryer Corn on the Cob Recipe – tender juicy corn on the cob with a lightly charred crunch like grilled – right from the air fryer!
Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, corn, side dish, sweet corn, vegetable, vegetables sides
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 ears of corn
Calories 114kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer at 375F for 5 minutes while removing husk and silks from corn.
  • Drizzle olive oil over corn and rub to coat evenly.
  • Season with salt and pepper, according to your preference.
  • Add to air fryer basket.
  • Air fry at 375 for 15 minutes.
  • At about 9 minutes, flip corn in air fryer to ensure even cooking.
  • Cook until soft to the touch and slightly charred.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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