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AIR FRYER CORN ON THE COB

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This air fryer corn on the cob is buttery, crunchy, and delicious! Biting into these plump kernels brings deep satisfaction and food happiness. It’s a recipe steeped in memories of backyard BBQs and summertime fun.

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Air fryer corn on the cob garnished with butter, salt and fresh parsley.

If you own an air fryer, you know what a game-changer this appliance can be. I did a little experimenting with the help of my husband. He grilled corn on the cob on the outdoor grill, and I cooked corn inside using an air fryer.

Here’s what we found when comparing both methods.

  • BBQ METHOD: Beautiful-looking ears of corn. They’re charred on all surfaces, but also slightly dry at the ends. Kernels deliver a definite bite. Needed a bit more butter than the air frying method to restore moisture.
  • AIR FRYER METHOD: Plump, juicy ears of corn cooked to perfection without the grill marks. Kernels maintain a lovely color that actually deepened with cooking. The taste and texture is very delightful!
  • DETERMINATION: If there’s an air fryer in the kitchen, there’s no need to head outside and fire up the grill to cook corn on the cob. The hot circulating air around the pieces delivers delicious roasted flavors similar to the BBQ. The ease and convenience of this method makes it a winner.

This air fryer recipe is ideal for cold-weather months when it’s not great having to stand outside in a coat cooking on the BBQ. It’s also perfect during parties when the outdoor BBQ is maxed out with other meat or veggies.

Plate of air fryer corn next to butter, fresh Italian parsley and sea salt for garnishing.

INGREDIENTS

Make the best corn on the cob with an air fryer and 4 basic ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Ears of sweet corn (bi-color, white or yellow)
  • Olive oil or olive oil spray
  • Sea salt
  • Butter
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH: Italian parsley

INGREDIENT TIP: To make this recipe faster, use pre-packaged ears of corn from the grocery store. Look for them in the refrigerated produce section. They’re already husked and trimmed, and ready to go!

Ingredients for making air fryer corn on the cob.

EASY INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

Missing an ingredient for air fryer corn on the cob? Don’t put on your shoes and head to the market. Instead, head to your fridge or pantry. Check for these easy ingredient swaps.

It’s convenient and money-saving to use ingredients you already have on hand!

  • CORN ON THE COB: Use frozen corn kernels or canned corn. See “Recipe FAQ” section below for instructions on how to air fry these options.
  • OLIVE OIL: Use canola oil or vegetable oil instead.
  • BUTTER: The easiest sub is margarine.
  • ITALIAN PARSLEY GARNISH: For a bit of fresh green color, sub with fresh cilantro, rosemary or chives.
A white platter with 3 corn on the cob garnished with fresh parsley.

recipe steps

RECIPE PREP: Soften the butter on countertop. Shuck the ears of corn. Remove long silk fibers. Discard husks and fibers. Rinse the corn. Dab it dry between lint-free towels. Trim both ends with a knife.

  • STEP 1: Spray or brush the pieces of corn with olive oil. Lightly sprinkle salt on all sides.
  • STEP 2: In a single layer, arrange corn inside the air fryer basket leaving space between the pieces. To fit longer cobs inside the basket, you may need to snap them in half. Air fry 8 minutes at 375°F.
  • STEP 3: Flip the corn over. Cook 5 minutes more. The cobs should be lightly golden, with the kernels tender yet firm. With your fingers, do a squeeze test on one or more kernels. See if they’re cooked to your liking.
  • STEP 4: Spread butter lavishly over the corn. Season as desired. Optional: sprinkle the cobs with chopped Italian parsley. Serve and enjoy.
How to make corn on the cob in the air fryer in 4 easy steps.

IDEAS FOR GARNISHING CORN ON THE COB

There are so many delicious ways to serve and enjoy these veggies. Try these luscious flavor combinations.

  • TRADITIONAL: Butter, sea salt, freshly-ground black pepper, and chopped Italian parsley.
  • ITALIAN STYLE: Smears of butter, pesto and a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese.
  • NEW ORLEANS STYLE: Add Cajun seasoning and a few drops of Tabasco sauce to the melted butter. Finish with a sprinkling of Italian parsley.
  • SWEET TOOTH: Add a touch of granulated sugar to the melted butter.
  • SAVORY SPREAD: Add garlic powder to the butter along with shallots that have been sautéed until lightly golden and a pinch of dried Herbes de Provence.
  • MEXICAN-STYLE ELOTE: Spread mayonnaise, Mexican crema or sour cream over freshly-cooked corn. Garnish with chili powder or tajin and cilantro. Serve with juicy wedges of Mexican lime.
Four air fryer corn on the cob garnished with butter, salt and parsley on a serving table.

recipe faq

These are the most commonly asked questions when making air fryer corn, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

WHAT IS THE SEASON FOR FRESH CORN ON THE COB?

In the USA, this veggie is grown in all 50 states. The peak season for sweet corn is May through September. During spring and summer months, some of the best corn on the cob is found at roadside farm stands close to the source where it’s grown, and at farmer’s markets.

HOW TO SELECT THE BEST EARS OF CORN AT THE MARKET?

Start by eyeing good-looking plump ears of corn. They should have tight green husks that look fresh, not crisp or crackly. The golden blonde (hairy) tassels at the top should be slightly sticky, not dark and dry. Pull back the husks a few inches to view the kernels. Avoid ears of corn that are naked on top with too many kernels missing.

CAN I COOK FROZEN CORN ON THE COB IN THE AIR FRYER?

Yes. You can air fry corn that’s in a frozen state. Begin by cooking it for 2 to 3 minutes at 375°F. Then brush the cobs with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Continue air frying until the kernels are fork tender, rotating the cobs halfway through the cooking time.

CAN I AIR FRY FROZEN KERNELS OF CORN OR CANNED CORN?

Yes! Here’s how to do it: Pull out a small metal baking pan that can fit inside the air fry basket. Spray pan with olive oil. Add frozen corn kernels (or canned corn with liquid drained off) to the pan along with pats of butter. Air fry 2 minutes at 375°F. Stir briefly. Air fry an additional 2 to 4 minutes, depending on whether corn was frozen or canned.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH AIR FRYER CORN?

It’s a great side for BBQ ribs, baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese, steaks, pork chops, and southern fried chicken.

HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT LEFTOVER CORN?

Store leftover corn on the cob in an airtight container and refrigerate. The cooked veggies will stay fresh for up to 2 days. Reheat corn in the air fry machine (with pats of butter on top) at 375°F. If using the oven to reheat, wrap the corn in foil so it doesn’t dry out.

Three cobs of air fryer corn cooked to perfection with salt and parsley garnishes.

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Air fryer corn on the cob garnished with butter, salt and fresh parsley.

AIR FRYER CORN ON THE COB


Description

Enjoy air fryer corn on the cob that’s crisp, tender and delicious! Drizzle melted butter over the freshly-cooked cobs and season to taste. This wholesome recipe is quick and simple to make.


Ingredients

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  • 2 ears of sweet corn (bi-color, white or yellow)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, or olive oil spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH: Italian parsley

Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Soften the butter on countertop. Shuck the ears of corn. Remove long silk fibers. Discard husks and fibers. Rinse the corn. Dab it dry between lint-free towels. Trim both ends with a knife.

  1. Spray or brush the pieces of corn with olive oil. Lightly sprinkle salt on all sides. 
  2. In a single layer, arrange corn inside the air fryer basket leaving space between the pieces. To fit longer cobs inside the basket, you may need to snap them in half. Air fry 8 minutes at 375°F. 
  3. Flip the corn over. Cook 5 minutes more. The cobs should be lightly golden, with the kernels tender yet firm. With your fingers, do a squeeze test on one or more kernels. See if they’re cooked to your liking. 
  4. Spread butter lavishly over the corn. Season as desired. Optional: sprinkle the cobs with chopped Italian parsley. Serve and enjoy.

Notes

IDEAS FOR GARNISHING CORN ON THE COB

  • TRADITIONAL: Butter, sea salt, freshly-ground black pepper, and chopped Italian parsley.
  • ITALIAN STYLE: Smears of butter, pesto and a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese.
  • NEW ORLEANS STYLE: Add Cajun seasoning and a few drops of Tabasco sauce to the melted butter. Finish with a sprinkling of Italian parsley.
  • SWEET TOOTH: Add a touch of granulated sugar to the melted butter.
  • SAVORY SPREAD: Add garlic powder to the butter along with shallots that have been sautéed until lightly golden and a pinch of dried Herbes de Provence.
  • MEXICAN-STYLE ELOTE: Spread mayonnaise, Mexican crema or sour cream over freshly-cooked corn. Garnish with chili powder or tajin and cilantro. Serve with juicy wedges of Mexican lime.
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Air Fryer Corn on the Cob, Air Fryer Corn

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5 thoughts on “AIR FRYER CORN ON THE COB”

  1. This air fryer corn recipe was definitely tasty! Genius trick to a perfectly cooked corn with all the flavors intact. I used pre-packaged cobs from the refrigerated section at the grocery store.

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  2. Such a great idea to make corn on the cob in an air fryer! Turned out delicious and we will definitely be making again! And thanks so much for all those topping ideas too.

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