Air Fryer Corn on the Cob


Make perfect corn every time with this Air Fryer Corn on the Cob recipe. Ready in minutes, this air fryer corn is just as delicious as grilled corn on the cob!

4 ears of corn on the cob on a serving platter

Easy Corn on the Cob

On days when you’re craving corn on the cob but don’t feel like firing up the grill, simply plug in your air fryer! In less than 15 minutes, enjoy tender and flavorful corn on the cob with this easy air fryer recipe.

Don’t forget the butter!

Why You’ll Love this Corn on the Cob Recipe:

  • QUICK: What takes a long time on the grill takes just a few minutes in the air fryer.
  • EASY: Like many air fryer recipes, this corn on the cob is simple to make. No complicated steps required!
  • VERSATILE: Buttery and sweet, corn on the cob goes with just about anything.

None of the incredible flavor is sacrificed with this air fryer corn on the cob shortcut.

step by step photos for how to make air fryer corn on the cob
4 ears of corn on the cob on a serving platter

How to Make Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Season the corn.
  2. Cook, flip, and cook.
  3. Butter, garnish, and enjoy.
overhead image of 4 ears of corn on the cob on a serving platter
Can I use frozen corn on the cob?

Fresh corn on the cob is best, but frozen corn on the cob works in a pinch. If using frozen corn on the cob, let the corn thaw for 30 minutes and add 2-3 extra minutes to the cook time.

What kind of corn should I use?

Use whatever variety of corn on the cob looks freshest at the store! I used “bicolor” corn for this recipe, but all yellow or white corn would also work great.

Should I spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray first?

While not necessary, you can certainly spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray before adding the ears of corn. Because olive oil is brushed onto the ears of corn in step 2, they shouldn’t stick to the basket while cooking.

Can I make more than 2 ears of corn at a time?

Yes, feel free to cook more than 2 ears of corn at a time if your air fryer is large enough. Place the corn in a single layer with space between each.

Serving Suggestions

Complete any dinner recipe with air fried corn on the cob. I love serving corn with:

I find myself routinely buying ears of corn from the grocery to have on hand for this quick and easy recipe.

corn on the cob on a serving platter
overhead image of 4 ears of corn on the cob on a serving platter

Storage Instructions

Store leftover corn in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Tips for Air Fryer Corn

  • For easier clean up, line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil before step 3.
  • To prevent dry or burnt corn, don’t overcook the ears of corn. They only need about 12-13 minutes of cook time.

Corn on the Cob Variations

Have fun adding your favorite toppings and seasonings! Here are a few of my favorite air fryer corn on the cob variations:

Garlic Parmesan Corn: After adding the butter in step 4, sprinkle corn with ¼ teaspoon garlic powder and 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Elote Corn: Skip the butter in step 4 and spread 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise or sour cream on top. Sprinkle the corn with ¼ cup crumbled cotija cheese, ½ teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon lime juice, and chopped cilantro.

Spicy Corn: After adding the butter in step 4, sprinkle corn with red pepper flakes, hot sauce, or cayenne pepper to taste.

hand grabbing an ear of corn on the cob

Whether you eat it as is or sprinkle with more garnishes, you will love this quick and easy corn on the cob recipe!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!



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