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Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

This recipe for air fryer corn on the cob is one of my favourite summer side dishes. It’s juicy, with the perfect just-charred flavour like grilled corn, but is super simple to make (with no need to heat up the grill!)

Air fryer corn on the cob piled on a black plate.

Summer side dish perfection

IMO there are few summer side dishes tastier (or easier) than grilled sweet corn, except maybe this corn on the cob air fryer recipe.

It’s tender and juicy, with that wonderful charred sweetness you can normally only get from the grill or barbecue, but only takes a few minutes to cook. Plus it doesn’t need the close supervision that grilling would. My whole family love it (including my fussy-eater child), they think it is just like Nando’s grilled corn.

What do you need?

Corn on the cob

This recipe is best made with fresh corn on the cob (the fresher, the better IMO), but you can also use frozen corn cobs. When choosing the best corn on the cob at the grocery store, there are a few things to look out for:

  • First, check the husks for any signs of damage or discoloration. You want to choose ears of corn that have bright green, tightly wrapped husks.
  • Next, feel the kernels through the husk to make sure they are plump and firm. If the kernels feel soft or mushy, the corn is likely past its prime.
  • Finally, look for ears of corn with brown silk at the top, indicating that the corn is ripe and ready to eat.

Oil

I use an olive oil spray for this recipe, but you can also use liquid cooking oil, and brush it onto the corn. Choose a cooking oil with a high smoke point (like corn oil, vegetable oil, or avocado oil).

Tip
Tip

When choosing an olive oil spray for your air fryer, look for the type that spritzes rather than an aerosol. The propellant in aerosol oil sprays can damage the non-stick coating of your air fryer.

Let’s cook this corn in the air fryer

1

Prepare.

If you are using fresh corn, remove the husk (the outer leaves and stringy bits). I usually cut the cobs into 3-4 inch sections before air frying (in half or thirds if really big), but you can also cook them whole if they fit in your air fryer.

2

Pop the corn in the air fryer.

Preheat the air fryer to 200°C/ 400°F, then place the corn in the air fryer basket. It is best if it is not jammed in there too tightly as you want the hot air to be able to roast all sides of the corn evenly.

Frozen corn on the cob in air fryer basket.

3

Air fry corn.

Spray or brush the corn cobs with oil, then air fry corn at 200°C/ 360°F for 12-17 minutes. Frozen corn cobs will take 3-4 minutes longer than fresh corn.

Air fried corn on the cob in air fryer basket.

How long to air fry corn on the cob

The exact cooking time will depend on a few factors, including how large your corn cobs are, whether you are cooking frozen or fresh, and how powerful your air fryer is.

The beauty of air frying is that it is easy to add a few minutes to the cooking time if needed. To get the cooking time just right, monitor the corn towards the end of the cook time, and air fry for additional 1-2 minute intervals if needed until it is cooked to your liking.

Air fried corn on the cob piled on a black plate.

Serving ideas

  • Classic buttered corn: Top with melted butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Mexican-style corn: Drizzle corn with mayonnaise, sprinkle with chili powder and cotija cheese, and squeeze with lime juice.
  • Garlic parmesan corn: Drizzle corn with melted garlic butter and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Buffalo-style corn: Brush with buffalo sauce and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles.
Air fryer corn on the cob piled on a black plate.

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

4.6 from 59 votes
This recipe for air fryer corn on the cob is my favourite summer side dish. It is juicy, has a perfect just-charred flavour, and is very simple to make.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time14 minutes
Serves4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 corn on the cob (fresh or frozen, Note 1)
  • Olive oil spray (Note 2)

Directions

  • Preheat air fryer to 200°C/ 400°F.
  • Remove the husk from the corn cobs and cut each into two pieces.
  • Place corn cobs in air fryer basket, and spritz or brush with olive oil.
  • Air fry corn on the cob for 12-15 minutes until starting to turn golden brown.
  • Carefully remove from air fryer and enjoy!

Notes

  1. You can also use frozen corn on the cob, but cook times will be a few minutes longer.
  2. Choose and oil spray that spritzes rather than an aerosol. Or you can brush the corn with liquid cooking oil.

Nutrition

Serving: 1  Calories: 73kcal  Carbohydrates: 9g  Protein: 2g  Fat: 4g  Saturated Fat: 1g  Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g  Sodium: 1mg  Fiber: 1g  Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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Cynda

Thursday 17th of June 2021

Thank you so much for all your Air Fryer recipes. I have been looking for some all in one spot and came across yours, It's an excellent tool for one's inexperienced or a pro.

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