Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

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Air fryer corn on the cob is a quick, easy, and tasty side dish for any summer meal. Make this corn recipe using fresh sweet corn in 15 minutes! 

Air fryer corn on the cob

Fresh sweet corn is one of my favorite summer side dishes. It goes with almost anything whether that’s hot dogs on the grill or a Sunday pot roast.

And, while the traditional way to cook corn on the cob may be in a big pot of boiling water, there are other options.

Have you ever tried making corn on the cob in the oven? It’s prepped and ready to bake in just 10 minutes. It is utterly life-altering! You have to try it.

Crockpot corn on the cob is cooked right in your slow cooker without heating up the kitchen.

If you want something a little bit different, why not try my Mexican corn and sausage skillet recipe. It’s ready in 25 minutes, made all in one skillet.

corn recipes ingredients

Tips for making air fryer corn on the cob

You should prep your corn by removing the husks and trimming the edges. Be sure to cover the ears of corn completely with melted butter.

It helps them cook evenly and they taste so much better that way.

If you prefer to keep this recipe vegan, instead of butter, you can spray the corn with olive oil or a butter-flavored cooking spray.

But, just don’t put them in plain. When you make air-fried corn on the cob, they need to have some sort of coating whether that’s oil or butter.

If you are concerned about the ears of corn getting too crispy, you can try adding a spray of olive oil to the cobs when you first put them in.

And, then halfway through, you can coat them with butter. Make sure that you flip them over partway through so they get crispy and grilled on all sides.

For a smaller air fryer, you can cut the cobs in half if you need to in order to fit them in better.

air fried corn on the cob prep

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Frequently asked questions

How to make char-grilled corn in an air fryer 

Roasted or grilled sweet corn is one of my favorite recipes. And, roasting them in an air fryer is so easy.

All you need to do to get that char-grilled taste is to spray them with oil or butter and make them in an air fryer.

corn in the air fryer

How to make this recipe using frozen corn 

Making corn in the air fryer works just as well with fresh corn as it does with frozen corn.

You may need to cook it closer to 10 minutes than 8 minutes but you should not have to make any other changes to this recipe.

Is it safe to use foil in an air fryer? 

While it is safe to use foil in your air fryer, your food won’t cook as well. Air frying works because the air circulates freely around the food to cook it.

If you cover the food with foil, you just won’t get the same results. Save the foil for the grill. You don’t need it in this air fryer corn on the cob recipe.

corn in the air fryer cooked

How many ears can you cook at one time? 

How many ears you can cook really depends on the size of your air fryer and how large the corn on the cob is.

Do not crowd the corn into the air fryer or lay them on top of each other. Place each corn on the basket and allow for room for the air to circulate.

We can fit about 4 ears of corn in ours. But, yours may vary. It only takes a few minutes to make more.

air fryer corn on the cob brushing with butter

Seasoning ideas

We normally add butter and salt and pepper to our corn in the air fryer. But, if you want a kick of flavor, you can try adding a little bit of cayenne pepper.

Here are a few more ideas you might want to try.

  • Garlic, lime zest, and cilantro
  • Butter and parmesan cheese
  • Fresh herbs like oregano or parsley
  • Paprika, sea salt, and pepper
  • Mayonnaise, cheese, and chili powder for Mexican street corn
  • Honey butter
  • Cajun seasoning and butter
  • Sour cream and chives
  • Sriracha mayonnaise
  • Maple butter and cilantro


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air fryer corn on the cob with a pat of butter

ears of air fryer corn on the cob with butter

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Donna Elick
Air fryer corn on the cob is a quick, easy, and tasty side dish for any summer meal. Make this corn recipe using fresh sweet corn in 15 minutes!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 4


  • 4 ears of corn, cleaned (husks and silks removed. Then rinsed and dried.)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, brush the corn with melted butter.
  • Cook in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes, until starting to brown.
  • Flip the corn halfway through cook time and brush with more butter. If you want it a little more golden, cook it longer.
  • Remove and brush with more butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Donna’s Notes

If the corn is too large for the air fryer you can trim off the ends or even cut the cob in half so it will fit.
We also love to add a dash of cayenne pepper to our melted butter for more flavor and a little kick.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 178cal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 104mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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air fried corn on the cob

Originally published August 2020

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