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. Enjoy sweet, juicy kernels from roasted corn in the air fryer in just 15 minutes!

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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 so many other options — including air fryer corn on the cob!

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, while smoked ears have an extra layer of flavor.

Whether you making corn on the cob in the air fryer, or with one of these other methods, you’re guaranteed to love every bite of those sweet, juicy kernels!

freshly shucked corn with salt and pepper shakers and bowl of melted butter

How to Shuck Corn Quickly and Cleanly

  1. Remove the outer leaves. Continue peeling these away until just a single layer of pale green leaves remains over the ear of corn.
  2. Expose the kernels. Peel back just enough of the leaves and silks (the stringy bits) until you see the kernels at the top.
  3. Peel like a zipper. Grab the leaf and silks on one side firmly, then pull straight down in one firm tug.

    When you reach the base, break them off. Continue until all have been removed.
  4. Discard remaining silks. You can pick off any remaining silks by hand, or run each cob under the faucet while running your hand back and forth over the surface.

    A light scrub with a vegetable brush can help too!
brushing melted butter onto ears of corn with basting brush

Tips for Making Roasted Corn in Air Fryer

  • Prep ears properly. Once you’ve shucked the corn, break (or slice) off the “handle” at the base and trim any dried, shriveled kernels at the top.
  • Butter evenly. This helps air fried corn on the cob to cook evenly. You can also swap melted butter with olive oil or butter-flavored cooking spray.

    If you’re concerned about the kernels getting too crispy, give them a light spray of oil when you first put corn on the cob in the air fryer.

    Then, brush the entire surface with butter about halfway through the cooking time.
  • Don’t forget to flip! This ensures that your air fryer corn on the cob gets crispy and roasted on all sides.
  • Have a small basket? You can cut the cobs in half in order to fit them better. The cooking time for this fried corn on the cob recipe will remain the same.
four ears of corn in air fryer basket

Seasoning Ideas for Air Fried Corn on the Cob

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

Spices and seasonings can be added with the butter, while sauces and spreads go on air fryer corn on the cob once cooked. Here are a few 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
roasted corn on the cob in air fryer basket

Corn on the Cob in Air Fryer FAQ

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.

Covering food will cause it to steam, and lining the crisper tray will block the holes.

Save the foil for the grill — you especially don’t need it for this fried corn on the cob recipe!

How many ears of corn can you air fry at one time?

That will depend both on the size of your air fryer and how large the ears of corn are.

Don’t crowd the basket or lay the cobs on top of each other — there needs to be room for the hot air to circulate properly.

Most large-capacity air fryers can fit about 4 ears of corn, while smaller models may only be able to fit 1 or 2 — and they may need to be cut in half first.

If needed, make air fried corn on the cob in batches. It only takes a few minutes!

Can you cook frozen corn on the cob in the air fryer?

Absolutely! This fried corn on the cob recipe works just as well with fresh or frozen ears.

You may need to increase the cooking time by 2-3 minutes, but you shouldn’t need to make any other changes.

brushing butter onto air fried corn on the cob

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stacked roasted corn on the cob topped with pat of butter

ears of air fryer corn on the cob with butter

Easiest Air Fryer Corn on the Cob (15 Minute Recipe)

Donna Elick
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is a quick, easy, and tasty side dish for any summer meal. Make roasted corn in air fryer in just 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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Originally published August 2020, updated and republished August 2023

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