Air Fryer Corn On The Cob

AIR FRYER CORN ON THE COB

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I am about to change your corn on the cob game with this incredible air fryer corn on the cob! By using olive oil, a blend of flavorful spices, and a generous sprinkling of fresh Parmesan cheese, you can elevate this classic summer dish to a whole new level. The air fryer method ensures perfectly cooked, juicy corn.

Not only is this recipe quick and easy, it is so flavorful infusing the corn with a deliciously rich and savory taste that will leave everyone asking for seconds. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue or simply craving a tasty side dish, this air fryer corn on the cob is sure to impress.

Why You Will Love Air Fryer Corn On The Cob

  • There is no boiling required! Simply season the ears of corn and add them to the air fryer.
  • The corn cooks quickly and becomes incredibly juicy.
  • We added Italian seasonings and freshly grated Parmesan for the ultimate flavor.
  • It’s super easy to cook corn on the cob in the air fryer! 
  • It is the perfect side dish or addition to a summer barbecue or picnic.

What Is Air Fryer Corn On The Cob?

Air frying corn on the cob is an easy fool-proof method for cooking corn on the cob! There is no need to boil water or turn on the grill! Just season the corn on the cob with our delicious blend of seasonings and air fry! It’s that simple! The corn turns out tender, juicy, and flavorful. We love cooking corn on the cob in the air fryer because it’s super easy and ready in less than 15 minutes! It’s an effortless way to cook corn on the cob!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for air fryer corn on the cob
  • Corn On The Cob: Use two fresh ears of corn for this recipe.
  • Olive Oil: Lightly spray the ears of corn with olive oil spray so the seasonings stick.
  • Garlic Powder: The garlic powder adds incredible flavor.
  • Italian Seasoning: Season with dried Italian seasoning or dried basil and oregano.
  • Salt and Pepper: Season the corn with salt and pepper.
  • Parmesan: We added freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the ultimate flavor.
  • Basil: As an option, top with fresh chopped basil.

How To Make Air Fryer Corn On The Cob

Step 1: Husk the corn. Then, remove the silk.

Step 2: Freshly grate the Parmesan cheese.

Step 3: Mix the garlic powder, dried Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and half of the grated Parmesan cheese.

Seasonings for corn on the cob in bowl

Step 4: Lightly spray the ears of corn with olive oil.

Ears of corn with olive oil spray

Then, sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the corn.

Seasoned corn on the cob

Step 5: Place the seasoned ears of corn in the air fryer basket.

Corn on the cob in the air fryer

Step 6: Air fry the corn on the cob.

Air fried corn on the cob

Step 7: Once cooked, carefully remove the corn on the cob from the air fryer basket. After that, top with the remaining freshly grated Parmesan cheese and optional fresh chopped basil.

How Long To Cook Corn On The Cob In The Air Fryer

Cook corn on the cob in the air fryer at 400°F (200°C) for 10-14 minutes. Shake the air fryer basket halfway so the corn cooks evenly. The corn will be tender when done.

What To Serve With Corn On The Cob

This air fryer corn on the cob makes for an excellent side dish and pairs well with so many dishes! Serve it alongside grilled protein such as chicken, fish, ribs, or steak. Or, enjoy it with our healthy chicken burgers, salmon burgers, or mac and cheese.

For another option, serve it with a fresh salad or our healthy coleslaw. It would also be delicious with baked beans or air-fried vegetables. To further up-level the corn on the cob itself, you can serve it with additional grated Parmesan cheese and basil or opt for another flavor by adding compound butter, such as garlic herb butter.

Or, you can slice the corn kernels off the cob and use them to make our Mexican street corn dip, mango corn salsa, or pineapple corn salsa!

Expert Tips

  • Make More Corn On The Cob: Feel free to double this recipe, or maybe even triple it, to cook as much corn on the cob as you need.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: If you are cooking more than a few ears of corn, make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. Ensure the corn is not stacked and is in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer basket and how much corn on the cob you are cooking, you may need to cook the corn on the cob in batches.
  • Air Fryer Basket: If your air fryer basket is too small to fit the corn on the cob, carefully cut each ear of corn in half so they fit.
  • Evenly Season: Ensure that you evenly season the ears of corn with the seasoning mixture.
  • Rotate the Corn: Halfway through cooking, rotate the ears of corn to ensure they cook evenly on all sides.
  • Check for Doneness: Check the corn a few minutes before the cooking time is up. The cooking time can vary depending on the size and type of corn.
  • Let It Rest: Allow the corn to rest for a few minutes after cooking to let the flavors meld.

Storage Instructions

Air-fried corn on the cob is best enjoyed warm after making it. However, if you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat leftovers in the air fryer before serving again.

Variations

We added delicious Italian flavors to our air fryer corn on the cob. If you don’t want to use Italian herbs and Parmesan cheese, try one of these flavor combinations.

  • Simple Seasoning: Keep it simple with salt and pepper.
  • Herbs: Add fresh or dried herbs such as rosemary, parsley, basil, cilantro, or thyme for a fragrant and savory taste.
  • Ranch Flavor: Sprinkle ranch seasoning for a tangy ranch flavor.
  • Butter: If you don’t want to use olive oil spray, brush the corn with melted butter before adding the seasonings. You can also add additional butter for serving.
  • Elote: For the traditional flavors of Mexican street corn (Elote), top with mayonnaise or Mexican crema, chili powder, freshly squeezed lime juice, chopped fresh cilantro, crumbled cotija cheese, and a sprinkle of garlic powder.
  • Spicy: To make this corn spicy, season with chili-lime seasoning, smoked paprika, ground cayenne pepper, hot sauce, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, or chipotle powder.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Have To Preheat The Air Fryer?

No, there is no need to preheat your air fryer for this recipe. You can preheat it if you prefer, but the cooking time will be the same.

What Can I Use Instead Of Olive Oil?

If you don’t want to use olive oil spray, substitute it with melted butter. Brush the melted butter on the corn before seasoning.

How Do I Know When Corn On The Cob Is Done?

You will know the corn on the cob is done when it is cooked through, lightly browned, and tender. To test it, pierce a corn kernel with a fork to ensure it’s tender.

Can I Use Frozen Corn On The Cob?

If you don’t have fresh corn on the cob, you can use frozen corn on the cob. However, make sure it is completely thawed and squeeze it once defrosted to remove excess water. Also, keep in mind that it may cook faster, so check if it’s done after about 7-8 minutes.

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AIR FRYER CORN ON THE COB

Recipe by Shawna
5.0 from 1 vote
Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

150

kcal

With this effortless and incredibly flavorful air fryer corn on the cob recipe, you can elevate the classic summer dish to a whole new level!

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Ingredients

  • 2 ears of corn

  • olive oil spray

  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or dried basil

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3-4 chopped fresh basil leaves, optional

Directions

  • Husk the corn and remove the silk.
  • Freshly grate the Parmesan cheese.
  • In a small bowl, mix the garlic powder, dried Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and half of the grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Spray both ears of corn with olive oil. Then, evenly sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the corn.
  • Place the seasoned ears of corn in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry corn on the cob at 400°F (200°C) for 10-14 minutes, turning the corn halfway through so it cooks evenly. Once done, it will be tender and slightly browned. (The cooking time is the same whether you preheat your air fryer or not.)
  • Once cooked, carefully remove the corn on the cob from the air fryer basket. Top with the remaining freshly grated Parmesan cheese and optional fresh chopped basil.

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  • WW Points™: 1 point per serving
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Nutrition Facts

2 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories150
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 3.7g 5%
    • Saturated Fat 1.2g 5%
  • Cholesterol 4mg 2%
  • Sodium 254mg 11%
  • Potassium 395mg 12%
  • Total Carbohydrate 27.6g 9%
    • Dietary Fiber 3.9g 12%
    • Sugars 4.6g
  • Protein 6.5g 12%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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