Sweet and juicy, with golden and slightly charred bits, air fryer corn on the cob is a total crowd pleaser! This is the best mash up between grilled and boiled corn.
I was very dubious about cooking corn in the air fryer, and feared it would get a tough, chewy texture the way it does on the grill. I was blown away by the results: the slightly charred edges and concentrated flavor you get from the grill, but juicy just like boiled corn! This is a total winner.
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Reasons you'll ♡ this recipe
- it's ready in under 20 minutes
- it has the perfect blend of grilled and boiled corn: slightly charred and golden, yet so juicy
- no boiling water or grill prep required!
Watch the video below to see how I make air fryer corn on the cob! You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel.
- corn- look for fresh ears of corn and remove the husk and silk completely. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to trim the edges off so that the corn fits into the air fryer basket.
- olive oil- to help get a bit of caramelization on the surface of the corn, we brush the corn with olive oil; you can also use spray oil.
- seasoning- we kept it simple with salt and pepper, but you could get creative here!
Step by step directions
1. Prepare corn- Remove the husk and silk from the corn, then brush on all sides with olive oil (you can also use spray oil). Season generously with salt and pepper.
2. Cook- Pre-heat your air fryer to 350°F for at least 5 minutes. Add the corn to the basket. It's OK if it's touching. Cook for 13-15 minutes, turning the corn over halfway through.
Air fryer models
This recipe was tested in both a basket and oven-style air fryer; cook times were remarkably similar in each:
- Cosori XL air fryer- took 13-15 minutes (depended on the size of the corn)
- Instant Pot Vortex air fryer oven- took 15 minutes cooked on the bottom rack (do not recommend using the top rack).
3. Serve- We found these great served as is, no butter or additional seasoning necessary. This of course is up to you!
- cilantro lime- brush cooked corn with 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon lime zest, and sprinkle with fresh cilantro
- go Greek- sprinkle with this greek seasoning and serve with this super speedy tzatziki
- garlic parmesan- season uncooked corn with garlic powder, and sprinkle your cooked corn with parmesan cheese
- miso honey butter- try the Miso Honey Butter from this post and brush it on your corn after cooking
- Jamaican- sprinkle with Jamaican Jerk Seasoning on the corn and serve with lime wedges
Storage & reheating
Corn on the cob is best served fresh, but you can store and reheat this recipe:
- cool completely, then store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days
- heat in the air fryer at 350°F for 5 minutes, or until warmed through
Freezing corn- apparently it is possible to freeze corn, though you must blanche it first. I do not know how fully cooked corn will freeze/thaw.
Serve it with
- Perfect Grilled Chicken Breast
- Unbelievably Crispy Grilled Potatoes
- Chili Rubbed Salmon with Avocado Salsa
- Summer Couscous Salad
- The Most Amazing Pork Tenderloin Marinade
More corn recipes
- 4 ears corn shucked and trimmed to fit your air fryer
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or spray oil
- salt & pepper generous
- Prepare corn- Remove the husk and silk from the corn, then brush on all sides with olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Cook- Pre-heat your air fryer to 350°F for at least 5 minutes. Add the corn to the basket. It's OK if it's touching. Cook for 13-15 minutes, turning the corn over halfway through. See note 1
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