Air fryer corn on the cob is your new quick and easy way to enjoy sweet corn. It’s juicy, lightly charred, and crazy easy to prepare!

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob.

Hot tip: Make a double batch of air fried corn for this Mexican street corn salad. Mix the corn with cotija cheese, mayonnaise, lime juice, and jalapeños and a few other ingredients for a mouthwatering side dish.

How To Air Fry Corn on the Cob

Did you know you can make corn on the cob in the air fryer — so skip the pot, oven, and grill and whip out this magnificent machine. Once you’ve tried this method, there’s no going back!

  • Clean the cobs: Clean the ears of corn by removing the husks and silk. Wash the cobs and pat them dry.
  • Rub the butter on: Rub the melted butter onto the corn. A basting brush makes it super easy.
  • Air fry the corn: Place the corn in the air fryer and cook at 320°F for 15-20 minutes or until the kernels are soft. Flip the cobs halfway through cooking.

Air Fryer Corn Tips & Tricks

Calling all newbies (and experienced cooks) — we’ve got a few tips that are guaranteed to make your corn perfect the first time.

  • Cut the corn: Depending on the size of the cobs and the air fryer, you may need to cut the cobs in half or in thirds.
  • Avoid overfilling the air fryer: For properly cooked corn on the cob, leave space between each cob in the air fryer basket. To cook evenly, the air needs to circulate easily around each cob.
  • Flip halfway: To ensure the cobs cook through on all sides, flip them over halfway through the cooking time.
  • Use oil instead: For a lower fat option, use avocado or olive oil instead of butter. It’s super easy to generously spray the cobs with an oil spray, but watch the amounts or it may get too oily!
  • Garnish the corn (optional): If desired, slather on more butter, salt, and pepper to taste. For stronger flavors, try different toppings like chili flakes, chili powder, Parmesan cheese, or fresh herbs.
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob in a serving dish.

Serving Corn on the Cob (& Using Leftovers)

We love corn on the cob as a delicious side dish for a cookout or any time you have grilled meats. It’s great with grilled chicken thighs, ribeye, or grilled tilapia. YUM!

Or, cut the corn kernels off the cob and use them in salads, soups, and salsas. The kernels are vital to black bean corn salad and corn tomato and avocado salad. They also add a delicious texture and pop of flavor to Mexican tuna salad and white bean chicken chili. We promise air fried corn tastes so much better than canned corn!

Storage & Reheating Tips

If you have leftover air fryer corn on the cob, you’re in luck! Store it in the fridge for short term enjoyment or in the freezer to extend the experience.

  • Refrigerator: Store leftover corn for up to five days in an airtight container.
  • Freezer: To freeze air fried corn cobs for up to three months, allow them to cool completely, then wrap each cob with plastic wrap. Place the cobs in a freezer safe bag and freeze. To thaw, leave the cobs on the counter for a couple of hours until fully thawed.
  • Reheating: In case you like warm corn (cold is delicious, too!), place the cobs in the microwave for 45 seconds. Or, use the air fryer again at 350°F for 3-6 minutes.

Hot tip: To save on space, cut the kernels off the cob and then store! It saves space in the refrigerator/freezer, plus it’s quicker to thaw and reheat!

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Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.