This Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is the best way to cook corn! Ready in just 10 minutes, this corn turns out perfect every single time!
Friends, I am sharing an ultra-simple recipe with you today that brings me so much joy! I absolutely love corn, if I had to choose one food to live on that might be it. I’ll take it in any form, corn fritters, corn chowder, grits, corn salsa, and of course corn on the cob! While there are many ways to prepare fresh corn this air fryer version may be the simplest of them all. Below I’ll walk you through the entire process and share a few of my other favorite simple air fryer side dish recipes!
Ingredients for Air Fryer Corn
As always, this is a quick overview of the ingredients you will need for this recipe. For the complete, printable recipe scroll to the recipe card below. To make perfect corn on the cob you will need:
- Fresh Corn: you will need fresh corn for this recipe. Personally, sweet corn is my favorite but any variety will work.
- Olive Oil: for this recipe, you will need just a tiny bit of spray oil. If you don’t have a spray bottle just lightly brush the corn with oil
- Optional ingredients include salted butter and flakey salt: technically these ingredients are optional, you certainly don’t have to roll your freshly cooked corn in butter and sprinkle with salt, but I have no idea why you wouldn’t! 🙂
How to Cook Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
Prepare the Corn
First, you will need to prepare the corn by removing the husks and the silk from the corn. Removing the silk can be difficult because the pieces are so tiny. After you remove any large sections of silk run the corn under a small stream of water and gently rub it with this vegetable brush. This will help remove any stubborn pieces. Once the corn is clean dry it completely and very lightly spray it with oil.
Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F for 3 minutes. Once the air fryer is hot add the prepared corn to the air fryer and cook for 6 minutes. Once the cooking cycle has ended use tongs to carefully turn the corn and cook for an additional 6 minutes.
Serve the corn fresh from the air fryer with these corn holders. Roll the cobs in butter and add sea salt to taste. I think corn goes with basically anything, but these are some great dishes to serve with this easy corn on the cob:
- Perfect Roast Chicken: so flavorful and juicy!
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin: this no-fail recipe is always a family favorite.
- Thick-Cut Pork Chops: this is the ONLY way to cook a 2-inch pork chop!
- Asparagus Stuffed Chicken: an easy chicken dish that features a cheesy filling and tender asparagus.
Storage and Reheating
To store leftover cooked corn on the cob place them in a plastic bag in the fridge. It is best to enjoy the cooked corn within two days. To reheat the corn warm in a preheated air fryer to 350 degrees for 4 minutes or until warm.
I do not recommend freezing the corn, this is a dish best served fresh.
Can I prep this ahead of time?
Yes. You can prep the corn ahead of time by removing the husks and silks. Once you start preparing the corn it really doesn’t take that much longer do to extra ears to enjoy later in the week. Simply remove the husks and silks as directed above. Wash and dry the corn and place the corn in a large plastic bag with a paper towel to absorb any additional moisture. Leave a bit of air in the bag to help prevent the corn from dying out and place it in the crisper drawer in the fridge. Husked corn can easily last 3-4 days in the fridge when stored properly.
I love corn on the cob in its purest form with just butter and salt, but you can dress this recipe up in many different ways! Here are some ideas:
- Garlic Parmesan: melt butter and add minced garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Brush the garlic butter over the corn and enjoy!
- Mexican Street Corn: roll the cooked corn in sour cream, and sprinkle with cotija cheese, lime juice, chili powder, and salt.
- Sweet and Spicy: melt butter with honey, and add a pinch of cayenne and salt to taste. Brush the mixture over the cooked corn.
Air Fryer Corn FAQ
Depending on the size of your air fryer you may need to trim the corn or cut the ears in half before cooking.
Air fryers are just like ovens and grills, you need to allow them time to heat so your food cooks properly and evenly.
For best results, you need just a tiny spritz of oil on the outside of the corn. This helps the corn get crisp on the outside while staying juicy on the inside.
I prefer sweet corn, but any variety of fresh corn will work in this recipe.
If you love this Air Fryer Corn you will Also Love:
- Air Fryer Baby Potatoes: Perfectly crispy on the outside while staying soft and tender on the inside! Tossed in ranch seasoning and ready in 12 minutes, you’ll love this easy side dish recipe!
- The Best Air Fryer Cauliflower: Fresh cauliflower is seasoned and cooked in the air fryer until crispy. This side dish is salty, crunchy, and irresistible!
- Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Queso: crispy, salty sprouts dipped in homemade queso!
- Crispy Air Fryer Green Bean Fries: perfectly seasoned and so addictive!
- 4 ears of fresh corn, shucked and silk removed
- spray oil
- sea salt
- Shuck the corn and remove the silk. You may need to trim your corn to fit in your air fryer.
- Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F for 3 minutes.
- Spritz the corn with spray oil (just a small amount) and add the corn to the air fryer. Fry for 5 minutes at 390 degrees and then carefully turn with tongs. Fry another 5-6 minutes until the corn is tender and the outside has begun to char slightly.
- Roll the cooked corn in butter and sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
Serving Size:1 ear of corn
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2.5mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 26gNet Carbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 4.7g