How to Make Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

If the weather isn't right for making corn on the grill, use this indoor method instead. Here's how to make air fryer corn on the cob!

Corn on the cob is a summertime favorite, and it makes a fantastic barbecue side when it’s charred on the grill.

Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t always cooperate and the grill may not be a good option. That doesn’t mean you have to fire up the microwave or steam up the kitchen while waiting for water to boil! When you can’t grill outside, bring the barbecue indoors and make air fryer corn on the cob instead.

Can You Cook Corn on the Cob in an Air Fryer?

Yes! The air fryer is one of our favorite secret weapons. Most people use it to create faux “fried” food, like Southern-Style chicken or crunchy Brussels sprouts. What many don’t know is that you can use your air fryer for so much more than fried food! It works like a convection oven, circulating hot air around the food to help it crisp up and cook quickly.

What makes the air fryer different from other corn cooking methods is its speed. It takes about 20 minutes to grill corn, or 30 to 45 minutes to roast it in the oven. The air fryer’s small size and powerful fan shrink that time down to about 10 minutes while still providing a beautifully caramelized exterior.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in an Air Fryer

Step 1: Preheat and prep the corn

Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF for at least five minutes. Meanwhile, remove the husk and silk from each ear of corn. Spray the ears with cooking spray and season them with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

If you want to get fancy with the seasonings, use seasoned salt instead of regular salt. Or add spices like smoked paprika, granulated garlic, dried thyme or dried oregano.

Step 2: Cook the corn in the air fryer

Place the ears in the air fryer basket and cook them for 10 minutes, flipping each ear halfway through. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may want to cut your corn into smaller pieces before placing them in the basket. The corn is finished when it’s lightly charred and the kernels are soft and tender.

Step 3: Add butter and enjoy!

When the corn is finished, carefully remove the ears from the air fryer. Rub each ear with butter—regular butter works just fine, but flavored butter is a great choice, too. If you want to get fancy with it, skip the butter and use your air fryer corn on the cob to make Jalapeno Popper Mexican Street Corn.

Can You Make Frozen Corn on the Cob in an Air Fryer?

One of the cool things about an air fryer is it can cook frozen food without having to defrost first! You can absolutely make frozen corn on the cob in the air fryer, and you don’t even have to change the cooking directions. Simply preheat the air fryer to 400ºF, spray the frozen corn with a little cooking spray and add the ears directly to the basket. Flip the ears after about six minutes and the corn will be done in another six minutes or so.

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Lindsay D. Mattison
After years of working in professional kitchens, Lindsay traded her knives in for the pen. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to turn local, seasonal ingredients into beautiful meals for her family.