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Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is going to change the way you cook corn. Super fast, tender, and full of toasted corn flavor air fryer, corn is insanely delicious.

Summertime means corn season and there’s nothing better than sweet crisp-tender corn. Try it in these favorite recipes Corn Salad, Jiffy Corn Casserole, and Grilled Mexican Street Corn.

Air Fryer corn on the cob in the basket with butter.

Easy Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

I love corn on the cob, it’s sweet tender kernels of corn cooked to perfection and then smothered in butter with salt and pepper as an added touch. Cooking the corn in the air fryer changed everything for me. No longer did I have to boil a pot of water and heat up the kitchen in the process. Throwing them in the air fryer saved me so much time as well as keeping the kitchen cool. Serve these air fryer corn on the cob with some Chicken, Salad, and some Neiman Marcus Bars for dessert for a perfect summer meal!

Air frying corn on the cob is a great way to prep corn for your favorite dishes as well. Use corn cooked in the air fryer for this Salad, Cheesy Hot Corn Dip, and this Corn Chowder. You are going to love the taste and texture too! It has a similar flavor as grilled corn without firing up the grill. The olive oil gives allows the corn to crisp up and caramelize. It is so good, you have to try this air fryer corn on the cob today!

What You Need For Corn on the Cob in the Air Fryer

It is quick and easy with only 3 ingredients if you like salt and pepper! Enjoy this air fryer corn on the cob the best way! For all measurements, see the recipe card below.

  • Corn: Pick a good sweet corn that your family loves to eat. I like to go to farmers markets for the best selection.
  • Olive oil: This is to help “air fry” the corn and keep it from sticking.
  • Salt and pepper: Add to taste.

What’s the Best Air Fryer to Buy?

I LOVE my 6-quart Beautiful by Drew Barrymore air fryer, but if you are only cooking a couple of ears of corn, you can use a smaller air fryer like this 2-quart, digital air fryer that’s available on Amazon for around $60.

How To Make Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Simply place the corn in the basket of the air fryer. Rub the olive oil evenly on the corn. Add salt and pepper. Cook in the air fryer at 370 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until tender. It is that simple to cook air fryer corn on the cob.

Drizzling the corn with olive oil before air frying.

Tips For the Ultimate Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Air fryer corn on the cob gives a unique flavor you just have to try! Fresh or frozen corn will work too.

  • Air Frying: It’s important to remember when you are air frying corn that every air fryer cooks a bit differently. Be sure to check your corn half way through so that you do not burn your corn.
  • Oil: When you putting oil on your corn, you can use a spoon and drizzle it or use a non-aerosal oil spray. Using cooking spray with an accelerant can ruin your air fryer basket.
  • Do not Stack or over fill: To get the perfect bake on your corn, make sure there is room between the cobs for the air to circulate and do not stack.
  • Cut: You may have to cut your ears of corn to fit your basket. Just cut them in half and cook in batches if needed.
  • Frozen Corn on the Cob: This method will also work with frozen corn on the cob. You can thaw it or add a few extra minutes and cooke it from frozen.
Corn on the cob in the air fryer with salt and pepper.

How to Pick the Perfect Corn

Did you know it’s bad shopping etiquette to pull back the husks to check corn out before buying it? It is! So don’t do it. It shortens the shelf life of the corn, making it dry out faster, and then it’s unsellable. Causing farmers and store owners to lose money. But you can get dynamite corn without peeking. Here’s how to pick the perfect corn in the air fryer.

  • Silks: First check out the silks which are the long hair like strands that stick out of the top. They should be brown and tacky. This means there is still moisture in the cob and hasn’t dried out yet. If the silk is dark brown, dry or black, the corn is too old and should be passed by.
  • Husks: The green leaf like husks that wrap around the corn should be bright green free from lots of brown spots or little holes at the tops. Those little holes mean there are probably worms in the corn. The husks should be clinging to the corn wrapping it fairly tightly. If the husks are damp that is sign that the corn is fresh and a good pick.
  • Give it a Squeeze: Starting at the bottom work your way up the cob gently squeezing as you go. The ear of corn should feel firm, and the individual kernels should feel plump. If there are any voids where kernels are missing or if has soft spots, pass on that ear of corn.

How to Store Corn on the Cob

Once you get your corn home you can keep it at room temperature if you are cooking it within a few hours. If you are saving it for another day you can either shuck it and store the corn in a plastic bag or leave the husks on and keep in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the crisper.

Air fried corn on the cob with butter.

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Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

4.89 from 9 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is going to change the way you cook corn. Super fast, tender, and full of toasted corn flavor air fryer, corn is insanely delicious.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 ears of corn



  • Place the corn in the basket of the air fryer. Rub the olive oil evenly on the corn. Add salt and pepper.
  • Cook in the air fryer at 370 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until tender.



Calories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 243mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 168IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. This recipe was very good and juicy but I used butter instead of oil and I also put garlic and herb bread crumbs also really good!

  2. 5 stars
    My kids love corn. With this recipe, Iโ€™m able to serve them corn whenever theyโ€™d like it. I made it for them and we devoured 8 cobs within minutes. Not a kernel left behind

  3. 5 stars
    Just got my Ninja Foodi and I cooked corn on the cob following your recipe and OH MY did it come out GREAT. Got great comments from my daughter and family! Came out nice and tender and juicy!! I will be having corn on the cob more often! Thank you

  4. 5 stars
    This was so amazing!!! I love roasted vegetables and this was the best I’ve ever had. I did turn halfway and added 4 extra minutes. I am so glad I tried this. The whole family agrees you are a genius!!! I’m always confident that I will love your recipes but you knocked this one clean out of the ballpark!!! Thank you for a new addition ๐Ÿ’–

  5. Just tried this and it was good but honestly like the boiling method better. This was not as juicy or flavorful.

  6. Haha try 40 minutes! Not 15. Had I known that i would have never used this recipe. Wont make that mistake again!

  7. 5 stars
    I discovered this last year but instead of oil I use spray on butter (I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter) I also turn it half way thru in the air fryer

  8. 4 stars
    It was really hard to apply the oil to the corn in the basket. I think that the oil needs to be applied before putting in basket then add a sprinkle of cajun seasoning ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

      1. I have the same question! Ninja foodie air fryer. Iโ€™m going to try roast!

  9. 5 stars
    I used olive oil. When done, I buttered, salted, and sprinkled with a little Parmesan cheese. So yummy and no water dripping on you when biting in! Thank you!!

  10. 5 stars
    I am so happy I found this recipe to be able to make corn!! It was so quick and simple. I used light EVOO and just mixed salt, pepper, and paprika. I think this would work really well to make a Mexican street corn on the cob!!

      1. Love Your Recipes May God Continue To Bless You Always On Your Journey Thru This LIFE and Beyond lll Shine On