Air Fryer Corn on The Cob

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Air Fryer corn on the cob is quick and easy to make and perfect for a delicious side dish. It’s crisp and succulent and can be made 6 different ways! 

Air Fryer Corn On The Cob

This air fryer corn on the cob recipe is crisp and deliciously sweet. Top it with one of 6 compound butters and you got a delicious customizable side dish. 

We have loved making this corn on the cob for a quick weeknight side dish. The kids love it and it’s so easy! 

If you are new to the air fryer I have so many delicious and easy recipes. I would definitely check out the How To Use An Air Fryer post first to get acclimated with cooking times and techniques. 

One of the simplest ways to use the air fryer is to cook vegetables. Corn on the cob is my kids favorite air fryer vegetable. Let’s make this easy and delicious recipe! 

Prep The Corn:

First things first you will want to prep the corn by removing the husk and silk. This is important because no one wants stings of silk in their teeth when eating corn. You will want to remove that.

After you clean the corn you can then cut them down to a desired size if needed. For small kids I like to cut the corn in half or sometimes in quarters if the corn cobs are really large. 

Now you are ready to make the corn. All you need to do is figure out what delicious compound butter you want to serve with it.

Ways To Serve Air Fryer Corn on The Cob:

My favorite way to make corn on the cob is cooked in the air fryer and then topped with a delicious and flavorful compound butter. 

Compound butter is basically a butter that has been flavored with other ingredients. Usually herbs, spices or seasonings.

Flavored butter goes well on just about anything! I love to use it to top steak, vegetables or bread.

One of my favorite compound butters is my Strawberry Compound Butter. Serve it on warm homemade biscuits and you have a delicious side. 

Here are some other compound butter ideas that you can use to top your air fryer corn on the cob. Top the corn right when it comes out of the air fryer so that the butter can melt into all the crevasses of the corn. 

air fryer corn on the cob

Rosemary Lemon:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Chipotle Lime:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Jalapeno Cheddar:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup tamed pickled jalapeno, minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Elote:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Apple Cinnamon:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Bacon Maple:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2/3 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp applewood smoked bacon, cooked until crispy and finely chopped

Ingredients:

Now that the corn is cleaned and we know what way we would like to serve it, let’s begin cooking!

Here are the basic ingredients for this recipe. Remember to add your compound butter ingredients when planning your grocery list.

  • Corn on the cob
  • Cooking spray or olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Ingredients for compound butter of choice (from above)

How To Make Air Fryer Corn on The Cob:

air fryer corn on the cob

Air Fryer Corn On The Cob

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Crisp and juicy corn on the cob are made easily in the air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 4 corn on the cob
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking spray
  • kosher salt to tast
  • black pepper to taste

Optional:

  • compound butter of choice (check notes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390 F.
  2. Clean corn on the cob from the husk and silk.
  3. Rub olive oil over the whole surface area or use cooking spray.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  5. Place the corn on top of the crisper plate of your air fryer and cook for 12 minutes on air fry at 390 F.
  6. Top the corn with compound butter of choice.

Notes

Rosemary Lemon:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Chipotle Lime:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Jalapeno Cheddar:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup tamed pickled jalapeno, minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Elote:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Apple Cinnamon:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Bacon Maple:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2/3 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp applewood smoked bacon, cooked until crispy and finely chopped

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 429mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

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