I don’t mind doing things a quick and easy way if they still turn out right, and if you want a fast way to cook corn, air frying it is a really great method. When you air fry corn on the cob, you give it a wonderful texture, and it’s so easy to do. It can be faster than baking the corn or boiling it on the stove, so if you have an air fryer available, why not put it to use and try cooking corn in it?
The air fryer is such a versatile piece of kitchen equipment that you can use it to cook almost anything, cutting down on how much oil you use while still giving your food a lovely fried texture.
How Do You Air Fry Corn on the Cob?
Like most air fryer recipes, air fried corn on the cob is really simple to make. It’s a process you can complete in just a few steps, so no matter what your cooking skill is, this recipe should work fine for you and offer no difficulties. The air fryer is excellent for people who aren’t very skilled at cooking and who may not know their way around a lot of kitchen implements, and yet the food can turn out really great every time with little problem.
The recipe and directions I’ll give you are for fresh corn on the cob. How do you air fry fresh corn on the cob? Follow my quick and simple method below.
- 2 ears of corn, completely shucked and cleaned up
- Oil spray
- Black pepper, to taste
- Salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Before placing the corn into the air fryer, it may need to be cut to fit.
- Coat the corn with oil spray on every side, and then season with salt and pepper.
- Once the fryer has heated all the way, place your cord into the fryer basket and cook for 12 to 15 minutes. You’ll want to give the corn up flip about halfway through its cooking time. You’ll know the corn is done cooking when it’s slightly brown on the outside and the kernels are tender.
Serve up the fried corn with butter for a tasty dish that pairs well with mashed potatoes, fried chicken, green beans, scalloped potatoes, macaroni salad, hot dogs, burgers, and more. Now that you know the basics of how to air fry corn on the cob, let’s get into a few specific troubleshooting tips that may help you out as well as some methods for cooking different types of corn on the cob in the air fryer.
How Long Do You Air Fry Corn on the Cob?
The heat you cook your corn on the cob at will determine how long it needs to cook for. You want to be careful about overfilling the basket, as you’ll prevent the corn from cooking all the way through and cooking evenly on all sides. That’s why I suggest two cobs of corn in the air fryer basket at once and no more than that. You may need to cook up your corn in several batches.
The air fryer basket is usually the fastest way to cook corn on the cob, but if you’re cooking for a large group of people, you may find that it’s more time efficient if you use a pot of water on the stove and boil them or put your corn in the oven to bake. With either of those methods, you will be able to cook more corn on the cob at once.
I recommend setting your air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit and cooking the corn for about 12 to 15 minutes. Check over the corn when it’s done cooking to see if it has a slightly brown color. It should be darker than when you put it in.
Also check to make sure that the kernels are tender. You can poke them with a fork, holding the corn with tongs to keep from burning yourself. If you change the cooking temperature, you will need to change the cooking time.
How to Air Fry Frozen Corn on the Cob
The recipe that I gave you above is for fresh corn, but you may be wondering if you can cook frozen corn in the air fryer. Frozen corn tastes great when its air fried, and you don’t need to thaw it out, but you will need to increase the cooking time, though.
How long to air fry frozen corn on the cob? You’ll need to preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit again, and then cook it for about 14 to 17 minutes. How long it takes to cook will depend on how much corn you have in the air fryer at once.
It needs to thaw out completely so that there’s no more ice on it, and it should be slightly browned on the outside, just like fresh corn when it cooks in the air fryer.
Frozen corn usually comes in small half or third cob pieces. That’s why it can cook in almost the same amount of time that 2 whole pieces of fresh corn can cook in the air fryer. If you have full length, uncut corn on the cob that’s frozen, it may take 19 or 20 minutes to cook two of these in the air fryer at 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep that in mind and consider how much space your corn is taking up in the air fryer. The more corn you have, the longer it will take to cook. You want to ensure that the corn has browned on all sides and that the kernels are tender.
Now you know how to cook corn cob in the air fryer, and as you can see it’s really easy to do. If you want a quick, no-stress way to cook your corn on the cob, the air fryer is the way to go.