Making corn on the cob doesn’t get any easier than this air fryer corn in husk recipe! Toss the ear into the basket and in only 15 minutes you have crisp, tender and flavorful rows of kernels ready to slather with butter or other favorite toppings.
Golden yellow corn on the cob is a healthy, gluten free, and budget-friendly veggie that everyone loves. It is usually synonymous with summertime – but really, it’s a delicious side dish to enjoy in any season. Especially when you make it with my practically foolproof air fryer corn in husk recipe!
We love how cooking on an outdoor grill makes whole ears of corn lightly charred, tender, and flavorful. However, if you actually have a grill, you know that it is not necessarily a quick and easy method.
Enter the air fryer! This magical countertop appliance is my (not so) secret weapon for getting nearly the same flavor as a grill, but is way more convenient.
Seriously, the process is so simple that it just barely qualifies as a recipe. You don’t even clean or peel off the outer leaves; keep the husk on the corn and place the entire ear into the fryer.
The air fryer heats to the ideal temperature, so every sweet kernel becomes perfectly plump and crispy. And thanks to the thick husk, the corn is protected from overheating and drying out or burning.
This family-favorite side is ready to serve in under 20 minutes, from start to finish. Add on any extra goodies you want and enjoy with comforting main dishes all year long!
How to make air fryer corn in husk
This is definitely one of the easiest recipe on my blog. Its great to cook corn in husk in air fryer when its in season or you simply don’t have time or desire to clean the corn before cooking.
Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket, or it will be hard to cook corn all the way through. Air fryer needs space for hot air to circulate to cook food properly.
Keep corn in husk an place in the air fryer. There is no need in oil, oil spray or air fryer liners. Don’t worry, corn will not stick to the basket. Cook as directed in the recipe instructions in the end of this post.
Once the corn is out of the air fryer and cleaned, it is time to load on your favorite toppings! Here are a few delicious ways to dress up air fried corn on the cob:
- Spread on softened butter or olive oil for a classic topping!
- Get a bit fancier and use a compound butter made with chopped herbs and spices.
- Turn this into a Mexican-inspired elote recipe by slathering your corn with greek yogurt or mayo, and sprinkling on toppings like crumbled cotija or grated Parmesan cheese and spices. Chili powder, Tajin seasoning, or simple salt and pepper are all tasty!
- Enjoy air fryer corn in husk as totally a dairy free side dish with your favorite nondairy butter alternative.
- After adding butter or oil, generously sprinkle on your choice of spices! Blends like Tajin, Cajun, and Italian seasoning are all great options.
Frequently asked questions
Absolutely yes, it is! The husk itself is not edible (well, technically it is, but it definitely will not be pleasing to eat). After cooking the entire husks should be removed and discarded before serving. But cooking the ear of corn whole, husk and all, is a great method for getting plump and juicy kernels.
Yes you can, but don’t for this recipe. We want the kernels to be crisp golden, and wrapping in foil will trap in the moisture. This makes the taste and texture more like boiled or steamed corn.
Cool first, then use a sharp knife to cut off the bottom 1 inch of the corn. Then pinch the top of the corn – holding the leaves together – and slide the cob out! This hack makes it super quick and easy to remove the corn from the husk.
After cutting of the bottom and removing the husk, stand the corn on its end and firmly grasp the top. (I recommend putting a paper towel or reusable napkin under to catch the kernels.) Use a sharp knife to cut down, from top to bottom, keeping the blade close to the cob. The kernels should slice off nicely!
Keep corn leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. For best results keep corn in the airtight container, ziplock bag or tightly wrap each one in foil or plastic wrap.
Freezer. To keep cooked air fryer corn on the cob for longer, you can use your freezer. Follow the same directions as with refrigerating leftovers.
Reheat. Reheat in the air fryer. For frozen corn thaw first and then reheat until warm to your liking or simply heated through.
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Hope you will like this air fryer corn in husk recipe as much as we do. Rate the recipe if you made it and leave comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.
- 3 raw corn in husk
- butter to taste
- salt to taste
- Place corn in the air fryer.
- Cook at 360 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Clean, rub with butter , sprinkle salt (optionally) and enjoy.
Keep corn leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. For best results keep corn in the airtight container, ziplock bag or tightly wrap each in foil or plastic wrap.
Freezer. To keep cooked air fryer corn on the cob for longer, you can use freezer. Follow the same directions as with refrigerating leftovers. Freeze for up to 6 months.
Reheat. Reheat in the air fryer. For frozen corn thaw first and then reheat until warm.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 5g