Mastering Air Fryer Frozen Corn on the Cob: Tips and Tricks!

Growing up on a farm, it’s no wonder that one of my favorite foods is sweet corn. However, there’s only a short season to enjoy it. During those months it isn’t around, I switch to frozen instead. Let me tell you, this air fryer frozen corn on the cob really satisfies that craving!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Frozen corn on the cob means you can enjoy the summertime favorite year round. Plus, there’s no shucking required!

These mini corn cobs are already perfectly cleaned and cut before freezing, so they can go directly into the air fryer and be ready to eat in under 15 minutes.

holding a piece of buttered air fryer corn on the cob

That’s quicker than the oven, requires less pots than the stove, and doesn’t take up space on the grill. You can even use this method to make corn all summer long!

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

air fryer frozen corn on the cob ingredients

Ingredient Notes and Tips

  • The frozen mini corn cobs fit better in the air fryer, so this is equivalent to about 6 regular ears. However, you can easily scale up or down to make more or less if desired
  • You may swap olive oil or ghee for the butter if you prefer
  • Any seasoning works fine. You can use just plain salt and pepper, or add paprika, garlic powder, barbecue, chile lime, garlic and herb, southwest, or any other seasonings you like instead. Also feel free to omit entirely and make plain corn!
  • Garnishes are completely optional, but you can top your corn with additional butter, parmesan cheese, other crumbled cheeses, or go Mexican street corn style with mayo, cilantro, chili powder, cotija cheese, and lime juice

How to Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob in an Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  2. Place the frozen corn cobs into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer
place frozen corn on the cob in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 10 minutes, pausing halfway to flip the corn over
  2. While the corn is cooking, combine the melted butter and seasoning in a small bowl
mix melted butter and seasoning
  1. After the 10 minutes have elapsed, use a brush to coat the corn in the seasoned butter mixture on both sides (you will have some leftover butter)
brush corn on the cob with melted butter sauce
  1. Return to the air fryer and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until desired level of browning is achieved
  2. Top corn with remaining butter and any garnishes desired, then serve warm
overhead view of air fryer corn on the cob stacked up on a plate

What to Serve With Corn on the Cob

  • Barbecue ribs
  • Pork chops
  • Pulled pork
  • Steak
  • Grilled chicken
  • Fried chicken
  • Hot dogs
  • Sausages
  • Hamburgers
  • Meatloaf
  • Shrimp
  • Crab
  • Green salad
  • Edamame
  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Cucumber salad
  • French fries
  • Fruit salad
  • Peach cobbler

There are so many great main dishes, sides, and even desserts you can serve with corn on the cob.

Try this air fryer corn on the cob with any of my best Air Fryer Pork Chop Recipes With No Breading, with Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer, alongside Air Fryer Smash Burgers, or stay veggie friendly with some Frozen Edamame in the Air Fryer.

Recipe FAQs

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

Yes, you can cook frozen ears of corn in an air fryer. They may be cooked directly from frozen, with no defrosting required.

The air fryer cooking method works for both full sized and mini frozen corn cobs.

How Long to Cook Frozen Corn in an Air Fryer?

On average, frozen corn on the cob takes between 10-15 minutes in an air fryer. The specific time depends on your air fryer, as well as the thickness and size of your frozen corn.

The cooking time doesn’t vary much between full sized and mini ears, so it should fall within this range regardless.

Should I Thaw Frozen Corn on the Cob Before Cooking?

No, there is no need to thaw frozen corn on the cob before cooking.

It only adds a couple minutes to cooking time to account for frozen, and the additional moisture presence is actually beneficial to the corn.

How Do You Know When Frozen Corn on the Cob is Done?

Frozen corn on the cob is done when the kernels are hot to the touch. The kernels will also be plump, firm, and a slightly darker yellow color than when you started.

If your kernels begin to wrinkle and shrivel, then your corn is overcooked.

What Temperature Do You Air Fry Corn on the Cob?

Generally, you use a temperature of 360°F-400°F to air fry corn on the cob. This depends on your air fryer’s available settings, as well as personal preference.
 
Lower temperatures take a few minutes longer, but won’t brown the corn. If you like a slightly browned ear, then use a higher temperature.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • I have an 8-qt Ninja Dual Zone air fryer and can fit 6 frozen mini corn cobs or 3 full size in each basket (for a total of 12 and 6 at a time, respectively). Other air fryers may vary, so you may need to cook in batches
  • I highly recommend a pair of kitchen tongs to aid you in flipping and removing the corn cobs from the air fryer
air fryer frozen corn on the cob with parsley and crumbled cheese

Storage and Reheating

  • Store leftover corn in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It may be stored on the cob (wrapped in foil or in a zippered bag) or cut off the cob. Do not refreeze frozen corn once it has been cooked
  • Reheat frozen corn in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes. Top with extra butter or seasonings. You may also Reheat Corn on the Cob in the Microwave.

More Air Fryer Corn Recipes to Try 

Final Thoughts

Making air fryer frozen corn on the cob allows you to enjoy this great summer side all year round. Plus, it frees up the stove and oven for other items, so I use this method even during the summer season.

You can season your frozen corn in the air fryer any way you like, from simple salt and pepper to a Mexican street corn style. Since it’s so easy to make, experiment with new flavor combinations and find your favorite!

It’s ready in 15 minutes or less with little tending (and no shucking) required!

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Seasoned Air Fryer Frozen Corn on the Cob (Mini)

Cook up frozen mini corn on the cob in the air fryer. It only takes about 15 minutes for perfectly cooked seasoned corn that’s a versatile side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 6
Calories 126 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 12 Count frozen mini sweet corn on the cob (such as Green Giant or Bird’s Eye)
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2 Tsp seasoning for corn (such as Trader Joe’s Everything But the Elote)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  • Place the frozen corn cobs into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer
    12 Count frozen mini sweet corn on the cob
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 10 minutes, pausing halfway to flip the corn over using tongs
  • While the corn is cooking, combine the melted butter and seasoning in a small bowl
    2 Tbsp butter, 2 Tsp seasoning for corn
  • After the 10 minutes have elapsed, use a brush to coat the corn in the seasoned butter mixture on both sides (you will have some leftover butter)
  • Return to the air fryer and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until desired level of browning is achieved
  • Top corn with remaining butter and any garnishes desired, then serve warm

Notes

  • The frozen mini corn cobs fit better in the air fryer, so this is equivalent to about 6 regular ears. However, you can easily scale up or down to make more or less if desired
  • You may swap olive oil or ghee for the butter if you prefer
  • Any seasoning works fine. You can use just plain salt and pepper, or add paprika, garlic powder, barbecue, chile lime, garlic and herb, southwest, or any other seasonings you like instead. Also feel free to omit entirely and make plain corn!
  • Garnishes are completely optional, but you can top your corn with additional butter, parmesan cheese, other crumbled cheeses, or go Mexican street corn style with mayo, cilantro, chili powder, cotija cheese, and lime juice
  • I have an 8-qt Ninja Dual Zone air fryer and can fit 6 frozen mini corn cobs or 3 full size in each basket (for a total of 12 and 6 at a time, respectively). Other air fryers may vary, so you may need to cook in batches
  • Store leftover corn in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It may be stored on the cob (wrapped in foil or in a zippered bag) or cut off the cob. Do not refreeze frozen corn once it has been cooked
  • Reheat frozen corn in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes. Top with extra butter or seasonings
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, seasonings and toppings added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 91gCalories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 3gFat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: 2.4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 77mgPotassium: 182mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 106.3IUCalcium: 2.8mg
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