If you have not tried air fryer corn ribs yet, you have to add this to your menu. Sliced corn on the cob that is seasoned to perfection and air fried till it is golden and bursting with flavor. Corn ribs were a huge TikTok recipe that truly swept over the internet.
There are so many ways to flavor this corn on the cob, and it tastes different than a classic corn on the cob. This is a mayo and parmesan cheese crusted corn with some spices.
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy to Make
- Bursting with Flavor in Each Bite
- Fun To Cook
- Air Fryer Won’t Heat Up The House
- Delicious Side Dish
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- ears of corn
- grated parmesan
- chili powder
- cayenne pepper
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Step 1: Microwave the corn then shuck it
Shuck the corn easily by microwaving the ears for 3 minutes. Remove the stem at the base of the corn and squeeze the corn from the husk. This is a super simple way to clean the corn.
Step 2: Cut the corn into ribs
Cut the corn in half long ways and then cut the half into another half. Each ear of corn should yield 4 long quarter pieces.
Step 3: Air fry the ribs
Place corn ribs in an air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook at 350 for 10 minutes until corn is cooked.
Step 4: Add parmesan cheese to a shallow dish
While cooking, pour grated parmesan into a flat dish.
Step 5: Brush the corn with mayo and dredge in cheese
When corn is finished cooking, brush each corn rib with mayonnaise and then coat the kernels in the parmesan.
Step 6: Season the corn ribs
Season ribs with red chili powder. For a spicier taste add a few dashes of cayenne.
Hint: If you don’t have a silicone bbq brush or pastry brush to use for the mayo, you can spread it on with a spoon or butter knife.
Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!
- Flavors – You can easily swap the spices used with any that you want. I wanted to have more of a street corn vibe here but you are welcome to flavor your corn any way you want.
- Sour Cream – If you don’t want to use mayonnaise you can easily swap it with sour cream. It is going to give you that creamy texture but with a bit more of a tangy component.
- Cheese – Swap out the parmesan with cotija cheese for more of a street corn vibe. Or you can use another type of cheese if you want, or omit the cheese altogether.
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- very sharp knife and cutting board
- Air Fryer
- silicone brush
You can store any leftover corn ribs in the fridge in an airtight container. They will store for 2-3 days. I find that the mayo and cheese can soften up the corn a bit, so it is best eaten fresh.
You can eat leftovers cold or opt to warm them up in the microwave or even back in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes or until warm again.
- Make sure you remove all the silk and husk of the corn.
- When you go to slice your corn into these ribs, make sure to do even slices that way they all cook up at about the same time in the air fryer.
- When the corn is done you will see the straight strips curl in like the letter “c”.
- These are best served warm and fresh out of the air fryer. Grab a napkin as they can be a little messy.
- Make sure to lay the corn cobs in a single layer in your air fryer basket so that they cook evenly. And, leave a little space between them so that the cooking process works well.
- I used yellow sweet corn for this recipe, but you can use white corn also.
- Keep these seasoned corn ribs warm if you are cooking in batches by preheating an oven to 200 degrees and placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven until you are ready to serve.
- Add some spice to this perfect side recipe by using chipotle mayo instead of regular mayo.
Do you have questions about this simple recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this air fryer corn riblets recipe.
No, you will only eat the corn off the cob, not the corn cob itself. You will treat it just the way you do corn on the cob traditionally made.
The biggest key is to use a large knife that is sharp. This will help you to get those clean cuts you need for the ribs.
Absolutely! If you are a fan of dipping whip up or buy your favorite dipping sauces. I think a creamy sour cream based dip would be good or even drizzle a little Sriracha on top to spice it up.
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Air Fryer Corn Ribs
- knife and cutting board
- Air Fryer
- silicone brush
- 2 ears of corn
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Shuck the corn easily by microwaving the ears for 3 minutes. Remove the stem at the base of the corn and squeeze the corn from the husk. This is a super simple way to clean the corn.
- Cut the corn in half long ways and then cut the half into another half. Each ear of corn should yield 4 long quarter pieces.
- Place corn ribs in air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook at 350 for 10 minutes until corn is cooked.
- While cooking, pour grated parmesan in a flat dish.
- When corn is finished cooking, brisket each corn rib with mayonnaise and then coat the kernels in the parmesan.
- Season ribs with red chili powder
- For a spicier taste add a few dashes of cayenne