Air Fryer Corn Ribs are a delightful summer snack/appetizer made with fresh corn on the cob. These corn “riblets” are brushed with butter, sprinkled with spices and herbs, and air fried to buttery crisp outside and sweet juicy inside.

Ready in under 30 minutes and with 8 ingredients only – salt and olive oil included, I will show you my secret hack on how to cut corn into ribs easily and safely. They are the best summer food and outrageously delicious!

Feature image shows 8 pieces of air fryer corn ribs on a white and black color plate
Super juicy, sweet, and buttery!

What are corn ribs

Corn ribs are essentially a whole corn on the cob sliced in to strips. Because the shape resembles “ribs”, they are also known as corn riblets. They are easier to eat and a lot more delicious because you can season on more surface cuts. You can air fry, bake, or even grill.

I will show you how to air fry and bake them in this post, plus my special tips on how to cut corn into “ribs” safely. 🙂

Why are they so addictive!

This corn on the cob recipe made in the shape of corn ribs are air fried to perfection – buttery crispy outside and juicy sweet in the middle. The whole thing takes about 30 minutes. My husband LOVES this dish.

You can serve it as an appetizer or snack. To keep it lower in carb, I recommend serving it as a side dish to replace any other higher in carb items you might be planning on serving in the same meal.

Photo shows ingredients needed to make the dish

Ingredients

  • Full corn on the cob: select fresh corn with plump kernels, best when they are in season. See how to pick the best corn.
  • Seasonings: room temperature ghee butter, olive oil, coarse sea salt, smoked paprika (or sweet paprika), garlic powder, dried parsley, and Japanese kewpie mayo (or regular mayo).

But first, let’s quickly take about my hack on how to cut them safely and easily.

How to cut corn ribs safe

After a few failed (and dangerous) attempts, it turned out the best way to cut a whole corn on the cob into ribs is to microwave them for a few minutes first!

Safety points:

  1. Use a sharp chef’s knife.
  2. Prepare a steady cutting board surface that won’t move around.
  3. Microwave the whole corn on high for 2 minutes and let cool.
  4. Slice vertically. Cut off both ends, stand it up vertically and carefully slice the whole corn in half , then slice it again into quarters.

If that sounds scary to you, try this – After you microwave the whole corn on the cob and cut off both ends, chop the cob in half (width-wise), then half and quarter it vertically so you’ll end up with 8 shorter pieces per cob. Because of the corn being on a shorter length, it’s easier to cut through and with less risk of accidents.

Make sure you curve the fingers in with the hand that’s holding the corn in place, so you don’t accidentally cut yourself.

Photo shows 4 steps on how to cut corn ribs safe

How to make air fryer corn on the cob (corn ribs)

  1. Prepare the corn: remove from the husk and cut off the ends.
  2. Microwave: microwave the whole corn on the cob on high for 2 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Slice into ribs: with a sharp chef’s knife and a steady cutting board, place the corn vertically (stand it up) and carefully and slowly dice it in half, then dice those halves into quarters.
  4. Season: brush the ribs with butter and olive oil. Season with salt, garlic powder, paprika, and dried parsley.
  5. Air fry: 400°F (204°C) for 12 minutes total (flip after 6 minutes).
  6. Oven: bake at 425°F (218°C) for 12-15 minutes or until they are lightly charred and a little crispy.
  7. Serve: brush the corn ribs with a thin layer of mayo and sprinkle with more parsley on top!

Microwave the whole ear of corn on high for 2 minutes will make it easier (and safer) to dice!

FAQ

How to cut corn cobs into ribs

The best way to cut a whole corn on the cob into ribs is to microwave them for a few minutes first! You want to use a sharp chef’s knife and a steady cutting board. Slice the corn vertically in a standing position with the wider part against the table. Slowly and carefully dice it to half then quarter it.

How to eat corn ribs

You only eat the kernels – not the corn cobs. Cutting corn into ribs makes it easier to hold and eat!

How many net carbs are in air fryer corn ribs on the cob

1 corn ribet has 3 net carbs, 52 calorie, 1g protein, and 4g fat.

How else can I season the corn

Make it a little bit spicy with a touch of chili pepper or a dash of curry and turmeric powder to make it extra earthy. You can also shave some cheese over the corn ribs after you air fry them or sprinkle with goat cheese. A drizzle of lime juice before serving sounds terrific, too!

How to reheat

You can pop them back to the air fryer to warm it up a bit or microwave them for 1 minute. Just remember to cover the container with a saran wrap so it won’t make a mess in the microwave.

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TLDR

  • Select fresh corn with plump kernels
  • Microwave the whole corn on the cob for a few minutes first before you slice
  • Use a sharp chef’s knife and be careful when you slice
  • Use vegan butter to turn this dish vegan friendly!
  • Feel free to experiment with your own favorite seasonings
Photo shows corn ribs made in air fryer served on a plate
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Air Fryer Corn Ribs Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 27 mins
Servings: 8 riblets
Author: ChihYu
Air Fryer Corn Ribs are a delightful summer snack/appetizer made with fresh corn on the cob. Ready in under 30 minutes and with 8 ingredients only. They are the best summer food and outrageously delicious!
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Ingredients 

  • 2 ear fresh corn on the cob
  • 1 tbsp ghee butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika, or sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Garnish Kewpie mayo, or regular mayo

Instructions 

  • Prepare the corn: remove from the husk and cut off the ends.
  • Microwave: microwave the whole corn on the cob on high for 2 minutes. Let cool to the touch.
  • Slice into ribs: with a sharp chef’s knife and a steady cutting board, place the corn vertically (stand it up) and carefully and slowly dice it in half, then dice those halves into quarters.
  • Season: in a bowl, combine ingredients from butter to parsley. Brush the ribs with the seasonings on all sides.
  • Air fry: place the ribs in a single layer with some space in-between. Air fry at 400°F (204°C) for 12 minutes total (flip after 6 minutes).
  • Oven: place the ribs on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 425°F (218°C) for 12-15 minutes or until they are lightly charred and a little crispy.
  • Serve: brush the corn ribs with a thin layer of mayo and sprinkle with more parsley on top. Serve hot or at room temperature!

Video

Notes

  • Please make sure to microwave the whole corn on the cob first. It’ll make slicing much easier and safer.
  • Make sure you curve the fingers in with the hand that’s holding the corn in place, so you don’t accidentally cut yourself.
  • If slicing a whole corn make you nervous, try this –
    After you microwave the whole corn on the cob and cut off both ends, chop the cob in half (width-wise), then half and quarter it vertically so you’ll end up with 8 shorter pieces per cob. Because of the corn being on a shorter length, it’s easier to cut through and with less risk of accidents.
  • The oven version – the ribs won’t be as curvy but they will still be very delicious!

Nutrition

Serving: 1riblet, Calories: 52kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 149mg, Potassium: 66mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 104IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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A side close shot shows the crisp corn on the cob after air fried