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Air Fryer Corn on the Cob (Mexican Street Style)

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Make this Air Fryer Corn on the Cob and cover it with Cream, seasoning, Cheese, and a squeeze of lime and discover the magic of Mexican Street Corn.

roasted corn covered with crema and cheese and chili powder

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I first had Mexican Street Style Corn at a local flea market in my city. A friend posted it on my Facebook feed, and I literally drove out to get it the very next day. I was not disappointed. I knew I had to learn how to make it at home, so I did.

Initially when I made this recipe, I used corn that was grilled on our outside grill and covered it in mayonnaise, Mexican Crema, chili powder, Cotija cheese, and a little bit of lime juice. It was delicious.

However, I’ve changed the recipe up a bit by roasting my corn in the air fryer and ditching the mayo. The results are still amazing and you can have this as a side dish anytime you want.

How to make Corn on the Cob in an Air Fryer?

Roasting corn in the air fryer is easy peasy. First, I recommend using fresh corn on the cob. Peel and shuck your corn, it’s fun, rinse and pat the corn on the cob dry. Then place the corn in your Air Fryer in a single layer.

corn on the cob in a single layer in air fryer basket

Use a spray bottle with oil to lightly spray the corn. I only use spray bottles filled with oil in my Air Fryer. I discuss more about it in my tips and tricks for Air Fryers. 

Set your Air Fryer for 15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and start it.

After 8 minutes, open the Air Fryer, flip the corn, and lightly spray again. This will help with getting the charred look. Continue cooking for 7 more minutes.

roasted corn in air fryer basket

Once done, remove corn to a platter.

How to make it Mexican Street Style

Once you have your roasted corn, you’ll add some Mexican Crema. I use this kind of crema. If you can’t find mexican Crema, sour cream will work as well. Spread the crema all over the corn on all sides.

Then sprinkle with some grated cotija cheese, chili powder, and cilantro.

Right before serving, squeeze a little lime juice over it.


air fried mexican street corn on a blue background

I hope you enjoy this Mexican Street Corn made in your Air Fryer as much as we do. This would go well with my Instant Pot Mexican Pinto Beans, my Ninja Foodi Crispy Pork Carnitas, or my Ground Turkey Tacos.

If you’re interested in other roasted vegetable recipes in your Air Fryer, try my Air Fried Brussel Sprouts ,Air Fried Roasted Cauliflower Dip, Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters, or Air Fryer Carrots

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Air Fryer Corn on the Cob (Mexican Street Style)

Mexican Street Style corn made in the Air Fryer. A quick and easy fun way to make corn on the cob.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword air fryer corn on the cob
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 167kcal
Author Tanya


  • 4 ears shucked corn
  • ½ cup Mexican Crema or Sour Cream
  • ¼ cup Cotija Cheese grated
  • 2 Tablespoon cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Oil for spraying Vegetable, Canola, or Avocado


  • Wash and dry corn. Place corn in Air Fryer basket in a single layer and lightly spray with oil.
  • Set Air Fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and timer for 15 minutes.
  • After 8 minutes, open basket, turn corn and lightly spray again. Continue cooking.
  • Once timer is up, remove corn to a platter.
  • Spread Mexican crema on all sides of the corn. Sprinkle with cotija cheese, chili powder, and cilantro. Squeeze with lime before serving. Enjoy.



  •  Canola, Vegetable, or Avocado Oil work well with this recipe.
  • I recommend using fresh corn for this recipe. Frozen corn on the cob just doesn’t do as well in the Air Fryer. It can be done, but the results just won’t be as good.
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Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 755IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Monday 23rd of August 2021

Just bought my first air fryer and looking for new recepies all the time. Your blog is fantastic with all ideas. Tomorrow we will have mexican corn, it looks delicius.

Yvette Comeaux

Saturday 5th of October 2019

Can I use frozen corn?


Tuesday 28th of May 2019

I like your recipes so I took the 30+ minutes it took me to find a link to subscribe to your site. Are you aware of how difficult it is to find? I looked on every page that I could think of BEFORE I decided to just look at recipes because a subscription is impossible. You really should have that more visible. If it were not for my new Air Fryer I would have never found the link.


Wednesday 29th of May 2019

Hi Jan, I wasn't aware of how difficult it was to find. My apologies for that. I'll look into making more changes to ensure it's easier to find for future visitors. Thanks so much for letting me know :)

Patti Hoff

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

I've found a spice mix Chili- lime from Badia (name brand) to sprinkle on this its yummy !!

Lisa B

Saturday 8th of May 2021

@Tanya, Used a basting brush to apply oil. Used Elote seasoning on corn as I didn’t plan ahead to buy the cojita cheese. Did infuse sour cream with a bit of line juice .


Thursday 9th of May 2019

I love Badia spices. I bet that was a great addition.