Elote (Mexican Street Corn) Inspired Air Fryer Corn Ribs

February 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Hey Hey!

I'm really excited about this recipe. These "ribs" were so easy to make and sooo delicious. If you're looking for an addition to Meatless Mondays, or something light to snack on instead of junk food or maybe you're craving Mexican street corn and want yet another reason to bring out the air fryer, look no further! Let's turn some ordinary corn cobs into a yummy work of art! I hope you enjoy! If you make this, take a picture and share them with us online! Instagram ---> @ staynfocusimages


Here's What You Need:

  • 4-5 Corn Cobs
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic & Herb Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Half of one Lime
  • Several Bunches of Cilantro (Freshly Chopped)
  • Grated Cotija Cheese

You'll also need one large mixing bowl, a sharp knife and an air fryer (although you could use a standard oven).


  • Prep: 20-30 min
  • Cook: 10-12 min

Let's Make Some Corn Ribs:

  1. Let's get the hardest part of the recipe out of the way! Start by cleaning and removing the husk of the corn cob. Cut the base so that it stands upright and level, then carefully slice from the top down to halve the cob lengthways.  Repeat the process with each half until you have quartered each cob. Take your time, don't rush and be mindful of your fingers. I believe in you.
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  2. Set your ribs aside in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Next, let's make the marinade. In a small bowl add and mix well:
    • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
    • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic & Herb Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Pepper
    • 1/2 tsp Paprika
    • 1/4 tsp Salt
  4. Pour this mixture over your "ribs" and ensure every nook and cranny gets coated.
  5. In small batches add your ribs to your airfryer (don't pile them all in). Cook for 10-12 min at 390º to 400º. Flipping periodically.
  6. You will know they are done when the cob starts to curl and the corn gets a little charred.
  7. Place your ribs back in your mixing bowl when done (clean the one you used earlier while you wait).
  8. Squeeze half of a lime all over your ribs and sprinkle your cotija cheese and chopped cilantro generously.
  9. Plate and take a picture for the 'gram.
  10. Grab a napkin and dig in!
  11. Enjoy!!



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