Corn Ribs

5 from 84 votes

These air fried corn ribs are so delicious! This Tik Tok viral trend is full of herby and buttery flavors and they are ready to enjoy in minutes.

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These corn ribs went viral on TikTok, and are one delicious dish that can be served as a side dish or vegetarian appetizer. If you’ve never heard of corn ribs before, they are just what they sound like! Long strips of corn that look like ribs. Their signature curl makes them easy and fun to eat. Plus, each corn rib is coated in herbed butter and then air fried for a smoky, roasted bite!

Plate of corn ribs served with side of cilantro
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This corn rib recipe turned my humble corn on the cob into the centerpiece of my dinner table, impressing my family with its crispy edges and buttery, herb-infused kernels. It’s become a welcomed addition to our dinner table, adding a twist of excitement to our usual summertime sides. 

Recipe at a glance

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Primary Cooking Method: Air Frying
Dietary Info: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Key Flavor: Herby and Buttery
Skill Level: Intermediate


  • Viral Trend: A big hit on TikTok and social media, these corn ribs are a fun and innovative way to enjoy fresh corn on the cob.
  • Easy Ingredients: Requires just three ingredients corn, butter, and cilantro. No special shopping trip for this recipe!
  • Versatile Cooking Methods: Easily cook corn ribs in the oven, outside on the grill, or quickly in an air fryer. Any way you choose will still offer tasty and tender corn ribs.
  • BBQ Hit: Corn ribs can easily replace the mess that comes with enjoying a whole ear of corn off the grill. Just as buttery and delicious, though!

Ingredients you’ll need to make corn ribs

  • Corn: Use corn cobs that have bright green husks that are tightly packed against the cob. The corn is cut into long strips and then air fried so it’s deliciously charred. Look for large corn to make it easier to cut.
  • Butter: The combination of corn and butter is a must! And using a high quality butter makes all the difference in creating a rich decadent taste. Danish Creamery European Style Sea Salt Butter, used in this recipe, is made from a high quality cream from pasture-raised cows. It has 85% butterfat, which means it adds a richness and a truly buttery flavor that doesn’t compare to using oil.
  • Cilantro: Herbs add a nice freshness to the corn ribs. Cilantro, parsley and dill all work great, but you can use any you like!
  • Alternate Herbs: Swap cilantro with parsley, dill, or other fresh herbs for different flavor profiles.
  • Seasoning Variations: Experiment with taco seasoning for a Mexican flair, fresh basil for an Italian touch, or chili flakes for added spice​​.
  • Butter Alternatives: While butter is preferred, for a vegan option, use plant-based butter or high-quality oils.
  • Corn Types: While fresh corn is ideal, frozen corn can be used; ensure it’s fully thawed before cutting into ribs​​. For a bit of sweetness, use fresh sweet corn.
  • Spice It Up: Add garlic powder, paprika, or cajun seasoning to the butter mixture for an extra kick.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make corn ribs

Cut the corn

  • Cut the corn into long strips. This is a difficult process, and it’s not about strength, but patience! Don’t push down hard, but use a sawing back and forth motion.
  • You can lie the corn cob flat to cut it in half again or cut in half again while it’s upright. It’s actually easier if it’s standing up.
2 image collage to show how to cut the corn for the recipe

make the herbed butter

  • Chop the washed and dried herbs, and place in a bowl.
  • Bring the butter to room temperature so that it’s softened and combine it with the herbs.
  • Spread the butter generously all over the corn ribs for maximum flavor.
3 image collage to show how to make the herbed butter and then rubbing the butter on the corn ribs

Air Fry, grill or bake your corn ribs

  • Place in an air fryer basket, keeping space between each one.
  • Cook until curled and slightly charred. The kernels should easily pop off.
2 image collage to show the corn in the air fryer before and after cooking

Tips for making the best corn ribs

  1. Use a very sharp knife. Cutting corn in this manner is not an easy task. So you’ll need a chef’s knife to make the job easier and a whole lot of patience!
  2. Cut the cobs in half. If you don’t feel confident cutting the corn, you can cut the cob in half widthwise, so that you have shorter pieces. The ribs won’t be as long but they will be easier to manage.
  3. Don’t substitute oil for butter. The oil will likely fall to the bottom of the air fryer basket before the corn cooks. Using Danish Creamery softened butter is ideal as it will stick to the corn longer for better flavor.
  4. Grill or bake them. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can oven bake them at 375F for around 25 minutes, or grill them on an oiled grate for around 8 minutes on both sides.
  5. Buy fresh in season corn for the best flavor. If you buy frozen cobs, fully thaw them before cutting into ribs.

What to serve with corn cribs

These are great to serve as an appetizer with your favorite dips like ranch or aioli. They make for a great side too, and the kids will love eating their veggies!

How to store & reheat corn ribs

Corn ribs are best served immediately. For storing leftovers, make sure they’ve cooled to room temperature first. Store them together in an airtight container.

How long will corn ribs last in the fridge?
When stored properly in an airtight container the corn ribs will last for 2 to 3 days in the fridge.

Can I freeze corn ribs?
I don’t recommend freezing them as corn gets pretty soggy and changes texture once frozen, especially corn that has already been cooked.

Reheating corn ribs: To reheat, use the air fryer at 360F for 2 to 3 minutes or the oven at 375 for about 8 minutes until heated through.

Frequently asked questions

How else can you season the corn?

It’s easy to mix up the seasonings to suit whatever meal you are planning to serve it with. Mix taco seasoning with the butter for Mexican night, fresh basil for Italian night or chili flakes when you are in the mood for something spicy! The butter is a must though.

How do I cut the corn into ribs without breaking them?

Use a very sharp knife and a gentle sawing motion. Patience is key. If the corn is too long, cut the cobs in half widthwise for easier handling.

What if my corn ribs aren’t curling in the air fryer?

Ensure there’s enough space between each rib for the air circulation to move around between them. If they’re still not curling they may need a bit more time to cook. Cook in batches if necessary.

Hand holding corn ribs to show close up how it looks

These corn ribs are so fun to serve, and you can easily mix up the flavors to suit your tastes. Now you can see why this Tik Tok recipe went viral!

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Corn Ribs

These air fried corn ribs are so delicious! This Tik Tok viral trend is full of herby and buttery flavors and they are ready to enjoy in minutes.
5 from 84 votes
Servings 3 4 servings
Calories 349
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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  • Stand the corn vertically on a cutting board. Place the knife firmly at the top of the corn right in the middle and push the knife downwards carefully, rowing it back and forth if needed. The shorter and wider the corn is, the easier it will be.
  • Hold the two halves together and cut them in half again vertically to create quarters.
  • Combine the butter and cilantro to create the herbed butter. Brush the herbed butter all over the 12 pieces of corn ribs.
  • Place the corn ribs in the preheated air fryer in a single layer, leaving space between each of them to allow for air flow
  • Air fry at 400ºF until the corn ribs start to curl and become charred, 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve with sprinkling of sea salt and fresh cilantro, if desired.


Recipe: This recipe is inspired by the Tik Tok video by Spiced Nice.
Storage: These corn ribs are best served as soon as they are made, but leftovers will keep well covered in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. Reheat them in the air fryer at 360F for 2 to 3 minutes or in the oven at 375F for around 8 minutes.


Calories: 349kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 284mg, Potassium: 254mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1141IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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