Are you a fan of lemon pepper flavors? Then you’ll love our air fryer lemon pepper corn on the cob recipe! The bright flavors and peppery flavors of this popular seasoning really adds a punch to air fried lemon pepper corn. It’s perfect for Summer!

lemon pepper corn on the cob in air fryer basket

Easy Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Corn on The cob

There is a lemon pepper cult, did you know this? We’ve always loved this popular seasoning but didn’t know it was a cult until now. This all makes sense because we’re obsessed with it. And the flavors are so fantastic on our easy corn on the cob in the air fryer. The hot circulating air of the hot air fryer cooks the corn kernels to perfection. We make a simple compound butter made with the lemon pepper seasoning and it’s dynamite delicious.

air fryer lemon pepper corn on the cob on red plate

Video: Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Corn on the Cob Recipe

Tips on How to Air Fry Lemon Pepper Corn on the Cob

  • We added extra black pepper! But this is optional. We just love the extra peppery flavors with the bright lemon.
  • If you can, try to use fresh corn. The flavors are fantastic and the corn kernels cook plump, sweet and perfect by air frying.
  • Make sure to remove the corn husks and silks all the way. Anything that covers the corn will burn. So remove all the exterior stuff, rinse the corn then dry it with a paper towel before buttering the corn.
  • The compound butter is simple to make and we added some extra garlic powder for more flavor. But it’s optional. If you’re a garlic fan, you can certainly add some fresh crushed or finely minced garlic.
  • Add a few fresh squeezes of lemon juice on top if you like more lemon flavor.
  • All air fryer lemon pepper corn on the cob recipe details are in the recipe box below.
4 air fryer corn on the cob with lemon pepper seasoning on red plate

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Corn

You can double up the lemon pepper flavor by serving with some fresh lemon slices and extra black pepper.
Air fry as many ears that will fit in a single layer in your air fryer basket/tray. Trim to size if necessary. If you cook with more or less corn, it will affect cooking times. Reduce timing a little for 1-2 ears of corn, and increase time for more corn.
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  • 2-3 ears fresh corn , shucked and cleaned
  • 2-3 Tablespoons (30-45 ml) butter , softened
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) garlic powder , or to taste
  • salt , optional to taste
  • black pepper , optional to taste
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) grated Parmesan , optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) paprika , optional
  • lemon wedges , for serving



  • Shuck and clean the corn. For smaller air fryers, cut the corn in half. For other air fryers, just trim the ends of corn to fit into your air fryer basket/tray if necessary.
    Breaking corn in half
  • In a bowl, combine the softened butter, lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, and optional salt & pepper.
    Softened butter with lemon pepper seasoning in a bowl
  • Generously coat the ears of corn with the lemon pepper butter.
    Coating corn with seasoned butter
  • Place in the air fryer basket/tray in a single layer. If needed, air fry in batches to keep the corn in a single layer.
    Uncooked corn in air fryer
  • Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for 10 minutes. Flip the corn.
    Turning corn in air fryer with tongs
  • Continue Air Frying for 3-8 minutes more or until corn is tender and cooked to your preference. (Cooking time will depend on size of corn, how full air fryer basket is, & different models/sizes of air fryers).
    Cooked corn in air fryer
  • Remove the corn from the air fryer basket/tray. Coat with optional parmesan and paprika. Serve warm with lemon wedges.
    Sprinkling parmesan on corn

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 244kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 324mg, Potassium: 339mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 889IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 131mg, Iron: 1mg

Can you use frozen corn on the cob for this recipe?

Sure, you can use frozen corn for this air fried lemon pepper corn recipe. But it needs to thaw completely first when you take it out from frozen. You can thaw it in the refrigerator the day before. Squeeze out any excess water from the thawed frozen corn. Then spread the lemon pepper butter around the thawed corn. Check the corn and add additional time if needed. If you have any leftover corn, you can make a great corn salad with it.

What toppings can you add to corn?

If you want to take this air fried corn to another level, there’s lots of ideas for different toppings. Here’s some delicious ideas we’ve come up with:

  • Add some bbq seasoning for a more smoky flavor.
  • Steak seasonings are super flavorful. A pinch of this over the air fryer corn on the cob is fantastic.
  • Love spicy corn? Then you should add your favorite hot sauces like sriracha or chili garlic sauce.
  • Hey have you tried chili crunch or chili oil? We’re obsessed with this spicy condiment and it’s great on corn! We added it to our popular air fryer chili crunch chicken wings.
  • How about melted cheese like queso! Queso corn on the cob is fantastic.
  • Hope you enjoy our tutorial on how to cook corn in the air fryer!
4 air fryer corn on the cob with lemon pepper seasoning on red plate

Can you use olive oil instead of butter?

Yes, you can use olive oil! Just spray or brush olive oil, grape seed oil or even avocado oil over the corn before air frying.

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