Air Fried Corn On The Cob has been a game changer for my family and myself! I love grilled corn or as we Pakistanis call it, Bhutta! The slightly charred sweet corn, doused with salt, chili powder and lime juice brings back memories of Pakistan. However, grilling corn can be time consuming and not something that's easy to do frequently. The air fryer method is so easy and quick that I can whip this up as a side or a snack in no time!
Grilled corn was first domesticated by indigenous Mexicans around 6600 BCE per bonappetit.com. The magazine goes on to describe how various countries, from Mexico to Japan, Taiwan, India and Pakistan all have their own version of corn as street food.
The Mexican Elote is world famous. Taiwanese corn is served covered in a garlicky soy paste and sweet chilli sauce. The Japanese have a complex seasoning blend they use for their street corn. Here in the US we love eating it doused with melted butter, added to salads, cooked as corn bread and popped as popcorn amongst many other things!
Bhutta, as we call grilled corn on the cob in Pakistan, makes my mouth water every time I think about it. Sold on rolling street carts called "Thelas" in the midst of every Bazaar, this was a frequent treat for me when out shopping.
Grilled over hot coals in a small container on a rolling cart, the corn is then sprinkled with salt, red chili powder and lime juice. Simple yet fresh, warm and delicious it always hits the spot! I still treat myself to it when I visit and its as delicious as I remember it from my childhood.
My kids favor the salt, chili, lime seasoning with their grilled corn. SInce we've started using this Air Fried Corn On The Cob recipe I have a salt and chili blend permanently prepared and stored in a small tupperware container.
Try the recipe below, it's so easy your kids can make it on their own. Ready in about 10 minutes it's a fairly healthy snack and feeds those constant summer cravings. I usually make this as a side when I make my grilled tandoori lamb chops. Add it to your menu this Fourth of July and don't forget to rate the recipe!
Air Fried Corn On The Cob (Bhutta)
- 4 ears corn
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp red chili powder
- 1 lime
- Clean the corn, removing all husks and removing ends if you need to make it fit in your air fryer basket.
- Rub the olive oil on the corn
- Place the corn in the air fryer basket and set the temperature at 400°F
- Cook for 10 minutes, turning halfway through to brown evenly
- Remove the corn
- Mix the salt and chili powder in a bowl, cut the lime in half, dip it in the bowl and rub it generously all over the corn and enjoy!