Go Back
Tik Tok Trend Corn Ribs piled onto a blue bowl with multiple corn "ribs" in focus. Styled with sliced poblano peppers on the bottom and two wedges of lime.

How To Make Air Fryer Corn Ribs, Elotes Style

These elotes style corn ribs prepared in the air fryer are the new craze trending on Tik Tok! Ready in under 20 minutes, these corn "riblets" are bursting with tangy, chili and savory flavors.
4.94 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4 people


  • Air Fryer


Elotes Dry Seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon Taco Mix Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Smoked Salt Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Lemon and Pepper Seasoning

Additional Ingredients

  • 3 Ears of Corn
  • ½ cup Butter (room temperature)
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Cotija Cheese Feta Cheese
  • 1 small Poblano Pepper
  • ¼ cup Cilantro
  • ½ small Lime
  • ½ teaspoon Tajin


  • First, begin by peeling the corn, removing the husk and excess debris. Rinse and clean the corn, dry and set aside.
  • Next, with a sharp butchers knife, carefully slice the corn on the cob in half. Then, slice the half into quarters creating four "ribs" per corn.
  • Add room temperature butter to a small bowl. To that same bowl, add the listed seasonings stirring until thoroughly combined. The spread is ready when a smooth paste forms.
  • Next, spread butter mixture over each corn riblet and place riblets in the air fryer being careful not to overcrowd.
  • Air fry corn riblets (and sliced poblano peppers, optitonal) up to 15 minutes until charred and crispy. Air fryer oven temps and times will vary.
  • Use a pastry brush to spread mayonnaise over each corn rib. Place the corn ribs in a plate or bowl and add the charred poblano pepper slices to the bowl.
  • Take one wedge of lime and drizzle over the corn ribs.
  • Sprinkle cotija or feta cheese over the plated corn riblets.
  • Finally, sprinkle the elotes style corn ribs with cilantro and tajin and enjoy!
Keyword Air Fryer Corn Ribs, Mexican Street Corn, Tik Tok Corn Ribs