Elotes-Style Corn Ribs

Elotes-style corn ribs a white plate with cheese and cilantro.

Elotes-Style Corn Ribs

Here's how to make corn ribs seasoned with cotija cheese, butter, mayo.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican-American
Servings 2
Calories 296 kcal


  • air fryer


  • 2 ears corn fresh and in-season


  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • pinch Kosher salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. lime juice


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 3 tsp. cotija cheese crumbled
  • 1 tsp. cilantro (optional) finely chopped


  • Remove the husks and silk from the corn.
  • Use a sharp knife cut ~1/2" off the stalk end of the corn to create a flat base.
  • Stand the corn up vertically and use a sharp knife to cut the cob in half. Do not hold the corn while slicing. Repeat with each half and cut into quarters.
  • Whisk all of the marinade ingredients into a large bowl. Add the cut corn and use a brush to coat the corn with the marinade.
  • Place the seasoned corn into an air fryer and air fry at 400˚F/204˚C for 10 minutes or until the corn ribs curl and begin to char on the edges.
  • Take the ribs out of the air fryer. Use a butter knife to coat each rib with butter and mayonnaise. Sprinkle with cheese and cilantro. Serve warm.


This recipe was inspired by @spicenice on TikTok. 


Calories: 296kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 284mgPotassium: 44mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 618IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg
Keyword corn ribs, elotes
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