Corn Ribs Recipe

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Corn ribs get their name from the curled rib-like shape after it is fried. Dressed in mayonnaise, spices, cojita cheese and cilantro, these corn ribs emulate the flavors of elotes, also known as Mexican street corn.
Utensils Appetizer
Globe Mexican
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ears of fresh corn
2 tblsp
avocado or canola oil
lime, juiced
1 tsp
garlic powder
1 tsp
chili powder
1/2 tsp
smoked paprika
1/2 tsp
onion powder
2 tblsp
1/4 cup(s)
grated cojita cheese
2 tsp
1/4 cup(s)
finely chopped cilantro
lime wedges, to serve

Directions 9 steps | 25 Minutes

Step 1

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Prepare the corn ribs. Shuck and clean the ears of corn. Place the ears of corn into the boiling water and boil for about 10 minutes. Remove the corn from the water. 

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Step 2

Once the corn is cool enough to handle, cut off a thin slice of the thick stem end of the corn, creating a flat surface for the corn to stand.

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Step 3

Wear a kevlar or kitchen glove on your non-dominant hand. Stand the corn up on its stem end and place a very sharp knife horizontally on the corn. Place your gloved non-dominant hand on the opposite side of the knife and use a rocking “see-saw” motion to cut the corn in half. (See notes 1.)

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Step 4

Stand the half of the corn on its stem end and use the same rocking motion to cut the corn into quarters. Repeat with the other corn.

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Step 5

In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika and onion powder. 

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Step 6

Add the cut corn into the bowl and toss to coat evenly. Take extra care to get good coverage of the seasoning on the kernels.

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Step 7

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Add the corn ribs in a single layer to the air fryer basket, taking care not to overlap the corn ribs. You may have to work in batches depending on the size of the air fryer basket. Air fry the corn ribs for 8 minutes or until the corn is tender.

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Step 8

Remove the corn ribs and use a basting or silicone brush to slather the kernel side with mayonnaise.

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Step 9

Sprinkle on the cojita cheese, Taijin and cilantro on top of the corn ribs. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!

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  1. Be careful when cutting the corn and be sure to use a sharp knife. Cutting the corn through the cob takes some arm strength and patience.

Nutrition Per Serving
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10.8 g
2.7 g
8.1 g


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Sandra G.


25 Jul 2022

Super healthy and delicious!

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Carmela G.


13 Jul 2022

A Corn recipe that you should definitely try. Simply irresistible.

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Tiffany L.


Cozymeal Team Member

11 Jul 2022

Made these for the 4th of July and they were an absolute HIT! Loved the spices and the cotija cheese.

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Fred M.


07 Jul 2022

Always love another way to incorporate elote into weekly meals, and this did not disappoint!

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Jessica S.


05 Jul 2022

I made these this weekend for a July 4th BBQ....that was full of meat-eaters....and they were gobbled up in no time! Even those who generally stick to the meat-and-potatoes style dishes were raving about how fun and different these were. They will be a go-to for me for a long time to come! Thanks for the idea!!

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