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Air Fryer Cornbread

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This Air Fryer Cornbread is a tasty and classic side dish with a convenient twist! It’s beyond easy to make perfect, golden brown cornbread right in your air fryer to pair with any main course.

two slices of cornbread stacked on a white plate

Why you will love this air fryer cornbread recipe

There are thousands and thousands of homemade cornbread recipes out there, which speaks to the popularity of this delicious dish! But did you know it’s easy to make this perfect side dish right in your air fryer?

With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can prepare a delicious batch of classic cornbread. This tried and true, reliable air fryer recipe ensures your cornbread comes out perfectly every time, so you’ll never have to find a different method!

It’s a great option when the oven is taken or when you don’t want to bust out a heavy cast iron skillet.

Serve it as a great side dish alongside a tasty Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich or your favorite chili for a yummy weeknight meal, or pair with these Air Fryer Garlic Knots for an appetizer that’s sure to satisfy any crew.

eggs, cornmeal, and condensed milk in small ingredient bowls

Ingredients you will need

Yellow Cornmeal: Fine cornmeal or medium-grind cornmeal are both fine options.

Flour: All purpose flour is usually the best option for cornbread, but you could also go for a white whole wheat flour for a slightly healthier take.

Baking Powder and Baking Soda: Using both of these ingredients makes for a cornbread with a little bit of fluffy lift.

Eggs: Allow the eggs to come up to room temperature so the cornbread batter comes together more easily.

Butter: I like to use unsalted butter here so I can add salt and control the amount in the cornbread.

Condensed Milk: This secret ingredient will ensure your cornbread is a little bit sweet, as well as guaranteeing it won’t get dry. This also gives it a rich and slightly moist texture.

steps for how to make air fryer cornbread

How to make air fryer cornbread

  1. Prepare dish. While the air fryer preheats, take an 8 inch spring form pan and lightly grease it with butter, or use a circle of parchment paper.
  2. Mix dry ingredients. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add wet ingredients. Mix in eggs one at a time, then add melted butter and condensed milk and stir until combined.
  4. Transfer to pan. Pour your cornbread batter into the prepared pan, cover with foil, and place in the air fryer with no basket.
  5. Air fry the cornbread. Cook at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes, then remove the foil and cook another 10 minutes.

What temperature should cornbread be when done?

You’re looking for a final temperature of around 195 to 200 degrees F. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.

Different air fryers vary in how fast they cook, so the exact time it takes to cook your cornbread may need to be adjusted.

air fryer cornbread on a wooden cutting board with two pieces sliced

Should cornbread jiggle when done?

If your cornbread has some jiggle to it that means it’s not quite done yet! Once it’s fully done it will be fairly solid and won’t move around if you shake the pan, and the top of the cornbread will be nice and golden.

How to store cornbread

Allow your cornbread to fully cool, then double wrap it in either plastic wrap or aluminum foil. For extra freshness, place all of that into an airtight container or a ziploc bag and press out any excess air.

At room temperature, leftover cornbread will last for about 3 days. It will last in the fridge for up to a week, and can also be stored in a freezer bag for several months.

close up photo of air fryer cutting board slied on a wooden cutting board

How to reheat cornbread

For a quick option, wrap a piece of cornbread in a slightly damp paper towel and microwave on 50% power until it’s thoroughly heated through.

You can also pop the cornbread in the oven or the air fryer, wrapped in foil, and cook at 350.

Cornbread can be reheated from frozen, but it might need some extra cook time. You can also allow the cornbread to thaw in the fridge for a few hours or overnight for an easier time.

How long does cornbread dressing last in the refrigerator?

If you’re using a homemade cornbread to make cornbread dressing, it will last about 4 days in the refrigerator.

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Air Fryer Corn Bread

This easy recipe is a great addition to any collection and yields a slightly sweet cornbread that will pair perfectly with your favorite meal!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer corn bread
Servings: 8
Calories: 412kcal
Author: Jade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 14 ounce condensed milk

For Serving

  • butter
  • maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350º F, then grease lightly grease an 8” springform cake pan bottom with butter or cut a circle of parchment paper.
  • Add the cornmeal, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl and combine. Mix in the eggs one by one. Then add the melted butter and condensed milk and mix well.
  • Pour the batter into the cake pan, cover it with foil, and place it inside the air fryer without the basket. Air fry with the cake pan covered with foil, and after 25 minutes, remove the foil and continue baking for 10 minutes more.
  • Remove the cornbread from the air fryer and let it cool to room temperature completely before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

Notes

  • Choose a pan that fits well in your air fryer basket. Many air fryers come with baking accessories, but if not, use a pan that’s oven safe. You should adjust the cooking time if using a different-sized pan. The pan used in this recipe is an 8” springform cake pan placed inside the air fryer without the basket.
  • To prevent sticking, grease the pan or use parchment paper; this helps with the easy removal of the cornbread after cooking.
  • Keep in mind that some air fryers can cook faster than traditional ovens. You might need to reduce the temperature slightly or shorten the cooking time. It’s a good idea to check for doneness a few minutes before the recommended time.
  • Covering the cake pan with foil prevents the top surface of the cake from burning.
    Insert a toothpick or a knife into the center to check if the cornbread is cooked through. If it comes out clean, it is done.
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The texture of this cornbread was spot-on; I love how the crust was golden while staying wonderfully moist inside. The tip on using aluminum foil on the top during the last few minutes of cooking was super helpful!

  2. 5 stars
    I would have never thought to use my air fryer to make cornbread! I’m so glad I gave it a try 🙂 What a genius idea.

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