Cacio e Pepe Corn Ribs Recipe

Cacio e Pepe Corn Ribs Recipe

Creamed corn, corn casserole, and even frozen corn are some of the standard players there to represent corn at the Thanksgiving table. Add in a dose of nontraditional fun with this vegetable this holiday season by making these air fryer corn ribs.

Cacio e Pepe Corn ribs are the fun side dish that your holiday table needs
Cacio e Pepe Corn ribs are the fun side dish that your holiday table needs

Sweet corn season just started in Florida as it runs from October through June. Perhaps the most difficult part of this recipe is slicing the corn into ribs. First of all, you want to make sure that your knife is very sharp. The cob can be very difficult to cut through so just make sure to take your time and be extra careful.

Cacio e pepe, which basically translates to cheese and pepper, is a delicious way to prepare these ribs but not a have to. Other seasoning combinations I recommend are: paprika/parmesan/cayenne/cilantro with a crema drizzle, or even just salt/pepper seasoned and finished with a drizzle of good vinegar and some fresh dill – get crazy. Rollin’ Oats carries a large assortment of organic spices and seasonings that would be idyllic with corn. Mother In Law brand Goghugaru Korean Chile Flakes and Frontier Co-op’s organic Tandoori Masala are a couple of my favorites.

Cacio e Pepe Corn ribs are the fun side dish that your holiday table needs

Cacio e Pepe Corn Ribs

Abby AllenAbby Allen
Have some fun with your corn side dish this holiday season with this air fryer corn rib recipe
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 1 Air Fryer


  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1/2 cup olive oil plus more, as needed
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt plus more as needed, to taste
  • 2 tsp black pepper freshly cracked
  • 1/4 cup basil torn


  • Peel the corn. One at a time, cut each cob in half length-wise and then cut each half in half again so you have 4 corn "ribs."
    Ribs cut lengthwise
  • Combine spices, salt and pepper and oil in a medium bowl. Mix well.
    Oil and spice mix for the ribs
  • Brush each corn rib evenly with the mixture. Finish with a pinch of salt and more black pepper.
    Coated ribs
  • Preheat an Air Fryer to 400F. Lay corn ribs in a single layer in the Air Fryer tray. Set the timer for 15 minutes and flip halfway through. Cook until desired doneness has been reached (I like a bit more char so I tend to cook them longer).
    Corn ribs after the air fryer
  • Arrange on a platter and serve topped with parmesan and torn basil.
    Cacio e Pepe Corn ribs are the fun side dish that your holiday table needs
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