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Incredibly Easy Air Fryer Cornbread

Imagine cornbread muffins in just 15 minutes! These Air Fryer Cornbread Muffins are sure to please and oh-so-versatile as a snack or as a side. Savory with a hint of sweetness these pillowy-soft cornbread muffins in the air fryer as just a dream.

Making cornbread muffins in an air fryer is a quick and easy way to sink your teeth into pure comfort food in a jiff. We love to eat these air fryer cornbread muffins alongside a number of dishes like chili or stew and even soup like this Olive Garden Minestrone Soup copycat. These cornbread muffins do a great job of soaking up all the goodness in your bowl.

Plate of mini Air Fryer cornbread muffins.

This fun side dish isn't just good for dipping, it's really tasty with a pat of butter on top too.

Muffins are the perfect small portion to enjoy so you don't overindulge but still get to enjoy the best cornbread.

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Why You’ll Love These Air Fryer Cornbread Muffins

  • Corn bread in air fryer quick and easy-to-prepare
  • Air Fryer corn muffins are so versatile - change up the add ins as you like
  • Perfect as a side or on their own
  • Great to freeze and pull out as you need them
  • No need to preheat the kitchen oven
  • So much tastier than jiffy cornbread mix
Ingredients to make cornbread muffin.

Air Fryer Cornbread Recipe Ingredients 

Get all the info on these pantry staple ingredients including quantities and instructions in the recipe card below.

  • milk
  • cornmeal
  • all-purpose flour
  • salted melted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • large eggs

Helpful Tools To Make Yummy Cornbread

Large Mixing Bowl

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Measuring Cups and Spoons

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Silicone Muffin Cups

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Ice Cream Scooper

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Air Fryer (this Cosori Air Fryer is highly rated!)

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How To Make The Best Air Fryer Cornbread

  1. In your mixing bowl, mix all of the dry and wet ingredients together.
  2. Use the ice cream scoop and scoop your cornbread mixture into the silicone muffin molds so they're ¾ of the way full.
  3. Place your muffins in the Air Fryer in a single layer, work in batches if necessary, and air fry at 330°F for 10 minutes or until they have nice golden brown tops.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until each small batch of muffins is cooked.
Cornbread muffins in molds in Air Fryer basket.

What Is Cornbread?

Cornbread is a quick bread recipe made with cornmeal. It's associated with the cuisine of the Southern United States, with origins in Native American cuisine. It is an example of batter bread.

Make a Mason Jar Air Fryer Cornbread Mix Gift

This Air Fryer Cornbread Muffin recipe also makes the best homemade cornbread mix! Place just the dry ingredients in a mason jar for the perfect housewarming gift.

Or bring along when you are invited to friends for dinner. Wrap a bow around the jar and include a made with love label with instructions. Make sure to mention the dry mix will last up to a year at room temperature.

Here are some other dry mix ideas for easy-to-make homemade gifts. These are great for teacher's gifts and work well as stocking stuffers.

Who wouldn't love to receive Grinch Cake Mix Cookies in a jar or Chocolate Cake Mix in a jar? We know we sure would!

Cornbread mix in a jar.

Air Fryer Cornbread Variations

Add a little heat-Add diced jalapenos, a dash of cayenne pepper or jalapeno pepper, or your favorite chili for a spicier muffin

Make them vegan - Use vegan butter, plant-based milk, and flax eggs to make it vegan

Go gluten-free - Substitute gluten-free flour in place of your all-purpose flour

Add some texture - Throw in dried cranberries, fresh corn or fresh crumbled bacon for some real crunch texture.

For a richer taste - Use buttermilk or yogurt to bring out a unique rich cornbread flavor.

Throw in some color - Add green onions or chives to the cornbread batter.

Cheese them up - Sprinkle cheddar cheese into the batter for some cheesy muffins.

Add some sweet- Drizzle your cornbread with maple syrup for sweeter bread.

Tips & Tricks

  • You can easily double the batter and freeze a batch or two of this cornbread.
  • Let the eggs come to room temperature before making your own cornbread batter.
  • Use a silicone muffin tray for an easy fit into the Air Fryer basket.
  • Cooking time will vary based on the size of your Air Fryer and it's make and model. Exact time may vary, consult your owner's manual and check on the cornbread muffins as they cook.
  • For even easier clean up, line the bottom of the Air Fryer basket with parchment paper.
Angled shot of muffin cornbread mix in a jar.

Can You Use This Cornbread Mix For Other Cornbread?

This cornbread mix can make cornbread in any form really. Cornbread is the perfect side dish, but sometimes you want something other than muffins. Here are some other ideas:

  • Cornbread in a bundt cake
  • Cornbread stuffing
  • Make your cornbread in a cast iron skillet
  • Make cornbread loafs, cakes, squares, etc.

Can You Freeze Cornbread?

Yes, these cornbread muffins freeze very well and will keep in the freezer for a few months in an airtight container. You may want to wrap your leftover cornbread in parchment paper and then place in your mason jar or other container.

You can also freeze your dry ingredients in a freezer-safe mason jar and place in the freezer. You can add the wet ingredients later when you're ready to make these delicious muffins.

Hand holding cornbread muffin with a bite taken out.

How Do I Store Leftover Muffins?

To keep your Air Fryer cornbread bites nice and fresh, the best way to store them is in the fridge.

Can I Use A Regular Muffin Tray In The Air Fryer?

Yes, anything that is oven safe can be used in the Air Fryer just be sure it is the right size.

Check out this adorable muffin pan for the Air Fryer:

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Can I Use Brown Sugar Instead Of Granulated Sugar?

Yes, brown sugar can be substituted on a one-to-one basis. If you're looking for a slightly sweeter muffin, this is a great option to add into your cornbread batter.

Can I Use Unsalted Butter?

Yes, if you're short on salted butter, you can use unsalted butter. But then add ½ teaspoon more of salt to the cornbread batter.

Can I Use Masa Harina Instead Of Cornmeal?

Yes, you can use masa harina, however the taste may be slightly different.

Can You Use Paper Muffin Cups In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can use paper muffin cups in the air fryer. We like the silicone molds that we've shared as they're easier to peel off, make for less clean up and are reusable.

How Do You Reheat Cornbread?

To reheat your cornbread in an Air Fryer, start by preheating the fryer to 320°F. Place your cornbread muffins in the basket and warm them back up in the fryer for 3 to 4 minutes, or just until warmed through.

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Closeup of cornbread muffins made in the Air Fryer.

Incredibly Easy Air Fryer Cornbread

Air Fryer Cornbread is incredibly delicious and super easy to make. Make the best cornbread muffins, loaf or bites with this homemade cornbread mix.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Cornbread
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Mason Jar Recipe


  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour all-purpose
  • 8 Tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs


  • In your mixing bowl, mix all of the dry and wet ingredients together.
  • Use the ice cream scoop and scoop your cornbread mixture into the silicone muffin molds so they're ¾ of the way full.
  • Place your muffins in the Air Fryer in a single layer, work in batches if necessary, and air fry at 330°F for 10 minutes or until they have nice golden brown tops.
  • Repeat steps 2-3 until each small batch of muffins is cooked.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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