Homemade Air Fryer Cornbread is so simple to make, and you’ll be enjoying it in under 30 minutes. This southern comfort food is a delicious side dish to go with any meal.

a slice of air fryer cornbread topped with honey and butter on a white counter


Air Fryer Cornbread that is savory, sweet, and tender with a little bit of crunch on the outside? And it’s baked in the air fryer in 20 minutes? Yes Please!

When I first started cooking with my air fryer, I never imagined some of the recipes I’d be making with it, and I certainly didn’t think I’d be baking breads in the air fryer. I’ve come to learn that I can cook almost anything with my favorite appliance. Baking in the air fryer is convenient, saves time, and saves energy.

You can bake all kinds of things in the air fryer, like Air Fryer Donuts, or Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies.

This air fryer cornbread recipe is written as gluten free! I don’t eat gluten, so all of my recipes either are gluten free or can be easily adapted to be. You can make gluten free cornbread, or use standard all purpose flour if you prefer.

ingredients for cornbread in the air fryer each in separate bowls on a countertop


Gluten Free All Purpose Flour – You want a GF flour that has Xanthan Gum added to the mix. I like Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 in the blue bag. If you aren’t needing this recipe to be gluten free, you can use regular all-purpose flour.

Gluten Free Cornmeal – Yellow cornmeal is perfect for this recipe. Most cornmeal should be gluten free, but check the labels to be sure.

Baking Powder – Corn bread is a quick bread, so instead of yeast we are using leaveners to give it rise.

Baking Soda – the combination of baking powder and baking soda gives our bread the perfect fluffy, tender texture.

Salt – Just a bit of salt brings out all of the flavors.

Egg– One large egg holds the dough together.

Granulated Sugar – This recipe is a little bit sweet, but not overly sweet.

Buttermilk – I love the tang that buttermilk adds, but any dairy or non-dairy milk can be used in its place.

Melted Butter – This adds moisture and deliciousness to the cornbread.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP!

photo collage showing 8 steps needed to make air fryer cornbread


  1. In a large bowl, combine gluten-free flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Whisk together until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and egg until smooth.
  4. Add buttermilk and melted butter to the sugar mixture. Mix until combined.
  5. Pour wet ingredient into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into a prepared baking pan.
  7. Place the baking pan in the air fryer basket. Cook as directed in the recipe card below, until a skewer inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean.
  8. Carefully remove from the air fryer. Slice and serve warm with honey and butter.
a round metal pan of cornbread inside of a square cosori air fryer basket


Cornbread is traditionally served with soups, stews, or chili. Try this Tofu Chili, or this Four Bean Instant Pot Chili. Vegan Pumpkin Soup would also be delicious with a side of cornbread!

You can enjoy cornbread with any of your favorite meals. Try it on the side with Air Fryer Catfish or Air Fryer Fried Chicken.

Consider using this cornbread as a recipe ingredient, and whipping up some cornbread stuffing.


Cornmeal comes in a few different varieties. For this recipe I choose to use a yellow cornmeal, because I like the color that it gives the finished bread. White cornmeal could be used instead if you prefer. Avoid using premixed cornbread mix for this recipe, or corn flour (masa) that is used to make tamales.


Absolutely! Reheat any leftovers in a 325°F air fryer for 2-4 minutes. It will taste like you just made it fresh.


You can use any oven-safe bakeware that fits inside of your air fryer basket. For this recipe I’m using a simple round 6 inch cake pan. I also really like this air fryer pot, it works for baking cakes and for other recipes that might fall through the cracks of the air fryer basket. Plus, it has a handle for easy removal.

wedges of cornbread on a white platter. One slice has a pat of butter on it and is being drizzled with honey using a honey dipper


Want to try more sweet baked recipes in your air fryer? You have to make Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies and Air Fryer Monkey Bread.

Looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe? Air Fryer Chicken Tenders (unbreaded) are healthy and delicious, and Air Fryer Meatloaf is a total crowd pleaser.

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Air Fryer Cornbread

Homemade Air Fryer Cornbread is so simple to make, and you'll be enjoying it in under 30 minutes. This southern comfort food is a delicious side dish to go with any meal.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time22 minutes
Total Time32 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 233kcal



  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour or All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Cornmeal gluten-free
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Butter melted


  • Lightly brush a 6-inch round cake pan with butter and set aside.
  • Mix gluten-free flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together egg and granulated sugar until smooth.
  • Add buttermilk and melted butter to the sugar mixture. Mix until combined.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.
  • Place the baking pan in the air fryer. Cook at 330F Bake for 20-22 minutes, until the cornbread is cooked through and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Carefully remove from the cake pan onto a cutting board. Slice in 6 pieces.
  • Top with butter and honey and serve warm.



  • If your gluten-free flour blend does not already contain xanthan gum, add ¼ teaspoon to this recipe. I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour (blue bag) that already contains xanthan gum for this recipe.
  • If you do not have buttermilk, you can combine ½ cup of whole milk with a teaspoon of vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • If you would like to make this recipe dairy-free, you can use an unsweetened non-dairy milk of your choosing and dairy-free butter.


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 309IU | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I love that this recipe is gluten free and made from scratch instead of a box. I’ll be making it ASAP!

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