Air frying is good for so much more than protein and veggies! If you have an air fryer oven, you can make this jalapeno cheddar air fryer corn bread. This easy cornbread recipe is packed with whole grains, has no added sugar, and is perfect for a family of four. You’ll love the possibilities that open up when you start air frying baked goods.
In my air fryer chicken legs recipe, I promised that an air fryer cornbread recipe would be coming up soon. Well, that day is here!
Using the air fryer for baked goods is perfect for summertime cooking. You can bake to your heart’s content without heating up the house with the oven.
Corn bread is great with so many summer dishes. Grilled burgers, barbecue chicken, ribs, and more are even better IMVHO with some corn bread as a side dish.
If you enjoy cornbread with a little heat from jalapenos, a lovely crumbly texture, and just a hint of cheese flavor, you’ll like this. I can’t believe I’ve been baking corn bread in the oven. Instead, I could have been making this easy air fried corn bread!
I love it spread with just a little softened butter. YUM!
Why my jalapeno-cheddar air fryer corn bread is the best
A few weeks ago, I made a jalapeno-cheddar corn bread recipe created by a famous chef. Sticks of butter and tons of white sugar were involved. Unfortunately, despite all of the indulgences, I wasn’t overly impressed with the recipe.
First of all, I thought the table sugar was out of place in a savory jalapeno-cheddar corn bread recipe. My air fryer corn bread has no added sugar, and I think it’s delicious without it.
Second, the chef’s corn bread recipe made a huge amount; 12 very generous servings. The bread along the outer edges had finished baking, but the pieces in the middle remained doughy. Disappointing!
My recipe makes a small loaf of corn bread that is the perfect size for a family of four. Because the loaf is small, it cooks evenly. You’ll get a perfectly crumbly (not doughy!) piece of cornbread, regardless of whether you cut from the ends or the middle.
Most baked good recipes make HUGE amounts of foods- often 8-12 servings. If you’re serving the baked good as a side dish, you’ll end up with tons of leftovers in the typical small family. Either that, or you’ll be like me, inclined to overeat all the extra bread simply because it is sitting around.
My spelt banana bread recipe serves one. You can’t eat an excessive amount of it unless you go to the trouble of making more. Corn bread is more often served as a dinner side; thus, this recipe makes just enough for a small family.
Air fryers, even large capacity air fryers, don’t tend to hold a lot of food. You don’t want the bread to rise above the pan, as it could stick to the top of the fryer. Air frying is a great way to make reasonably-sized baked goods.
Tips to make corn bread in the air fryer
There are a couple things to gather before you begin this recipe. Most importantly, you need a small pan that fits on the lower rack in your air fryer. (Note: put the pan on a rack, not the drip pan at the very bottom of the oven!)
Additionally, keep in mind that all air fryer ovens cook a little differently. Don’t be afraid to experiment and check your food often the first time you make an air fryer recipe. You may find that you need a slightly shorter or longer cooking time than I did.
I usually use whole grain spelt flour in recipes because I like how it tastes. Whole wheat flour is typically less expensive than spelt and can be substituted if desired. On the other hand, the coarse ground yellow cornmeal is a must for this recipe.
I always remove the seeds from the jalapeno when I make this recipe. However, if your family would prefer more heat, leave them in! You could also substitute jalapeno cheddar or pepper jack cheese for the cheddar cheese.
This cornbread is yours, so don’t be afraid to make it your own!
And now for the disclaimer…
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For more information on how the three recipe levels may help with a weight management goal, refer to this post. Let's get cooking!
Air Fryer Corn Bread (Jalapeno Cheddar Flavor!)
- 6 tablespoons milk, 2%
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed
- 6 tablespoons coarse-ground yellow cornmeal
- ½ cup spelt flour
- ½ tablespoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped (or keep seeds for more heat)
- 1 ounce shredded sharp cheddar (equals ¼ cup; substitute with pepper jack cheese for stronger flavor from the cheese)
- cooking oil spray of choice
- Mix the milk and lemon juice together. Set aside for 5 minutes while you work on other parts of the recipe.
- In a small bowl, mix the cornmeal, spelt flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a second small bowl, whisk the milk mixture, melted butter, and egg.
- Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix with a spoon. (Check out the recipe video!) Gently stir in the chopped jalapeno and cheese.
- Let the batter rest for 20 minutes at room temperature. This gives the cornmeal time to absorb the liquid.
- Mist an 8.5" x 4.5" metal loaf pan with the cooking spray. (The pan must fit into your air fryer oven- be sure to check!)
- Remove the upper rack from your air fryer oven but leave the lower rack and drip pan in place. After the batter has rested, put it in the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top. Put the loaf pan on the lower rack in your oven. It should not touch the top heating element.
- Bake at 375°F for 15-17 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread should come out clean (or with a few crumbs) when it is finished baking.
- To serve, let it cool a bit and cut into 8 small pieces. A serving size for this jalapeno-cheddar cornbread is 2 pieces. Enjoy!
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). If you’re new here, all my recipes with flour get the bump to level 3. Flour-based foods tend to not be very filling and are easy to eat to excess. It can be easy to overeat even whole grain baked goods with no added sugar (like I’m offering here). One strategy I use for baked goods is to bake (or air fry) only very small portions at a time. This air fryer corn bread recipe serves four. Small families with kids won’t have leftovers hanging around if this is used as a side dish. Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe.
I prefer to think about how a side dish fits into a meal as a whole. If you need ideas for this air fryer cornbread, how about serving it in place of crackers in my butcher block recipe?
You could also use this air fried bread as a side to any of my soups or salads. I think the Swiss chard sausage and bean soup would be perfect with a side of corn bread.
Have you ever tried making cornbread in an air fryer? How’d it turn out?
Let me know, and drop me a line if you try this air fryer corn bread recipe. I love to hear from you!