This Is How to Make Corn Ribs, the Viral Recipe from TikTok

This recipe for corn ribs will change the way you think about corn on the cob—and ribs!

By now, you should all be whipping your coffee, making crispy potatoes for breakfast and baking light and fluffy cloud bread. (Thank you, TikTok.)

The latest viral recipe to catch our attention is for corn ribs. Corn what? Yes, corn ribs—and when you see what it’s all about, it will make perfect sense.

How to Make Corn Ribs

It’s a good idea to start with a decent number of corn ears because each one is only going to make four corn ribs. After husking the ear of corn and removing the silk, you cut the ear into quarters—those are ribs.

Then brush them with sauce made from olive oil, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika and two peppers. This recipe comes courtesy of TikTok user @spicednice, who shares the full recipe with exact proportions.

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You can then either bake the corn ribs or air fry for 10 minutes. Either way, they should come out tender and golden. If you’ve ever had elote, or Mexican street corn, these corn ribs have a similar vibe. Feel free to take them further in that direction by sprinkling with cilantro and cotija cheese! Also, check out this recipe for Mexican street corn nachos that went viral on TikTok.

What to Eat Them With

The dipping—or drizzling—sauce is optional, but that’s what takes these corn ribs to the next level. You mix mayonnaise, chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and a squeeze of lime juice for a bright, creamy sauce that’s just the right amount of spicy and smoky. Here’s everything you need to know about TikTok’s viral pink sauce.

Sure, corn ribs would make a great side dish, but they can also be the main event—especially if you want to keep your meal meat-free. Think accompaniments like hearty vegetarian chili, cheesy quesadillas, or casserole-inspired chiles rellenos.

Krista Garcia
Writer, blogger, content creator. I specialize in food and travel, plus digital commerce and the retail industry. Based in Portland, Oregon after a very long time spent in NYC.