Skip to Content
This post may contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission with each sale.

Easy Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Corn chowder is the ultimate summer soup! It’s light and creamy, and loaded with corn, red potatoes, bacon and fresh thyme. A great way to use up all that summer corn! Includes directions for making in an Instant Pot as well as on your stove top. Try my carrot ginger or butternut squash soups next.

Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Corn is my favorite vegetable. Period. I can eat it with every meal, in any form, forever. If someone handed me a menu of my day’s meals and it looked like this, I’d be in heaven:

  • Breakfast: Corn bread with eggs and bacon
  • Lunch: Mexican street corn with tacos
  • Snack: Popcorn
  • Appetizer: Corn chowder
  • Dinner: A big salad filled with fresh veggies and chicken, a side of corn on the cob
  • Dessert: Sweet corn ice cream (YES IT’S A THING)

Sure, it might be because I’m originally from Illinois and it’s in basically our blood. The Children of the Corn jokes practically write themselves.

corn

So if you’re like me and you buy an unreasonable amount of corn every time you go to the store at the beginning of the season because oh my god I love corn I’m so excited, or near the end of harvest season in your area because oh my god what if this is the last pick of the season… then this corn chowder is the perfect way to use up some of those sweet yellow logs.

Yes, I called them sweet yellow logs, don’t at me.

ingredients for corn chowder

Ingredients you need for corn chowder

Let’s start with the meat and veggies. There are the ones I like to use in my corn chowder, but you can also tweak the amounts to your liking. For example, if you’re vegetarian you can just leave out the bacon and use vegetable stock. 

  • Bacon
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Vegetable or chicken stock
  • CORN!
  • Red potatoes
  • Chives

I don’t use celery in mine, but I know a lot of people enjoy that, so feel free to add it if you’d like!

fresh thyme

Now let’s talk spices. 

  • Thyme – I love to use a lot of fresh thyme because I really love the flavor is lends to the soup to complement the corn. 
  • Ground white pepper – I personally like to use white pepper in lieu of ground pepper just so I can get the flavor without the black flecks. Totally a matter of personal preference.
  • Cayenne pepper – Gives it a little bit of heat and flavor.
  • Turmeric – I primarily add this to enhance the yellow color of the soup!
Bacon, onion and garlic being sauteed

The beauty of making this corn chowder in an Instant Pot (aff link) is that you can do it all in the Instant Pot. You don’t need to saute anything in a different pan, there’s no heating anything up on the stove – it’s all in the IP.

The only things you’ll do outside the Instant Pot itself is move the bacon to a paper towel lined plate, and mix cream and flour together in a measuring cup before adding it to the pot. I get the feeling you can handle it.

Making corn chowder in an Instant Pot

Another great thing about making this in an IP is that once you’ve doled out everyone’s servings, you can just plop the lid back on and hit the “Keep Warm” button – it will stay at the perfect temperature until people are ready for seconds.

One of the cats is always trolling the counters as soon as we sit down for dinner, so we always have to make sure we’ve got everything completely cleaned and put away before we can even enjoy our dinner – so being able to just hit a button and worry about it when we’re done is simply magical for us.

Instant Pot Corn Chowder

However, if you’d prefer to transfer it to a pretty soup tureen and have it on your table for people to help themselves without having to make another trip, you certainly can. 

You’ll just want to give it a quick stir before ladling it out as it may develop a slight film on top as it cools.

Instant Pot Corn Chowder

One of my favorite things about this corn chowder is that it’s so loaded with veggies, but isn’t heavy. Every bite is filled with tender potatoes, sweet corn, and mouth watering flavor, but you don’t feel like you need a nap when you’re done. That makes it the perfect light dinner for a summer evening when you don’t want to slave over the stove, but don’t want to sacrifice quality for that emergency pizza in the freezer.

I know you know what I’m talking about. That frozen pizza that you keep for the day you run out of food in the house and you’ve already had a few questionable meals with what you have lying around.

Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Speaking of frozen things, you can absolutely use frozen corn if you don’t have fresh corn around. You could make this in the dead of winter if you wanted to, and it will still be delicious. 

The only thing I’d really recommend not swapping out is fresh thyme for bottled dried thyme – it’s just not the same flavor, and I want you to get the full flavored experience.

Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Store the leftovers of this goodness in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, and reheat it in small batches throughout the week for:

  • lunches
  • the soup half of a soup and sandwich combo
  • quick and easy dinners (serve it with some focaccia bread on the side for a little extra sustenance)
Instant Pot Corn Chowder

After you’ve made this recipe, please leave a comment below with a rating – and if you came from Pinterest, add a photo to the Pin of what you make to the pin to share your experience!

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares icon
Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Easy Instant Pot Corn Chowder


  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x

Description

Corn chowder is the ultimate summer soup! It’s light and creamy, and loaded with corn, red potatoes, bacon and fresh thyme. A great way to use up all that summer corn! Includes directions for making in an Instant Pot as well as on your stove top.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 ounces vegetable or chicken stock
  • 20 ounces corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 4 medium red potatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour or corn starch
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives. for garnish

Instructions

Instant Pot instructions:

  1. Turn on your Instant Pot (aff link) and press the “Sauté” button.
  2. Once warmed up, add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally until browned and crispy. Carefully remove from pot and transfer to a paper towel lined plate – but leave the bacon grease in the pot!
  3. Add onion and garlic and stir frequently for 3-4 minutes, or until onions have softened and garlic is fragrant (but not burned).
  4. Add the bacon back into the pot along with the stock, corn, potatoes, thyme, white pepper, cayenne and turmeric. Stir to combine, make sure the valve is sealed, and then change the setting to “Pressure Cook” and set the timer for 10 minutes.
  5. When it’s done cooking, use an oven mitt or towel to carefully move the valve to the “Vent” setting and let it release all the pressure that’s built up. It will be a loud whistling sound, and may take a few minutes before it stops.
  6.  While it’s venting, combine heavy cream and flour in a measuring cup or small bowl and whisk to combine.
    Note: You want to add the flour (or corn starch) in the cold cream before adding to the pot because if you add it to the hot soup, it will just clump.
  7. Change the setting back to “Sauté” and bring to a boil. Pour the heavy cream mixture in the pot and stir to combine. Let cook for 5 minutes to thicken a little, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve immediately, and garnish with fresh chives. Enjoy!

Stove Top instructions:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook bacon until browned and crispy. Carefully remove and transfer to a paper towel lined plate – but leave the bacon grease in the pan!
  2. Add onion and garlic and stir frequently for 3-4 minutes, or until onions have softened and garlic is fragrant (but not burned).
  3. Add the bacon back into the pot along with the stock, corn, potatoes, thyme, white pepper, cayenne and turmeric and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine heavy cream and flour and whisk to combine.
    Note: You want to add the flour (or corn starch) in the cold cream before adding to the pot because if you add it to the hot soup, it may just clump.
  5. Pour the heavy cream mixture in the pot and stir to combine. Let cook for 5-10 minutes to thicken a little, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve immediately, and garnish with fresh chives. Enjoy!
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot

Keywords: corn chowder, corn chowder soup, summer soup, corn soup, instant pot corn chowder, instant pot soup, easy corn chowder

Recipe Card powered byTasty Recipes

Neapolitan Crunch Ice Cream Cake
← Previous
Summer Vegetable Spaghetti
Next →
Let us know what you think!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Karly

Sunday 4th of August 2019

Yum! This soup looks so delicious!

Leslie Kiszka

Friday 9th of August 2019

Thank you - I really love it!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.