Corn Chowder

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This summer Corn Chowder is the absolute BEST! Made with fresh, juicy sweet corn, hearty potatoes, colorful bell peppers for added sweetness, is loaded with flavors! This creamy, delicious Corn Chowder is quick and easy to make, tastes as if it is simmered for hours and only gets better.

If you love corn, this corn chowder recipe is sure to become your new favorite. This soup is hard to resist and can be enjoyed all year long!

 

Panera's summer corn chowder

 

CORN CHOWDER

Corn chowder is a thick and creamy soup, made with all the goodness of fresh juicy corn, hearty potatoes, colorful bell peppers, onions, milk or cream, and butter. Love how well the flavors come together in a bowl. Flavorful and easy to make is one of my family’s favorite chowder recipe.

I like fresh and least processed ingredients. I believe the quality of ingredients does make a difference, the food tastes great and is healthy too.

The key ingredient, or I must say star of this recipe is corn. Fresh or frozen corn, both work fine in this recipe. I love to use fresh corn when in season. Along with some fresh corn, I use some russet or baking potatoes to add some starch and creaminess to the soup. Colorful bell peppers, some red, orange, yellow for some added flavor and color.

To add some kick to this chowder, I have used one whole jalapeno. I think jalapeno adds a nice lift to this soup. Feel free to adjust it according to your taste. Some onions, fresh garlic, for spices I like some smoked paprika and a touch of cayenne pepper.

I have used vegetable broth for this recipe, as I would like to keep it vegetarian. You can use water or chicken broth, works just fine. For the richness in the soup you can use heavy cream, half and half or milk, works absolutely great. Higher the fat content, the creamier the soup will be.

Pepper jack or cheddar cheese adds a nice flavor to the soup. I am using pepper jack cheese. 

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INGREDIENTS FOR CORN CHOWDER

4 cups (16 oz.) fresh or frozen corn kernels

2 large russet potatoes, cubed

2 cups mixed bell peppers, diced; (red, yellow, orange)

1 jalapeno pepper, chopped; deseed for less spicy

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped

1 medium Roma tomato, chopped

3 cups broth or water

1/2-3/4 cup heavy cream or half-n-half or milk

4 oz. pepper jack cheese, grated; add more if you prefer

1/2 tablespoon white vinegar

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, adjust to taste

salt & pepper, to taste

Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped

Freshly squeezed lemon juice, adjust to taste

FOR CORNSTARCH SLURRY

2 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoon water; as needed

Pic Shown: Corn Chowder

 

Panera summer corn chowder

 

DIRECTIONS FOR CORN CHOWDER

I absolutely love one pot meals, all in just one pot, from start to finish. Summer time is perfect to enjoy outdoors. I always look for some quick one-pot dish, that are easy to make and can feed an army. Seriously, who likes to sit in the kitchen in this scorching heat.

I love to cook in Instant Pot, it’s so convenient. The best part is it requires zero monitoring, just set it and forget it. How cool it is? Here’s how I make corn chowder in Instant Pot. 

INSTANT POT CORN CHOWDER

Turn ON sauté (normal), when it displays “HOT”, add butter. Once the butter is melted, add onions, garlic, jalapeno, bell peppers, sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Add corn, potatoes, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika. Add broth or water, mix well. Turn OFF sauté.

Turn ON pressure cook (high), for 5 minutes. Followed by 10 minutes of natural pressure release.

Open the Instant Pot lid, blend 1/3 of the soup to a smooth puree, leaving 2/3 of the soup chunky.

Note: Blend soup to a desired consistency.

Puree soup in batches, do not fill the blender jar more than 1/3. Keep the lid of the blender slightly open to let the hot air escape while blending, to avoid any accidents.

Use a kitchen towel to cover the lid to avoid any splashes. You can also use immersion blender to puree the soup.

Return the mixture to the pot. Turn on sauté mode (normal). Add tomatoes, cream or milk, bring it to a gentle boil.

Add vinegar, corn starch slurry, mix well. Simmer the soup for 3-5 minutes or until desired consistency. Turn OFF sauté. Stir in cheese.

Note: The soup will thicken as it cools down.

Add fresh cilantro, lemon juice, and salt & pepper to taste.

Serve some summer corn chowder in some Homemade Bread Bowls for a café style dinning. Enjoy!!

Pic Shown: Instant Pot Corn Chowder

 

Panera's summer corn chowder

 

STOVE TOP CORN CHOWDER

In a large, heavy bottomed pot, melt butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add onions, garlic, jalapeno, bell peppers, sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Add corn, potatoes, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika. Stir in vegetable broth or water, mix well. Bring the soup to a boil, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes have softened.

Blend 1/3 of the soup to a smooth puree, leaving 2/3 of the soup chunky.

Note: Blend soup to a desired consistency.

Return the mixture to the pot. Add tomatoes, cream or milk, bring it to a gentle boil.

Add vinegar, corn starch slurry, mix well. Simmer the soup for 3-5 minutes or until desired consistency. Turn OFF heat. Stir in cheese.

Note: The soup will thicken as it cools down.

Add fresh cilantro, lemon juice, and salt & pepper to taste.

Serve some summer corn chowder in some Homemade Bread Bowls for a café style dinning. Enjoy!!

Pic Shown: Corn Chowder

 

Panera's summer corn chowder

 

TIPS FOR BEST CORN CHOWDER

Fresh or frozen corn can be used in this recipe. Use fresh corn, when in season. 

Use russet potatoes, as they are naturally starchy and give best results. They release their starches, as they get cooked, making the chowder naturally thick and creamy.

I like combination of bell pepper (red, orange, yellow) for added flavor and color. Feel free to use peppers of your choice.

Jalapeno pepper adds a nice hint of spiciness to the chowder, adjust to your taste.

Pepper jack or sharp cheddar cheese adds a depth of flavor to this soup. If using cheddar, use extra sharp cheddar cheese for strong flavor. Choose to grate your own cheese verses store bought pre-grated cheese, for best results. Add cheese only after the soup is completely off the heat. The heat from the liquid is sufficient to melt the cheese. If cheese is boiled, it might start to separate, leaving a undesirable texture and looks.

To balance the sodium level in the chowder and to keep it vegetarian, I prefer low-sodium vegetable stock. Vegetable or chicken broth, either one works fine. 

You can use heavy cream, half and half or milk, works absolutely great. Higher the fat content, the creamier the chowder will be.

Blend 1/3 of the soup to a smooth puree, leaving 2/3 of the soup chunky. I blend some chowder and used some corn starch to thicken it. Please refer to the post later -“How To Thicken The Soup Naturally”.

Garlic adds lots of flavors to this chowder, I like fresh garlic in this chowder. Try not to skip on fresh garlic, it does give this chowder a nice flavor.

White or yellow onions works best in this recipe, as they are mild in flavor.

Vinegar helps balance the flavors of the chowder. I use white vinegar for this recipe, rice vinegar would work just fine.

You can use spices as per taste, I find just a hint of smoked paprika and a bit of cayenne pepper, does the job.

Lemon or lime juice works fine, it brings out the freshness in the chowder.

You can use fresh cilantro, chives, green onions to garnish.

Pic Shown: Corn Chowder served in Homemade Bread Bowls

 

Panera summer corn chowder

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT TYPE OF POTATOES TO USE

For best results, use Russet or baking potatoes. They release their starches, as they get cooked, making the chowder naturally thick and creamy.

HOW TO NATURALLY THICKEN THE SOUP

There are many ways to thicken the soup naturally without using any flour or cornstarch. Here are some of the ways that I find very convenient using these basic pantry ingredients.

USE POTATO FLAKES

Potatoes are naturally gluten-free and are high in natural starch. Adding potato flakes, helps thicken the soup without actually using any flour or cornstarch, keeping the soup gluten-free.

Add around 1/3 cup of potato flakes along with all the ingredients and pressure cook. The starch from the potato flakes, acts as a thickening agent. This is by far the easiest and the simplest way of making a gluten-free soup.

You can use some mashed potatoes to thicken the soup as well.

ADD COOKED RICE

Got some leftover white rice, add it to the pot at the time of pressure cooking. The starch from the rice acts as a thickening agent, adding thickness and creaminess to the soup, and keeping it gluten-free.

ADD MAIZE FLOUR [Makka Ka Atta]

Maize flour [yellow corn meal], can be used to thicken soups and chowder. The same way you use cornstarch slurry. Simply mix equal parts of maize flour and water, and make a slurry. Add it to the soup or chowder, bring it to gentle boil.

BLEND SOUP

You don’t need any thickening agent, simply blend the soup to the desired consistency. Potatoes add thickness and creaminess to the soup.

HOW TO SERVE CORN CHOWDER

I like to serve this chowder piping hot, top it with some extra cheese and some freshly crushed black pepper. You can serve it in a classic way, with some crusty bread or with some crackers like my kids love it. Or serve it in a Homemade Bread Bowls for a café style dining experience and impress your loved ones.

HOW TO STORE CORN CHOWDER

The chowder stays good for 3-4 days in refrigerator. Reheat well in a microwave or on a low heat on a stove top.

DOES CORN CHOWDER FREEZE WELL

If planning on freezing corn chowder, do not add any cream or cheese to it.

Note: Dairy products (cream, cheese) do not tend to freeze well, at times it turns grainy or losses its texture.

Cool corn chowder at room temperature. Divide it into freezer safe containers and store into freezer for up to a month. Thaw the chowder overnight in the refrigerator. Heat it through, turn OFF heat. Add cream and cheese and allow it to blend in well. Serve hot!!

Pic Shown: Corn Chowder

 

Panera summer corn chowder

 

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Corn Chowder

Made with fresh, juicy sweet corn, hearty potatoes, colorful bell peppers for added sweetness, is loaded with flavors! This creamy, delicious Corn Chowder is quick and easy to make, tastes as if it is simmered for hours and only gets better.
Course Main Dish/Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword corn chowder, corn chowder in homemade bread bowl, instant pot corn chowder, summer corn chowder, vegetarian corn chowder
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR CORN CHOWDER

  • 4 cups 16 oz. fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups mixed bell peppers, diced; (red, yellow, orange)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped; deseed for less spicy
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 medium Roma tomato, chopped
  • 3 cups broth or water
  • 1/2-3/4 cup heavy cream or half-n-half or milk
  • 4 oz. pepper jack cheese, grated; add more if you prefer
  • 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, adjust to taste
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice, adjust to taste

FOR CORNSTARCH SLURRY

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoon water; as needed

Instructions

INSTANT POT CORN CHOWDER

  • Turn ON sauté (normal), when it displays “HOT”, add butter. Once the butter is melted, add onions, garlic, jalapeno, bell peppers, sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add corn, potatoes, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika. Add broth or water, mix well. Turn OFF sauté.
  • Turn ON pressure cook (high), for 5 minutes. Followed by 10 minutes of natural pressure release.
  • Open the Instant Pot lid, blend 1/3 of the soup to a smooth puree, leaving 2/3 of the soup chunky.
    Note: Blend soup to a desired consistency.
  • Return the mixture to the pot. Turn on sauté mode (normal). Add tomatoes, cream or milk, bring it to a gentle boil.
  • Add vinegar, corn starch slurry, mix well. Simmer the soup for 3-5 minutes or until desired consistency. Turn OFF sauté. Stir in cheese.
    Note: The soup will thicken as it cools down.
  • Add fresh cilantro, lemon juice, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve some summer corn chowder in some Homemade Bread Bowls for a café style dinning. Enjoy!!

STOVE TOP CORN CHOWDER

  • In a large, heavy bottomed pot, melt butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add onions, garlic, jalapeno, bell peppers, sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add corn, potatoes, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika. Stir in vegetable broth or water, mix well. Bring the soup to a boil, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes have softened.
  • Blend 1/3 of the soup to a smooth puree, leaving 2/3 of the soup chunky.
    Note: Blend soup to a desired consistency.
  • Return the mixture to the pot. Add tomatoes, cream or milk, bring it to a gentle boil.
  • Add vinegar, corn starch slurry, mix well. Simmer the soup for 3-5 minutes or until desired consistency. Turn OFF heat. Stir in cheese.
    Note: The soup will thicken as it cools down.
  • Add fresh cilantro, lemon juice, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve some summer corn chowder in some Homemade Bread Bowls for a café style dinning. Enjoy!!

Notes

  1. Puree soup in batches, do not fill the blender jar more than 1/3. Keep the lid of the blender slightly open to let the hot air escape while blending, to avoid any accidents. Use a kitchen towel to cover the lid to avoid any splashes. You can also use immersion blender to puree the soup.
  2. Please refer to the post for the following
    • Tips For Best Corn Chowder
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • How To Naturally Thicken The Soup

 

 

Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Sara

    5 stars
    OMG!! This corn chowder is soooooo good! My hubby said it’s even better than the restaurant. Can’t wait to make some more! Thank you 🙏

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thanks for trying.

  2. Helen

    5 stars
    Thank you!!! Best recipe everrr!!!I was looking for a panera style corn chowder recipe and found yours. It was a hit with my family. I would definitely recommend your recipe! 👍🏼

  3. Kristina

    5 stars
    Made this for my family and it was perfect. It was my 3rd time using my instapot duo and the instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Would make for a larger group as well!

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      Awesome! I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing your feedback!

  4. Angelina

    Hi can I put frozen corn into the IP?

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      Hi, You can use frozen corn for this recipe, works just fine. Thanks!

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