Corn Chowder

by Erin @ Food Doodles on June 20, 2021

This corn chowder is creamy and hearty with the fantastic flavors of summer. It’s made with fresh summer corn, sweet onions, tender potatoes, fresh thyme and bits of crispy bacon. It’s hard to resist this fabulous soup, and you can have this summer chowder all year long. It’s great for a quick lunch or dinner and it can easily be made dairy-free.

Summer means we’re getting the best produce of the year, and corn on the cob is abundant so take advantage of the season with this corn chowder.

There’s nothing fancy here, just simple ingredients that blend into an amazing chowder.

spoon next to corn chowder in bowl

 

Basic Ingredients:

  • Uncooked chopped bacon
  • Chopped sweet onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Fresh thyme
  • Cornstarch
  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • Chicken stock
  • Fresh corn kernels
  • Bay leaf
  • Heavy cream or coconut cream for dairy-free
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

It takes 5 minutes to prep and only 30 minutes to cook. It serves 6, but you can always double it if you’re having a dinner party.

ingredients for corn chowder

How to make chowder:

  1. First, prep all of your veggies. Cut the kernels off the cob, peel and chop the potatoes and onions, mince the garlic and thyme, and chop the uncooked bacon.
  2. In a stockpot, cook the bacon until it’s crispy. Then remove the bacon and set it on a paper towel to drain off the excess fat.
  3. Add the onion, stirring occasionally until it’s soft and translucent. Then add the garlic and thyme. Stir and cook for 1 minute until you can smell the garlic.
  4. Next, add the cornstarch and stir so that it coats the onions. Add the chopped potatoes with the chicken stock and turn the heat on high and bring to a boil.
  5. Cook until the potatoes are tender.
  6. Transfer soup to a blender and puree the soup until it’s smooth.
  7. Put the soup back in the pot and add the remaining chicken stock, along with fresh corn kernels and a bay leaf.
  8. Cook for an additional 10 minutes until the corn kernels are tender.
  9. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the heavy cream and butter.
  10. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with crisp bacon bits and green onion or cheese and serve!

You can store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

corn chowder step by step photos

Fresh corn kernels vs. Frozen corn kernels

The answer here is two-fold. If it’s summer the obvious answer is to use fresh corn off the cob. It’s fresh, it’s sweet and it’s the star of this chowder.

If you find yourself wanting a warm and cozy soup to cheer up the gray days of winter, by all means, use frozen corn kernels. It makes it easy and tastes great. If you use frozen corn, I recommend pureeing two cups of corn with heavy cream and then adding the rest of the whole kernels and the puree into the soup to cook.

Can I freeze corn chowder?

This soup is best with fresh ingredients and because of the heavy cream, I don’t recommend this as a freezer-friendly soup. But it is easy enough to make, so you shouldn’t have a hard time getting the ingredients together to make this hearty cozy chowder during busy weeks.

corn chowder in bowl with spoon

What is cornstarch?

Cornstarch is an essential pantry item that most people have even if they don’t know all the uses for it.

Primarily, cornstarch is used as a thickening agent. It helps thicken sauces, stews, puddingcustard or even drinks like this healthy eggnog!

It works better as a thickening agent than flour, and because it’s made of corn, it’s naturally gluten-free. It sometimes works as a substitute for flour in gravy and sauces, too.

To activate the cornstarch, it must be heated in liquids which is why it’s perfect for soups like chowder.

What is the purpose of the bay leaf?

Bay leaves infuse earthy notes and have slightly floral overtones that resemble oregano and thyme. It has an emboldened flavor that is great for enhancing stews, sauces, and soups.

They also add a hint of bitterness that keeps stews from being overly heavy.

If you ask an Italian why they add bay leaves to their sauces, they will tell you that it takes out the acidity.

We know that bay leaves aid in digestion and are effective in settling an upset stomach, so there just may be more to them than adding robust flavor.

No need to cut or chop the bay leaves, it doesn’t add anything to the flavor, so just add it straight into the pot.

Because bay leaves are coarse and hard to chew, it’s always recommended to take them out before serving.

The biggest health risk of bay leaves is choking. Maybe this is why you kiss the cook when you find a bay leaf in your bowl because you found it before trying to swallow?! 😉

overhead shot of corn chowder in bowl

What to serve with corn chowder?

  • This Overnight Sourdough Bread is nice and tangy and perfect served with this summer chowder.
  • This Chicken Leg Quarter Recipe makes an amazing dinner served with chowder. It’s super easy and really good!
  • If you like soups and salads, this Caesar Salad with lemon and roasted chickpeas would be terrific.
  • If you think this chowder is hearty enough for a summer dinner, try these Dinner Muffins. They’re yeast-free, whole wheat and stay soft and fluffy for days.

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bowl of corn chowder
Corn Chowder
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
 
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn chowder
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (225 grams) uncooked bacon chopped
  • 1 (150 grams) medium sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 large Yukon gold potatoes (300 grams total) peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups (946 ml) chicken stock divided
  • 3 cups (525 grams) fresh corn kernels
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy cream or coconut cream for dairy-free
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. First, prep all of your veggies. Cut the kernels off the cob, peel and chop the potatoes and onions, mince the garlic and thyme, and chop the uncooked bacon.

  2. In a stockpot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until it’s crispy. Then remove the bacon and set it on a paper towel to drain off the excess fat (but leave the bacon fat in the pan).

  3. Add the onion, stirring occasionally until it’s soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.

  4. Then add the garlic and thyme. Stir and cook for 1 minute until you can smell the garlic.

  5. Next, add the cornstarch and stir so that it coats the onions. Add the chopped potatoes with 2 cups of the chicken stock and turn the heat on high and bring to a boil.

  6. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.

  7. Transfer soup to a blender and puree the soup until it’s smooth.

  8. Pour the soup back in the stockpot and turn it to medium-high heat.

  9. Add the remaining two cups of chicken stock, along with the corn, and a bay leaf.

  10. Cook for an additional 10 minutes until the corn kernels are tender.

  11. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the heavy cream and butter.

  12. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with crisp bacon bits and green onion or cheese and serve! Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

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1 Adriana June 28, 2021 at 06:55

Corn chowder is always a great idea more when it has bacon!

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2 Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer June 27, 2021 at 21:44

Talk about such a perfect summer dish! I just picked up a bunch of fresh corn and this is on the menu tomorrow! I love that this is made with such simple ingredients! Thank you for sharing!

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3 Ksenia June 27, 2021 at 12:02

This soup is corn-season perfection! I can’t wait to make it once all the fresh local corn starts popping up.

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4 Hayley Dhanecha June 25, 2021 at 22:22

The combination of flavours you have used sound incredible! Sweetcorn is definitely one of my favourite vegetables so I have to make this!

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5 veenaazmanov June 24, 2021 at 19:28

Yummy combination and delicious Bowl for an awesome Dinner. Looks yum.

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6 Elle June 24, 2021 at 14:26

This looks so creamy and delicious! Such a great way to use summer corn while it’s in season! Thanks for the recipe!

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7 Linda June 24, 2021 at 07:01

Corn, sweet onion, bacon…ahh I can totally eat this corn chowder every day!

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8 Jere Cassidy June 24, 2021 at 00:19

Yes, fresh corn is at the farmer’s markets now so I am making your soup recipe. I don’t even care that the temperature is over 100 degrees. Still serving a hot bowl of soup.

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9 Liz June 23, 2021 at 21:46

This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy summer corn! I love soup any time of the year so this chowder is definitely a go-to recipe now!

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10 Heather June 23, 2021 at 20:30

I love that this sounds like a summer version of my favorite soup for fall, loaded potato soup! I’ll definitely be trying your recipe this season!

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11 GUNJAN C Dudani June 23, 2021 at 16:11

I love corn chowder. its so comforting all year round. I love the addition of bay leaf here.

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12 Allyssa June 23, 2021 at 14:01

Thanks a lot for sharing this corn chowder! It taste really good and very easy to make! Will have it again for sure!

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