Instant Pot Corn Chowder | Corn Chowder Recipe

Creamed Corn Chowder in a red soup bowl

Have you ever made Instant Pot Corn Chowder? It’s perfectly sweet and salty and pulled together beautifully with a creamy finish. Make it on your stove or in your Instant Pot!

Corn Chowder recipe

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What Makes This Instant Pot Corn Chowder So Great?

This isn’t just any ordinary Corn Chowder recipe, because that’s not how I do things. This Instant Pot Corn Chowder has bacon in it, which makes it twice as amazing as regular corn chowder.

If you’ve never had a really good Corn Chowder recipe, you’re missing out. This is a classic chowder recipe that’s smooth and creamy. It’s the kind of dish you’ll want to make extra of so you have leftovers. Add bacon to that, and you’ve made a dish everyone is sure to enjoy.

Why Should I Make Corn Chowder In The Instant Pot?

I love using pressure cookers for soup recipes. A lot of the flavor in soups comes from good, hearty broths. My problem is that I hate making a deep, rich broth first, and THEN making a soup out of it. It’s just too many steps and much too much planning for me.

Pressure cookers are great at infusing flavor into stocks quickly. When I make soup in my Instant Pot, I’m getting a two for one–I’m making a rich broth but also cooking the other ingredients for the soup at the same time.

I find that the same is true for vegetable broths and spices in that broth. Deep, rich flavor, no need to make the broth separately, and often, just a pour and cook recipe. It’s hard to argue with efficiency of that sort, isn’t it?

Now sometimes, just to get a double whack of flavor, I do use chicken stock or this chicken bouillion powder. I mean, I feel like the more flavor the merrier. So for this recipe, that is what I did.

How To Make Instant Pot Corn Chowder

  1. Place the chopped bacon (if using), onion, garlic, corn, potatoes, salt, pepper, thyme, and stock in the inner liner of the Instant Pot. 
  2. Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes. Allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 5 minutes, and then release all remaining pressure.
  3. Use an immersion blender to roughly puree about soup so that it gets thicker but you have solid chunks of potato and corn still visible.
  4. Add the nutmeg and cream and stir well before serving.

How Do You Make Corn Chowder From Scratch? Stovetop Instructions

  1. Sauté the onions and bacon (if you’re using).
  2. Add everything but the nutmeg and cream in, plus an additional cup of water and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and use an immersion blender to roughly puree about soup so that it gets thicker but you have solid chunks of potato and corn still visible.
  4. Add the cream and nutmeg and stir.

How Do You Thicken Corn Chowder?

In my recipes, I try to keep the ingredients as simple and natural as I can. So instead of using a thickening agent like many other Corn Chowder recipes, I simply use the ingredients that are already in it to thicken it.

How do I do that? It’s simple. Just use an immersion blender. You can either take half of the Corn Chowder out of the pot and puree the remaining half or you can use the immersion blender sparingly in the whole pot of chowder, making sure you leave plenty of chunks of corn and potato.

What Goes With This Corn Chowder Recipe?

If you’re looking for ideas to serve with your Corn Chowder recipe, here are a few of my favorite things to eat with it:

Can I Make This A Vegetarian Corn Chowder Recipe?

If you’re vegetarian or avoid pork, all you’ll need to do is leave out the bacon and substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth and you will still have something lovely.

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Whether you make this lovely Instant Pot Corn Chowder now or save it for later, you’re going to love it! It’s creamy and delicious, and not at all difficult to make. I can’t wait to hear how you like it.

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Creamed Corn Chowder

Instant Pot Corn Chowder | Corn Chowder Recipe

This Corn Chowder recipe is a delicious chowder recipe you can make easily in your Instant Pot or on the stove top. It’s rich and creamy!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Natural Pressure Release: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Course: Main Courses, Soups

Cuisine: American

Keyword: corn chowder recipe, instant pot corn chowder, instant pot corn chowder recipe

Servings: 4

Calories: 386kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chopped bacon (if using), onion, garlic, corn, potatoes, salt, pepper, thyme, and stock in the inner liner of the Instant Pot. 

  • Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes. Allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 5 minutes, and then release all remaining pressure.

  • Use an immersion blender to roughly puree about soup so that it gets thicker but you have solid chunks of potato and corn still visible.  

  • Add the nutmeg and cream and stir well before serving.

Stove Top Instructions

  • Sauté the onions and bacon (if you’re using).
  • Add everything but the nutmeg and cream in, plus an additional cup of water and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and use an immersion blender to roughly puree about soup so that it gets thicker but you have solid chunks of potato and corn still visible.

  • Add the cream and nutmeg and stir.

  • Make sure not to add the cream while it’s cooking, because it can get too hot and it will ruin the consistency of your soup.
  • If you’re wanting this to be vegetarian, use vegetable broth and omit the bacon.
  • Don’t overblend your soup, but rather leave some chunks for a good mouth-feel.

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Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g

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Originally Published October 8, 2018

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