Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Instant Pot Corn Chowder

When it comes to fresh produce, we have the good fortune of living in Florida. We typically start getting copious amounts of fruits and veggies earlier in the season. And we still get them later than their seasons last in other places. There is a trade of for that though… We pretty much have 6 months of summer. Some people love it. I am not one of those people. But the silver lining is corn! It’s currently April, and we already have decently-priced and very sweet corn. I’m not sure why I’ve never made an Instant Pot corn chowder before now, but this one’s a keeper for sure.

 

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Two bowls of corn chowder with Instant Pot in background.

 

The Process

Corn cobs on cutting board with kernels removed.

Using a large knife, cut off kernels from corn cobs. Do not throw the cobs away. There’s a TON of flavor in there and we’re going to cook them, so just set aside for now. (I know the recipe calls for 6 ears, but the picture shows 8. These are not full ears, they’ve been trimmed. So 8-3/4 ears equals 6 full ears.)

 

Corn kernels in large mixing bowl.

I recommend cutting the kernels directly into a mixing bowl. That way you don’t need to transfer them.

 

Uncooked bacon pieces in pot.

Using sauté setting – add bacon to pot…

 

Bacon pieces cooking in pot.

…and cook until crispy (about 7 minutes).

 

Diced onions, red peppers, carrots, and celery in pot.

Add onions, bell peppers, carrots, and celery to pot and cook for about 3 minutes (stirring frequently), until carrots begin to soften.

Sautéed bacon and aromatics in pot, topped with garlic, thyme, and bay leaves.

Then add garlic, thyme, bay leaves, and vinegar.

 

Cooked bacon pieces and aromatics with apple cider vinegar.

Cook for about 1 minute, mixing constantly until, until vinegar has mostly evaporated.

 

Chicken broth in pot with aromatics.

Add chicken broth and salt to pot…

 

Red potatoes in chicken broth.

…along with potatoes…

 

Corn cobs on to of potatoes in broth.

…corn cobs…

 

Kernels of corn on top of other chowder ingredients.

…corn kernels…

 

Red pepper flakes sprinkled over chowder in pot.

…and red pepper flakes. Mix well, lock lid, and cook for 4 minutes at high pressure.

 

Cooked chowder in pot with corn cobs.

Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure.

 

Cooked chowder in pot.

Remove corn cobs, thyme sprigs, and bay leaves.

 

Poring cream into chowder.

Finally, add cream…

 

Finished corn chowder in pot with ladle.

and mix well. And you’re all set! Good luck not eating multiple bowls in one sitting.

 

And the AMAZING Result…

Perfect Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Two bowls of corn chowder on wood palette with blue napkin.

 

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Close up of corn chowder in white bowl with spoon.

Instant Pot Corn Chowder

This chowder is a full meal in a bowl and packed with flavor on all levels. It's rich, savory, slightly spicy, and a tad sweet,
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: corn chowder
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 303kcal
Author: Gary White

Ingredients

  • 6 ears of corn
  • 8 oz. bacon cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup yellow onions diced
  • 1 cup red bell peppers diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots diced
  • 1/3 cup celery diced
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 1/2 lbs. red potatoes roughly chopped into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Using a large knife, cut off kernels from corn cobs. Do not throw the cobs away. There’s a TON of flavor in there and we’re going to cook them, so just set aside for now. I recommend cutting the kernels directly into a mixing bowl. That way you don’t need to transfer them.
  • Using sauté setting – add bacon to pot and cook until crispy (about 7 minutes).
  • Add onions, bell peppers, carrots, and celery to pot and cook for about 3 minutes (stirring frequently), until carrots begin to soften. Then add garlic, thyme, bay leaves, and vinegar. Cook for about 1 minute, mixing constantly until, until vinegar has mostly evaporated.
  • Add chicken broth and salt to pot, along with potatoes, corn cobs, corn kernels, and red pepper flakes. Mix well, lock lid, and cook for 4 minutes at high pressure.
  • Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Remove corn cobs, thyme sprigs, and bay leaves.
  • Finally, add the cream and mix well. And you all set! 
  • Good luck not eating multiple bowls in one sitting.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 692mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2075IU | Vitamin C: 31.8mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Wendy M.
    April 28, 2019 at 1:08 pm


    This was an absolute Chowder to make! The recipe is very easy to follow and prepare. It was delish, will make it again soon. Like always thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Beverly Eide
    August 3, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Question. I see black flecks in some of the illustrations but nothing in the list of ingredients or instructions to account for them. What are they?
    But I love soup and plan to try this one.

    • Reply
      Gary White
      August 5, 2019 at 10:33 am

      I believe you’re seeing small bits of bacon from the crisping stage.

    • Reply
      Katie Perona
      August 8, 2019 at 12:47 pm

      Looks like thyme leaves to me.

      • Reply
        Gary White
        August 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm

        Oh yeah! I totally forgot about the thyme.

  • Reply
    Katie Perona
    August 8, 2019 at 10:55 pm


    This was so easy and absolutely delicious. My husband, who never makes anything without changing the recipe didn’t even want to change anything!! This recipe is a keeper!

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