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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,
Course Soup
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 303kcal
Author Gary White


  • 6 ears of corn
  • 8 oz. bacon cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup yellow onions diced
  • 1 cup red bell peppers diced
  • ½ cup carrots diced
  • 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 ½ lbs. red potatoes roughly chopped into ¾-inch pieces
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • 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). Then pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat.
  • 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.


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