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Corn Chowder

July 2, 2019

Fresh Seasonal Corn turned into a delicious Corn Chowder!

This post was originally published in July 2016. The recipe and some of the pictures have been updated. 

Homemade Corn Chowder topped with crunchy bacon bits.

Fresh corn is in season! It seems to be everywhere right now…the grocery store bins are overflowing with fresh corn and the farmer’s market is well stocked  too.

We’ve been eating corn on the cob but this week the weather has turned cold and rainy so I made a fresh corn chowder. The fresh corn flavor really shines in this chowder.

A fresh jalapeno and a fresh corn cob next to a bowl of soup.

What ingredients do I need to make corn chowder?

  • Fresh corn on the cob
  • Bacon
  • Onion 
  • Butter
  • Jalapeno
  • Potato
  • Dried Thyme
  • Milk
  • Salt and Pepper

Do I have to use a jalapeno?

There is a whole jalapeno in this chowder….minus the seeds. It’s not spicy at all. It just adds a bit of flavor and heat. If you are worried about it being too spicy, add 1/2 of the jalapeno. 

How do I remove the corn from the cob?

Use whole corn cobs. Shuck the husk and then cut off the kernels. This is easy, but is always a bit messy for me. The corn likes to fly off the cob while cutting it.

To remove the kernels, cut the bottom off the cobs making a flat surface. Then stand the cob upright. Take a sharp knife and slice down the cob just under each kernel. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect. It’s all going into a pot of soup and no one will examine every kernel.

Cutting corn kernels off a cob.

What do I do with the cobs?

Don’t get rid of the cobs after you cut the corn off. Two of the cobs go into the soup. This just adds more flavor to the corn chowder. There’s a lot of creaminess and flavor left in those cobs. You could add all four cobs, but my pot was a bit too crowded. If your cobs are too big to fit in your pot, just snap the cobs in half.

A stockpot full of soup and two corn cobs.

Can I use frozen corn?

This chowder highlights the very best fresh corn on the cob. However, it might not always be available. When fresh corn isn’t in season, you can substitute frozen corn. Buy the small, petite corn which have smaller kernels and are often a bit sweeter. 

A bowlful of homemade soup with corn and bacon bits.

What should I serve with corn chowder?

This homemade corn chowder is the star of a meal. Serve it with homemade cheddar beer bread or buttermilk biscuits.  For dessert you might want to serve homemade peach ice cream!

More Soup Recipes to Try

Enchilada Soup – All the wonderful flavors of enchiladas in a soup!

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – The name says it all!

Cheesy Broccoli Soup – Yummy broccoli with cheddar cheese.

Creamy Tomato Soup – Perfect with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Clam Chowder – Perfect for lunch or dinner anytime of the year.

White Chicken Chili – A delicious bowl of chili.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A bowlful of chunky corn chowder topped with bacon.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 5 votes
Homemade corn chowder made with fresh, seasonal corn.
Corn Chowder
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

Corn chowder with a touch of jalapeno

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn chowder, corn chowder with fresh corn, corn chowder with jalapeno
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 260 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 5 slices bacon cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 ears fresh corn cut off the cob reserve 2 cobs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 cups broth chicken or vegetable
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Russet potato peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Chopped parsley for garnish optional
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon until crispy in a large stock pot.
  2. Remove bacon reserving 2 Tablespoons of the bacon grease.
  3. In the same stock pot, add the bacon grease and butter.
  4. Saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Add jalapeno and garlic. Continue stirring over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add corn and saute for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add broth and water and the two reserved cobs.
  8. Bring to a boil
  9. Add grated potato, salt, pepper, and thyme. Bring back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 -15 minutes.

  10. Remove the cobs and discard.
  11. Add milk and heat just until warmed through.
  12. Use an immersion blender or a regular blender and puree half the soup

  13. Serve with reserved bacon bits and fresh chopped parsley

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Corn Chowder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 1344mg 56%
Potassium 255mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 14.1%
Vitamin C 4.7%
Calcium 14.8%
Iron 2.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine.

 

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina
    July 7, 2019 at 2:20 pm


    I’m a huge corn chowder fan and this one sounds especially delicious, and the presentation is so pretty

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 8, 2019 at 5:59 am

      Thanks! This is the time of year to make this chowder with fresh corn.

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    July 3, 2019 at 5:14 am


    So delicious, Kathy! One of the true beauties of summer! Love how you put the cobs in for more flavor!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    July 3, 2019 at 4:23 am


    Perfect timing on this post, Kathy! We’ve had some great corn on super sale lately. I’ve been grabbing it to eat plain, but now I want to slice it off and turn it into chowder. Yum!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 3, 2019 at 5:06 am

      You gotta love corn season!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    July 2, 2019 at 6:29 am


    My kind of comfort food, Kathy! I love corn chowder, and this is one delicious version 😀

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 3, 2019 at 5:06 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    July 12, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I love corn season and corn chowder! Yours looks perfect for that rainy day! Pinning!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 14, 2016 at 5:32 am

      Thanks, Rachelle! We’ve had plenty of raining days around here…I need a little sunshine 🙂

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    July 12, 2016 at 8:50 am


    Corn chowder is nothin’ but comfort and deliciousness! I love the addition of the jalapeno!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 14, 2016 at 5:32 am

      It was pure deliciousness!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    July 11, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    sounds very comforting! i love corn!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 12, 2016 at 5:26 am

      You are right….totally comforting!

  • Reply
    Dawn
    July 11, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I adore corn, so this is totally calling my name. Love that you have jalapeño in there for a little kick. I’d totally leave the seeds and ribs in there ’cause I love spice. Looks so creamy and perfect with some corn bread! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 12, 2016 at 5:29 am

      The seeds would make it a bit spicier. You could even add another pepper if you really wanted some heat.

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    July 11, 2016 at 10:19 am

    We so love that is corn season! Like you, we usually tend to make corn on the cob, but you gave us a great idea with this absolutely stunning and super delicious corn chowder!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 12, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Thanks! The corn flavor is amazing in this soup!

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