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Corn Chowder

July 2, 2019

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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
  • 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
  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*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 1344mg58%
Potassium 255mg7%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 705IU14%
Vitamin C 3.9mg5%
Calcium 148mg15%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine.


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  • Reply
    July 7, 2019 at 2:20 pm

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

    • Reply
      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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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
      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

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

    • Reply
      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
      July 14, 2016 at 5:32 am

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

  • Reply
    July 12, 2016 at 8:50 am

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

    • Reply
      July 14, 2016 at 5:32 am

      It was pure deliciousness!

  • Reply
    July 11, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    sounds very comforting! i love corn!!

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 5:26 am

      You are right….totally comforting!

  • Reply
    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
      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
      July 12, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Thanks! The corn flavor is amazing in this soup!

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 11, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Corn season is here and this chowder looks so delicious, Kathy. I wish I could have this for dinner tonight! 🙂

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 5:38 am

      I had it for dinner two nights in a row! Delicious both nights 🙂

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    July 11, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I have a small obsession with fresh corn, we are talking I eat it at LEAST once a day. Obsessed, I know. 😉 So this chowder is screaming my name!! Looks amazing, Kathy! Totally craving a few bowls of this for lunch today! Cheers!

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 5:42 am

      It is screaming your name! You’d better make it quick! You have to take full advantage of corn season. It’s not around forever!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 11, 2016 at 8:01 am

    OMG Kathy, my husband just had a bowl of corn chowder the other day when we went out for lunch and I was saying how I needed to make some soon! Your recipe looks delicious!

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 5:47 am

      I hope you make him some soon!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    July 11, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Kathy, I gotta be honest. I’ve already printed this recipe out and I’m ready to start pronto. Love soup and chowder. Your home cooking recipes are the best. This was what I was looking for in life right now. Okay, gotta go pick a bike out of my neighbors garage. BRB.

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 6:06 am

      You are soooo funny! I hope you got the bike and were able to make some of this yummy chowder! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    July 11, 2016 at 4:19 am

    The corn is JUST starting to come in around here, so perfect timing! I do love a great corn chowder! 🙂

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Summer corn is the best! And it’s just what you need in this chowder.

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    July 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    This chowder looks perfect Kathy! I would never have thought to add the cobs or the jalapeno. Great idea. Hope you’re having a great July my friend!

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 6:07 am

      The jalapeno doesn’t make it spicy at all! It’s so good in this chowder.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    July 10, 2016 at 5:35 am

    We’ve been getting some awesome local corn here lately…and super cheap, too. I totally need to make a batch of this. I love how you add the cobs to simmer in the chowder. I usually make corn chowder in the winter since it’s a comforting soup…but I’m digging the idea of using fresh, local corn right now for it. Thanks, Kathy…hope you are having an awesome weekend so far!

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 6:17 am

      This chowder is best made with the freshest of corn. Don’t wait till the winter!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    July 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    With Summer approaching, this looks like an idea recipe! I recently made a dish with tea-smoked smoked corn, that I smoked on my stove top. The only draw back is the house smells like smoke for hours afterwards! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 6:22 am

      Tea smoked corn! That sounds interesting, and very flavorful!

  • Reply
    Lori from LL Farm
    July 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    This looks delicious…your photos are always gorgeous! We haven’t had fresh correct yet this year.

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 6:23 am

      Fresh corn will be there before you know it! Hang in there!

  • Reply
    July 9, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Love fresh corn and just got some from the store! This soup looks delicious! Need to try it soon!

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Thanks, Mira!

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