Corn Chowder Recipe

Who doesn’t crave a bowl of warm comfort when the air gets crisp and the leaves start to turn? Corn chowder is like a hug for your soul, perfectly combining sweetness, creaminess, and a touch of savory delight. In this guide, I’m spilling the beans (or should I say kernels?) on how to whip up the ultimate corn chowder that will have your taste buds dancing and your heart warming.

Why Corn Chowder?

Corn chowder is a classic American dish with roots stretching back to Native American cuisine. It’s a testament to simplicity and flavor, utilizing corn’s natural sweetness to create a dish that’s both satisfying and nourishing. Plus, it’s versatile! Whether you’re a meat-lover or a vegetarian, there’s a corn chowder variation that’s perfect for you.

The Ingredients List

Before we dive into the culinary action, let’s get our ingredients ready. For this corn chowder recipe, you’ll need:

  • 4 cups of fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (color is your choice)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh herbs (like thyme or parsley) for garnish

Let’s Get Cooking: Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Veggies

  1. The Sauté: In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and bell pepper. Sauté until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Garlic Time: Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.

Bringing It All Together

  1. Broth & Potatoes: Pour in the broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the diced potatoes, then reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and cook until the potatoes are tender.
  2. Corn & Cream: Add the corn and heavy cream, and bring back to a simmer. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

The Final Touches

  1. Blend for Thickness (Optional): For a thicker chowder, you can blend a portion of the soup and then reintroduce it to the pot.
  2. Garnish & Serve: Garnish with fresh herbs before serving. Enjoy your creamy, dreamy corn chowder!

Customization Tips

Corn chowder is wonderfully customizable. Here are a few ideas:

  • Protein Boost: Add cooked bacon, ham, or shredded chicken for extra protein.
  • Spice It Up: Introduce some heat with a dash of cayenne pepper or a diced jalapeño.
  • Veggie Variations: Feel free to add other vegetables like zucchini or spinach to mix it up.


There you have it—a corn chowder recipe that’s easy, comforting, and utterly delicious. Whether it’s for a cozy night in or a festive gathering, this chowder is sure to warm hearts and fill bellies. Remember, cooking is all about making it your own, so don’t be afraid to experiment and tweak this recipe to suit your taste.


1. Can I use canned corn instead of fresh?

Absolutely! While fresh corn gives a great texture and flavor, canned corn is a perfectly good substitute. Just be sure to drain it well before using.

2. How can I make this recipe vegan?

To make vegan corn chowder, substitute the butter with olive oil or vegan butter, and use coconut cream or another plant-based cream instead of heavy cream.

3. What’s the best way to store leftover corn chowder?

Corn chowder can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave.

4. Can I freeze corn chowder?

Yes, but with a caveat. Because of the heavy cream, the texture may change slightly upon thawing. For best results, freeze portions without the cream and add it when reheating.

5. How can I thicken my corn chowder?

If you prefer a thicker chowder, you can blend part of the soup or add a roux (a mixture of flour and fat) at the beginning of cooking.

Victorine Jardine, a M.Sc. Part 1 student with 3 years of content writing experience, is a specialist in Health (Weight Loss, Fat Burn Food etc.), Astrology and pets topics. With a deep love for animals, Jardine also provides informative content on pet care, behavior, and the bond between humans and their furry companions. Know the enchanting worlds of zodiac signs and pets through Victorine Jardine's engaging writing.

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