Corn Chowder Recipe (VIDEO)

Fresh Corn Chowder Recipe loaded with summer produce at its peak of freshness. This is a crowd-pleasing chowder that is perfect for entertaining on cool summer nights and would make a great addition to your Labor Day Menu.

How to Make Fresh Corn Chowder Recipe

Summer Corn Chowder

Thank you to our friends at Walmart who sponsored this delicious recipe and for making fresh LOCAL produce available to give this chowder the best flavor!

Summer Corn Chowder Recipe in bowl

When shopping for ingredients, fresh corn is best and you can purchase everything you need for this recipe at your local Walmart. We love that Walmart partners with local growers so you know their produce is:

  • Picked ripe for peak of freshness
  • Guaranteed fresh
  • Supporting your local community
  • At a price that saves you money!

Walmart has a 100% fresh guarantee so if you aren’t satisfied, they will give you a full refund.

Ingredients for Corn Chowder

What is Corn Stock?

We love that Walmart carries fresh, locally grown corn* which will give you the best flavored corn stock. Allowing the stripped cobs to simmer with the broth, cream and milk, draws out every bit of rich and sweet flavor from the corn. To save time, set the corn broth to cook at the same time you are making the chowder.

What if Corn is not In Season?

For Winter Corn Chowder: Use (1) 15 oz can corn and (1) 15 oz can creamed corn. Add the liquid ingredients at step 3 without pre-cooking them. The liquid from the canned corn will add a boost of corn flavor.

Creamy Corn Chowder garnished with bacon and chives

Watch Natasha Make Summer Corn Chowder:

Corn Chowder Recipe

4.95 from 20 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This fresh corn chowder recipe is loaded with summer produce at its peak of freshness. This is a crowd-pleasing chowder that is perfect for entertaining on cool summer nights.

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Keyword: Corn Chowder
Calories: 321 kcal
Servings: 8 cups

Ingredients

For the Corn Stock:

For the Corn Chowder:

  • 4 cups corn kernels (from 4-5 ears corn) reserve cobs for stock
  • 4 oz (4 slices) bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion finely diced (1 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large carrot cut into 1/4" dice (1 cup)
  • 3 stalks celery finely diced (1 cup)
  • 1 lb Yukon potatoes 3 medium, peeled and cut into 1/4" thick pieces
  • 2-3 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Chives chopped, to garnish

Instructions

How to Make Corn Stock:

  1. Cut the kernels from the cobs and set kernels aside for making chowder.* Place the bare cobs in a stockpot.  

  2. Add 4 cups broth, 1 1/2 cups milk, and 1 cup cream to pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer un-covered 20 minutes while making the chowder. Use tongs to remove and discard cobs before using corn stock in step 3. 

How to Make Corn Chowder:

  1. Place a 5 Qt dutch oven over medium/high heat. Add chopped bacon and cook stirring occasionally until browned. Remove bacon bits with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  2. In the same pot, add chopped onion, celery and carrot to the bacon fat and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft (7-8 min).

  3. Add sliced potatoes, 4 cups corn kernels, 2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. Pour corn stock into the pot, bring to a light boil then simmer uncovered 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste**. Ladle into bowls and garnish with reserved bacon and chopped chives.

Recipe Notes

*After cutting the corn off the cobs, remove as much of the silk threads as possible to give your finished chowder a smooth consistency.

**Corn can have varying degrees of sweetness, if your corn is super sweet, you can add a little more salt to balance the sweetness.

FOR A CREAMIER SOUP: transfer 1/4 of the soup to a blender and blend until smooth then stir it into the rest of your chowder.

Nutrition Facts
Corn Chowder Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 767mg 32%
Potassium 699mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 41.6%
Vitamin C 16.1%
Calcium 10.8%
Iron 14.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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*Local produce varies by location.

Fresh Produce for summer corn chowder

Corn Recipes to Explore:

What is YOUR favorite way to use fresh summer corn?

Fresh Corn Chowder recipe is loaded with summer produce at its peak of freshness. This is a crowd-pleasing chowder that is perfect for entertaining. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Jennifer
    November 16, 2018

    I made it and used the bacon as suggested to create the oil for the sauté, but didn’t throw the pieces in at the end because I cooked the bacon a little too much. In the past I have always put cheddar cheese in my corn chowder, which I did in this recipe. It came out awesome! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 17, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Jennifer! Reply

  • Cat
    November 12, 2018

    This is listed in the Vegetarian section, yet it contains chicken broth and bacon. So, it’s clearly NOT vegetarian!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 12, 2018

      Hi Cat, you are correct! Sorry about that – it was mis-categorized and is now fixed 🙂 Reply

  • Amanda
    November 11, 2018

    By far the best corn chowder I’ve ever had! Used frozen Colorado sweet corn from the summer instead of cooking with the stock and the flavor is incredibly rich! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2018

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Elena
    November 8, 2018

    Hey, Natasha, I don’t see the video link anywhere. Reply

    • Natasha
      November 8, 2018

      Hi Elena, sometimes if you have an adblocker on, the video may not display. Try turning off the ad blocker and refreshing the page. I hope that helps! Reply

      • Elena
        November 8, 2018

        Hi again, I watch your videos on my laptop, and I don’t know how to pause the AdBlock. I looked it up and they said to long press the “reload” button – that’s what I did, but it didn’t work. Any ideas? (Although I’m not sure if you’re good at computer science or whatever) Sorry to bother you 🙂 Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 9, 2018

          ELena, What kind of browser are you using to run the site? Chrome? IE? The best way to do that is to open your Browser settings and manage the add-ons and blocker settings there. Reply

  • Denise
    October 31, 2018

    Made this soup tonight. It was delicious. Will make it again. Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 31, 2018

      That’s so great Denise! Thank you for your feedback! Reply

  • Lisa
    October 23, 2018

    Fantastic recipe! I used the can corn that you recommended and the whole dish was super easy to pull together and served it with some rustic bread! Everyone devoured it! Really delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear that Lisa!! Thank you for sharing this awesome review with me! Reply

  • Doris Mc Collester
    October 21, 2018

    Great recipe, thank you Natasha! I also started out with rendering Jimmy Dean original sausage with the veggies , it gave everything great flavor and used frozen corn . In our area corn has gone by .. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 22, 2018

      I’m happy you were able to make this work! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Rick
    October 20, 2018

    So, if you’d put 1/4 of the soup in a blender BE AWARE that it will blow up all over the kitchen and on you. My arm and my face just had 180 degree corn chowder poured all over it and is burnt to pieces! Be careful, but I did not know this. And the top was on the blender. I guess the heat caused it to explode but if this helps one person not to burn themselves then this post is worthwhile. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 21, 2018

      Hi Rick! Yes if it is too hot, heat will cause that. Be very careful and secure properly, not all blenders covers are made for hot products. I hope you’re okay! Thank you for sharing this with us! Reply

  • Debbie
    October 18, 2018

    Can I make this with frozen corn kernals if I cant find fresh corn? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 18, 2018

      I haven’t tried this myself but several of our readers have successfully made this with frozen corn. Reply

    • pamela
      October 18, 2018

      hi i used frozen corn and mine wad good Reply

  • pamela
    October 14, 2018

    can i put this in a slow cooker and add chicken Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 14, 2018

      Hi Pamela! Although I haven’t tried that bit it may work! I’d love to know how you like this recipe if you experiment. Reply

      • pamela
        October 15, 2018

        hi i tried in the sow cook and it worked great thanks its a keeper Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 15, 2018

          That’s so great, Pamela!! Reply

  • Mary
    October 7, 2018

    If I am using canned corn and canned cream corn in at step three, do I still do the first step of boiling the heavy cream, chicken stock, and milk? Reply

    • Natasha
      October 8, 2018

      Hi Mary, if using canned corn and cream corn, you do not have to do that step at the beginning. Reply

  • Corine
    October 6, 2018

    Just made this today! Only in added chicken because why not! It’s fantastic my family loves it! Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 6, 2018

      You’re so welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Corine
    October 6, 2018

    Just made a double batch of this and added chicken. LOVE how easy this recipe is. And it taste sooo good. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 6, 2018

      That’s so great! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Jackie Olcese
    September 28, 2018

    Can this be made a few days in advance? Will the flavors improve with age as some dishes do? Thanks Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 28, 2018

      Hi Jackie. If stored in the fridge it should be good for at least 2 days. I haven’t tried it longer than that. Reply

  • Mary Jane Albee
    September 26, 2018

    I made the Corn Chowder and it was spectacular! I could serve this to anyone and know that they would love it. Thx Natasha!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 26, 2018

      That’s so great Mary! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Patsy in Naples
    September 25, 2018

    Hi, I made your corn chowder recipe last week and my family gave it two thumbs up…
    I was wondering what you might think about adding crab meat. Reply

    • Natasha
      September 25, 2018

      Hi Patsy, I absolutely love that idea! YUM!!! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with me 😉 Reply

  • Жанна
    September 24, 2018

    Can I use frozen corn instead of the fresh one? Will it affect the flavor/texture if I don’t put the bare cobs in a stockpot? Thank you Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 24, 2018

      Hi Zhanna! I think that could work. I haven’t tried it myself, the flavor may be somewhat different. Reply

      • Corine
        October 6, 2018

        Just made it today using frozen corn on the cob. It taste fantastic! Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 6, 2018

          I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • MerryBeth
    September 24, 2018

    I’m about to make this for the first time. This is going to sound like a stupid question but…. to make the corn stock do you cut the raw corn off the stock, or do you cook the corn then cut it off and use the cobs? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 24, 2018

      Hi MerryBeth! That is a great question. The corn goes in raw! It will get cooked in the soup 🙂 I hope this helps Reply

  • Irene
    September 22, 2018

    Yummmy!Yummy! Love your clam and corn chowder recipes:) made both these last 2 weeks. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 22, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Irene! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Yolanda
    September 4, 2018

    Delicious! Reply

  • Cooking Mama
    September 3, 2018

    We loved this recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing! Definitely a keeper! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this chowder! Isn’t it the perfect meal to welcome fall? Reply

  • George
    August 28, 2018

    Hey Natasha,

    I’m looking to try this recipe tomorrow or the next day, at the latest. Walmart Canada is selling local (Ontario) corn on the cob at $.15 per cob, easily the best deal around. We picked up ten cobs yesterday and bbq’d some this evening.

    Hasta La Vista! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 28, 2018

      That is a great deal! Can’t pass that up! Thank you for the wonderful review, George! Reply

  • Andie Thueson
    August 27, 2018

    I am so excited for soup season! Bring on the chilly soup weather! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2018

      Andie, so am I! Although today’s weather sure seems very fall like and much cooler than the last few weeks! This chowder would be perfect today! Enjoy! Reply

  • Lisa D Wightman
    August 27, 2018

    This was wonderful. I substituted the celery and carrots with colored bell pepper and used frozen cubed hash brown with great results. My family loved it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2018

      I’m so happy you all enjoyed that, Lisa! Thank you for the great review! 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    August 26, 2018

    This recipe looks good! But where’s the video? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 26, 2018

      Hi Olga, the video is towards the bottom of the post beneath the title: “Watch Natasha Make Summer Corn Chowder:” (it is just before the print-friendly recipe card) Reply

      • Heather
        September 4, 2018

        Hi Natasha,

        I was wondering the same thing as I am looking everywhere on the page and can not see the video anywhere. Reply

        • Natasha
          September 4, 2018

          Hi Heather, it is there, just above the print-friendly recipe. The only thing I can think of is maybe your ad blocker is on and that could be hiding a video player? I’m not sure why else you wouldn’t be able to see it. Reply

  • JULIE DOELLINGEN
    August 26, 2018

    Just made this for lunch today. So easy! I did make two small changes though – I put the bacon back in the chowder instead of using it as garnish and I used 1 tsp of Old Bay seasoning instead of cayenne since we don’t like a lot of heat. It was AMAZING! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 26, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review, Julie! Reply

  • Ann Marie
    August 25, 2018

    Made this last night and it was AMAZING!!! My husband loved it too and said it was the best soup I’d ever made. Definitely a keeper! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 26, 2018

      My pleasure, Ann! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • kathy
    August 24, 2018

    what state do you live in? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 24, 2018

      Hi Kathy, We live in Idaho. Reply

  • Iryna
    August 24, 2018

    Natasha, can you, please, post some back to school healthy lunch ideas? Would also love if they don’t take a lot of time to prepare (from a busy mom of 3) Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 24, 2018

      Hi Iryna. We have a few great tips for you here and here I hope this helps! Reply

  • Healthy Kitchen 101
    August 23, 2018

    My summer here is quite hot and humid sometimes so I’m thinking of rainy nights or cold weather when looking at this chowder. The corn looks so fresh and sweet. Save it! xD
    – Natalie Ellis Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 24, 2018

      That weather is coming and fast, this is perfect now and especially when the cold weather hits. Enjoy! Reply

  • Charity Beth Long
    August 23, 2018

    OMG YES! I need to make this now while I can find fresh corn! I always love having homemade soup sticked in the freezer for busy fall and winter evenings. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2018

      Yes! Yes! Yes! This is the perfect time for that! Thanks for the awesome review Charity! Reply

  • Liz
    August 23, 2018

    I love corn chowder! And the bacon on top…perfection. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2018

      I agree Liz! 🙂 Reply

  • heather
    August 23, 2018

    We have so much corn I need to use! This looks like the perfect recipe to use it on 🙂 Can’t wait to make! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2018

      This is the perfect recipe for extra corn! Thanks for the great review, Heather! Reply

  • Jaide
    August 23, 2018

    Looks so good!! I can’t wait to try this for Fall! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2018

      It will be perfect for the fall! but I wouldn’t wait 😉 make it again in the fall! Enjoy! Reply

  • Aimee Shugarman
    August 23, 2018

    Everything is better with bacon! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2018

      We do love bacon! Reply

  • Bunny House
    August 23, 2018

    What is the name of the appliance you use when doing a tutorial? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 26, 2018

      Hi Bunny. It’s a standard hot plate. (portable electric cook top) Reply

  • Julie
    August 23, 2018

    This looks so fabulous and creamy! YUM! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2018

      Thank you for the great review, Julie! It is so good! Reply

  • Lawrence
    August 23, 2018

    How long would you think this could cook in the instant pot? 5 mins? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 23, 2018

      Hi Lawrence, I haven’t tested it that way but my guess it probably closer to 10 minutes, but I think it’s worth an experiment and you could use the saute function to keep everything in the same pot! If you try it out, let me know how it goes. Reply

  • Victoria
    August 22, 2018

    Wow that sounds really nice right now. I’m going shopping!! Reply

    • Natasha
      August 22, 2018

      That’s awesome!! I hope this corn chowder becomes a new favorite for you! Reply

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