Make Instant Pot Corn Chowder with fresh corn cobs to make an easy corn broth for maximum flavor. This is a creamy corn, potato and bacon chowder that won’t heat up your kitchen this summer.
Corn kernels from 4 cobsabout 2 cups
1 ½poundsbaby red potatoescut into halves
2-3sprigs fresh thyme
4-4 ½cupscorn stock
1teaspoonDiamond Crystal kosher saltplus more to taste
2tablespoonsall purpose flour
Fresh ground black pepper
Chop bacon up into 1 inch pieces and saute in a pressure cooker until just turning crisp. Remove bacon and drain on a paper towel lined plate, leave fat in the cooking vessel.
Add in chopped onion and garlic. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
Add in corn kernels, stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until brighter yellow.
Add in halved baby red potatoes, thyme sprigs, corn stock and 1 teaspoon salt to the pressure cooker and seal. Cook on high for 6 minutes and then do a quick release after 2 minutes. Open carefully and check potatoes, should be fork tender.
Remove thyme sprigs and discard.
If desired, remove ⅓ of the soup and blend or use an immersion blender until slightly chunky. Add back to soup.
Combine heavy cream and all purpose flour in a small mixing bowl and mix until combined. There may be some lumps and that’s okay, the flour will dissolve. Add to soup and bring to a simmer and stir. Stirring helps dissolve the flour. Allow the soup to cook for a few minutes until thickened.
Season liberally with salt and pepper until soup tastes good but is not salty.
Serve and top with crispy bacon.
You can use frozen or canned corn for this recipe but it won’t be as good as fresh summer corn.
Use 2 teaspoons of dried thyme if you don’t have any fresh.
Make corn broth from corn cobs! Store bought vegetable stock won’t be the same.
Store leftovers in the fridge in airtight containers for up to 4 days. Do not store in the freezer.
Use of immersion blender is optional, but your chowder may not be as thick.
To make chowder vegetarian substitute out chopped up mushrooms for bacon.
This recipe was tested with Diamond Crystal Kosher salt, if you’re using a different brand, start with half the volume called for and season to taste.
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